I heard a great story while I was working out with a Jane Fonda exercise DVD. (Yep, Jane’s at it again. This time for those of us of a certain age, if you know what I mean.) During the video, Jane talks about a woman who wrote to her saying that she had been following the exercise regimen and while brushing her teeth she caught sight of a muscle in her arm that had not been there before. That day, she walked into her boss’s office and asked for a raise. The woman was getting stronger physically, and it gave her the courage to be stronger emotionally.
What does this have to do with interior design? It has to do with courage. Courage in your everyday life. Courage in the way you design your home. If you are doing it yourself, educate yourself as thoroughly as you can, and then trust your instincts. Be fearless. If you screw it up, then do it over again. Have courage.
If you have taken the step to hire an interior designer, and the designer has listened to what is important to you and what your goals are, and you have confidence in the designer, then listen to his or her recommendations. It may mean the difference between a good-looking room and a fabulous room. Have courage.
As the inimitable Winston Churchill stated, “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” - Alexander Interiors, McLean, VA
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Kathy Alexander is Founder and principal of alexander Interiors, LLC, an interior design firm focusing on high-end residential design. Kathy Alexander may be reached at 703/222-9100, firstname.lastname@example.org www.alexanderinteriors.com