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?
I’ve shown the pretty parts of our kitchen (let’s call it the kitchen’s form) but how about how its function? An element that I really love about our kitchen is that it was done on a realistic reno budget. We used ready made/store bought cabinets (literally picked up the fully built cabinets and drove them one by one from Lowes to our house) and also went with reasonably priced materials (saltillo tile), fixtures (lighting, hardware) to stay within a reasonable budget. With a custom kitchen, you pay much more money but in return you get to customize every inch and cranny of that thing. Built in garbage disposal? Built in paper towel holder? Built in wine rack? Basically built in ______ (fill in the blank with anything at all) and you can have it with a custom kitchen. Same goes with the cabinet sizes. The standard cabinet widths are 24″, 30″ & 36″ but if you have a wall that doesn’t equal a combination of those numbers, you can have a 28.58″ kitchen cabinet. Obviously another plus of custom cabs is that the quality of wood is going to be nice to very nice. With ready made cabs, you are working with plywood, which TOTALLY gets the job done for the record, but if you want the kitchen to last for 15+ years, they might start slowin down on ya. Bottom line here – with custom cabinets, you get to totally customize any and every detail you could possibly image. With store bought cabinets, you can still customize, it just takes some planning.
I’m starting a new series and I mean it. I’m really good at dreaming up ways to make this site better and committing 100% for one week and then sketching out the next week. But I really want to do this. There are so, SO many talented people out there and it’s not fair for me to hoard them. I say hoard them, but there’s a good chance you already know of them, but in case you don’t, I want to share about them and their amazing work.