I’ve always been told ever since I was a child that I had a great eye for things. Whether it was dressing myself at the age of 3 or decorating my room at age 12 or being voted best dressed in high school, people always tend to follow my creative eye for fashion and design. I remember being 10 years old and being completely convinced that I was going to become a fashion designer when I grew up. Little did I know back then that if I couldn’t sketch properly, I was never going to be able to “design” anything.
I figured out soon enough that maybe fashion wasn’t my calling but in 8th grade home economics class, my teacher gave us an assignment that changed my life. We were asked to make minor changes to our room and take a “before” and “after” photo of what we had done. She asked that we make one specific drastic change, whether it was moving our furniture around or rearranging our pillows. Well, I took it to the next level and completely re-designed my room. I went to IKEA and bought new pillows, sheets, and other decorative pieces to give my room a completely different feel. My before and after photo were so different that my teacher decided to pass around the photos to the entire classroom. This was the start of my design career.
Now, I understand how lucky I am that my parents allowed me and were able to afford all the changes I want to do. I followed my creative senses and soon re-designed our entire house. My parent’s master bedroom, living room, and the basement were all different by the time I was done. Eventually, after high school, I took courses on interior design and soon became a certified interior designer. I’ve never loved doing anything more. The shopping definitely helps as retail therapy too. 😉
So for all of you out there that are interested in interior design as a career path, don’t let others challenge what you want to do – go for it because you’ll never know how far you can get unless you try.