Interior Designer Roles and Transitions



One thing seen in creative fields such as interior design is a transitioning of roles and careers aligned with the need to create – yet different. A person may start out in one area of expertise, get the training and pursue the career with all the enthusiasm and vigor necessary. Then they see how another peer in a different yet similar field is going about their business and think, “Well, I could do that – perhaps even better.” And so begins the transition. It’s easy to have this happen in interior design and decorating. That innate creative spirit gets a little bored. Creativity urges trying on new pursuits. That’s the nature of the beast. Continue reading “Interior Designer Roles and Transitions”

When is Enough Enough?

Beware -I feel a rant coming on…

My husband and I were having a discussion over morning coffee time today.  We started discussing the economy and technology.  He is a fourth generation in a line of engineers.  Although he loves designing ways to make things work better, whether it be carpentry, electrical or managing a business, he can’t see technology for technology’s sake.  I have to admit there is a fine line between technological innovations that better people’s lives and those that just give a false impression that because it’s new it must be a better way to go.  The philosophy that if it is moving the economy toward new heights we must be growing and growing is essential – right?  Which brings us back to the economy.  There was a New York Times article on October 28, 2012 about a man diagnosed with lung cancer and given six months to live.  He made the choice to go to Greece to die.  Now we all know Greece is a struggling country economically.  In the region he chose to live, the people live primitively by Western standards.  They eat very simply – home made bread, what they grow in their gardens, yogurt they make, beans and vegetables, occasionally meat.  They drink tea of mostly local herbs, goats’ milk and home made wine.  They work at what the local economy can support, visit each other a good portion of the day, nap in the afternoon, dance and sing with friends at night – and yes get plenty of sun every day.  The area has a large portion of its population that lives to be over 100.  Our man with the cancer opted for no chemotherapy, hospitals, hospices or gravestone.  Actually he didn’t make funeral arrangements because he passed his 6 month time period and just kept living.  He lived where the economy was not “growing”.   Did he rob the economy of what it could have made from the medical  and funeral costs. Did he cheat the lawyer  out of fees, the city and county out of taxes, the real estate agent to pass on or sell his house and “things”?  An automobile industry wouldn’t have flourished because of him, as he opted for no car.  He lived simply and happily without disease.

Continue reading “When is Enough Enough?”

How to Handle Clients Shopping Around You (AKA – doing their own thing and letting you know later)

As professional designers and decorators, no one is impervious to the client you have taken on shopping on their own, checking the validity of your prices, coming up with new products etc. etc. Here are some guidelines you may consider when this dilemma arises.

designer with clients

1 – First really zeroing in on the clients you are about to deal with is crucial. Using confidence and discernment, ask the right questions in the first appointment. This goes a long way in seeing whether they are your ideal client. Continue reading “How to Handle Clients Shopping Around You (AKA – doing their own thing and letting you know later)”

Net Profit Margin vs. Gross Profit Margin



In the last post we described the limitations of what a gross profit, gross profit margin and net sales are.  But we also explained our businesses have more “bags” that hold more figures that need to be factored into a financial report.

shopping bags

In business, we are all about not just doing a great job for our clients and building our reputation, but at the end of the day, we want to see profit also. Continue reading “Net Profit Margin vs. Gross Profit Margin”

Gross Profit Margin – How Knowing it Helps a Designer




There are so many ways to justify a personal expenditure of a new suit, new bag or briefcase  when you are in the design field. After all appearances mean so much don’t they? Our work is judged by how we look and come across, isn’t it?? Especially when we “know” we made profits on our last couple of jobs we should be able to allow for a splurge, right?  Don’t we need to celebrate a new contract with a delicious lunch after an appointment??  Isn’t that what return on investment is? Or was that petty cash or owner’s capital – a tax deduction?  Whatever!! Continue reading “Gross Profit Margin – How Knowing it Helps a Designer”