Last week, I had the pleasure of joining Michelle Binnette on her podcast “Real Talk Design” Did you get a chance to listen in? What were your thoughts? What 80’s song has you on that dance floor every time? Share below. If you missed it, check it out here.
Here were my big design takeaways that I truly believe will help me as I create beautiful spaces for my clients.
- Figure out the best vendors to work. This one that has been on my list for a while, and will really take time to perfect. As a designer, one of the ways I elevate spaces is by furnishing it with elements that aren’t readily available to the general public. I want my clients to have dinner parties, where guests are blown away by the pieces they see come together. I need to curate unique pieces so their space is not mimicking everyone else’s. (I’m looking at you Pottery Barn.)
- The importance of a contract. Michelle shared how her contract has really evolved over the years, and how it truly needs to be tailored to the client and their needs. A contract is critical because it makes sure everyone is on the same page and manages expectations. Isn’t that life? One big game of expectations? As a designer, I want to make sure my client’s needs are being met while what they know what to expect from our collaboration.
- Courage. Michelle mentioned countless times how important the act of “going for it” is. I couldn’t agree more. A few mantras I keep repeating in my head: “Do it scared.” “You’re not growing unless you’re uncomfortable.” I need to give myself over to the process….even if it scares me. What does this look like? Bold designs, meeting new people, putting myself out there, sharing an idea that a client may hate, etc.
On that note, I need to say thank you. Thank you for reading this blog. Thank you for subscribing. Thank you for the comments below. Thank you for the double taps on Instagram and the likes on Facebook. Thank you for referring your family and friends. Thank you for your words of encouragement. I feel like I keep jumping off the diving board and realize I have this incredible tribe of people that cheer as I splash. It’s not perfect, but it is my best.