My favorite/most used line right now is “yeah, we’re on permanent hold”. That’s in response to “so what are y’all working on now?” (referring to the house). Our friends and family are nice people and always inquire about the house because they know I love to talk about house stuff.
That permanent hold came in hot a few months ago, and I foresee it continuing through the fall months. Renovating/working on house projects is so exciting, but it wears you out. It’s all so worth it now, but for 5 months we were taking on a new project every night. A lot of them were not mentioned here because they were boring things like replacing closet doors or door hinges. In addition to energy levels being low, the money thing was a huge factor!! Things add up so quickly!! So we’re holding off right now, which means TV time in the evenings. We are binge TV watchers, so this will be a nice, slow stage. (Can I just say that This Is Us is the best TV show I’ve ever laid my eyes on?)
I love summer time for the slower pace that it brings. I’ve learned that design business slows during the summer and that allows more time to explore different areas. I wrote a post last week on having different forms of revenue and really, this time of the year is why I do that. Aside from that, the design business is experiencing a natural shift and I’m excited to have the time to dedicate to actually making these changes happen. I’ve been refining my client process and I think it’s going to make a huge difference for both myself and the client.
I only say a “slow” dining room because the kitchen and living room went pretty quick. With those rooms I designed how I go about with clients. Create a plan then execute it. It’s nice to just do it all at one time. With this dining room it’s a one decision at a time kind of thing. Both ways of decorating have their ups and downs, I think. I’m used to the other way, but it’s nice to go this slow route.
Someone recently reached out asking for general advice on getting in the “industry”. I always take these emails so seriously because 2-3 years ago I was a flailing girl emailing every person who said they were an interior designer. The subject line was usually something like “please give me all your wisdom!!!” (I’m still flailing. I don’t know how to not flail.) I was desperate for knowledge and information a few years ago and just wanted to know their secrets. I’m curious if there are any designers or decorators reading, what is your advice for someone wanting to get in the industry?