Remember to Look Up
By Leslie Sarmiento
I got a call the other day from a potential client, and she told me, “Please come out and look at my home. I’ve lived in these rooms for fifteen years, and I know I need a change, but the more I look at everything, the more I second-guess myself.”
Not an unusual dilemma. As a designer, I often get asked to be the “objective eye,” the one who can make design decisions without any emotional entanglements or conflict. The one who walks in with a different perspective. The one who sees the home walking in through the front door, and not coming out of the master bedroom every morning.
So I scheduled the consultation, and as I walked through that client’s home, I came across some chairs in a color scheme that was clearly from the late 90’s. They were practically screaming for an update, so I asked her how she felt about them. Her classic response was, “My goodness, I’ve had those chairs forever, I don’t even notice them.” Guess what – they were the first things I noticed when I walked in the room!
Not that you need a professional consultation every time you feel stuck or indecisive. Sometimes, you just need a new take on things. A new angle.
I was in my backyard with our dog Hershey this morning, as I had been a hundred times before. It was early, and I wasn’t feeling very inspired, but a bird chirped above me and it made me look up. I saw the sky through the tree branches like I’ve never seen it before, and for a split second it took my breath away. Just like that, I had a different experience in my boring old backyard.
I get it. Sometimes, you find yourself in a situation where, no matter how you look at it, you keep walking into walls. But did you remember to look up? Have you really exhausted all your options? Or are you resisting a different point of view? Open yourself up to all possibilities and I promise you the solution will present itself, it just may not be in the way you expected.