Since I was 12, When asked what I wanted to be when I grow up, I would always say Interior Designer. The want and desire to be a designer didn’t change as I got older and I majored in Interior Design. However, at some point in my college career, I looked around and decided that Interior Design was not “important” enough. So I switched my major to Sociology and that’s what I got my degree in. Of course, the desire to be creative and design was still there, so I came back to Interior Design. I am happy that I came back to design but that feeling of, “not important” started creeping back.
So I started a Non-profit, Creatives Helping People (Feel free to take a look and let me know what you think), and it’s a way for me to combine the two things that I love. Interior Design and doing meaningful work. However, there was something about me going to the last Design events that made me have that old feeling again. The feeling that perhaps I had gone down the wrong path. This time I was able to realize what it was.
The part of interior design that I dislike and do not prescribe to is the indulgent and “frivolous” kind. You know, the kind that spends $60,000 on an area rug. I believe that a well-designed space is a basic need. Yes, a NEED. I think that everyone should feel happy about the home that they live in but it doesn’t have to cost “that much”. I understand wanting bespoke, one of a kind pieces that you can possibly pass down through the generations. Nevertheless, there is a point when the money spent on these items becomes ridiculous.
I know that it may sound strange coming from me, a person that profits from this spending, but it just doesn’t sit right with me.I like nice things, sure! However, I also know that there is so much “good” a dollar can do and spending 10’s of thousands of those on a couch isn’t one of them. So, it’s important for me to continue to do the kind of designs that are sustainable, responsible, and approachable to everyone and continue to remind myself of those three goals.
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