Interior designers are “doers!” We like to take a design idea and run with it. A good designer listens and helps you plan so you can make the best decisions. Hasty decisions to satisfy a spontaneous idea can result in pieces of furniture, or painted cabinets, that really aren’t what you wanted. It’s like driving through a fast food window because you’re hungry, and feeling guilty afterwards.
Here are tips to help you stay committed to the “slow design” movement so your home decor makes you feel good, and is an authentic reflection of who you are.
Keep a list. Maintain a running list of things you love and hope to acquire. When you feel the impulsive urge to buy something, check it against your list. If it’s there, great. If not, channel that spontaneous energy into completing or tracking down one of your list items.
Prioritize quality. Don’t buy cheap furniture that might not last. Be patient and save to buy high-quality items that last.
Be thrifty. Cost is one of the biggest inhibitors to home designs, so start exercising your thrifty muscles. Look for vintage (or free!) high-quality items on eBay, Craigslist, and flea markets. Consider great options like reupholstering, refinishing, and painting to transform discounts into treasures. Remember that consignment stores can offer high-quality items at a great price.
Susan Currie Design can help you get your New Orleans home’s interior design just right. Call me today!