In my ever reaching search for inspiration on all creative levels, I have come to rely on Pinterest more and more. The notion of discovering and sharing what others are posting to their boards has brought me a vast visual library from which I can take stimulus – from interiors to fashion, from design to nature – it’s endless and therein lies the real excitement.
Where else can you subscribe to such a bounty of images, many of which have links for easy reference. I remember growing up with my set of encyclopedias which were always referred to. Now I have only to type in a phrase or word and have the universe open up to me.
Photo courtesy Jim Fairfax of Fairfax Studio
I was with several members of my ‘design posse‘ recently. We got into a discussion about the merits of tight-seat and loose-cushion upholstery. Seeing as I’ve owned an upholstery workroom, I have some definitive ideas on the subject, but I decided to get the opinion of some experts with more experience to see if I might learn something new.
The grand dame of style Diana Vreeland once said “Most people haven’t got a point of view; they need to have it given to them.”
Do I have a point of view? Absolutely. Is there an aspect of my point of view that makes my design work different or unique? Absolutely. Do I have an aesthetic angle? Absolutely.
As an interior designer, I define function, I re-imagine space, I create and commission custom furnishings, I select materials, I select objects and works of art and I provide the organization necessary to secure all the moving parts. I’m creating a physical world in which the people that commission my work will live their lives.
Is there one person I hold close to me each day as I do what I do? One person who – by virtue of their choices – lives in both my work and daily routine? Absolutely. Gertrude Stein.