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What can interior design business astrology do for your business? A lot. Imagine how much easier it would be to vibe with your business if you could express what's inside and could then weave that through every part of your business? That is when the magic starts.

What's Astrology?

Astrology is the ancient practice of attributing meanings to the placement of the moon + planets at the exact moment of your birth. Since ancient times, people have been studying the sky. In the late 19th into the 20th century, the increased interest in spiritualism saw a renewed interest in the topic. And when Carl Jung, a psychiatrist, became interested in astrology? Well, say hello to psychological astrology and the archetypes. Which really makes astrology something extremely useful when you're looking to incorporate your birth chart into your business decisions.

With the knowledge that you can correlate the information within your birth chart with an archetype that has specific personality traits, motivations, fears mean that interior design business astrology has the potential to help you grow your business organically once you incorporate the information. 

Within your birth chart, the Sun, Moon and Ascendant sign are the VIPs that will give you insight and useful information about your business.

☉ What’s the Sun Sign?

The Sun is the one that everyone knows. It's the sign you look at when you're checking out your horoscope in the magazine at the salon. For me, it's right about 50% of the time which is why it took me a loooooong time before I ever delved into the topic of astrology. So, if you're thinking astrology is a bunch of shit because your horoscope is rarely correct, I get it. But, stay with me and I think you'll find some interesting information in your natal chart that you can use.

Your Sun sign is you are evolving into. It also includes your natural talents, it's the essence of your personality, your ego, and your life purpose. The Sun represents your will and your fundamental character.

☽ What’s the Moon Sign?

The Moon sign, in my opinion, is way more interesting because while it's not as "well-known" as the Sun sign, gives you such deep information about what you need emotionally to really feel alive. It is about your emotions, instincts and how you feel about people and everything else. 

When you look at your Moon sign you'll find that this tells you what emotions you really need to express based on experiences and what you need to feel emotionally to feel nurtured and satisfied. And because the Moon modifies the Sun sign that is why people with the same sun sign can seem so different.

It is also the emotions of your dream clients that you need to tune into. Why? Because we get along with people who are like us and when you start to understand your moon sign, you will understand who your dream clients on a much deeper level. A level where the basic ideal client exercise won't be able to give you insight that you can really use. 

What’s the Ascendant Sign?

The Ascendant sign, also known as the Rising sign, is the mask that you show to the world or another way to say it is how you appear to the world. This isn't to say that we're all posers, it's just how others see our style as we go about life. It's because of the ascendant sign that some people could guess that you're a Virgo when you're really a Cancer leaving you befuddled. 

The Ascendant sign represents our personal style, too and can be used for inspiration of the visuals for your brand.

It's how you seem to operate in the world, how you like to be seen by others and it's how you work on achieving your life purpose. Beyond that, it can dictate how your brand visually shows up, while the moon is about the message your brand shares.

p.s. Your astrology chart doesn't dictate outcomes. This is about what motivates and drives you as well as how you behave in situations BUT because you have free will, you can change the outcomes at any time.

What Astrology Taught Me About My Business

When I started to dive into my birth chart I was amazed at what I found. My Sun sign is ♋Cancer and I'm a caregiver, making sure that everyone else's needs are taken care of before I take care of myself. Also, I'm a group leader (hello Society!) and I seek to help my community to grow which leads to my life purpose: To find your tribe and be the leader of your tribe. 

My Moon sign is ♓ Pisces and this really speaks to what I've always been interested in but until recently was terrified to incorporate it into my business, because being woo-woo and advertising it is like nailing a sign on the front of your business begging for people to mock you. And because of my Moon is in Pisces, I prefer to work behind the scenes but when people come at me, I tend to retreat even more. 

My Ascendant sign is ♍ Virgo which speaks directly to what you see from my offerings, whether it's a course or my blog posts. ALL of my friends know that if they need to find out information to ask me. I'm their Google because I'm not satisfied with the first page results. I will dig and dig and dig to give you the information that you need. This also can prevent me from sharing information in a timely manner because I have this need to find all the details and sometimes those extra details don't really matter to the big picture.

So beyond just getting this information, when I tied my Moon Sign into the Jungian Archetype for my dream clients... holy, holy, holy!

My dream clients are me and I am them. (Same for you!) My clients are seeking transformation. If I was still taking on design clients, I would offer design services that would help them to transform their lives through holistic methods. I would speak about energy, spiritualism, flow, intuition, crystals, alignment and ... wait a minute here. That's what I'm doing now and helping you to do that for your clients!! 

See?! 

What Interior Design Business Astrology Can Mean For Your Clients

We know that many times while working with our clients that we become a trusted advisor that helps them transform their relationships through our design solutions. Digging into your interior design business astrology you will be able to know who your clients are on a deeper level, knowing how they feel can influence how you approach the design project. 

If you want to take it a step further, you could start to dig into what types of design solutions will resonate with your clients. You may even choose to have your clients submit their own natal chart so you can do more research into what types of decor will speak to their soul. 

What Interior Design Business Astrology Can Mean For Your Business

When you unearth what your interior design business astrology has to say you can brand your business (your brand is a promise of an experience with you) all of the things that make you unique. When you understand your purpose, how to connect with your dream clients and use the language that they use and wrap it up in a visual story that connects on a subconscious, emotional level everything becomes easier. 

Here's the interesting thing that I found out about how I was presenting my business before astrology gave me the down low. I, without knowing it, was tapping into an archetype that didn't represent all of me. Frankly, I felt quite safe in playing the role of that archetype because, as I mentioned earlier, my woo-woo side was a scary thing to show to the world. As a kid, I was called a space cadet and I couldn't imagine showing that side of me to the world in a professional sense. 

So, I've spent years trying to fit myself into a brand that was partially me, but not the person that needs to express who I am completely. And I know that I am not alone in doing this. But when you learn, you grow, right?

Understanding your natal chart will allow you to up your game, align with your purpose and see how you can use this information to focus on your business goals.

