Interior Design vs. Interior Decorating and other Ramblings
A lot of times Interior Designer and Interior Decorator are used interchangeably. They are, however, two entirely different things. An Interior Decorator helps pull spaces together. They can assist with furniture arrangement, decor selections, paint choices, etc. An Interior Designer does all of that but also has a basic understanding of construction, architecture, and functionality. Additionally, Interior Designers, by definition, require formal education. One must be certified in order to call themselves a designer. Interior Decorators do not have to have formal education. In fact, many are trained in other fields such as fine arts.
In this respect, I am much closer to being an amateur Interior Decorator than an amateur Interior Designer. I know very little about construction. If I had to handle a complete remodel or determine if a wall was load bearing, I would be lost. And the truth is, there are a lot of amateur Interior Decorators out there. Many of whom are much more talented than me. In the past, I have been told that I should consider being an Interior Designer or Decorator. And part of me thinks I would love it. But part of me has alway been hesitant. There are so many people out there more talented than I am. And the field is overrun with competition. Plus, does doing something you have loved as a hobby lose some appeal when it becomes a job, like how a friendship can be ruined when you decide to become roommates?
Lately, I have been thinking a lot about what I want to do with myself long-term. I know that at some point I will probably want or need a full-time career. My challenge has been in nailing down what that should be and how to make it a reality. I have toyed with becoming a professional organizer, a professor at a junior college (probably in English), or starting my own business of some kind. Why is it so much easier to identify the things I definitely don’t want to do (anything requiring massive amounts of travel, farmer, radio DJ, photographer, nurse) than to figure out what I would love to do?
Thanks for letting me free flow with my thoughts today. Any suggestions from those who know me best or those observing from a distance would be appreciated.