Don’t be wary of tapping into a designer’s resources

Can you imagine meeting someone for the first time and immediately blurting out that you hate their hair?

Kim Meckler

Can you imagine meeting someone for the first time and immediately blurting out that you hate their hair?

Day to day interactions rarely work like on TV where people tend to spout off anything that comes to mind.

Most of us aren’t fast enough with the quips and one liners as we don’t have a script writer penning lines making us look brilliant and funny. The insults that fl y back and forth between TV characters would stop us dead in our tracks if they were hurled at us in real life yet they seem hilarious when we watch them on our favorite show.

People seem to have a similar feeling about designers; I have heard many times that people are AFRAID to have me into their house.

I think they have this notion that I will enter the home and gasp, horrified at what I see.

The truth is, if I am coming to your house socially I am off the clock and don’t enter a residence with my designer cap on. If I am visiting your home in a professional capacity, my first views are mostly to catch sight of what makes this space yours – what things you have that make it your own.

The honest truth is, I’m a bit of a voyeur when it comes to people’s homes. I often see homes which catch my attention and long to see what the layout and design looks like within its walls.

I appreciate a home that surprises me with the layout and truly take delight in unique and unpredictable architecture.

The shows on TV which feature house hunters are my favorites as I can see styles and ways of living which are unfamiliar. Nothing thrills me more than being invited into these places either to help renovate or just to socialize.

Truthfully it’s like a doctor checking you over during a physical; he isn’t checking the tag on your clothes or judging whether or not your under garments are a matched set.

He is there in a professional capacity and his mind is focused on the task at hand. When a designer comes to your home they are there professionally and immediately begin to assess the situation at hand. I mentally start measuring rooms in my head upon entering!

I think what I am trying to get across is that there is no need to worry about your home. If you are unsatisfied with the décor then I encourage you to change it but please don’t shy away from the project just because you are worried that some designer will whirlwind into your home and immediately begin judging or throwing out one liners about how horrid your home decor is.

It seems extreme but believe me I have been told many, many times (with extremeness) I AM NEVER inviting you over! You will come in and laugh at my house.

This is true, some people actually think that I will come in and laugh hysterically at them which does make me laugh because over the years I have seen some pretty wild things in people’s homes and not once have I lost control in a fit of giggles.

I hope you feel liberated to invite a professional designer, decorator, contractor or stylish friend to your home to help you kick start your project. No one will judge you and the result will be a lovely new interior for you to live in.

Kim Meckler is an interior designer in Red Deer with Carpet Colour Centre.