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Decorator vs. Designer

28 Jul

To sum up what I wrote about on my farewell message over on my Blogger site yesterday: I have decided to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Business along with some training in Interior Decorating so that I can open up my own Organizing/Decorating business in order to make up the difference in our income once my husband enters full time ministry.  If you read it, you’ll remember me talking about my struggle with choosing between Interior Design and Interior Decorating.  Well, today I wanted to talk about the differences between the two and explain a little more about why I chose decorating over design.


When you think of an interior designer what comes to mind?  If you’re like me, you tend to picture your favorite HGTV host: Candice Olson, Genevieve Gorder, Emily Henderson, David Bromstad….just to name a few.  Because this is who we tend to think of, we often equate them with decorators when, in reality, they do so much more.  You see, not only does a designer work with fabrics, furnishings and paint colors; they also work with blueprints, building codes and safety standards.  A designer has to concern themselves with the function of the room (ergonomics, acoustics, etc.) as well as with the overall appearance of the space, while the decorator’s primary concern is the way the room looks.

Still Representation –

An interior designer does have the potential to earn a six figure income but they generally start out making between $22K -$40K {depending on location and experience}.  Add to that the fact that they also take on almost $100K {if not more} in debt when they obtain their Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design.  If this is something that you definitely want to do, then go for it!  For me, however, it wasn’t the right choice.  The school debt turned me off of this degree as well as the fact that I would have a hard time finding a job {and an even harder time starting my own business, which is my ultimate dream} in my current location.  The easy thing to do would be to move where the jobs are but my husband feels called to the church we are already serving in, so there will not be a U-haul sitting in my driveway anytime soon {unless we sell our house and move to a different part of town – again, not in the plans}.

Jose Manuel Gelpi –


When I say that a decorator is primarily responsible for the room appearance, this doesn’t mean that he or she is completely oblivious of all safety concerns.  I simply mean that decorators are hired to work with spaces that are already finished {yes, even new constructions, but they are generally complete}, whereas a designer is on the project from the very beginning.  The good thing about this is that a decorator really gets to do the part of a designer’s job that the designer probably likes the best.  A decorator doesn’t have to worry about building codes and acoustics.  We get the fun job of picking out fabrics, furnishings, paint colors and accessories.

Sebastian Duda –

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a tough job.  A decorator has to work with difficult clients from time to time and because many of them own their businesses, they are also responsible for the marketing, accounting and other daily operations {less fun things}.  All of this appeals to me, though {well, minus the difficult client thing.  But that comes with the territory}.  After obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree in Business, I’ll have a better idea of how to handle those day to day operations.  In the mean time, I can offer my organizing services while I pursue some formal training in interior decorating {and increase my confidence in this area}.

So, were you already aware of the differences between decorators and designers?

Do you have any questions about this topic or would you like to add something?


A Taylor Made History

17 Jun


Taylor Made Home has 80 followers!  That may not sound like much to most people, especially since there are plenty more blogs out there who have thousands and thousands of followers (plus millions of pageviews per day).  But, I am so grateful for each and every person who chooses to take a few moments out of their day to pay little ol’ me a visit!

Today, I’d thought I’d share with you how this blog came about, how it has changed since its “birth”, and the direction I envision it will go.  (But don’t worry.  I will be back with more organizing related goodness tomorrow!)


When it comes to maturity, Taylor Made Home is still in it’s infancy.  However, my blogging adventure started a little over a year ago.  In March of 2010, I started a blog.  The intention was to blog about my transition from a working mom to a stay-at-home-mom, and then continue to be a “mom blog”.  I would write about all of the wonderful meals I would whip up (mind you, I DON’T cook well at all); how amazing my house would look once I had extra time to decorate (HA!  Turns out you need money too!); and how stylish I would look without the restrictions that my employers dress code impossed on me (Um, ashamed to say I have fallen prey to the tshirt-and-jeans-mom-uniform-combo that sucks the youthful style out of so many of us young mothers).

Needless to say, life at home was not what I imagined it would be and I was not accomplished all of the wonderful things I had set about to do.  I had zero content for my blog because I was so uninspired with my life (read: discontent with my life) that I grew frustrated.  Not to mention, maybe three people followed it and I would have (maybe) 15 pageviews per day.  Yep, the blog was just another disappointment.


It was only when I took the time to bow my head and ask God what HE wanted me to do, that I realized what I was doing wrong:

  • Although it is an admirable thing for a homemaker to be able to bake fresh bread, sew her own curtains, and maintain a perfectly spotless house (all while wearing a dress, heels, and red lip stick, of course!), this standard is one that the WORLD has told me that I must maintain.  God showed me that even though I should always work on improving my homemaking skills, I should be more concerned with allowing Him to create in me a content heart and a serving spirit.
  • He showed me that my first attempt at blogging was done in a completely selfish manner that He would not bless.  I wasn’t trying to help anyone, I just wanted to “brag” online about everything I knew how to do and how much I resembled “June Cleaver”.  When He impressed upon my heart that my blog could be a tool for ministering to busy women who were doing all they could to juggle family, home and possibly career, it gave me a bit of a taste for how He might want to use me and my talents.  (What few talents I have.)


