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?
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.