You're being called to step into your purpose and serve your clients on a bigger level. What you're meant to do and who you're meant to serve are waiting for you to show up in their life.

There are no coincidences and that's why you're reading this post. You're meant to see this and then when you decide to shift and learn about your own interior design business astrology chart, you'll be able to feel more at ease in your business. Whether it comes from the services that you offer to the content you share. It's all in your birth chart. 

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Nightmare interior design clients can be a fact of life for some of us. Whether we attract the crazy bitch who has her entire home pinned to her dream home board on Pinterest and just needs you to be her data-entry designer or the dummy that won't ever let you have control of the project. These people are everywhere but just because they may be a nightmare for you doesn't mean they won't be a dream client for someone else. 

We can all agree on the basics. You don't want to work with someone who doesn't pay you or values your expertise and creativity. But if you've ever read some of the advice out there it will tell you to avoid working with engineers, overly curious people, people who can't articulate what they want and those who can't make a decision. 

Depending on your personality, you may not gel with those people. It may also be that you could be able to work with these people if you understood them a bit better.

I find it fascinating that no one brings up the fact that interior design peeps should be studying the different types of people as a valid solution to this problem. 

This is a people business, but too often the "experts" want to rely on basic, 3D solutions that don't address the core issue.

How many times have you heard other designers say that they became great friends with their clients? They go to their client’s parties, they go on vacation together and then here you are saying, “My client’s a bitch, so there’s that?”

Maybe you’ve even tried to research who you think your ideal client is and found some articles that state you need to stay away from engineers because they are too picky.

If you understood that the engineers are smart people that love hard facts and research you would also know that they have likely done a lot of the research on their project before even contacting you. They most likely want to work together with you to co-create the design and look to you to be a resource. They fear being led astray, which is why some people may consider them picky. 

Or maybe you should flat out avoid the indecisive clients because holy hell, who wants to be stuck in the land of wishy-washy what the fuck?

But if you knew that instead, it isn't that they are trying to be difficult pains in your ass. but that they just want a simple solution to their design problem and if given too many options they become overwhelmed because they could possibly make the wrong decision - and that right there will ruin their fantasies of a utopian life.  

Yet, if you never research the personalities of the people that you're meant to serve, and then incorporate that knowledge into how you run your business you may end up in the shit cycle of always attracting nightmare interior design clients. 

Naturally, we want to work with people like us. I don't mean exactly like us because frankly, I wouldn't be in business in I was only focused on finding clients who like the macabre, the metaphysical and reality TV. That number wouldn't be smaller than 90s pop star's IQ.

What we term nightmare interior design clients comes back to digging into who we really are, where our strengths lie and who we will work best with aka the ideal client. 


The bitch about the "ideal client" is that we've seen a bunch of different exercises to help us identify who these people are and they never seem to get us any closer to people that we really want to work with. And when we try to dig deeper into who this unicorn of a client is, we're stuck. 

Nightmare interior design clients are only a reality for your business if you don't have a clue who they really are and do a bad job at making them self-select themselves out of your orbit. 

Now, if you've had a dream client, you can think back and figure out why they were so awesome. If you've never had a dream client, and we've all been there, you feel like you're doomed to walk the earth for eons until you get one. And running your business waiting on that is the pits.

The Moon Is Your Guiding Light

Wait, what? 

Everything that you want to know about your dream client, even if you've never had one, is found within your moon sign. The moon sign, in your natal chart, will tell you what qualities you want in your dream clients. 

If your Moon sign is Virgo, you're going to love the engineer type clients because both of you like to do research, crunch the numbers and analyze all of the data. You get them and know that they aren't trying to be picky fucks, but it's just who they are. 

If your moon sign is in Pisces, you know that your clients are going to be big into transformation and we're not just talking big renovations. They also want a side of woo-woo thrown in, too. 

If your moon sign is in Sagittarius, you know that your clients love eDesign because it's going to be an adventure for them to find all the things for their project. And if you've designed a space like none other that allows them to get some meditation time in for self-reflection, they'll dig that, too. 
 
Your birth chart is your marketing plan for your business and when you understand how to extract the relevant information, things are going to get a lot easier. You'll understand your strengths and weaknesses. You'll know who you should be working with and who will be the nightmare interior design client that you should avoid. 

Avoiding Nightmare Interior Design Clients Doesn't Have To Be So Hard

Listen, you're not going to turn into Nostradamus and make weird predictions about the world that no one can ever figure out until AFTER something happens. That is not what this is about. 

I'm talking about the fact that you probably know some of the traits of yourself and find that sometimes your horoscope rings true. And sometimes it doesn't. And that is where you'll need to dig into your natal chart. 

Your natal chart has a lot of information on who you will work best with. And while that is amazing on its own, if you also knew what your dream client's valued, feared and what they are seeking in life you could leapfrog ahead and never do another ideal client avatar exercise again. 

Avoiding nightmare interior design clients doesn't have to be like tiptoeing through a minefield. The experience of discovering who your dream clients are, what your life purpose is (also in your natal chart) can really help you get clarity around who your design business is meant to serve. 

Imagine, being able to know what your dream clients want, how they want to work with you and know how you should be showing up in this world without having to guess again? Basically, you'll be running your dream business and working with your dream clients once you know how to use all of that information to create your own personal brand. 

If you’re ready to confidently DIY your brand, I’m inviting you to join me in my new course Astro Brand Alchemy that will help you to market yourself as an interior designer without feeling like you sold yourself to el diablo.
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There you are, clicking around the interwebs, trying to figure out how much to charge for your design services. It's practically the wild west out there. 

Sally charges X amount for a full room design. Joanne charges by the square foot. Ginger charges a percentage of the budget. Julian charges depending on what phase the moon is at. Okay, kidding on the last one, but I'm sure that's a thing.

We’ve all seen online interior design services that charge peanuts for a room design. And some designers are scared shitless that these same services are devaluing interior design and making it impossible to compete. And if we want to go down further into the doom and gloom rabbit hole, Artificial Intelligence in interior design will all but eliminate the need for designers, right?

