Marc Atiyolil’s Home Trends
These days everything is about how fast and efficiently we do things. It is no longer a slow paced world where time is a commodity, it is now a luxury.
Most households are two income households which means both parents are working and also raising families. In today’s households, parents are constantly juggling everything and trying to keep everything running. They are running their own little corporation with financial budgets, time schedules and future projections.
The simple life no longer exists in these households as the parents are constantly trying to keep up with the trends. Their children play two different sports, attend piano lessons and who could forget drama club? Now take this scenario and times it by 3, which is the amount of children in an average family’s household. No wonder parents at the PTA look like walking zombies, they are trying to do everything at once!
With everyone running around like a chicken with his head cut off, who has time to design their home? We all know that if they do find the time, it won’t be a lot of it. Time is now like money, if you find some, use it wisely.
One thing I am known for is my ability to accomplish many different things at once. I am often asked how I keep up with my crazy, as most describe it, schedule. It’s quite simple, I prioritize.
Prioritizing your daily, weekly and monthly schedule is very important. Start each day by asking yourself “What do I want to accomplish today?” This can even be done for both your work and lifestyle schedules. For instance, I start my day by sitting at my desk and going through voice-mails, emails and snail mail. I get a sense of what requires the most attention and make a list of priorities which brings me to the next important point.
Make a list. Paper and pen don’t lie and certainly don’t forget. By writing down your list of things to do for the day, you are committing to doing them. For those who go by memory, the mind has a tendency to reprioritize your daily list with your emotions. If you don’t “feel” like cleaning the house today, your mind will automatically put it on the back burner and not think about it. Although if you have it written down and it’s staring at you, the chances of the chore getting done is much higher.
When we write things down, we are also working on building our self-motivation which is key to any success, whether in a design project or a career. In the real world, we don’t have someone walking by our side patting us on the back and saying “Good job! Keep it up!” We have to do this ourselves. We have to motivate ourselves to become efficient in our day to day routine.
Building up your time efficiency will do wonders in your design project. I’ve seen many homeowners get discouraged a month into their renovation. The pressure mounts, they have exceeded their expected budget, the contractor had a few unexpected delays and the homeowners start to bicker at each other. The situation then gets out of control and everyone is parting faster than the red sea. When you are self-motivated, you are able to draw strength within yourself, have your end goal in mind and keep tugging away at your design project.
Design is not only about organization, prioritizing and self-motivation, it is also about persistence. You will need persistence in everything you do in life but design takes a little more. Homeowners starting a design project are usually excited but as the pressure mounts, the excitement dies down. Like any “Do it Yourself” project you have to keep at it.
So you painted an accent wall in the living room and it doesn’t look good, paint it again. If the fabric doesn’t work with the wall colour, bring it back and exchange it. Don’t be afraid to be a perfectionist.
Stores are happy to exchange items because they want you to be completely happy with your purchase. When buying items, mention to the store that you are new to design and want to see if the item works in the space. Ask them about their return and exchange policy. Be persistent in working towards your goal of making your design project just as you imagined it in your mind.
A persistent person also has to be an understanding person. There will be times when you have to adapt and evolve your vision because of what I like to call “life”. In life, there are certain inevitable variables that are sure to throw a wrench in your design project. You have to take it as it is and keep going. If the fabric you wanted to use to reupholster the sofa is discontinued, keep looking. I always say, “everything happens for a reason.” If it was not meant to be for that fabric to be used in your design project, you usually end up finding something much better. Sometimes, it’s a better bargain and sometimes it ends up being a better product.
Marc Atiyolil, celebrity designer and home trend expert is the Editor-in-Chief of Home Trends Magazine, and the host of the Marc Atiyolil Show. To submit a question for Marc Atiyolil, visit www.MarcAtiyolil.com.