When a client hires a designer for a consultation, sometimes they find themselves apologizing for the state of their house. Perhaps because it’s dated (What? You mean we can’t all completely re-decorate every 5 years?) or messy, because of their children, or that it’s dirty, eg. there’s drywall dust everywhere, etc.
First of all, I really need you to understand that I don’t judge.
And here’s why; because if you knew exactly what to do, you wouldn’t be hiring me in the first place!
And I am so happy to be here, why would I have a problem with the fact that you don’t have enough lighting?
Or that you need some help decorating your living room?
Or that you are having a hard time distinguishing between a pink beige vs. a yellow beige for the interior or exterior of your house?
The other thing you need to know is that I am so busy looking at the colour of your flooring, furniture, window coverings, etc, that I don’t notice a little dust or dirt.
The following story illustrates my point perfectly:
A few years ago, I was picking colours for a clients bedroom. I was walking around, holding my 12 x 18 colour sample next to the bedding, behind the artwork, and on the wall next to the baseboards to see how the colour looked with the carpeting in the master bedroom.
Suddenly my clients face turned beet red, as she leapt forward and grabbed the condom off the floor, right in front of me.
Until she did that, I had no idea it was there! I’m serious. Completely missed it!
I like to tell this story to make people feel comfortable when they worry too much about how their house looks.
So the moral of this story is; we designers are simply thrilled to be in your space doing what we love to do!
I have a client that recently said, “I trust you, please do what you think is best”, just like her clients trust her–she’s a financial planner–to do her job because that’s her area of expertise!
And don’t forget (there was a point to this post in the first place), I love everything about your house that needs some TLC.