Casual Approach to Interior Design

I have wanted to do this for quite some time. I believe now is the time. I wanted to write about the field of Interior Design and Home Decor is a casual way.

But first, let me tell you a little about myself. I have been in the Interior Design and Furniture field for a while. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Interior Design. I studied design under a man by the name of Harold Wescott. He was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright.

He really taught me the basics of Interior Design and how to build on those principals. I find myself going back to those basics, time and again, especially with all the new trends that keep appearing. Some are good and inventive. Some are not so good.

This was before computers and I phones, so all my studying and drafting floor plans, color selections, etc, was all done by hand and many tedious hours over a drafting table.

I waited until after my boys were in school before delving into making a living in this field in Georgia.

My first real position was as a Design Assistant, for very little pay, here in Florida. But I learned a lot. I guess you could say I was there to handle all the small tasks for the Designers. It was very valuable experience.

I had to price the fabric books, place the sales tags on the pieces of furniture. I was always looking over the Owner’s shoulder at floor plans for their clients. I learned quite a lot.

From there, I was hired by an established furniture store and was surrounded by beautiful pieces from lines such as Drexel Heritage, Thomasville, Henredon. These were all top names in furniture then. They still are, but a lot has happened in the Furniture business in the past few years. It all changed when some companies had all their manufacturing moved to China and overseas. It really had a devastating impact on the states that made our furniture here. I think people are now realizing that it would have been best to keep areas associated with furniture here in the states.

I digressed. Back to me.

After several years of perfecting the art of selling furniture and, I decided to open a small, and I mean small, little shop in Indialantic, Fl. I had small pieces of furniture, lots of fabric sample books, and accessories. I was also trying to learn the computer. I knew nothing of the business end of the business.  I did have a person who would help with the “books”. It was a lot of work.

People have always thought of having a design shop as “so much fun.” Parts of design are fun, but there is a lot of work and planning that goes into each project. You have to be a business person first, designer, buyer, and also a psychologist….and keep up with all the new trends, colors, styles, etc.

From there, after a few years, I moved my shop out to Suntree. I was still learning about running a business.

So, I would like to explain to my readers, that there are all kinds of “Designers” out there. My approach is very casual. I guess that comes from living in the South most of my life. I love to help people with their homes, that one room that has them stumped, whatever their needs may be.

That is why I am excited about putting down my thoughts in this Design Blog. I am here to help you all with your homes, rooms, floor plans. I hope to add a humorous side to this business and keep you abreast of what is new and exciting. It doesn’t have to be expensive to have great design features.

 

Thank you.

 

Sandra

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