Behind-The-Scenes: How To Become an Interior Designer



Dear Readers:

One of my mentors and very best friends is the very talented interior designer, Vicente Wolf.  Mr. Wolf was the man who, thirty-five years ago, suggested I should become a florist when I was in desperate need of a job and direction.  Since that time, he has become an icon in the world of interior design.  There have been many interior designers who have moved into events and many event designers who have gone into interior design. Today, I will share the pro’s and con’s of both.


Event Designers:  We usually work with clients for six months.  This can be a good thing as we are in an out.  Sometimes, we make lifelong friends (or enemies when we screw up).

Interior Designers: They usually work with clients for years.  They have the time to create strong bonds with clients (or maybe headaches).

Event Designers:  We create “sets” for events and weddings which can, at times, be very emotional.  At times, we need to be a friend, other times, a therapist and even a mediator.  This is a one-time deal so we feel a lot of pressure to get it right.

Interior Designers:  They create a “living environment” which clients will experience in their homes on a daily basis.  This better be right or it could create a toxic relationship. It also seems that it could be in a constant state of change.
I love the art form of interior design, but after seeing the amount of effort and time it takes my friend to design a home, I think I will stick with events.  However, for all of you designers who are interested in learning how to enter and succeed in the business of ID, my mentor and friend is conducting the Learning To See Seminar:  The Entertaining, Enjoyable and Educational Seminar for Interior Designers. 

Question:  What business do you think makes more money? A successful Interior designer or a successful event designer?  Please keep in mind the time invested in both when giving your answer.