Hi internet and real life friends! Recently I was encouraged by a fantastic photographer who I deeply admire to start a blog that truly embraces my love for retro ephemera and unabashedly quirky design and lifestyle. Not that I was shy about it here, but after a little push from her it was clear that I needed a new place to fly my freak flag.
So you’ll be able to find me at Hello, Lady! a blog where I’ll be sharing my recent design work, inspiration, DIYs and super cool finds. In the future I’ll be using this site as a splash page for my interiors and a portfolio. And perhaps changing my “firm” name so people will stop calling me “Doris.” Maybe maybe maybe.
I’m realizing that I enjoy putting things together that I am passionate about rather than pulling my hair out trying to decode each client’s personal style. Don’t get me wrong, it is a great thing to have a personal style and I love collaborating with clients, but occasionally I’ll take a job that is so far off that I don’t think I’m doing the best work that I can. I’m realizing I can do my best, most honest work if I’m allowed to “art direct.” That being said, I appreciate many different styles of interiors, color palates and furniture silhouettes, textiles and accessories, but I know I am not useful to a client if I am just affirming everything the client has already picked out. They could do that themselves, what are they hiring me for?! We should be doing what is best for the space, the event, the photo shoot, etc. Micromanagement means creative death. Of course I know that interiors clients have certain things that they need in order to fit with their lifestyle and I am happy to work with those. Heck, sometimes something a client loves or has to have is a great jumping off point, or is something that I never would have picked out myself, but it ends up making the design! The design or project should be a reflection of the client, and at the same time be cohesive, fresh, exciting and a bit unexpected.
So, bottom line, I am hoping that Hello, Lady! will give me an opportunity to embrace what I love and what inspires me in the hopes that it will inspire others and produce authentic, creative and surprising design work. And maybe spawn some fun collaborations along the way! Thanks for reading. Happy Humpday! X