You're a young professional. You want to be taken seriously. But how can you progress toward your dream career or dream relationship if your home doesn't reflect that same desire to be taken seriously?
If your friends tell you your place needs a little TLC, you should listen. Do you ever hear things like:
- "Your kitchen is a disaster zone,"
- "Your couch is falling apart,"
- "That furniture never should have made it out of the 80s?"
They are all legitimate criticisms. And they legitimately affect your life. Let's be honest:
- Guys: You're not going to attract quality girls with a mattress on the floor and frat house paraphernalia everywhere. Accordingly,
- Girls: You're not going land a husband with teddy bears all over your bed and photos of your drunken escapades on the nightstand.
If you want something great to happen in your life, consider changing your surroundings. (This is the Aha moment). You can only be nudged so much until you realize something's got to change.
If people urge you to update your home, listen. Then hire someone like me to counsel, educate, and rally for you.
An interior designer is a lifestyle coach, therapist, and personal trainer in one.
When you bring a designer into your life, you get a lot more than furniture. You first get someone to listen to your concerns and goals (like a shrink). You get someone to tell you what you need to hear (like a good shrink). You get someone to outline a solution (like a great shrink). Then, you get someone to hold your hand through the entire process (like a shrink who is always on call and always available and enthusiastic to help you). Then, you can sit back and wait for a big reveal: the moment you see how much better your life will be in your new, logical, and happy place.
An interior designer tells you what you need to hear.
That couch you inherited a few years ago, with a little wear and tear but no big deal? In reality, that couch has gouging holes, stains, and years of filth. It's a massive eye sore that makes the whole room intolerable. Your friends laugh about the debouchery the couch has endured. And how gross it is now. So get rid of it. Someone on Craigslist will see your trash as their treasure.
Figure out your budget for its replacement. There are some gorgeous pieces out there--most good sectionals will cost over a thousand bucks. If that's too much, go to Ikea, or snag a great deal elsewhere. People like me can do it for you.
That old couch sucks. Just like with an old boyfriend or girlfriend, the relationship has run its course. Free yourself of the baggage. Just like a new pair of jeans make you feel fresh and confident, a new couch will do the same. Improved surroundings instantly improve your outlook on everything else. When your kitchen is a mess, you avoid cooking altogether, right? You have to clean it out to function again.
It's all connected.
Quitting bad decor is like quitting a bad job, bad lifestyle, bad relationship, or bad addiction to cigarettes, booze, or high fructose corn syrup. It's a little scary at first, but the resulting freedom and happiness is worth it.
If you're in one of these situations, you're probably overwhelmed and don't know where to start. That's when you call the Interior Style Pharmacist. I will plan it out. I'll tell you the blunt truth, and also hold your hand through your recovery. You'll be happy you did. And your shrink will thank you for it.