So . . . this morning as I was applying the daily dose of “spackle” to my face – aka – makeup, my mind wandered off to quick fixes for the inherited dark circles under my eyes. (You know, the kind that make you look as if a good night’s sleep has been out of reach for months?) I absolutely know they came from my mother’s side of the family. We’ve long been aficionados of concealers and make-up tricks! I know that going under the knife might ultimately be the only real solution, but of course, wouldn’t I love a painless and quick fix solution?
(Botox injections range $450 to $500 per injection and last about six months. Several injection sites could add up to $2,000. If done twice a year - times five years, that equals $20,000. A good facelift can last up to ten years and averages about $25,000 – depending on if you do the full face – eyes, etc. So, you may get an even better return because it’s not just spot treating.)
How on earth did I segue from my morning wandering of the mind into an interior design post – you might ask? It occurred to me, when I get calls from folks who just want a “little design” advice, it’s a bit like having them ask for a shot of Botox in the hope they can get a fast fix to an interior issue which goes deeper than the surface. And . . . the solution may only be a temporary one and will have to be redone every so many months.
(Beauty can be fleeting. Great design is forever!)
In my design practice, I’ve discovered, while placing some “pretty” elements in a room might bring an initial delight, if the underlying issues aren’t addressed, that glow wears off pretty quickly.
The question becomes . . . Is a long term solution a better way to invest your design dollars or would you prefer to purchase incremental, temporary design fixes?