Whether you own your business or work for someone else, there are probably misconceptions out there about what you do. After being in the Interior Design biz for over 35 years, I’ve heard from family, friends, society, and clients about their ideas on what they think my job is like . . .
Read on, my friends, to learn what it is that we as Interior Designers actually do, and how it may be different from what “they” think!
What My Friends Think I Do
My friends probably think that being an Interior Designer is a whole lot like what they see on HGTV. They may picture me at jobs, sweating away as I take down wallpaper and smashing down walls with a sledgehammer.
Little do they know… I rarely pick up tools during the installation phase of a client project. Being an Interior Designer is, in large part, acting as Project Manager – making sure everything goes smoothly and ensuring the design I created is implemented exactly as it was envisioned.
I leave the working with the tools part to those who know what they are doing!
What My Parents Think I Do
I imagine that my parents think I spend much of the day playing and dreaming with my clients, kind of like when I was a kid and a piece of blank paper was an entire world waiting to be brought to life.
While being an Interior Designer does involve an element of helping others to dream big and get in touch with their feelings and imagination, it involves a lot more than just dipping our hands in some fingerpaint and calling it a day. We walk our clients through a comprehensive Design Discovery process that helps us to understand more about their personality, lifestyle, individual preferences and tastes, and how their home needs to function for them, day in and day out.
What Society Thinks I Do
Kind of like my friends, society-at-large has seen far too much HGTV and thinks that we as Interior Designers are off spending our client’s money and shopping all day! While it is true, our jobs require some shopping, a lot of it is actually done behind a computer screen putting the actual design together in a visual way, or at a warehouse or wholesaler.
What My Clients Think I Do
I know, I know, Design can sometimes be expensive. While I assure you that it is well worth it, I also assure you that all that money is not being wired right into my bank account!
Running a business, in general, comes with a multitude of expenses from employees to contractors to marketing and advertising. And then of course there is the stuff that never goes away like professional dues and insurance. One can make a decent living as an Interior Designer, but it’s no get-rich-quick scheme and comes with a lot of hard work, dedication, and motivation to make it a successful gig.
What I Think I Do
I most definitely love my job and the clients whom I serve and sometimes, I am beyond proud of what I have helped them to create. At times I feel as though I’ve just single-handedly painted the ceiling of the Sistine chapel or designed the equivalent of the local Burj Khalifa. I take pride in my work, my process, and I always complete a job knowing I gave it my very best.
What I Actually Do
If you haven’t had a chance to read my last blog A Day in the Life of an Interior Designer, make sure to check it out as I get into all of the nitty-gritty of an average day and what we do!
An average day can look like anything from… wait, who am I kidding? There is no such thing as an average day in the life of an Interior Designer!
We work with our clients from concept to completion for a project that is designed for YOU and your family, your unique needs and requirements, and lifestyle. We believe that this process should be easy and stress-free every step of the way, so we work with you as your partner in Design and help to create your unique vision with consistent quality products, workmanship, and the highest level of service!
I hope this gave you more of a glimpse into what we do here at Denyne Designs. Learn more about our Design Process HERE and if you have a project you’re ready to get started on, give us a call today and let’s get started!