See The Humor In Interior Design

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By Barbara Kaplan –

Thank goodness for beginnings and endings. I always welcome them because I can get so caught up in life that I don’t know how to stop feeling like I’m on a carousel. It’s important to have a beginning and an ending to mark the time, to stop and take a breath. It gives pause to see if you are on the right track. I know so many of us make resolutions; I like to think of them as actions, because actions need to be executed.

I enjoy my life as an interior designer. Every day is different. There are frustrating days and creative days; there are days when I find just the right fabric for a project and others when everything is back-ordered. Even on the worst day I still wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.

What I have learned is that if I smile and have fun, things flow more easily and I am more successful. It’s important not to lose my sense of humor and forget that bringing joy and comfort into people’s lives is what it’s all about.

On the lighter side of things, here are some of my resolutions:

As an interior designer:

  • I promise not to design anything that is uncomfortable.
  • I won’t experiment painting anyone else’s wall except my own.
  • I will stop using Navajo White.
  • I will think of new ways to decorate in Southwest style.
  • I will keep Tuscan design to a minimum.
  • I am committed to eradicating whitewash wherever it still exists.
  • I will think of a new way to reintroduce avocado green and harvest gold.
  • I will ignore Saltillo tile if someone wants to keep it as their flooring.
  • I will stop poisoning my clients’ pets that ruin the new furniture.
  • I will make plastic slipcovers for people who won’t get rid of their destructive pets.
  • No more martinis before designing.

And a few predictions:

  • No more Shabby Chic
  • Away with slip covers – except at my house
  • No more faux finish on walls
  • Wallpaper is back, but not flocked
  • Shag carpet and beanbags are in again and out again

As you see, it’s more fun to see the humor in our design choices than to worry about finding the “only” answers. I’ve often said that design is an art, not a science, and each of us has our own version of how we want to express ourselves artistically.

My last thought is a suggestion to those of you who will be making design choices
and decisions:

Have fun on your interior design journey and don’t take it too seriously.

Always remember that rooms have no feelings, YOU do!


Photo credit: Community Photography ‘now & then’ / / CC BY-NC

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