I often joke that my husband and I should create a start-up combining my interior design services with his counseling gifts because of how often I see them intertwined in my line of work. And this is no diss to my clients, they should be intertwined; it only makes sense that we bring our whole selves into the design process and that what we desire out of it would reflect the life we perceive to lead or that we want to lead. For example, my home is calming and natural but also has bits of anti-majority pieces mixed in because as someone prone to anxious behavior I need my surroundings to remind me that my life can be calm and I can trust that I am going to be ok while also remembering not to get too comfortable because there is important work to be done challenging the parts of the world I perceive to be really effed up. But do I really live that way? God I hope do some of the time, but I am also aware its a projection of who I want to be.
This article a client sent me, thank you unnamed client, reveals how this concept plays out in some less desirable ways. I read it and went, "yep, yep, seen it, yep." But what it left unacknowledged was the importance this concept has on the design process as well.
The bio page on my website reads...
"Alexandra Waidley has always believed that good design flows from a good understanding of self. It is her joy to understand who a client is and what their needs are and translate that into a space that is not only beautiful and unique but that also reflects back to the client who they are."
Maybe I should edit that to say, "who they are and who they want to be." Because aren't we all hoping to be a better version of ourselves, I know I am, and wouldn't it be great if our homes encouraged us and set a stage for us to live up to the ideals we esteem to? And instead of hiding the parts we perceive to be uncool or unfashionable we found ways to display them to reveal how cool and fashionable our personal intricacies are?
I realize this is a little idealistic, but hey sometimes you gotta be.