With a renewed heart for my home and for ministering to other women, I made my second attempt at starting a blog.  I sat down at my computer, logged into Blogger, and breathed a quick prayer: “Lord, use me!”  Then, I typed in the words “Taylor Made Home” and officially began my journey.

In my very first post, I shared that my goal was to motivate and inspire you to become a better wife, mother, and home manager.  The idea was to consistently work to improve certain areas in my life (parenting, cooking, finances, style, etc) and then share what has worked for me, in hopes that it may work for you as well.  (Or at least provide you with a starting point for your own self improvement journey.)  Thus, I classified myself as a “General Homemaking Blogger”.

Then, in a later post, I expressed my goal to give this blog a bit more focus by writing on topics that had more to do with decorating and organiznig (the atmosphere of the home) versus trying to include all areas of homemaking.  This worked well for me because creating a beautiful (this would be the decor part) and effecient (this is where organizing comes in) home is my favorite hobby.  Plus, no matter how organized you are, there is always room for improvement and we can improve together!

Even though sticking to decorating and organizing (mostly organizing) gave me more direction, I was still unsure about what style of blog I should create.  In other words, did I want to be a more “upscale/designer” blogger or would I rather stick to “budget decor/DIY”?  (Looking back, I’m not sure why it was such a hard decision.  As the ol’ saying goes: “I’ve got Champagne tastes on a beer budget”.)  I decided that I didn’t want to put on a facade and pretend like I was this uber-chic woman with discriminating tastes.  I wanted to be real with those who came to be for information, advice, and inspiration.


Since joining the “31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge” over at the SITS forum, I have decided to fine-tune the direction of this blog a little bit more so that I would know exactly where it was headed and exactly HOW I would help you as a woman.  The new goal of Taylor Made Home is to show you how organizing principles can be applied in all aspects of home management in order to create the calm and efficient home that you crave.

With this focus in mind, there are several exciting things that I have planned for you:

  • A New Linky Party – Click HERE for more information and to enter the “Name that Linky Party Contest”.
  • Commenter Rewards – Beginning immediately, I will be giving a shout out to my top commenter each week.  Meaning, the person who leaves the most comments on Taylor Made Home will be gifted with an entire post dedicated entirely to them and their blog.  This is one of the ways I want to show my appreciation for you.  I only ask that your comments related to the post and contribute to the discussion somehow.  In other words, please don’t comment for the sake of commenting.  But please do add your two cents, ask questions, and share your knowledge with us!
  • An Organized Homemaker Series – I haven’t decided if I will do this on a weekly or monthly basis, but it will focus on how to organize each task that you’re responsible for, including: cooking, cleaning, paying bills, running errands, decorating, entertaining, etc.  This series will include guest speakers, challenges, and (hopefully) giveaways.  It’s a lot to plan but I am hoping it will be a huge success; a way for all of use to brush up on organizing skills together.
  • Ask the Organizer – Do you have an organizing question you’d like to ask?  Is there an area of your home that needs some attention, but you don’t know where to begin?  Ask me!!  Email your question to ourtaylormadehome (at) gmail (dot) com and I will happily answer it for you.  Doing so, gives me permission to use it on my blog in an “Ask the Organizer” post.  (Your identity will be kept private as I will only use your first name and the first letter of your last name.)  You never know who else is dealing with the same thing. 


Geez, this was kind of a long winded post.  Thanks for hearing me out.  Now, I’ll turn the mic keyboard over to you:

Is there a certain area of homemaking that you would like for me to tackle from an organizing standpoint?

Creating a Home You Love

24 Feb

So, this morning I’m visiting my usual blogs when I stumble upon some recommended reading from Shelley over at House of Smiths.  Two of the three really struck a cord with me: Your House is not a Store from Hooked On Houses and Are We Overexposed to Design? from Little Green Notebook

The first article talked about how we often feel pressured to create a home that’s magazine ready.  You know, it’s spotless, everything coordinates, and vignettes are placed on every available surface.  But where does this pressure come from?  Magazines?  Blogs?  Both?

The second article talked about how sometimes we start a project for our home and then stop dead in our tracks because we feel like what we’re doing has already been done too many times.  It doesn’t matter if we love the fabric our thing that particular pieces of furniture is perfect for our space.  We are paralyzed by the fear of what others are going to think.

Both of these articles encouraged me because they showed me that it’s okay to have a house that is lived in and loved rather than simply admired by people who may never even step foot inside.  They also taught me to decorate based on what my family and I like rather than making decisions based on what color schemes are inside the latest issue of House Beautiful or what accessories are making their way across the blogosphere as the new must haves.

Do you feel pressured to “stage” your home?  When you are choosing a new piece of furniture or new accessory, do you go with what you love or do you base your decision solely on trends?

Both photos found at Decor Pad.