Friday, September 18, 2009

Random Thoughts for the End of the Summer

Alright. So, I might have a problem.  Lets see I've been blogging for about 4 months and this is officially my fourth blog header design.


It looks like I'm averaging about one per month, although I definitely did not plan it that way.  Apparently I like to play around with graphic design.  I see these headers as a pretty good representation of myself and my design style.  Ever changing, constantly evolving and (hopefully) improving day by day.

I can honestly say that at this point, I have a much greater appreciation of different design styles than I did while I was in school.  When I was in school, I didn't have much time to go out and explore all that is available in the design world for inspiration.  I had to rely on what I knew and liked at the time, and then all my time was spent working on my projects with my limited school resources of outdated design magazines and discontinued fabrics.

After graduating, I've been exposed to many more design styles, other than my own, through blogs, the internet, and design magazines now that I actually have time to read and pay attention to these things.  So, although this summer has been slow as far as work goes, it's also been a great learning experience for me to explore design and figure out more about my aesthetic, how I want to design, and how I want to work and run my business.  So although my husband jokes that I must stay at home all day and eat bon bons, I assure you that I do not.  :)  I've been researching, cataloging ideas, working on DIY projects, learning to sew, designing, writing on this blog and reading about things that I hope will be of use to me in the future as I start my own design business.

Now, to say that all this researching isn't fun, would be a lie.  How lucky am I to be in a industry where your required reading is design magazines, and blogs?  How cool is it to be able to research new product lines that add function and style to a space?  How amazing is it to go to furniture and fabric showrooms and be surrounded by gorgeous things?  I think it's pretty great and sometimes I need to remind myself  of that when things are slow and not much money is coming in, because I know that someday this economy will get better and someday I'll have clients coming out of my ears!  And then, hopefully I'll look back on this time and think, wow, I was really lucky to have that time to learn more about myself and the interior design industry so that I can do this business the right way, the first time!

p.s. Feel free to let me know your thoughts on my headers!  Which one is your favorite?


  1. All of the headers are great...all so different so it's hard to choose. I'd maybe say the third's fresh :) ps I know how to sew...a little...and my mom is lending me one of her machines..maybe we can learn together!! are you taking a class?

  2. I'm just trying to learn on my own with a little help from my MIL. We should definitely learn together!

  3. Hey Katie! The new header looks nice! :-) And I just wanted to add how I, too, had to deal with old design magazines and fabrics (you name it, really) during school. My school relied heavily on donated items from design firms (Read: outdated and from the time when dinosaurs roamed the earth). It's fun having the time to truly explore my aesthetic and other styles. I think it's great that you are using this time wisely! :-)

    Oh! And I just realized that I'm unable to post this comment with my Name/URL. It's not an option I guess?

  4. Thanks for the comment, Kristin!

    I'm not sure why it's not an option to post with your name/url...I looked into it and don't see how to fix that. Must be a Blogger thing?


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