Over the last few years I've been lucky enough to be involved in some large scale redesigns of various properties. Although each one varies in style, budget and concept, one thing they all have in common is the fact that in those early stages, it often gets worse before it gets better.
As rooms take on new functions, walls are knocked down, bathrooms stripped out etc it all tends to get a little 'dirty'. It's often why people tend to put off redesigning their home as despite knowing existing rooms may be a little out of date or in need of a bit of TLC, the mess and upheaval that renovations entails is sometimes enough to put people off doing it at all.
Your old kitchen or bathroom may have been a little outdated but at least it was working so when you suddenly embark on a new design and find yourself without an oven, sink or toilet it all can be somewhat stressful and daunting.
For me, these early stages are actually the most exciting (which is probably why I do what I do). It's a time where you are able to see the bare bones of a building, visualise the space in a completely different way and often, unearth wonderful finds in the process.
I have found over the last few years that when consulting people on the redesign of their homes, it is often just as much about 'guiding them' through the process as it is about showing them beautiful mood boards and concept ideas.
With interior design, I think the hard thing for many clients, especially if they've never undertaken home improvements before, is the realisation that despite all your planning, hard work and effort, things can often get worse before they get better and this can be quite a challenge.
You may not have liked your old kitchen, bathroom or bedroom but at least it was functional. The minute you embark on your renovation, things suddenly stop being so functional and sometimes stop working at all and you suddenly start to doubt why you even started!
What you need to remember is that yes things have to get a little 'dirty'. They have to get worse in order to get better.Although this may be hard to accept in the early stages, you have to keep believing that it will all be worth it. If you remain committed and passionate about your ideas, then you will be choosing those final accessories and finishing touches before you know it.