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Confessions of an Interior Designer

I think I have a problem. Yes, I admit, I can’t control my creative compulsions. Design ideas constantly haunt my mind and appear everywhere, even when I am trying to relax. Take watching a movie for example– this is difficult for me. I can’t focus on the plot because my mind is focused on the interiors. I am constantly admiring or evaluating the interior and thinking, “Oh, now, that was a good idea” or “Oh, my, that needs to be redone.” I have been known to DVR or rent a movie just so that I can stop and replay a captivating interior scene. I told you I have a problem! But, honestly, who can resist this living room from the movie, Something’s Gotta Give? I love everything about it…nothing needs to be redone.

Images from hookedonhouses.net

My problem extends to shopping as well. I have set out so many times to find a specific piece of furniture, only to lose course and obsess over something that is completely not what I am looking for. The other day, I was shopping for lamps and sofas and this beautiful polished nickel bar cart stopped me in my tracks. I mean, I couldn’t move. I just kept thinking…which of my clients needs this bar cart? Someone has to have this bar cart!

 

Look at the mirrored top, the beautiful black shelves, the fretwork details on the sides. Ahhh, and it’s so functional. It would look great in a living room stocked as a bar, or in a kitchen with a collection of antique tureens, or in a library loaded with books and collectibles. Can’t you see it? Don’t you want it? I almost walked out the door with this because I had an entire room designed around it in my mind.

This has happened on other occasions as well. My husband and I set off for a long weekend to the W Hotel in Austin, Texas and I could not stop drooling over the dreamy interiors. The design aesthetics of the bars (yes, they have several) and restaurants are so hip!

Image from atmtxphoto.com

I just cannot sit in this bar and focus on anything but the fabulous ceiling, the bold artwork, and the chic decorating. Apologies to my husband!

Image from junenaylor.com

Now here’s the restaurant. Don’t you love the velvet upholstered booths, the stylish light fixture, the mirrored panels and the modern wallpaper?

Image from artgrayphotography.com

Unfortunately, I was as equally amused upstairs in the guest rooms as I was downstairs. I actually had my camera and tape measure out! I mean how hip are this chair and side table, and look at the embroidered design on the edge of these draperies. So many distracting details!

I guess it’s a good thing that I am an interior designer and can channel my creative impulses. Well, at least, I try!

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