Wrong.

If you remember when the first online design services came online a bunch of designers were running around like Chicken Little scared that they would take away all of the business out there. They didn’t.

And it’s been a minute now that the big retailers out there have offered cheap design services. They aren’t going anywhere, probably, but who’s to say what the future holds since Laurel & Wolf mysteriously vanished? Or did they? (Their website is up again as of March 26, 2019)

Leaving all the sky if falling bullshit behind, let’s talk about the real value of interior design, because if you don’t value your gifts you sure as hell can’t expect your clients to.

Clients Can Do What You Do? Um, no.

Let’s take this assumption that so many like to spew out of their mouths like it is a fact. A client could do what you do if only they had the time. Well, maybe they could but they usually don’t. Turn that around and you’re saving your client something very valuable: time.

The time you spend doing the research and work to bring the details of the design to life is an experience that you only get by doing the work.

Design Tells Their Story

Good interior design should tell your client’s life story including what their family is about, their interests and hobbies and how they value themselves.

You can pull that common thread through a design like a genius and that’s something that can’t be done easily.

Everyone Isn’t Creative

If you’re sitting there thinking that you gift isn’t all that special then you need to stop thinking that shit right now. Talented people often times devalue their gift because it comes so easily to them. That doesn’t mean that it is a gift that everyone else has and can tap into.

While you can differentiate your business with your packages and pricing it shouldn’t be the only thing that should set your business apart. You are an artist and your dedication to your creativity makes you stand out ahead of those who are basically the data entry designers.

Press 1 For Communication

Communication is often overlooked when we’re talking about the value of interior design. How many times have you called some business only to get stuck yelling at the automated computer voice that pretends that they give a shit? A bunch.

Your clients value communication and with experience your design process nailed down you know what questions you need answered. And more than that, you know how to translate the design idea inside your client’s head and make it come to life even when it’s hard for them to explain.

Do you really think that people paying peanuts for design at one of the big corporate giants are spending a lot of 1-on-1 time with their clients? Doubtful

What’s The Price On That Peace?

Sanctuaries are a large part of the future in interior design. People attached to too much technology all day are looking to come home and CTFO. Their home is the one place on earth where they can focus on their health and spiritually in an environment that allows them to recharge before they have to go back out into the world the next time. If you can provide that, do it.

It’s Not Just About The Looks

Interior design isn’t just about how it looks, but also how the space works to support your client’s goals. To create a design that supports your client on many levels, you do research. You dig deep to understand your client’s needs and desires.

You help your clients understand the decisions that need to be made that are in their best interest. You put the focus on solving their problem through interior design. And you look how to accomplish all of that by not giving them a cookie cutter solution because you’re creative.

Your Design Can Mean $ For Clients

Depending on your client’s goals, you can help them to save or make money. Maybe your design is to help them remodel to make sure they avoid costly mistakes. Or maybe your design work is to help them sell their home quickly. The first impression that you’re creating for whatever profitable purpose is something very important to your client.

Healing Through Design

Beyond the logistics and beauty that you bring to fruition for your design work, you also can help your clients to heal through holistic interior design. We know how color, scents, sound and all of the holistic modalities can help to heal.

The Value Of Interior Design

The cost to provide your design services is something wholly separate from the value. Whatever it costs you to provide your service is different than the benefits that your clients gain from your design service - and that is why your interior design fee needs to reflect the value you provide.

Figure out what it costs you to run your business, what it costs you to deliver the design service and go from there. If you need more help, you can find that inside the Society. We’ve got the help you’re seeking and a community to bounce your ideas off if.

You have to put a number on the value of interior design, but what that dollar amount is different for everyone. You’re providing a solution, you’re giving a soul to a building, you’re adding value, you’re saving them time, you’re communicating with them, you’re supporting their quality of life, you’re translating the dream in their mind’s eye… you’re doing a lot of important things that can be impossible to put a dollar figure on.

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I'm so excited for you right now! You're ready to discover how to become a holistic interior designer and embark on sharing your healing gifts with the world - and believe me - you are needed.

A holistic interior design business focuses use various healing modalities with the intent of balancing the mind, body, and soul to maintain homeostasis.

Know that starting your holistic interior design business isn't any different than starting any other company. While what you're offering is different than straight interior design, you are going to be running a business. Business is about relationships and making a profit.

And while I know that it seems weird to charge for the healing that comes from holistic design, understand that the energy you spend on helping your clients find balance in their life is valuable and therefore you should be compensated for it.

How you carry out helping the world through your work is up to you, but I believe that when you understand how to convey the value of what you are offering, you're going to stand out in an industry that's been sullied by HGTV and snooty designers.

How To Become A Holistic Interior Designer - The OverviewPick a Niche

You got several options when it comes to selecting a niche for your holistic interior business. And believe me, you need a niche. There are so many different healing modalities that you can employ in your business that you should focus on one for now and should you decide to add others into the mix, fabulous. 

Within holistic interior design, you can focus on these dimensions of your client's wellness that you can improve through interior design: physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual. All of these dimensions of wellness can be affected positively within the home.

For instance:

  • Physical

    • eating (kitchen)

    • exercise (home gym)

    • sleep (bedroom)

  • Emotional

    • seasonal affective disorder (home in general)

    • journaling (bedroom)

  • Social

    • dinner parties (dining room)

    • family visits (guest room)

    • creating memories (family room)

    • reading club (living room)

    • party (kitchen)

  • Spiritual

    • meditation (sacred space)

    • faith studies (reading nook)

  • Intellectual

    • learning (home office)

    • reading (library)

  • Environmental

    • use of green products

    • reducing carbon footprint

  • Career

    • satisfaction (home office)

    • self-respect (home office)

Some of these examples can happen in other parts of the house but are listed here this way just to give you an idea of how these essential dimensions of wellness are to holistic interior design.

