Saturday, May 16, 2009

saturday house tour

i had seen this house, owned by raji radhakrishnan in met home magazine several months ago and loved it. but true to form i never read the article. well surfing through the internet i happened upon it again and this time i read it. turns out this raji is a self taught interior designer (business degree and motherhood on her resume) and quite a popular one in dc where she lives. i have heard of late of several bloggers out there (myself included) who have been asked, or are thinking about venturing into the interior design business without any formal training either. i thought...PAH! NO WAY!!! this is a fun hobby and i AM learing a lot but...someone PAYING me to do this? that's just crazytalk! now, i'm not so sure... now i know there are several design bloggers out there that are pro's and several that aren't even close (that would be me), so what are your thoughts on this? would you? could you? DID you? also if you are thinking about it i recommend you read the article through the link below.
Raji Radhakrishnan

5 comments:

The TownhouseLady said...

Frankly, these days, if anyone's willing to pay you for your ideas I say go for it. As long as you're up front about not having formal training or accreditation I don't see what the issue would be.
Face it, you have an eye for such things. Use it.

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Going straight to the article. I want to, think I might "have the eye" to do it, but just don't know what approach to take - especially since I'm down here...
If we lived in Sao Paulo (Brazil's design capital), I'd probably pursue some sort of mentorship or tutelage. I'm debating a distance-learning program to get some basics under my belt, but I still think hands-on education is THE BEST.
Where are you on this????

my favorite and my best said...

i am a hands on person too. would love to help out people with advice but don't think i have the drive to start up a business. being a stylist would be fun fun fun though!! not so sure i COULD design a house for someone who had a different style than me. who knows, maybe i underestimate myself.

Sarah Klassen said...

I believe it's very important to distinguish between an interior decorator and an interior designer. This is one of my pet peeves. An interior DESIGNER can tell you about the structure of a home/building. He/she is accredited. They can tell you which are bearing walls, and has more knowledge in terms of architecture and engineering. They also know more about materials and the building codes. An interior decorator deals with surface details such as paint, flooring, window treatments, etc. A true interior designer has his or her degree and has acquired a plethora of knowledge and skill. I believe that there is quite a difference and I hope that those who are truly qualified receive the credit that they deserve. I don't mean for this to come across harsh, but I feel very passionate about this!

mike said...

I, personally, feel that EVERY form of art and industry benefits from those that are not "classically" trained but create simply from raw inspiration. Isn't that the basis for originality and trend setting?
While certain education certainly benefits to knowledge of materials it may also create 'rules' in the mind of the creator - Pavlovian conditioning that sets up boundaries where they would have previously been more apt to take a risk and thus show the world something that hadn't been seen before.