Just because TV Says you Can?

Just because TV Says you Can?

One more time:  You are not a Designer because TV says you are.  Just because the Internet and HGTV/ DIY television are giving out all sorts of options for helping one exude overconfidence in construction, remodeling and design (plus, plus), doesn’t mean that it’s truly so.

Sadly, Lowe’s is letting many employees go in our area.  Is it because they are overextended? That could be it and the construction industry is in the toilet, so many contractors don’t need supplies any more.  But I somehow associate Lowe’s with the Do It Yourself “movement” (as I call it) and maybe it’s really harder to do that than TV tells you it is.

Nowadays, the norm is to find shiny magazines (too many to enumerate) in Starbucks and all kinds of showrooms, usually free, with “articles” about design which are published for those who pay hefty (in my purview) dollars for ads in those very same issues.  Just because it’s in a magazine, it’s not necessarily good design, guys; not always something to emulate.  These mags are not Architectural Digest or Elle Décor (and there are other good ones besides these 2).  It is also true that these “advertising rags" –as they were once called--publish some admirable interiors that could have been selected for more conventional magazines.

There are many, many websites for advice on doing your own remodeling and design/decorating.  There are also more and more websites where you can buy the furniture, accessories and whatever you might need for your projects, too.  Some of my wholesale vendors have sites where they will sell to anyone, but NOT at “net” cost without proper credentials.

As I often am, I was just in conversation with an expert in a specialized field of construction.  She was telling me how much more difficult it is to communicate directly with the consumer nowadays when they come to buy from her showroom on their own.  Yes, it’s partly because consumers don’t know the terms (“lingo”, perhaps) or have an understanding of the specification and construction process.  But she was very direct in telling me that the hardest part of those interactions and meetings (as it were) is that these poorly-educated buyers interrupt and talk over her as if they know as much as or more than she does about her specialty!  It makes completing—even selling—the job difficult and more time-consuming.  DUH.

Honor your limitations.  Get help when you need it.  These can be incredibly expensive mistakes.

For some reason, on one hand, actresses can become “Designer” spokespersons for my industry on widely-watched TV shows, and on the other side, at the very same time, the most professional end of the Interior Design industry in Illinois is putting together a bill to separate the qualified Designers enough to allow them to be more autonomous and legally equipped to complete and manage their own projects--as it should be.   Amazing.


(image from zazzle.com)

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