Okay, but this is an interior design blog and talking about sandwiches does not seem to fit with the overall theme...or does it?
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I'm thinking about the role of the interior designer as it relates to the sandwich. Somewhere in between (pun intended) the do-it-yourself (DIY) homeowner, interior decorator, contractor, and architect sits the exquisite, often invisible role of an interior designer. A professional who just wants acknowledgement for their place in the very skilful combination of ingredients that ultimately lends itself for the creation of a great interior designer sandwich.
If we compare the roles of an architect, contractor, interior designer, and interior decorator to the four main ingredients of a sandwich, then you will need to gather the bread, the spread, the main ingredient, and the secondary ingredient to complete a masterpiece. Given our affinity for looking at beautiful spaces, it doesn't surprise me that the first area of consideration for a homeowner is the aesthetics. Knowing we eat with our eyes first, researching and saving images to refer back to at a later date for inspiration makes Facebook, Houzz, Tumblr, and Pinterest (to name a few) a pretty resourceful way to serve up our favorite spaces in any flavor combinations minus the processes or people who make these beautiful sandwiches.
Are there any DIY enthusiast out there who thought they could complete a project simply by collecting photos and products and found that making the meal was harder than it looks? You betcha!
My "interior designer" sandwich requires that I specify ingredients that are grown locally for my clients, grown in organic conditions that will sustain the family, and is easily enjoyed by the entire family. Yup, that's right, it is a healthy sandwich that not only looks and tastes good...it's good for you! It is a green friendly meal that offers sustainable products that are environmentally sound and accessible to family members...plus, my interior designer sandwich can be presented in a way that enhances the families palette preferences and served to coördinate with its intended ambiance.
Wouldn't it be easier at the beginning to have all the professionals go shopping together? A coördinated effort to bring you the best meal ever! The next time you buy your bread, think about all the people who can give you the best ingredients. You can have a sandwich filled with "I wish I would have remembered to include..." or you can experience the best interior designer sandwich that reflects your families true (culinary) identity. Creating it right from the beginning leads to a beautiful meal and a delightful experience. Bon Appetit!