Within the multiple dimensions of wellness, there are awesome healing modalities that tie in nicely with achieving balance for your clients utilizing holistic interior design.

Methods of Holistic Interior Design:
  • Feng Shui
    • An ancient Chinese art with the goal to balance spatial energy.

  • Color Therapy
    • Chromotherapy aimed to heal through the use of color.

  • Crystal Healing
    • Use of crystals to align, clear and transform energy.

  • Aromatherapy
    • Use of natural extracts from plants to promote well-being.

  • Sound Healing
    • Vibrational medicine to stimulate healing.

  • Light Therapy
    • Use of artificial light to improve circadian cycles and ease SAD symptoms.

  • Sustainability
    • Use of renewable resources and specifying products having a minimum impact on the environment.

  • Sacred Geometry
    • Sacred geometry used to evoke feelings of comfort and oneness.

  • Reiki
    • Clearing of energy in a space.

  • Astrology
    • Integrating natal chart information based on astrological signs.

  • Numerology
    • Using home address numbers to discern how to enhance your home based on its numerological number.

It can be a freeing experience when you look to other healing arts as inspiration for what you can bring to holistic interior design. Where things rooted in traditional interior design can feel trendy, soulless and constricting, allowing for how energy affects us and how to incorporate can be inspiring.

If you'd like to go down the rabbit hole, then I encourage you to check out the book Vibrational Medicine by Richard Gerber. This book opened my eyes when I started studying crystal healing, to all sorts of other exciting things when it comes to subtle-energy therapies.

Who Needs You?

Once you decide on how you can help, then you need to work out who needs your help. This truly goes beyond the basics of age and location. You need to figure out what balance your dream client is seeking, what type of lifestyle are they currently living, what changes are they looking to employ and how to help them achieve it.

Create Healing Offerings

Based on who your dream client is, you can then create an offering that will make their life better. And because you've taken the time to figure out who your dream client is, you're going to be able to speak directly to their heart.

You won't be trying to fit the way you market your offers into some ill-fitting strategy that you hate because you KNOW that you can help and since you're coming from a place of service, it will feel like a natural extension of who you are.

Marketing Holistic Interior Design

I think one of the most magical things about holistic interior design, beyond all of the magical ways you can be of service, is the ability to drop the pretense. You don't need to fit into some glamor-shot, faux persona that many interior designers try to squeeze themselves into. 

You're sharing how you can help, and because that comes from a place of love (and not judgment like how so much interior design is rooted in), that will be felt by the ones who need you.

How To Become A Holistic Interior Designer? Simply shift your thinking.

No certificate or degree will tell you how to become a holistic interior designer, and I think that is a beautiful thing. No one can certify energy healing, and I don't believe some outside group should quantify it. I encourage you to soak up as much knowledge and become a practitioner so that you can serve your clients at your highest vibration that allows them to find their balance.

When you subscribe to my newsletter, you'll receive your free guide "Your Holistic Interior Design Business Blueprint"  (I include all the steps, in order, to keep you on track) you'll see that, as with any business, setting it up for success from the start is essential.  

I encourage you to become a student of people and marketing. These skills will help you for years to come because when you can come from a place of service and also know how to communicate the value that you bring to your dream clients, you will be unstoppable and the competition becomes irrelevant.

Last, building a business takes time. Don't give up too soon and make sure that you're surrounded by people who understand the journey you're on. It's why I created the Society (which you can learn more about later on). Because when it seems like no one knows your business exists or you've encountered a nasty client, those who are on the same path will become the greatest champions in your life to keep you moving forward.

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I’m going to preface this piece with a few things because some people get all bent when this topic is brought up.

  1. I earned an interior design degree.

  2. I earned NCIDQ and CCIDC certifications.

And to be clear, I'm coming at this article from the residential side of things in general. Now that that is out of the way...

The Interior Decorator vs Interior Designer Battle Royale

For years there have been two warring factions within the design community — the interior decorator vs. interior designer. While most people search for this because they are likely thinking about a career in the interior design industry, I'd bet you that the number of potential clients exploring this topic is maybe 5.

Clients of interior designers and decorators do not give two shits. They don't know the difference, certainly don't care what title they use to refer to you and any attempt to educate them falls on deaf ears of those who only want to make their space better in whatever form that means for them.

So, knowing that most people searching for the interior decorator vs. interior designer differences is done by those who are either in the industry or looking to enter the field, understand that you're hopping into a world where interior designers are basically peeing all over marking their territory as the arbiters of interior design. 

I know, I did it, too. 

If you read a handful of the blog posts out there articulating the differences, most written by someone that is an interior designer, you'll find the same tired points brought up, time and again. Including the bit about not dissing your neighborhood interior designer or the entire industry by calling them an interior decorator because the terms are not interchangeable, you dick you. 

The usual talking points go something like this...

Interior Designers:
  • Also an interior decorator

  • Has formal training and a degree

  • Understands blueprints

  • Understands fire and building codes

  • Understand people's behavior to create functional spaces

  • May be involved in the design of a building

  • May be involved in structural change decisions during renovations

  • Requires certifications and/or licensing

  • Use fabric, paint, furnishings, and accessories to change the aesthetics and its functionality

  • Arrange furniture

  • Redesign spaces

  • Shop for furniture and accessories

  • Salary average of $47,388

Interior Decorators:
  • No formal training required

  • Cannot be involved in structural change decisions during renovations

  • Use fabric, paint, furnishings, and accessories to change the aesthetics and its functionality

  • Arrange furniture

  • Redesign spaces

  • Shop for furniture and accessories

  • Salary average of $38,852

That's all fine and dandy, and there are probably a few other ticky-tack points that are pertinent only to specific states, but the list covers most of their talking points.

As for where the friction lies within the industry, I can point to these reasons brought up regularly by interior designers when they elucidate on the points for the dullards:

  • Interior decorating and interior design are two very different professions

  • Interior designers bring value through their professional training, planning skills, and building code knowledge

  • Interior designers are the crème de la crème because of their education and qualifications

And for years, I bought into the horseshit until I realized why I was feeling all sorts of pissy about the whole interior decorator vs. interior designer conflict.

