Sunday, May 30, 2010

Interior Design ‘Intention’ Deficit

Many individuals, couples, and families have found themselves battling the syndrome, ‘Interior Design Intention Deficit’, also known as ‘IDID’.  This syndrome is not uncommon and it can create great obstacles for the completion of a rewarding interior design project.  Without defining the intent, establishing priorities, or creating a plan, the project can quickly derail. Take a look at the following questions for a quick, self-test.

orange-focus-ron-brown Have you . . .

. . . ever begun thinking about projects, for one area of your home, then totally switched gears to another space?  

. . . fallen in love with every changing color and design style because you thought it was more important to be “trendy” rather than to honor your actual lifestyle and design preferences? 

. . . waffled on decisions because you listened to everyone else’s “expert” opinion of how your home should be designed and lacked the confidence to say “No, that’s not for me”? 

. . . suffered from “analysis paralysis”, by over-thinking every minutia of detail and ended up not moving forward?

. . . ignored important details which ended up costing you more, in the long run?

. . . stopped the process, before completion, because no project plan was in place, and a realistic expectation of your investment in time and finances had not been established? 

mba0028h(Analysis paralysis is one of the identifiable symptoms of IDID.)

If you answered “yes” to any one of the previous questions, you could be heading down the path for “IDID”. 

I’m sure, by now, you realize this post is somewhat in jest.  Clinical psychologists haven’t officially named this series of behaviors as a true syndrome, but as an interior designer, (who happens to have her minor in psychology), I believe there deserves to be a “cure”.  A bit of extra focus, (tunnel vision), and some professional help to administer some “tough love”, can go a long way in breaking the cycle of ‘IDID’.

Watch for the solution, coming in my June blog posts:  “One Room At A Time”.

Experience the best about design!  - Wanda


pillowthrowdecor said...

LOL... I love this IDID!!! It is a mutating illness. At my house it is PID... Paperwork Intention Deficit. Thanks!

howardwigginshearthstoneinteriordesign said...

I could not agree more with your article. I am an Interior Design myself in Nashville TN. and I to have a client that just like the one in your article. Tough Love is exactly is what is needed. We have our disagreements but he always calls me back.He know that I am the only one who understands him and can put up with the way he acts. Again, a very well written article on a subject that have not read.

WCAA Charlotte said...

Funny and accurate! Well done.

Amy Chalmers said...

Wanda, so glad you put a label on this disorder! I find I suffer from this myself sometimes, when redesigning my own living spaces, and I am an interior designer!! Good advice: to thine own self be true and don't be sucked in by the lovely design styles of others that really are not you!