The past week was pretty awesome. I started the week with a job interview. Over the past few months, I have made some conclusions. 1) I am a designer and not a business person. I strive to be someone who enjoys financial statements nearly as much as I like wallpaper, it just isn’t me. 2) Our family really needs the steady income of a regular paycheck (don’t most families?) and 3) I read some really discouraging statistics about how something like 5% of interior designers are actually thriving/prospering as independent designers, 15% are making money, but rely on the income of a spouse or partner for the majority of the household income and the rest are either working for a design firm, have a second job to supplement their income as a designer or are working outside of the interior design field or are living barely paycheck to paycheck. (Those statistics are to the best of my recollection, I can’t seem to find the article again, great journalism I know). More on that later.
Monday, I saw this:
Really Pottery Barn? With all your stylists and people paid to come up with creative ideas, you had to rip off a bloggers room? I don’t know Janell, but I would imagine she would have been more flattered if you had contacted her about her design and asked permission to re-create it for your catalog or even better, use her room for the photo shoot.
Anyway, this photo:
made me want to incorporate one of these into my backyard plans
Tuesday, I cleaned my house like a mad woman. I hate, hate, hate to deep clean my house and prefer to believe that the cleaning service we hired is doing a sufficient job. I am not complaining about their work, but they don’t get behind the refrigerator, sweep inside the coat closet, use a q-tip on the grout in the tub, you know the serious deep cleaning stuff. We were having overnight company on Wednesday, it was time for a spring, I mean, mid-summer cleaning. Part of my fanaticism might have been caused by my nerves waiting to hear on the aforementioned job.
The new Rue Magazine was released on Tuesday. I saw these:
Which reminded me of these:
Also from Rue:
And, I heard about the job. More about that later.
Wednesday, Matchbook Magazine came out. Mostly uninspiring, I don’t think I am their target audience. But I did find a couple things I liked:
I made this pie along with homemade whipped cream. A delicious summer treat!
I found this justification for my furniture hoarding:
Thursday was a complete waste. I didn’t have any commitments, so I took a mental health day. What a wonderful feeling to have a clean house, no one expecting anything from you, so you can just be a couch potato.
In the evening, we had my mom over for some swedish meatballs thanks to the newly opened Ikea bistro
and to watch THE season premiere:
Friday, I had the privilege of going to the Denver Botanic Gardens with an expert. It was the first time I had been there where I didn’t just casually walk through thinking “that’s pretty”. This time I learned about plants, made mental lists of what I want to incorporate at my house. It was so inspiring!
Friday night, we went to look at a house for sale. We aren’t ready to buy something new, but I couldn’t pass up looking at this one. 5 acres, a 5000 square foot house, amazing views, all for $250,000. The catch? Someone had started a remodel and never finished. It was a disaster, the roofing was only partially done which had caused some water damage inside, no flooring, the kitchen is gutted, everything would need to be done….a designers dream. Sigh…maybe we’ll win the lottery.
Saturday morning I woke up after having a dream where my husband and I were having a discussion about our personal finances with the Kardashians. Yep, I might be insane. Any dream analysts out there?
Then I saw this blog post:
So.. the job. I accepted a job this week that will require I no longer actively pursue outside design work. It will be working with products that I am proud to stand behind, high quality, ethically produced and heirloom quality. I won’t mention the company name here because I have no idea if they want to be mentioned here. Let’s just say they are a locally owned company that supports charities that I support and have a business model that I am excited to be a part of. As I said before, I get to design with out the stress of managing a business. I don’t know how this will affect my blog, I would imagine that you will see more personal projects and design stories.
How was your week?