Could it be that the degree and certifications that afforded me a bunch of stupid letters to put after my name were not as valuable as I was led to believe?

A degree, certification, licensure shows that a person learned the information to prove their competency to practice interior design. There is no one certifying individuals on their creativity.

Just that they understand the knowledge that they were taught, furthermore, anyone can become an interior designer by investing, money, time, hard work and persistence. So then when the interior decorator, who will assume in this argument hasn't ponied up all of the money to join the cool kids club, comes sniffing around the same potential clients we're looking at? Well, it can only mean war for the interior designer.

But now, at this point, why would you spend all that money to become an interior designer?

The Value of an Interior Design Degree is Falling

If an interior designer today is counting on a college degree coupled with additional certifications to demonstrate their value in the marketplace they'll be crying the blues soon.

If we're honest, and I hope we all are, anyone who graduated and went working in the interior design field right away quickly realized that they knew jack shit. Everything learned after college that was valuable was through experience and learning from others working in the field. 

Interior decorators and interior designers then have the same chance to learn through valuable on-the-job experiences.

Shitty College ROI And The Rise Of Hal 9000

We've seen that the ROI on a college degree is shit. Seriously, looking at the average salary for an interior designer is less than $10K more than the interior decorator? College seems like a terrible investment when you consider how much the cost of tuition has risen compared to salaries.

In the future, assuming that AI and AR crap comes to fruition, which I'm pretty sure it will... we won't need the distinction between an interior designer and interior decorator. 

Remember the interior designer talking points? A computer will do everything on this list.

  • Understands blueprints

  • Understands fire and building codes

  • Understand people's behavior to create functional spaces 

  • May be involved in the design of a building 

  • May be involved in structural change decisions during renovations

I mean, there are planes that can fucking fly themselves and people are going to pretend that a computer can't replace a degreed interior designer? Pffft. And hopefully, this will get those ASID and NCIDQ pricks that are joined at the hip to make more money off of the design industry out of here because we won't need them.

What About Life & Safety?! We've Gotta Protect The WORLD!!

The computers will be the first line of defense, and the inspectors of the world will be the enforcers and double checkers, as they always have been.

Gone will be the days of someone trying to spec some textile that could go up in flames because the computer will check the schedule against the ASTM compliance. 

And just like that, an interior design degree will be muerto.

Why hire a human when you can just hire a computer to design your home?

Ahhh, yes and now we've come to the most critical part of all of this. I've written before on how I see holistic interior design emerging as a powerful niche for those in this industry to look to as interior design as we know it dies. But please, don't jump on the holistic interior design bandwagon because you're looking to make money. Please. Don't.

For the non-woo-woo types, it could mean that with machines doing most of the heavy front-end lifting, you'll have time to fully flesh out creative and novel ideas that allow you to stand out in the world.

It also means that all of this interior decorator vs interior designer bullshit should stop.

My only hope it isn't replaced with some other crap dreamt up by the institutions that care only about their interests.

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When I was a kid I was called a “space cadet.” At the time, I didn’t think much of it.

As I’ve gotten older I know I am a total space cadet. I run into walls. I lose shit all the time, like my phone and keys. I start doing one thing and get my attention turned to something else. All while inside my mind I’m thinking about a lot of other stuff that isn’t apart of the here and now. 

Holistic interior designers are empaths at heart and because you bring your gifts to the world through the work you do with your clients, it's so important that you consistently ground yourself. You know how draining it can be to have your emotions intertwined with the feelings of feedback from your clients. 

On top of that, we all rather like being in our heads most of the time. Right? Sometimes we lose track of time or simply check out just to cope with the pressures of life. The only downside to that is you live here on planet Earth and you do need to touch base, literally. You have to keep yourself sane, your gifts intact and get some work done, too.

What Is Grounding?

If you've heard about grounding, wonderful! Make it a daily habit that you get into before you start your day. If you haven't heard about grounding, keep reading.

Grounding is an activity to help you calm down, ditch the anxiety and connect to the present moment with focus. You can also think of it as centering yourself so you can redistribute the energy in your mind back into your body quickly. 

The easiest way to think about it is plugging ourselves back into the outlet to keep the creative energy flowing and achieve what you desire.

There are a few grounding techniques you can use that, for me, seem to be equally effective. You choose which one resonates with you.

Chair Grounding Exercise

This is the exercise I do 99% of the time and it makes a huge difference.

  • Sit in your chair, with your feet flat on the floor and close your eyes.

  • Take three deep breaths and imagine the divine white light coming down from the sky into the top of your head.

  • Imagine it flowing down through your spine and out your two feet becoming like two tree roots. Those two tree roots simultaneously break through the floor of your home, down through the earth and finally wrap around the crystal center of the earth.

  • Continue to then see these roots come back up to you, burrowing up through the earth, through your floor and back into the souls of your feet. On through your legs, up your spinal cord and connecting with the divine white light from above. 

  • Open your eyes when ready and exhale as you're now done with your grounding exercise.

When I do this exercise I often hold Hematite or Lepidolite in my hands. Sometimes I will even place Hematite generator between my feet on the floor during this exercise. You can also take these crystals in your pocket all day to keep grounded: Smoky Quartz, Red Jasper, Tiger’s Eye

Earthing

I do this exercise when the weather is nice and my frozen popsicle feet will get warmed up. This technique is said to have more powerful effects than the Chair exercise, but sometimes going outside to do this exercise isn't an option.

The theory behind this technique is that when your feet are touching the earth you're allowing for the transfer of negatively charged electrons into your body. The reason you take your shoes off is that usually, the soles are rubber - and if you remember that just like when you hop into a car during a lightning storm because the rubber tires will protect you should the lightning strike. So then, you are shielded by wearing your shoes with rubber soles. 

