Your home has 10-foot ceilings and you can tell that impacts the design. What about homes with less than 10 feet?
So for me, one, the most important thing about interior design is the architecture. If you’re decorating something that doesn’t have good bones, it’s lipstick on a pig. So for a low ceiling, you can do really flat molding in the ceiling. You can create coffers in the ceiling, even if it’s just three quarters of an inch thick slats going this way and that. You can do a very low profile light fixture. You can create texture on a ceiling. I guess I’ve only done it in a restaurant, but wallpaper on the ceiling. I wouldn’t say that this room is not conducive to wallpaper, it would just be too much, but small areas you can do some wallpaper, maybe grass cloth on the ceiling. There’s all sorts of things you could do, but it’s important to think about the ceiling.
Would you say your approach to your job is the same as it was when you first started, or has it changed?
It’s probably about the same. The most important thing is communication. You have to understand your clients and make sure you’re communicating with them, so they understand you. I think I’m better at communicating now, than I was when I first started. People give you money. They want to know what’s going on. For me I was thinking, “Give me money and then, OK, I’m going to go do it now.” And then, “Hello, what’s happening?” So I’ve gotten better at communicating.
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