These interior designer gift ideas I've put together for you today, are part "pretty" and part real, hard-working tools.
Most of these items are part of my daily life. I just thought I'd share with you how much I love and use them, so if YOU happen to have a budding interior designer on your gift list OR if you happen to be one yourself and want to share this list with your gifters, you can do just that!
(I realize that this gift guide is more geared for a female, like me. However, there are some good items here, whether you want the blush handbag and leopard scarf or not.:-)
Gift Guide For The Budding Interior Designer
I've got the whole list with links, below, but first, a bit about why these are such good picks, IMO.
First up, I've got to talk about that chair.
I purchased these for my office over 8 years ago and all of them are still rolling like a charm! You just cannot beat the Knoll Chadwick for the most comfortable, ergonomically correct, adjustable chair that looks smart too!
I really love the mesh seat and back that keeps my backside cool and has just the right amount of "give", so that if I'm sitting for awhile in a blogging fervor, I don't have to suffer for it. :-)
That Fat Max tape measure is heavy duty, long, and won't bend on you on a job site. My drapery installer showed me his years ago and although I have several stashed away in my car, my office, my home, this one is my go-to.
The Calpak carry-on is on my wish list, because we bought one for my daughter last year at Christmas and she LOVES it. She only does a carry-on and this one is super lightweight, packs a ton of stuff, and maneuvers so easily. It's so stylish in that pretty gold color too. :-)
Pen and paper???? These are my faves. I could NOT do design without a roll of sketch paper that is just the right texture, density, and size.
You'd be surprised at how people who draw are UBER sensitive about the tactile quality of the drawing experience. These Pilot pens are perfect for my quick sketches and overlays I do on sketch paper and I do NOT sketch without them.
I kind of start to panic if I don't have a supply of these two items under my desk, afraid I'll be in the midst of doing some design drawings and run out of either one.
The book? Decorating Master Class is a must-read in my opinion if you want to do luxury interiors. Ellie Cullman is such a design icon and has truly mastered the art of putting a luxury project together. Her step by step guidance on what needs to be specified and designed on a large-scale project is invaluable to a budding designer.
I have that faux leather tote, btw, in black. I'm sort of a capsule wardrobe person, I buy one product in the same color times ten, if I'm happy with it. This one is a mainstay for me and I've carried it everywhere for over a year now. Perfect as a purse, as a tote for samples and files, you can even stick a roll of drawings in there.
I'm thinking I might go with that blush color next time, because designers are so on trend. ;-)
My friend, Laurie Laizure, once told me you can tell the difference between a designer and a buyer at Highpoint Market because of the scarves they wear.
Yes, I happen to be partial to them too. And animal print goes with everything, does it not?
I have a few other goodies, below, to toss in a gift bag too. See what you think. Am I missing anything major, designers?
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How about the "Gift of Experience"? I'm sharing some of mine below.
I have some downloadable pdf guides for purchase that might help a budding interior designer. Sharing a bit of what my years in the biz have taught me. Click on each image below to find out more.