  • Stand outside with your bare feet on the ground.

  • Imagine a beam of light coming from your mind, down your spinal cord and out of your feet and burrowing into the earth. 

  • Imagine the white light now coming back up and connecting back to you.

4-7-8

This is easy enough to do and definitely helps you to stop, collaborate and chill the fuck out.

  • Inhale to the count of 4.

  • Hold the breath for the count of 7.

  • Exhale to the count of 8.

Grounding is simple technique to help you achieve balance and avoid those times when you can't focus on your work. Do you ground yourself now or is this a new technique for you? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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Ever feel like you've never belonged, or the period you were born into? I feel the same.

I was sitting in the back of my mom's car where I was about 5, in a city that we had never been to before, telling her that I'd been here before. She said that was impossible.

That wasn't the last time that I would experience Déjà vu. It would happen time and again with people and places.

I felt like didn't belong where I lived, always feeling more at home on the East Coast. A place I have never lived.

I felt drawn a lot of times to people at least 20 years older than myself and found that the conversations were so much more comfortable and thoughtful. When I had conversations with most people my age I wanted to poke my eardrums out with a rusty paper clip. The inane topics, the lack of self-awareness, the overwhelming apathy was too much for me.

When trying to hang out with people my age, I always felt like I was talking in some foreign language and couldn't get my point across. They'd look at me like I had two heads believing that what they saw here was all there was to life.

All my life, I've been told that I was judgemental. But really, I knew what was right and what was utterly dumb.

I'd attempt to make myself fit in, time and again which never worked leaving me filled with anxiety all the time. 

I have no idea how Alf was able to assimilate to life here on Earth so easily ;)

For years, I'd fight with my current dissatisfaction with living a life that made no sense to me on a soul level, but I looked like a "normal" person to everyone else.

You know where that gets you? Wondering when things will just be easy. And by easy, I don't mean there is no struggle in this life because I fully believe that those struggles help you grow. I say easy regarding letting the facade go, so you didn't have to feel like you're a fraud on some level because you don't feel like you're allowed to be who you really are.

So many of us feel this way, and after 40 years of this for me, that shit gets old. I feel like I've been on a spiritual path for years. Some things resonate with me, and some things don't. But there I would be again, trying to fit the square peg into the round hole.

Last year I started to dive in deeper to crystal healing and become intrigued. I've always loved rocks, crystals, gemstones, minerals, and metals. My initial attraction wasn't based on seeing the art of crystal healing, but that I like pretty rocks. But this is where I think we get glimpses of our purpose and if we pay attention we can connect the dots!

So there I was on Pinterest, and a pin caught my eye about Indigo children which led me to buy a book on the topic. That's where I found that all the things that the world had told me about myself were wrong.

You know when you pick up a book and you know it to be true? That's what happened when I read "Indigo Adults". I felt like I had found the owner's manual I'd been missing all these years. See if these traits don't resonate with you, too.

Indigo Adult Traits:
  • Old Soul. Indigo adults are old souls stuck in a world we don't understand. We're headstrong and creative empaths ready to share the wisdom we have with others.

  • Rebels. You know what they say you should do, but you don't want anything to do with it. When you feel that you aren't in control or being pressured into something, you push back. And then there are times when you don't want any friction at all, so you just go with the flow, even when internally you don't want to.

  • Dreamers. Often you'll see things as they are and then you ask why it is that way. Which often times leads to making your dreams come true (or dreaming about it all the time) and some people just don't get the dreamer.

  • Truth Seeker. The truth is of utmost importance. You are like a dog with a bone when it comes to getting to the bottom of things because believing a lie is a fate worse than death itself.

  • Lie Detectors. You can spot a lie or a liar a mile away. It drives you bonkers when lies are told or lived. When we believe the untruths that people tell us about ourselves we hate that just as much. It leads you to put up walls because people don't like it when the status quo is being challenged.

  • Empath. You feel vibes. Whether it's the vibes of the room or other people's vibes. At times you doubt your spidey senses because you're a wee bit insecure to trust yourself. After all, the world has given you a false narrative about yourself that leads you to doubt what you feel because you don't have concrete proof of your feelings.

  • Free Thinker. Following a crowd is out of the question. You'll come up with your own conclusions and trust your intuition to lead you.

  • Leader. At times, you may have felt that you chose to be the leader because no one else stepped up to fill the role *cough* every group project in school *cough*. That's not it though. You're truly a leader so to sit back and let someone else lead won't work for you. This is also why many Indigo Adults become entrepreneurs.

  • Loner. For years, it's been really difficult to find other old souls to connect with. When you can't find the other old souls, you become a bit of a loner. Have no fear, I think this spot right here is where you'll find some old souls to connect with.

  • Conformity Kills. You can't be put into a box that everyone else is fine to live in and sometimes you're seen as the rule breaker.

  • Multi-Passionate. We're the artists, the psychics, the empaths, the healers, the communicators.

If those traits ring true, you might just be an Indigo Adult working as a holistic designer. 

You're the perfect person to help your clients express what's inside of them perfectly through design. You feel the need to always connect with the meaning behind everything you do in your work. That's why working with shitty clients who simply want what they saw at Pottery Barn doesn't do it for you. 

Simply put, you're here help others raise their vibe by creating the spaces that your clients need. 

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Ever have those times where you know you need to get something done but you’d much rather binge-watch something on Netflix or listen to another podcast?

We all have those moments and I think it is because the creative mind seems to have two modes. Do the creative things or resist all the things that aren’t creative.

Here’s the down side to being creative - your head is in the clouds a lot of the time and if you don’t come back to earth sometime you’re going to find yourself feeling forgetful and unable to focus. This is usually because you’ve remained ungrounded for way too long.

Because there are times when we need to do those things that aren’t fun but necessary, I am sharing with you my powerhouse trio of crystals that I use to get shit done. Be warned, though. You may find that these crystals may have you becoming a workaholic, seriously.

