We all know what its like to cook in a crowded kitchen- there’s too much going on, there are FIVE people arguing about how to cook a single dish, food is flying and it seems like you’ll never eat dinner.
This philosophy, oddly enough, works with designing and making selections for your home. You are the person that knows what YOU like best; you are the one that has an emotional reaction when you see something. Not your sister, your mother-in-law, your neighbor, your dog (although I have had meetings where the dog selected a rug!), etc.
What I’m getting at here, is that sometimes its best not to show everyone your intentions for a remodel or selections for your home. Too many opinions act much like choice fatigue- there are too many options and judgments flying around your head and making decisions becomes exponentially more difficult.
Time and time again, I’ve had clients, friends and family be within inches of beginning a project then stop suddenly because there were too many people involved. They finally gave up because they kept second-guessing themselves because of too much advice.
Having too much advice is not a reason to not enhance your quality of life with a remodel!
The key is to trust yourself! Trust your tastes, your opinions, and your ideas. Everyone lives in a space a little differently, but you are the one who knows you best! My job as a designer is to help you hone in on those things you really need and want. And more often than not, being an outsider makes it a whole lot easier. Instead of focusing in on what I would like best, I focus in on what would work best for you.
Wed, August 18, 2010
by Cindy Aplanalp filed under