Great design is like a great movie, each time you see it you experience something new.
While DIY home design movement is quite popular at the moment due its democracy and budget friendliness, I would like to make a case for the pure talent and skill that is required to conceptualize, create and in the end, construct the design of an interior. This post is not meant to raise one profession (or hobby) over another – for me, if you read my about page, it is clear that I am slowly moving towards an integrated practice. This post is simply meant to distinguish, acknowledge and celebrate the fact that not everyone can DIY-it when it comes to the design of a space. I can not preform open heart surgery or, all of a sudden decide to become a gymnast and join the 2016 Olympic team.
Most designers have a love/hate relationship with design reality TV shows. Like most, I can appreciate them on certain levels and have even used some of the tips and tricks myself. I am not denying any of the true talent present there. Particular TV shows have focused on the DIY design movement as well – bringing the idea of design to the forefront of our current culture – this is good; never before have so many people been interested in design. At the same time, these types of shows, magazines and books delude the viewer/reader into thinking that good design can happen over night. In most cases, it does not. Good design takes time because of the functional, aesthetic and physical elements to consider. It takes time because of real life budget constraints, lead times and unforeseen discoveries (during renovations). It takes time for the various trades to coordinate with other trades and start and finish their work.
Good, professional design takes time.