Dear Maria, I am building a new home and have a lot of decisions to make and can’t make up my mind what “syle” I like best. Any ideas on how to know what I like best? I look at a lot of pictures but like more components than whole.
It took me 10 years of working as a designer and one entire year of blogging, writing a new post every second day, using only images that spoke to me and that I loved to realize what my look actually was.
Even at 5 months when I was ‘tagged’ by some bloggers and asked to show an image that best represented my style, it would have been obvious to every one else even then!
Not to me.
One day, I had an epiphany, and the next time a fabric rep came over with a new set of fabric samples to show me to add to my office library, I had probably 20 books lined up by the door, ready to send back with her.
Want to know what was in those books?
Well, there were shiny fabrics designed for bedding. I don’t specify shiny, polyester bedding, nothing wrong with that look, I’m just not a fan. Fabrics with tiny embroidered flowers and leaves. Again, not my thing.
Before I came to this realization, I would have been very afraid of being stuck with the responsibility of defining my style enough to be make all the millions of choices and decisions that need to be made to build a house or completely renovate one.
Decorating and designing a classic and beautiful home takes training and/or many years of experience to be able to do well. It’s a profession, and it’s why a beautiful home is most definitely the exception and not the rule, as most people choose to do it themselves.
I have a whole Pinterest board full of images of beautiful gardens that I like. However, I am not a professional landscape designer. Therefore, I would never have been able to come up with the beautiful design Maryanne White created for me last fall. Check out her blog here.
Do you call your dentist and ask for detailed instructions on how to remove the cavity in your mouth? No. You pay him to do it for you.
Even after a designer has defined their look, do you know what the hardest part of decorating is?
1. Taking your clients existing furniture and/or fixed elements whether they are mistakes or not and knowing what you can’t work with or what you can do something with.
2. Taking your clients look book or inspiration boards and turning it into their dream house.
That’s what separates the amateurs from the professionals. And it’s why one designer charges $75 per hour vs. $250 per hour or more.
So if you are not a designer and have been tasked with the monumental and daunting job of choosing all the elements of your new house or renovation instead, my advice is to consult with a professional whose style you know you do like before you buy what is about to be installed.
Would you rather spend $50,000 on a new kitchen and run the risk of ruining the entire look or a one – two hour fee to get everything right?
Or how about paying a painter anywhere from $500 to $15,000 or more to paint your house in all the wrong colours?
The list goes on.
Bottom line, it takes education and/or years of experience in the design profession to know what your style is.
Just like any profession.
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