Sometimes my enthusiasm for design isn’t quite met with the same excitement by others. Family and friends often have their own interests and really don’t want to hear me dissect the latest trends in kitchen design. But then again, with three brothers and husband in IT and my oldest son blogging about “The Ising Model of a Ferromagnet” my eyes definitely glaze over when they start talking about their latest projects. That’s why it’s so refreshing to interact with other designers, including my own team, because they just get it. Let me illustrate with a few examples:
While most of the time I find no interested family member to run an errand with me even at a local store, this is how the scenario plays out with a fellow designer:
“I heard about a new antiquities store (2 hrs away!). We should check it out at one point…”
Response: “That sounds awesome! Let’s go tomorrow?”
Me (to family/non-designer friends): “Which shade of blue would you like best of these choices?”
Response: “Hmmm. They both look the same to me…”
Me (to fellow designer): “I am thinking of Philadelphia Cream for the living room.”
Response: “OMG I love Philadelphia Cream!” Followed by a 30 minute discussion on Philadelphia Cream versus some of our other favorite neutrals, while discovering that both of us used Philadelphia Cream in our dining rooms at one point of our lives.
Do you have these same experiences? What’s your favorite thing about connecting with others who share your passion? And yes this is one of the reasons I love going to the High Point Market (the count down has officially begun!). In addition to discovering new products, new trends, and of course inspiration everywhere, it is also wonderful and energizing to be surrounded by design/like minded people everywhere!