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The Ebb & Flow of Interior Design Projects

Waves breaking on beach with rocky cliffside
Photo by Martin Jacobsen

To ebb is to recede, and to flow is to rise. The tide ebbs when it is pulled away from the shore, and it flows when it is pulled back. The gravity of the moon and sun conspire with the rotation of the earth to pull off this daily miracle.

My blog posts are flowing right now. Thoughts and inspiration are coming together with ease. It's as though some invisible force is pushing them forward — what a wonderful feeling.

It doesn't always come easy. Sometimes, the words feel like great heaps of mud. I need a shovel, a wheelbarrow, and a strong back to move them forward on the page, but I refuse to get stuck. My friends, family, and colleagues help with ideas and encouragement, so I keep shoveling.

Interior design projects are much the same. They last a long time, and they are hard work. We have moments of inspiration and moments of frustration. The work proceeds smoothly, then we're confronted with a string of setbacks. Our teams - partners, builders, friends, family - celebrate with us on the good days and lift us up on the bad days. And we do the same for them.

Jackie Lopey, Certified Interior Designer & founder of Wide Canvas
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, a kitchen and bath design studio in Reno, Nevada.
 

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