For the most part, the business of interior design is just that. Business. Calls to vendors, making selections and reselections for clients, hours spent at the drafting table pulling your hair out wondering if the client will be on board with the concept, and phone calls. Lots of phone calls. Pricing hundreds of items from wallpapers to fabrics to furniture. Reviewing construction plans, selecting finishes, hardware, lighting fixtures and window treatments. And more phone calls.
It’s kind of like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Hours of planning and organizing and fitting the pieces together to make an overall picture that hopefully your clients will love. Sometimes the pieces just fall into place and sometimes those last few pieces seem to elude you until you’re about to put the whole thing back in the box and start a new one.
As an owner of a design firm, there’s a little added pleasure to the business to make sure that not only your design team is in sync with the client and on schedule as well as budget, but you also have to keep the business machine running…negotiating with factories, buying inventory, showroom issues, maneuvering the world of insurance and licenses, invoicing, payroll, and worrying about little things like work schedules, credit standing, advertising, internet marketing, building maintenance, etc. Lots of fun stuff.
But like any other business, there is definitely a reward to the business. It’s that magic phone call you receive from a publisher letting you know that the hard work and talent of your design team has paid off and your firm’s project is going to press. It’s a nice recognition from the design community since it’s not the kind of media coverage you can buy.
Recently, one of Retro Interiors’ projects that was completed earlier this year was published by Gulfstream Media, owners of Broward Design, Boca Life, Fort Lauderdale, Gold Coast and Miami Design magazines. While we are very proud and thankful to receive this type of notoriety, we are the most proud of our designers and staff, creative and dedicated individuals who continue to work each day giving their best, helping our clients realize their dreams and expectations, and who make coming to work each day a pleasure. And of course, our extremely grateful for our really great clients…who trust in our vision and who make all of this possible every day.
Here are some pictures from our published project. I hope you enjoy looking at them and find a little inspiration of your own.