Some of you might not know this, but I graduated college with an Interior Design degree. I slaved through four years of studio-based classes, learned how to hand-render and draft, learned AutoCAD, learned the Adobe suite programs, broke out in hives presenting projects each semester, and learned a year’s worth of architectural history I now don’t remember. The major was tough and some days I wish I had chosen to peruse Graphic Design, but everything happens for a reason and my first job and the two that came after it have led me to where I am now (working from home, with a sleepy puppy at my feet).
The reason I bring up this blast from the past is because I was trained in commercial interior design – not home design. After seeing my mom work as a residential interior designer I made a note not to go that route because of all the leg work it required…searching for the perfect fabrics, managing a client’s budget and expectations, being on-site to oversee quality control, and of course finding the furniture, lighting, accessories and accents that make a house a home. I remember her saying something along the lines of, “I can’t just give Client XYZ two lamp options, she wants 20.” I understand both sides: designers are hired for their taste, talent, and knowledge base so they want clients that go with the flow instead of second guessing but clients are spending a ton of money so they can live in a perfect environment and pulling the trigger is hard sometimes.
Basically, when my friend Pete McCarthy (husband of Biscuit Home owner Bailey and daddy to Grace and Harry) first told me about decorBase I told him he was a genius. After noticing how much time his wickedly talented wife spent scouring the internets for products to be used in her client projects, he saw a need for a one-stop-shop resource and had the intuition to fill the void. decorBase is the perfect tool for interior designers, design bloggers, and really anyone looking to spruce up a room in their home. The platform lets you find everything you want and need to design a home. The “shop” tab enables users to search and purchase decor items from a multitude of home goods stores from across the web (you read that correctly). To help you visualize how pieces would work together in your room the “create” feature lets you make an inspiration board (the answer to the prayers of anyone who doesn’t know Photoshop or CAD). And if you know what you like but don’t know how to pull it all together, you can browse their online database and “hire” an interior decorator who will make your room dreams come to life.
It all sounds too good to be true but it’s not. I’ve been playing around on the site and couldn’t believe all the retailers and brands that it pulls products from. This video does an better job explaining the ins and outs of the site but I really urge you all to head to decorBase to check it out!