Saturday, March 3, 2012
Talent and Vulnerabililty
For many years I didn't realize that being able to choose color, fabrics, furnishings, treatments, and accessories, had anything to do with talent, I thought it was all about money. Since I was a young girl I could visualize how a room could feel better, just in the way it was arranged, or even if I could just add a couple of necessary accessory elements, it would improve significantly! I didn't understand that this was my special talent, but I soon came to discover, in any field of creativity, that not all talents are created equally.
What I've discovered about talent in any area, is our own set of talents and personality characteristics, sets us all apart from each other. My area of expertise is taking any size budget, whether it's a $100 or $100,000 and coming up with creative ideas to maximize any home or office space. Because I'm a people person, I can also blend husband and wife design preferences, into a scheme that compliments the other, so there is a harmony and flow that couples love.
Being invited into a clients home is a special privilege. There is certainly vulnerability when hiring a designer, and I've found that most clients are timid to admit they need help. In order to help a client to accomplish their goals I really dig into routines, habits, likes, dislikes, self discovery, and even hopes, wishes, and dreams.
It's great to know, one of my talents is helping the client feel comfortable, relaxed and able to truly enjoy the journey in creating a new inspiring environment!! In getting to know my clients so personally, I feel so blessed to have surrounded myself with such beautiful and inspiring people! I'm sure in any business, owners get inspired and encouraged everyday by the people they come in contact with. But as I've been spending a couple of hours visiting with a few of my clients, while I "fluff" things up for pictures, it's been so fun to remember the 1st moments and impressions.
I remember meeting all of my clients, some were strangers to me, and some not. But the lucky part is, having a good friend when the work is done! Thank you dear friends for being willing to get vulnerable and trusting me!!