Let's just be clear, I believe a room can be totally transformed with exactly the right throw pillows.
In fact, a dated room that looks tired and sad, can also be completely brought to life with the right updated pillow. I do it with my clients all the time and there's nothing more fun.
In fact, I get so many pillows custom made for my clients, my workroom calls me "The pillow lady".
Someone once posted a comment that I was just a pillow fluffer. I took that as a total compliment. In fact, watching Downton Abby the other night, my favourite line I think of all time from Maggie Smith who plays Lady Grantham said:
"I take everything as a compliment, it saves many an awkward moment".
This means, I will not be the one who will move walls for you or re-design the footprint of your kitchen. Although, I have saved many bad kitchen designs from being executed with my advice given I've seen so many of them.
A renovation that gives you a brand new kitchen is really exciting until you turn around and look at your great room with all the tired, old furniture. That's where the decorator comes in. To give the room a look and a feel with fabrics, to give it atmosphere with lots of lamps.
Both jobs are obviously, extremely important.
I just love this image. The black subway tile is so striking against the wood stained cabinets and I love the way the pillows repeat the colour of the wood as well. Without the pillows sitting on the bench, this image would not be nearly as fabulous as it is.
But here's where it gets interesting. Notice that the countertops are white but that's where the white in this kitchen ends. Except then it's repeated in the seating vignette directly in front of the island.
So if you have a wood stained kitchen and pretty neutral countertop and you're thinking white but then you're wondering if it would work because it's out of nowhere? Well, I'm posting this image to show that if you have the right layout and you repeat it in the accessories, chairs in the adjoining breakfast room, maybe it can be done.
Notice it works though, because there's no busy, dark, earthy backsplash that would make introducing white out of the question.
So interior designers, I salute you! Without you, where would we be with our badly outdated kitchens and homes with crappy floor plans?
And decorators, without you, there would be far less well placed furniture, lamps and pillows in homes everywhere.
Stagers, where would our homes be without the transformation by you before they are sold for way more than we would have made without you!
We all have to do what we were born on this earth to do and do it well. The more of an expert you are in the area where you excel, the more money you will make.
When we first start in this business, we think we should know everything. But the faster you figure out what you're really good at and then get really good it it, then you can start focusing on creating multiple streams of income which means your office, is anywhere your laptop is.
And that's a good life.
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