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Who REALLY needs a Designer???

August 2, 2019


One of my favorite projects was a small condo.  This couple had a young child and few dogs and had just moved into this home.  We talked about the house, what she needed and wanted and then got down to the reality of budget.  Most designers would have said, "That should cover the fees, but what about your budget for the furniture?"  It nearly slipped out of my mouth...but that was me, not a few years before, young kids, no money, and just trying to get my house to a place that worked for me and my family and that I kind of felt ok with.  She was so kind, I couldn't do it.  So I said, I can make it work, because I knew I could (in a more unconventional way).  We set up just two meetings after that:  One marathon day at second hand shops and thrift stores, and one marathon setup day.  Here dining and living room were beautiful, window coverings up, table set and pillows tossed.  Few projects have brought so much pure joy, as standing back and looking at this project:




1) it was ENVIRONMENTALLY...very little packaging comes from second hand furniture, and it does not end up in the landfill!

2) The COST WAS A FRACTION of what it would have been brand new

3) it FUNCTIONED exactly as the homeowner had hoped and dreamed

4) Most importantly SHE LOVED IT and FELT GOOD IN HER HOME


Since that day, I recognized that the creativity of a designer has FOUR GOALS:


1) Establish and solve any problems with the FUNCTIONAL AND DESIGN NEEDS of your client


3) Establish a reasonable BUDGET FOR THE THINGS THEY NEED

4) Set forth a COURSE OF ACTION that your client can follow, with or without your help