Adamite - The Crystal Booster

Adamite prevents interruptions, perfect for when you’ve got no time to get distracted by shit that doesn’t matter at the moment. Also helps you to switch gears from being Passive to Polly into Active Annie mode in no time.

This crystal is also help you activate the left-brain thinking so we can focus on the task at hand, even if it is doing the bookkeeping. *Note: It contains trace amounts of arsenic, so wash your hands after handling.

Hematite - The Bring You Back To Earth Crystal

Hematite is a stone that I use all the time for grounding energy, because for us creative types, our minds are in the clouds a lot of the time (and it’s wonderful). But, when we need to come back down to Earth, this is the stone you’ll want.

Hematite is also great for when you feel like your brain has a hundred browser tabs open all at once and you need to focus because a million and one ideas racing around all at once is so no bueno.

Vanadinite - The Ultimate Get Shit Done Crystals

Vanadinite brings in some creative manifesting juice, but this also gives you the extra push to power through and get the work done. If you’re experiencing a writing block or feel like you can’t get yourself organized to even get started, this is the stone for you.

I like to think of it like Crystal Coffee helping you to organize and achieve your goals.

This is the crystal that will turn on your workaholic mode and that is why you’re going to need to be careful when you have this crystal on your desk. When you need to chill out, and let off the gas pedal this is the buddy that needs to be taken away from your energy torus.

More Crystals For Focus

Malachite will help you with making decisions which can be a big roadblock in getting your work done.

Fluorite is great for doing research as it is known to help you concentrate deeply as your organize your thoughts.

Sodalite for upping your understanding of the task at hand and it another stone to keep yo grounded.

How To Use Crystals For Focus

Place this trio of stones together on your desk and let the magic happen. When these crystals are just sitting next to you, your energy will entrain with those and you’ll be focused and getting shit done in no time.

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The truth about this topic? There is no real answer to what is the best interior design software. 

First, we both need to agree that the way you run your design business and the way I run mine is different. Second, I like some software and others I loathe. Third, everyone has a threshold to what they are willing to spend on software. 

It's a tedious and annoying task to find interior design software for your business. There is no all-in-one solution and while it sounds like a magical solution, I'm not sure that we would really want that. Which leaves us having to patch multiple pieces of software together to deliver our finished service to our clients. 

Tips and Tricks for Selecting The Best Interior Design Software

Whatever interior design software you choose will not make or break a business. You still need to be delivering an excellent experience for your clients and waiting around to find the magic bullet solution isn't a good idea. 

Define your signature design process

It will be practically impossible for you to pick the best interior design software for your business if you don't have your design process nailed down. 

You need to write down what steps you take to deliver your service. Everyone needs to create floor plans, but when we get to the part about renderings and elevations it's really a personal decision. Some software doesn't do this automatically and others do.

Be clear about what you're expecting the software to do and how you're currently executing. If your process is painful now, articulate what features you're looking to help you streamline your workflow before you go on a search. 

What are your requirements?

Next, you should decide now what your personal requirements are. How much are you willing to spend? Can you add users in the future? Do you have additional costs to fully use the software for other features? Put those in order of importance for you before you do your trials.

Pick 3 and sign up for a trial

You can ask your colleagues what they are using, but I'm gonna assume that is why you're here, to begin with, because they aren't sharing that info with you. Later on, I'll give you some to check out, so don't you worry boo.

Choose up to 3 in either category (design or project management) depending on your current needs that meet your requirements. If you're trying to stick within a budget, start with those.

Run a practice project

Block out time on your calendar and try the software out during their free trial period and do a sample project to see what you get as the final product. 

Run through the entire process, document the time it takes you to do each part in your process and then make notes on what you liked and what you wish the software had. 

Read the Reviews

Before you decide make sure you ask Mr. Google what other people think about the software AND the company behind it. The software may be neato and the company complete shit-os. Also, if possible, do a little sneak peeking on the people leaving the reviews to see if they are a) real people b) people with an actual business and c) don't leave psycho reviews on weird products on Amazon. 

Serious on that last one. I once tracked a woman who was into some weird ass kinky shit that was made apparent by her verified purchases and reviews on Amazon. If you wouldn't be friends with the person leaving the review, are you going to trust their review? Just saying.

Don't Scrimp

When it comes down to decision time, do not go cheapskate. Sure, there is always a cheaper solution but you'll usually end up paying for it with your time. Whatever software you purchase, it should pay for itself.

My Best Interior Design Software Experiences (And The Worst One, Too)

A lot of designers want the Joanna Gaines Fixer Upper special, which you can recreate if you've got Sketchup and probably something like Adobe AfterEffects because I'm pretty sure that SketchUp doesn't do that magic without something extra.

Studio by Minutes Matters

Price:  Starting at $497 for the desktop version and $52.60/ month for the online version

When I started out I used Studio by Minutes Matters because I think it's super cute. It's not, however, the software you want to use if you'd like to draw up a space plan and then to immediately get to the 3D. With Studio, you draw a floorplan and then you create an elevation or pseudo rendering separately.

 While that is time-consuming, there are some really neat benefits to using their software. For me, it's functionality allowed me to bring in a photo that my edesign client sent in and I draw right on top of it to show them the possibilities.

Room Sketcher Rendering

Room Sketcher

Price: Starting at $99/ year

I recently bought RoomSketcher because what can I say? I'm a sucker for how it renders. 

BUT, while what this software renders is pretty slick, it can be tricky to do everything that you can do a lot easier in Home Designer. But as you'll see it's not as pretty.

One pain in the ass is adding accessories. You need to know the height on the object that you're trying to place your item on. Then it's a game of move it here, then move it back. If you've got a lot of accessories to place, this will eat up time. 

If you choose this solution, you may need to purchase additional credits for 3D Floor Plans, 3D Photos, and 360 Views. They are stellar, but an additional cost once you use up the credits within the plan you select.

