It’s been quiet on the DMC front and I thought it was time to check in.
The second half of this year has been the toughest 6 months of my life. It has been full of grief, shock, loss, heartache and sickness and while it is not over yet, there is light at the end of the tunnel and I have never been more excited to see a new year roll over.
This year has taken me to a whole new level. I could write a book about it.
I don’t think I’m alone on this though. Many people I know have had a very rocky year.
Why am I sharing this with you?
Because you have chosen to be part of my Designer Man Cave journey so far. I am a one-woman show (with the occasional back up help) and have never pretended to be a huge faceless enterprise. My business is personal, because it’s just me.
There is change on the cards at Designer Man Cave as I tap into what I love doing most. I want to re-connect with my skills and how I work best and in turn, being the best designer I can be for my clients.
I have enough experience now to know what works in my business and in the industry and what doesn’t.
If you choose to keep following along with me, I think it’s only fair that I keep you in the loop.
Here is what I’ve learnt this year:
/ I can’t be everything to everyone
/ It’s ok to say “no” or “I’m sorry, I don’t think I’m the right fit for your project”.
/ Family and loved ones come first and I could not have possibly gotten through this year without mine.
/ Health and wellbeing is a priority
/ I have tapped so far into my masculinity that I lost my femininity and I need to get the balance back
/ I have put more suppliers on my “blacklist” than I have put on my “I love specifying from them” list
/ You get what you pay for
/ Stay away from companies that use sub-contractors. If that company doesn’t do their own workmanship, find someone who does.
/ Just because I’ve offered certain services for years, doesn’t mean I can’t change the way I do things
/ I don’t want to work 16 hour work days ever again
/ I took a few months break from social media and I didn’t die. Actually, I preferred it. I especially haven’t missed Facebook.
/ The interior industry has changed – with thanks to things like more replica furniture, The Block and celebrity sponsorship. It’s getting frustratingly challenging to know what’s real and authentic and what’s not.
Here’s what I’m looking forward to next year:
/ Providing a limited service of doing the things in interiors I most love
/ A new chapter
/ A change of direction
/ Working with high-end, high-quality furniture companies
/ Trust and respect between my clients and I
/ Sharing inspiring design and furniture
/ Not working 24/7
/ MAN MAIL (my other business) is going to get a shake up too
/ Creating a work life for myself that I LOVE. I want to be one of those crazy people you see (and secretly envy) who say things like “I can’t believe I get paid to do this – it doesn’t even feel like work”.
I am self-employed and sometimes, ‘life’ happens and takes total priority over work.
I’ll be officially out of the studio from mid-December. Then it will be rest on the cards so I can come back fresh and energised in 2017.
So there you have it, not the usual beautiful furniture filled article, but a very honest check in.
If you decide to come with me through the next chapter of DMC, I welcome you with very open arms (you can keep in the loop here). I hope to continue inspiring you.
All I can do, is work, live and share from my heart and intuition.
PS I can’t leave you with absolutely no interior inspiration, so here is some noteworthy design news that has taken my eye that you might like too:
- SPACE FURNITURE are having their annual end of year sale. Well worth checking out
- My very good friend and fellow interior designer, KATE CONNORS INTERIORS has blown me away with her designs this year and particularly her bathroom designs. #bathroomqueen
- CULT DESIGN impressed again with their ‘Chairity Project’ combining iconic design, talented designers and fundraising for some wonderful causes
- If you are looking for weekly inspiration. EST MAGAZINE never disappoints. They consistently feature on point, thoughtfully designed and drool creating interior projects and furniture