I don't get much of a chance to watch TV, but I do hear a lot of people talking about interior design and decorating makeover programs. They tell me it is so glamorous and looks like so much fun! How amazing the designers are and can change a room with so little money in such a short time!!
So I have watched a few and I don't know about you, but I would like to visit the TV makeover rooms a week or even a month later to see what is still standing.
The speed and the shortcuts they take are not conducive to good design. Imagine what a loss to us all it the Pantheon, in Athens, had been whipped up with a glue gun in one hour!! It would definitely not still be here today. Probably not really a good example but you can see where I am coming from.
Successful design and decoration comes from good planning, having a realistic budget, and using professional qualified contractors. Then your interior design or decorating project will stand the test of time!
These TV programs set unrealistic goals that any real designer could never meet. Therefore when a client comes to you they expect things to happen instantly, and guess what? It is not the way the design process works. You and your client have to work through a planning process of design, then ensure that your plans suit the budget you have allocated, then you need to engage the correct contractors, source the materials to arrive when you need them and watch every thing as it goes along to make sure that everyone is working together and they have interpreted your designs correctly. This definitely does not happen in one hour!
I have been an interior designer for fourteen years now and I am yet to pick up a paint brush, demolish a chimney or sit at a sewing machine for my client! So why do they show designers getting down and dirty! It just seems crazy to portray a consultant in such a way. Call me a snob, but I believe that these "reality" TV interior design makeover shows have undermined our profession, and created unrealistic expectations for project budgets and time frames. They have made people more aware of their personal environments which is a positive step but do little else to promote our cause.
So I'll be back to not watching these TV shows, but I am sure that the general consumerist public, ready for a quick fix, will still sign on to the glue gun brigade!
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