Every now and then I get a comment or email that I find encouraging and cool. Lately I have been getting more and more, which is the best balm to a sometimes anxious heart. The other day Jen from The Cottage Nest said the following …”I’d like to see more of that room you designed. Do you have formal design training?…” I thought I would take this chance to respond…
To the first comment: I am posting pics from the Lake Condo I designed last year, including the room the black bed from Black Saturday is in. This condo is used as a vacation home by a couple of families who own a business together, and as part of my payment we have been very lucky to be able to use the condo ourselves a few times this past year.
To the second comment/question: I have no formal design training. Nada. Zilch. Between the ages of 10 – 16 I wanted to be a fashion designer. Then I discovered that I hated math and sewing. 2 things that come in handy when making clothes…So I guess for lack of a better idea, at that point and decided I needed to just get married and have babies. I did manage go to college (much to my mothers relief!) and came out with a B.A. in History, a minor Psych, and my sweetie Nathan. I toyed with the idea of grad school to study Southern Women’s History… But I bought a car instead.
My evolution into an Interior Designer began about 5 1/2 years ago when our friends started asking for my help picking out paint for their new homes.
I have had lots of bumps and stops and starts along the way. Having small children and starting a business don’t always mix well. 2 years ago I was very fortunate to basically apprentice with another local designer for a year. I had a new baby during that time, and the lessons I learned on the job with her really took me to a new level of understanding the business and how it works in our area… Plus I didn’t have to be in charge. Which was great considering how little sleep I was getting at home…
Being a “designer” can mean so many different things – I have done everything from little “how-to” bits on local tv, wedding planning/coordination, party planning, being the proprietor of small booths in flea markets and antique shops & my online shop on etsy, running my biz web site, to all the other stuff that you think of when you think Interior Design; furniture layouts, general decorating, shopping, handling remodels, designing bedding and curtains, staging for showrooms etc. It all seems so grand when I write it out, but I really don’t feel that way about it. I just feel like a very lucky girl.
PS- Here are some links to some great and encouraging sites here and here about being a Designer and having a Shop. I find both of them full of good stuff!!
PSS– All the good photo’s my sister Jemimah took. All the lousy ones I took with my Old Now Dead Camera.