Over the years, I have had conversations with many people about the different projects I work on. Inevitably, I get, “Oh, I didn’t know you do that!” So I thought I’d tell you, Dear Reader, all about it.
Here is a good summation: Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building, while interior decorating is the furnishing or adorning of a space with decorative elements to achieve a certain aesthetic. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.
An interior designer works closely with architects to design the interior space and has a good amount of experience within the construction field. Decoration or decorating, on the other hand, is the furnishing of a space with beautiful or fashionable things while working within its functionality.
Interesting, right? But also slightly confusing!
Think of it as a Christmas tree: Decorators trim the tree with style, elegance, and glamour. Designers, on the other hand, design the tree itself as well as select the materials used for fabrication and ornamentation. Make sense now?
As for me, I do BOTH. I work with architects, engineers, landscape architects, builders & clients often before a project is even conceptualized. These types of projects want the interior design to be part of the space from the jump. Other times, I am brought in to simply furnish a space; do a color consultation or simply style a space – in other words to ‘decorate’.
The beauty for me is, I never have the same day twice. The work contains a large and, often, a daunting array of problems to solve and clients to please. On any given day I might look at wallpaper in a showroom; speak to stone fabricators to see how far the bar island can extend before snapping in half; talk to the plumber about using the correct valves for a fixture; work with the solar subcontractor to design the roof and grid simultaneously; walk with a realtor and her client through a house to determine how big a remodel is required to make it the way they want; be at the woodworker’s shop selecting the type of wood to be used on the leg of a custom bench, etc.
As you can see, Dear Reader, Interior Design is simultaneously both stressful and rewarding. I have the privilege of making a living shaping three-dimensional space to meet any client’s needs.
If you have any questions about decorating, design or just want to chat, please reach out anytime.