i also had a chance to go to the washington design center to see keith granet speak about his new book
i had never even heard his name before, but i quickly learned that granet runs a huge design management firm. basically, he advises designers on how to be just as efficient with the business side of their firm, as with the design side.
this really hit home with me. designing comes very easy to me, but the business side is a bit trickier. i dont have the luxury of hiring someone to help me with that (yet!). it justs take more time (and smoke coming out of my ears) for these wheels to run smoothly. however, i am learning that all it takes is time and practice and a good cheering section (thanks kev:)).
granet is also the co-founder of the design leadership summit. where a group of elite industry leaders meet to discuss...what else....design! at the last summit, all of the leaders broke into small discussion groups to talk about what is concerning them in the industry today. each group came back saying the same thing, that the design industry, as a whole, is under valued...that the perception is skewed. this may make some people roll their eyes...but i personally find it to be true. a lot of times i find myself defending my job. people think it is just a hobby...but for me it is real.
all of this reminded me of a post one of my favorite blogger/designers, lauren leiss of pure style home, wrote a while ago behind the scenes. she does a great job explaining (without complaining) all of the work that goes into interior design. so if you have some time...read it....it is very informative.
well...i cant leave this post without some interesting photos! so i will show you pictures i took with my phone on a recent trip to georgetown (in between working hard!).
i am loving this pendant....
i had to take a photo of this...i think i might need to make one!
i am dying to use this light in a project.....
i took this photo to show kevin his next project...i would love a longer version of this shelf in our family room....
a beautiful antique shelf
a trip to georgetown wouldnt have been complete without a visit to georgetown cupcake....and they were filming a special! i may just get my 15 minutes of fame yet!
and thanks to my good friend janice for taking this to prove i really was there:)
i promised myself i would get two blog entries out this week...here is the first. stay tuned for the second....