It’s hard sometimes when design decisions are made by more than one person. It usually means compromise and sometimes even a watering down of an aesthetic. But it can also lead to completely fantastic collaborations and better than expected outcomes. The journey though with multiple parties involved is generally slower going whatever the outcome.
I can help and guide clients to a harmonious outcome, its what I do for a living. Where it’s a residential project its usually husband and wife friction and for commercial work sometimes it can be many many parties.
The hardest of them all as far as I am concern is my own home. The reason? My absolutely adorable husband. He works in the design field in fashion and has clear views – this should all be helpful. We’ve been together as a couple for 17 years (I know! BTW this must mean we were babes in arms OR in fact we’re really old…) again should be very very helpful. We share a love of mid century design – fantastic news! I also really respect his opinion on things. BUT he has a laundry list of dislikes that grows by the hour. I’m not kidding you.
Some of list;
No to portraits. Must never have anyone on your walls that you do not know personally.
No pansies – in print, pattern or real life. Apparently they have scary faces.
No colours with lilac/purple undertones in fabric or paint form.
No religious iconography. This one came after I bought some vintage prints of saints at a salvage fair. Never realised before that he strong feelings on the subject.
No Birds. I love several fabrics and wallpapers with bird motifs, he absolutely hates them. I’ve seen some wonderful artwork, which incorporates birds, and he is vehement on the subject.
Too many cushions. Whilst soft furnishings are allowed too many cushions are a no no – only to create a pile in another chair
I might also add that anything with bugs, insects or butterflies are out of the question. As are educational aids showing the human anatomy or any living thing.
To be fair I am glad he is interested (albeit picky) and not dismissive or worse unresponsive. He’s engaged in the overall look and feel. Just wish he was doing the sourcing sometimes. Am I being unreasonable? Possibly, but I’m definitely finding it trying. Very trying 🙂