We all have pet peeves. In my official poll of fellow designers and architects, here are some items that came up as strong triggers. SO without further ado, in no particular order:
10. Clutter and too much stuff…(this goes hand-in-hand with too many accessories)
Your interior designer can help hire an organizer, edit and refine your collections and create storage in a myriad of creative ways. These efforts can create a calmer, more peaceful space and who doesn't want that?
9. Black sheets
What are you hiding? Or what are you trying to say? White sheets are good, black sheets are evil. It is very simple. Let us help you.
We are all done with this now. We have used far too much of it. Your designer can help you source beautiful, durable, planet-friendly alternatives for your countertops, backsplashes, tub decks, etc.
7. Inadequate, poor packaging and vendors who will not stand behind their products
This lack of attention wastes SO much time and just creates bad energy. We so appreciate people who do their jobs conscientiously and well and we cultivate these relationships to make our designs seamless and worry-free.
6. Too many recessed can lights.
We do not need the ceiling to look like an airport runway. Recessed can lights are not the only way to light a room. You need to fill the space with layered light and we know just how to help you do that!
5. Unrealistic expectations and "reality" tv
Expectations that we won't bill for the little things--Life is in the details and the details are what make up an exceptional design.
Anger when a change order costs more money--The reason we try to set up the design in advance of ordering and constructing is that when one changes gears or adds on in the middle of the project, there is a cost associated with that. We do our best to set up reasonable expectations at the beginning of the project.
Value engineering at the end of a project--This can severely affect the outcome of a project. We can see the forest for the trees and can help you hold the project vision from beginning to end so that the original expectations are not only met but exceeded.
"Reality TV" is not reality--the design, construction, relative costs and timelines on these "reality" shows are pure fiction the way they are presented, about as far from reality as imaginable. What you don't see is the HUGE crew off camera, the prep beforehand and the smoke and mirrors regarding quality of installation and items. Understand that this is made-for-tv-drama and that we can do better, in a different way.
4. The color Mauve
We cannot find a place or purpose for this color. But did you know that it was the color of the first synthetic dye, discovered by William Perkin in 1856? Some things have a silver lining.
3. Trendy decor that has been overdone.
Foo dogs, macrame wall hangings, swinging egg chairs, ruffled bedskirts...these items may have been played out. BUT. Anything worth doing is worth doing well. So, if the item is well-considered and the decor demands it, then it will always work.
2. Small, cheap throw pillows that are sewn shut with icky inserts
Pillows can be the jewelry in a room but also need to add comfort. Be generous with your pillows--stuff a 22" down insert (90/10 fill is perfect for a living or family room) into a 20" cover. If down does not work for you, there are remarkable cluster-fiber inserts that provide the same level of comfort. No 12" or 14" or 16" throw pillows, please. They don't look as nice and really, don't you want good bang for your buck?
1. Lack of gratitude
Well-thought out interiors can give anyone a boost and make life more wonderful. But good interior design is a luxury and there are no emergencies in this business. (Unless the roof is literally caving in…) We all need to be grateful for what we have and no matter how frustrating any of these scenarios are, as long as we have our health, our family and our friends, we are blessed. We all need to spread more love around. So go ahead, just say thank you.