While my teenage daughter loves watching home-makeover shows on TV, I can't sit through one without fuming. At the supermarket check-out line, the mass-market titles scream out to us: A new room! A new you!
Yeah, right. The idea that decorating can happen at the snap of your fingers is ridiculous. Just slap paint or wallpaper and throw some stuff up on the wall and—presto!—a "done" room? You are only kidding yourself.
It's true that consumers today have much more access to the resources that were once known only to the professionals. Now you can find fabrics, antiques and many wonderful items on the web, in specialty stores and from private dealers to get you started on a decorating project. But I have known many a friend who found a fabulous fabric, thought it was the solution to her decorating woes and immediately went about re-covering all the furniture only to admit— no surprise here!—that, after all that, the room was, well, just OK. Something was missing, she cried.
While many of us have great taste and know what we like and don't like, putting all those things into one room is a very different matter. The process of designing a room takes time and lots of editing. It takes a sophisticated eye to sort through all those things we love and weave them together into a harmonious scheme. Color, hue and tone; size, shape and scale; texture, volume and proportion: all these matter. We might not fully understand exactly what they mean and how they affect a room, but a professional does.
Face it: we hire professionals for almost every aspect of our lives. Why would you not hire a professional to decorate the place where you spend the most time with people who mean the most to you? Now, more than ever, when value is the new buzzword, don't make the mistake of thinking that you can go it alone. Most of us can't; most of us shouldn't.
We live in area bursting with talented individuals who dedicate their lives to a higher aesthetic. Not all of us can; not all of us should. World-class talent is yours for the asking. Just ask.
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