Funny where life takes us, isn’t it? I was thinking about this when I was listening to Shannon Fricke talk about her career and imparting decorating advice at a talk she gave last week at the La Maison showroom in Surry Hills.
Shannon virtually fell into the decorating and design career when she stayed at home to raise a family. That’s pretty much my story too. After 16 years in the corporate world I decided to take a career break to be with my husband while he worked overseas, firstly in the Solomon Islands and then in Hong Kong. I always thought it was just a hiatus but then things change.
I loved making our temporary houses into homes where we could host our family and friends who came to visit us or entertain as it was imperative to find some friends and a create a social life. I’d owned three houses before we were married and put my stamp on each one.
But we returned with a toddler and all of a sudden the thought of 9 to 5 (or 6 or 7) had no appeal whatsoever. So I completed my qualifications in interior Decorating and Colour Consulting and set up my own business so I could decide when I wanted to work.
Shannon says interiors are about life and creating a home and that’s exactly what I had learnt in my time living overseas away from family and lifelong friends. I needed to create from the heart and tell our story in our decor so we felt good in our homes whether they were a fibro house overlooking Iron Bottom Sound or an apartment in the clouds in Hong Kong.
There’s something satisfying about bringing a story to life and injecting personality into a home. I’m so grateful I get to do that every day for my clients. As Shannon pointed out, the interiors that take time and are refined over and over again are the best. Many clients want pretty and they want it quickly but a good interior requires discipline.
So what’s your story? Does it show in your home?
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