Asian-inspired elegance in the city, designed by Kimberley Seldon

12 steps to creating one little pillow

Interior design looks easy? HA!

Ever waited in vain for the repairman to arrive or had difficulty reaching a live customer service rep when something is broken? Design professionals deal with such stresses daily, so the client doesn’t have to.

The work that design and decorating professionals do is not only complex, it’s fraught with challenges. Don’t believe me? Check out these steps for producing a pillow—one little pillow:

    1. Select fabric(s) – chenille, velvet, cotton, patterned, plain, red, blue?
    2. Select trim(s) – self-pipe, rope, braid, bullion, tassel, rosette?
    3. Determine size – 18 inches square, 24 x 18-inch rectangle, 16-inch bolster?
    4. Choose filling – 100% down, polyester, poly cotton blend, density?
    5. Choose edge detail – knife, box, Turkish, tasseled, beribboned?
    6. Create purchase orders for fabrics, trims, forms, and pillow maker.
    7. Order CFAs (cutting for approval) to ensure ordered fabric looks like the sample. Ninety percent of the time, it’s accurate; however, in approximately 10 percent of the cases, it’s the wrong fabric color. Why? Because the fabric company had the wrong number written on the sample, or the firm discontinued the fabric, or the dye didn’t match exactly.
    8. Receive fabrics, trims, and forms – check all are accurate.
    9. Send all items and detailed instructions to pillow maker.
    10. Review finished pillows to ensure they’re made to specification.
    11. Ship pillows to client’s home.
    12. Receive pillows on location and present to client for approval.

These are the steps for producing one “simple” pillow. Now, imagine building a new kitchen or decorating the whole house. Do you really want to do this as a hobby? Of course not.

It’s time to own your value. The work you do matters.  It deserves appropriate compensation.

Join me for two Dwell on Design events! More Money, More Profits, held Friday, May 29 at 11:00 a.m., will focus on the dilemma every business professional faces: how to turn lackluster profits into successful results.

At 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 29, I’ll discuss one of the most important, yet overlooked aspect of interior design: Invoicing and Collecting Billable Hours. This session will be held in a room with a view of the showroom floor.

Originally submitted by Kimberley Seldon