What reasons are there to hire an interior designer or decorator?
Goodness. I don't know where to start. I can think of many.
However, there's one reason I reference the most...
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It’s not just about making the client’s life easier during a project.
It’s not just about making the contractor’s job easier.
It’s not just about managing everything so that the job runs smoooooth as butter.
It’s not just about opening doors to beautiful trade showrooms so clients can have incredible shopping experiences.
It’s not just about calming a client's concerns.
It’s not just about getting on the phone and expediting products for a speedy installation.
It’s not just about the presentations, the meetings, the job site visits.
It’s not just about helping clients spend their money wisely, saving them from making costly mistakes.
And it’s definitely not just about keeping the artisans in business.
Each of those defenses are valid. To me, those are the added benefits of having a talented designer working on your project.
For me, the most valuable of all reasons why our services will always remain relevant is this...
Great design is art.
Our craft creates art, pure and simple. And this art happens when we uniquely and skillfully combine materials and objects in a space to tell a story and provide the best possible function required.
High budgets, low budgets . . . it doesn’t really matter. At the end of a designer's workday, it's the art of it all that matters most.
Have you read this book?
Have you ever read the children’s book: Frederick, by Leo Leoni? I read this book to my children and loved it.
The story begins with a small group of mice who are getting ready for the winter. They're finding food, storing it away, and creating a stockpile to last them throughout the cold months to come.
Meanwhile, while the other mice are hard at work, Frederick sits to the side, alone, quietly contemplating the ways of the world.
Understandably so, the other mice begin to wonder why Frederick isn't working with them.
"I am working," said Frederick to another mouse who challenged him. "I'm gathering sun rays for the cold, dark winter days."
Eventually, winter comes, and the mice have have devoured all the food they had stored away. Now they're cold and hungry.
Seeing how uncomfortable everyone is, Frederick approaches them and begins to speak.
The words he recited and the stories he told couldn't have come at a better time for everyone in the nest. What he was sharing was everything his mind had collected and saved for the cold, hard winter.
Suddenly, the mice felt at peace.
"Frederick!" one mouse shouted. "You are a poet!"
Frederick, the mouse believed to have not done any "work," had, indeed, brought great value to everyone around him. He had contributed his art -- Art that was now sustaining life.
Listen... I know we’re not curing cancer. I know -- for most people -- interior design doesn't top the list of life's priorities. But I do believe that artistic endeavors deserve acknowledgement and respect.
Yes, I wish a perfect reason could be stated to justify its value, but one doesn't exist. All that can really be said is...
It's art . . . Its value is understood . . . It's perfect, pure and profound.