Home Designer Architectural Rendering

Home Designer Architectural

Price: $199

This is the software that I use in my course Create eDesign Presentations + Packages. I paid a one-time fee and still use it. You can purchase additional furniture, fixtures, accessories for it, too. 

With this program, you draw your floorplan and the walls elevate automatically. You can then design the space, even adding in your own swatches if you want. I think it's fairly easy to use and it is flexible enough to let you fudge furniture items that are not pre-drawn in its libraries. 

Sweet Home 3D Rendering

Sweet Home 3D

Price: Free to $13.99

I just bought this while researching for this blog, and it's not bad for price. They do have a free version, but it has less furniture and textures.

I decided to recreate the room I created in Room Sketcher as close as possible. They don't have the same items and I find the selection of items lacking. The rendering isn't my favorite, but it'll do the job.

SketchUp

Price: $590 

Maybe it's me, but I just don't dig SketchUp. I tried it years ago and for this blog post I signed up for a free account and lasted all of 3 minutes, precisely. Bless the designer that loves this software. 

It's reasonably priced, but seriously I don't love it. If you love it, I'd love to hear the pros and cons of using it. 

But those are just the tip of the iceberg, because look. I do all of my work on a desktop. You may like to work on a tablet. So there is that. As for Autodesk products? I haven't worked with those for over a decade. At the time I started my design business, AutoCAD Lite was around $1500 and throughout all of my years of using it - I'm pretty sure you're gonna want to skip it.

Interior Design Platforms

Next, we get to interior design platforms that aren't meant for creating space plans and renderings BUT they are equally important when it comes to interior design software. My advice is to pick one piece of software that I just went over and THEN pick one of the ones I'll be discussing next.

Mydoma

Price: $59/Month

Mydoma is a project management software that allows you to communicate with your clients, upload contracts, schedule payments, upload your design drawings, keep track of your costs and make mood boards.

I won't go on about it here though because I've already written about their fabulousness here

Designfiles

Price: Starting from $19/Month

Designfiles is slightly different than Mydoma and has some of the same functionality. If you're curious about how Mydoma and Designfiles compare, you can read more about that here.

With this software, you could almost get away without needing another program if you want to sketch out floor plans. I mean I'm not even sure they teach how to do that in school anymore, but.... you could do it!

Other Software To Get The Job DoneCanva

Price: $12.95/Month

If you want to create templates for creating your design presentation, I think its a wonderful option. It's easy to upload your logo, brand colors and drawings so you can package them all up together. 

Photoshop

Price: $20.99/Month

I've had a handful of clients mention that they use Photoshop to do their design work. And if you're a Photoshop wiz, go for it! I'm more of an Illustrator kind of gal, but I did use Photoshop when I was working with Studio by Minutes Matter to skew my furniture pieces ;) But if want a more affordable piece of software like Photoshop without the ridiculous price tag, check out this.

But what about...?

I've never used Design Manager or Studio Designer. Those can help you with your accounting along with project management. I've only used Quickbooks and because it's what my awesome bookkeeper and CPA use, I'm sticking with it. 

As you can see, there is no way in hell that I can give you the answer to what is the best interior design software out there. Everyone's capacity and strengths when it comes to technology is different as well as your design process. 

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I'm going to pull out a very unscientific figure right now about your thoughts on blogging. You hate it with a passion and resist doing it on a regular basis because you: 

  • don't think you're a good writer

  • don't have a damn thing to talk about

  • someone else probably knows more

  • no one reads your blog anyway

  • video is where it's at

  • writing is for the Salinger's of the world

To all of that, I say Hey! Look at this former high school English honors student butchering grammar rules at every turn! 

While I don't follow many rules when it comes to writing because to me it's about getting the message out and to you, I know it annoys people to no end. They love to find mistakes and criticize me. And for every five of those stupid emails that I receive the sender gets a middle finger in response. 

Look, you may not think that you don't have anything important to share or that your writing sucks. There are some people who are on the NYT Best Sellers list that I think are complete morons. I've read some of those books that everyone said I had to read like "50 Shades Of Grey" and felt my IQ drop. If we're being honest, that book was pretty bogey.

The thing about writing is that while you may hit a few bumps in the road as you make it a regular habit, you're going to find that the benefits are pretty awesome for your business and soul.

You Discover Your Style

When I started blogging almost a decade ago I was straight up Mr. Roboto in my writing style. For some reason, I believed that every blog post was an essay for school. On top of that, I thought that I needed an image to illustrate every point I was touching on. And back then finding any decent stock interior design photos was impossible. 

The sad thing about my early blogging attempts is that I didn't talk like an actual robot with other people. Neither do you. But writing like a robot or for a professor is usually how we start out when it comes to blogging and if you give up too soon it makes it impossible for you to find out what your writing style is.

You Learn

I couldn't count the number of times I've changed my thinking about something. There were times where I had certain notions about interior design and to deviate from that line of thought was absurd. Now, I'm thinking a different way. Yeah, it's been a decade so you do change your thoughts and opinions with age, but writing them down has allowed me to explore why I held onto certain beliefs and why they needed to be challenged. When you document your opinions you give yourself the opportunity to go back and change your mind.

More Words

Writing has allowed me to grow my lexicon. See? Big word I didn't know before I started blogging regularly. Now, there are places where I'm a lazy writer and could use some more descriptive language, but let's face it. You're not coming here for superior literature. But, I've had to learn some new words when the ones I already knew didn't work. Plus, we're living in a world of emoticons and acronyms, which to me, is rather soulless and superficial. Words mean something so why not use them and learn some new ones?

Not Everything Is For Public Consumption

Not everything I write makes it onto this blog. Sometimes I write for myself to get something off my chest. Sometimes I start writing something that I intend to share here but end up scrapping it because I don't feel it's the right time to share. Sometimes I start writing something that I think is super important only to flesh out the idea and find it's kinda dumb.

Writing just for your business can be a drain. Try writing for yourself. Maybe it's a gratitude journal, a goal journal or maybe a dream journal. Whatever it is, writing is good for your business and soul. 

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