In the world of interior design, a LOT has changed. My business, Jeffers Design Group, is 10 years old this year. I’ve been through ups and downs in 10 years, but this change in the economy has affected everyone regardless of personal financial wealth.
In times like this, home is more important than ever. It is a safe haven, a nest, a place to enjoy much needed down time in our fast-paced world. And a great place to entertain friends in a much more casual, intimate environment.
I find myself rethinking design concepts.For example, we are designing custom furniture and using local craftsmen instead of ordering a piece from Europe, or sourcing antique and vintage furnishings instead of buying new. I am happy to say we are busy, but with fewer projects, which allows us to spend more time sourcing for our clients.
Thriftiness is most definitely in vogue right now. Interestingly, I am inspired to work within tighter budgets. Whether a client has a budget of $50,0000 or $5,000,000, it gives me great pleasure to create a comfortable, cozy, chic environment at the best value.
On a personal note, my partner and I have a tiny house in the wine country and had BIG plans to remodel the entire place this year – new kitchen, bathrooms, opening up 8’ ceilings, adding a pool, etc. We put the entire thing on hold and, for a fraction of the cost, simply painted and decorated with existing furniture and flea market finds. And we LOVE it. (Full disclosure, pool is planned for 2010, but the rest of the house is staying as is). It was a great exercise for me.
Below: Simple repainting and flea market finds