Inspirational quote of the day is: “Every night, make it a habit to empty the cup of your mind so that every day you wake up, you feel a bit more free and at ease.” Big round of applause to the inspirational quote provided by my free meditation app, haha.
Often times, I do NOT get asked about what it’s like being an Interior Design student. I get the constant ooh’s and aah’s and asked “so you’ll decorate my house right?” Beyond the many questions of what paint should I use or does this chair match the theme of this room, it’s underwhelming when people assume all an Interior Designer does is “decorate.”
First let me start off by saying, Interior DESIGN and Interior DECORATING are two different things. It’s simply in the name people!! Interior Design is “a distinct profession with specialized knowledge applied to the planning and design of interior environments that promote health, safety, and welfare while supporting and enhancing the human experience.” (NCIDQ, 2019) Be glad I omitted the long run on sentence version from their actual website.
In simpler terms, Interior Designer’s give peace to chaos. We design functional spaces and can dictate human emotion simply on what color or pattern or texture we use. In other words, we’re basically superheroes… just look at Professor Kunselman!
I can’t tell you how frustrating it is when people simply think 90% of the job is just staring at paint in Lowe’s Improvement Store and perusing IKEA catalogs. (Don’t be confused though, we still do that, haha.) Being an Interior Design student is hard work. There are days where your art doesn’t look as good, or your concept isn’t executed the way you’d like. Days where you are constantly converting scales from 1/8 to 1/4 or the random all-nighters because you just started a two-month project two hours ago.
Interior Design is rewarding the same way it is challenging. I ask yourself to look in the room you are currently standing in and applaud the designer who created the space. However, if the room looks like three-day old bread and has an odor, maybe call a new one.
P.S Here’s some weird doodles and concept assignments of mine!
LOL, look at the definition of that toilet!
That’s it for today! Catch me next week Wednesday for another crazy story from the life of an MC Student!