“Enjoy the Process.” If there is a lesson to teach our kids, this is it. I first saw this phrase over my head, carved in wood on the entry trellis of a dear friend’s home. His name is Michael Grbich. At the time, Michael Grbich was in his mid 60’s, and I was in my early twenties. It stuck with me. A few years ago, my family and about a hundred other people who love him joined his 75th birthday celebration, a tap dance across the Golden Gate Bridge. It is such an inspirational story and I encourage you to read it. Aside from being a tap dancer, he is also an artist. Did I mention he has a tightrope wire in his living room? Please let me enjoy life even half as much!
My process of creating spaces is more than enjoyable for me; it’s a rush of excitement. I did not come in to design through the route of getting an interior design degree. This is usually followed by becoming a member of the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). Next comes internships and assistant’s positions in other large interior design firms with access to a communal library of supplies and samples. If that works for some, that is fine, but it's not for me.
When I present my ideas, they don’t come in a tightly branded package. My presentation boards are not a neatly printed Auto Cad document with architectural drawings. They are more like tears from a glorified sketchbook. I have to draw and erase. I need to collect items that excite me. I am constantly taking photos. I buy things impulsively, and then let them linger around my studio to see if they retain their impact. Much of it gets returned as the designs become more focused. Some of it stays there for several years. If you haven’t seen the picture of my studio, take a peek. I glue things on. I scribble notes. I don’t want my clients to just view it. I want them to feel it. I want them to enjoy their trip around the board as much as I enjoyed the process of making it.
Client approval is great. But if I don’t enjoy the process of designing, my clients aren’t getting all that I can offer. My goal for creating a space is creating the experience of living in that space. There is no other option.