Why I love my Job - taking inspiration into the real world

We all have our good days and our bad days, right?  With interior design -- especially if there is building or renovations involved -- it can rattle your nerves and test your patience. Let's face it, the reality of going from an idea seen on a blog, or a pin on pinterest to an actual space is not always easy. Every day I learn something new, and I've been doing this a while. So that's why I like to remind myself what I LOVE about this process. The fact that you really CAN go from an idea or a sketch to something real is truly amazing, and completely rewarding.

Take this typical living room problem:  A radiator that didn't look good and took the 'starring role' on the wall we needed for a media center. Here's where we started:

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The solution? An integrated radiator/storage cabinet that has a pattern of holes for ventilation, along with an inside compartment for equipment. The legs were given their own cutout shape to add character and make it feel more like furniture.

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And the final result - a neat pairing of form and function. I also added floating shelves above to create additional storage and display space and give the eye a place to land other than the TV. The cabinet maker was great and followed the radiator pattern with precision (it was three different sized holes!).

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So, from a drawing to reality -- this one worked out really nicely. I love my job!