LIFE AS A DESIGNER
Updated: Jun 7, 2018
The life! | December 21, 2017
I feel like I could write a book on the life as a designer (at least what I have experienced in my time so far). Some of you may be thinking, you've barely been in the industry, what do you know?! You're absolutely right! But because my job is so hands on, and we are a full service firm, I do know a thing or two so far. And every single day I am learning something new. So, instead, I am going to sum it up real quick for you, and maybe one day I will get around to writing that book!
So here it is… it’s to my understanding that when some people look at designers, they see all the glam, fun and that our job is really easy (or they see us as flaky lol). Well, let me tell ya, this job is nothing but HARD WORK!! You need to be really confident and 100% devoted to your work and clients. If you know me well, then you already know how hard I work. What you don't see or hear of is everything that happens behind the scenes. I am not your typical designer; there is a lot more involved with my job than most people think. Yes, some days are pretty and effortless, and I go home at the end of the day and all is good! I get to select gorgeous fabrics for custom drapery, throw pillows, source unbelievably stunning furniture and design the ultimate fantasy spaces! But because Foxglove Design, can source all of our material, sell it, bring in the trade, do the drawings, AND project manage... that's where my job continues to grow. We are a full service firm that is really a one-stop shop, which people LOVE!
Each day of mine is totally different from the last. Some days I'm in the studio all day at my desk and never take a break (except for more coffee!). Some days I'm on the road, picking up samples, going from job site to job site, attending appointments, meeting deliveries on site, to networking... the list seriously goes on. I never really know what's going to happen the next day especially when I am in the middle of a renovation. The first few weeks of demo are always the craziest because that's when all the unknowns come up and it can get really intense and totally throw your entire work schedule off! It's nice not coming into work and sitting behind a desk all day everyday. I mean, some people love that and that's great! But, I definitely work better by being hands on, mixing it up and putting my heart and soul into what I do.
As much as there is a business side to all of this, me and the team also love to have fun and let loose! We like to get out, connect, network, attend exclusive events and have a good time. We love to know what's new on the market; switching up our studio library is huge and having what people want right there in the studio... AH-MA-ZING! Clients go nuts over our large selection of samples that we have. I love the creative side to my job. I love investing the time into my design and what I am going to pull for finishes. I mean, I could very well pull together a beautiful design, but being creative is so much more fun. I absolutely cherish the industry I am in. It really is a dream come true!