I have been stuck at home too many days than I would like to think about. I had a surgery and the side effects are sticking around longer than I thought they would. So, I have been catching up on lots of rest. Which brings me to my ramblings today. I have been thinking about this a lot and I feel like it is time to put it out there to you. Recently, I have been in contact with several interior designers. Many of these designers are older women in their fifties, who have an established business. Look at these images below that some NJ designers posted on their website, case in point.
These designs are well thought out but I often find that their take on design ideas are very "in the box." What I mean is that they tend to be on the safe, traditional style of design that doesn't seem to fit the young modern families in our area. Golden yellow colored walls, plum color damask fabrics, cherry cabinetry and that famous camel colored granite, etc. I was in an interior shop in Princeton, NJ and overheard a conversation of a woman who was desiring to modernize her home because she feels like when you walk in, it feels more like her mothers home instead hers. Her mom was right next to her agreeing. This exemplifies the challenge. Most of the homes in the northeast have architectural elements of a colonial design and I think that designers get stuck. Colonial design is one of my favorites but you can easily update a colonial with flooring, colors and furnishings and make it hip, modern and fun. I have walked into too many homes of young families that feel like an older couple in their 60's live there instead of family in the late twenties. One factor that contributes to this is that we often start out with passed down furniture pieces from grandma and others. So, I guess what my purpose in writing this today is to encourage doing research when choosing an interior designer. Their portfolio tells a lot about their take on design as does their appearance. Our home should be a reflection of who we are as individuals and families. Designers that push us out of our comfort zone with fresh ideas are worth considering. I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject, please leave me your comments!!!