Interior Designers & Retail Design Services

Interior Designers & Retail Design Services

I was asked recently, that as more retailers start introducing design services into their furniture offerings how can we as designers, start setting ourselves apart as well as stay relevant.

This question caused an internal scream of the soul.

If designers don’t know the value that they bring, don’t know how the services that we offer, and are confused about this - how can we expect clients who aren’t part of this industry to understand?

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Interior Design & The Environment

Interior Design & The Environment

Do interior designers have a responsibility to create environmentally-friendly designs? Fast-furniture and flat-pack furniture companies have become ever more popular as the home decor market flourishes. More people consider home goods disposable rather than a lifetime investment.

This means that almost 10 MILLION TONS of furniture go into landfills yearly.

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Explaining Gaps in Employment

Explaining Gaps in Employment

Today, I’m answering a reader question. Lenishka emailed and asked, “How do I explain gaps in employment and being in school for over a decade without sounding like I don't have my stuff together.” She explained that she has started a family and earned a couple degrees in the past 14 years, but is questioning how to explain gaps in employment.

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Finding Value in Skills

Finding Value in Skills

Do you ever feel like the public doesn’t place much value in interior design anymore?

YES!

I know. It’s what everyone says.

The funny thing is when I was at a marketing conference in April, an accountant stood up and said, “No one values accountants anymore.” And someone else stood up and said, “No one sees the value in custom dresses and clothing anymore.”

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Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

I don’t have enough experience to take that project.

Why would clients listen to my advice?

I’m charging too much and client’s won’t pay me for my time.

Imposter syndrome rears its ugly head pretty regularly. I see it in other designers and more potently, I notice it in myself. Why would anyone listen to me? I battle it pretty regularly. I’m pretty sure most of us do.

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