Photo by William Warby
Invest in the right tools to for your interior design project
When I started my interior designer career, I used a lightweight, narrow tape measure. It sagged when I extended if further than 10 feet, and I didn't have an assistant to hold the floppy end. I somehow made it work while avoiding swearing in front of my clients.
After one particularly frustrating measure, I drove to the hardware store and bought the biggest, most expensive tape measure they sold. I could extend it 15 to 20 feet with no sag. It took me half as long to measure a room. Contractors started mistaking my tape for their own. One even said to me, "You're the first interior designer I've met who owns a decent tape." Soon after my husband gave me a laser measuring tool. It was even better.
It's not only skill that separates professionals from amateurs. Pros have the right tools. Tools that measure up. Tools that get the job done.
She didn't know it, but Jackie Lopey's days as an advertising executive were numbered when she bought and renovated a 1950's bungalow. She soon went back to school and started her own design studio. Jackie is an award-winning, certified interior designer and the founder of Wide Canvas.