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Why I Quit Interior Design

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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.
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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.
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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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12 Comments

  1. You’re so amazing sister!.. Keep doing what you’re doing and stick to your believe. I believe in simple, easy and peaceful life. I find comfort in a well designed space, but not the ridiculous spending like you said. May you be blessed (in shaa Allah)

  2. Omg!! I applaud you on so many levels, and I totally understand your feelings. I have the exact same thing going on when it comes to Fashion, and I’m excited about the new direction I’ve chosen. This was refreshing to read! Good luck on your non-profit, I will definitely check it out.

    1. Hashima, you are too kind. Navigating the right path can take take you to places you didn’t even know. Thanks for weighing in!

  3. This is a really interesting article and perspective. When I think about my experience in education and healthcare I can appreciate that the look and feel of a space is very important. I’ve worked in school buildings that are old and have been neglected. As a student teacher walk-in into those cold, unwelcoming building absolutely had an impact on my mood. Imagine the impact it has on the students who aren’t able to leave after a two month stint but instead have to be there for months/years on end. Incan day the same about facilities for healing. The way the space looks and feels DOES make an important difference but adding warmth, functionality and comfort doesn’t have to break the bank. I appreciate the kind of talent and value you bring to the world!!

    1. I absolutely agree 100%! Interior design is more than aesthetics it does impact your mood and outlook. A school is a perfect example of how Interior Design can truly make a difference. Now juxtapose that against a person spending 60k on a rug just because. That’s the kind of spending and design I can’t get with.

  4. Well written and I think your thoughts are speak for me as well. I look forward to learning more from you on cost effective and efficient ways to improve my space. I love design and I too agree that one shouldn’t have to be outrageous in order to provided a beautiful space for themselves, regardless of if your live in an apartment, condo, or single-family house. Every space deserves to be beautiful ❤️

  5. Assalam Alaikum! Loved your post. It’s the first of yours I’ve read and I can truly identify with the feeling of ‘something missing’. I believe everyone goes through that, and sometimes we are unfortunate to ignore such sentiments and make excuses for it rather than reflect and find the answer.

    That being said, I love your sentiment on conscious spending and conscious design. Truly thoughtful, considerate, insightful and inspiring! I’m looking forward to reading your other posts.

    1. Walaikum Salam, Thank you Saira! I’m glad that you took the time to read my post. It’s much appreciated it. Insha’Allah I plan to continue to do what feels right!

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