Tell me the truth: When you hear of someone using an interior designer for their home, do you automatically then dismiss the person's own style? Assume that they bought and paid for their beautiful interior and don't get any credit?
I'm torn on this issue. Part of me does shrug at someone who had help. A big part of me does wholly admire when I found out that someone didn't have any help.
How old school is this? I've used a personal wardrobe stylist and I don't any insecurities about my own style. I know factually that I have a certain aesthetic and that Bethany just helped me bump it up a notch. I didn't copy her style. It wasn't lazy on my part. I had a need for specific outfits, I paid her to help me find them and arrange them and advise me, but it doesn't diminish how I think about my clothes in general. In fact, it enhances it. Do I wish I had the skill and knowledge base to put it all together like she does? Yes. But I'm also sort of okay with showing her what I like and letting her run with it. Letting her enhance me, so to speak.
So why do I feel a little differently about home design? I take equal (possibly more) pride in the way I style my home. But I don't have to dig deep to realize that I have some major weaknesses when it comes to designing a space. I know what I like and I know what I don't like, but I can't always make the good things come together in my head the way I picture it.
Before we shot the show Tanked at our house, I worked with a talented interior designer to spice up just a few pieces of furniture and accessories in case they were going to shoot our whole home. She was a great resource and helped me achieve a few things I really wanted (like mounting this blanket in the guest room), but I knew pretty quickly that I wasn't awesome at collaborating. (I'm actually not awesome at collaborating in most things in life, so why I was surprised by this project, I have no idea.) I'm just picky, but I don't want to appear high maintenance to others. And since I have done 92% of my home myself, I get a little rankled at the thought of changing something.
But here we are, a few years later, and I could really use help with a few things that have escaped me in the house. I don't have the time, energy, knowledge, skill, or resources to do it myself. Still, I've have a hard time letting go. I want it done, but I want the credit.
Can't have my cake couch and eat it, too, though. I have to either release some control or make peace with the house being less than finished.
So what do you think? Have you used help with your interior? Would you welcome it or must you do it all yourself?