Wednesday, March 09, 2011

The Design Files... Me? Really?

The Design Files Daily

My little Flemington flat on The Design Files today

I think it's somewhat ironic that less than 12 hours after writing my last blog post the feature about my flat appears on The Design Files.

Just... wow. Don't get me wrong, I am so SUPER EXCITED about my little abode being featured on my favourite design blog of all time. It's been a secret ambition of mine for aaaages but when Lucy saw some pics of my flat and asked to do a tour my first internal reaction was "oh no but it's not good enough!". I insisted she wait a couple of months till I'd made some changes I'd been thinking about.

My little Flemington flat on The Design Files today

That might sound crazy but it's so true that we are always our own harshest critic. I also feel like in the creative world one's own work inherently lacks the magic that everyone else's work appears to embody.

Because when I design something I'm intimately familiar with every step of the process. The first seed of inspiration. All the reference material I gathered together. The sketches that didn't work and the ones that did. The general struggle to turn an idea in my mind into something real. Then there's a brief period of appreciation once it's finished, but that soon wears off when you're looking at it every day.

When it comes to other people's work I tend to think that their ideas came about by a magic lightning bolt of inspiration. Through some "highly creative" process rather than mine which somehow seems so much more calculated.

But I guess that's something we all feel.



P.S. - thank you everyone for you awesome comments on my last post. I'm so glad to hear that so many people feel the same way and that being open and honest about our struggles is equally important and inspiring. I'd like to write more on the subject soon...


Rick said...

Having known you for a decade, having worked with you, having been so proud of you so often, seeing your apartment on DF is yet another occasion to fill me with pride. But nothing has made me as proud as your post last night. x

Di said...

congratulations! It is hard to step back from what you have created and achieved and truly be able to "see" it for what it is- amazing.

laura said...

wow, congratulations! and your post on the pressure we have as creatives really was so honest and refreshing to hear, so thanks for sharing it. i truly admire your work, business and beautiful apartment! it shows me that hard work and persistence does pay off.

Jess said...

oh my god lara,

I'm having one of those "creative struggles" we all know and love at the moment. Your last 2 posts have been like little bells going "ding, you are still here!"
Thanks for sharing and admitting to being less magical than I may think you are. To me, it is the most inspiring thing my heroes can do. It makes it all seem much more real and attainable!
(yes, you are one of my design heroes. sorry for gushing!)

Full brim hard hats said...

First design is very beautiful and very attractive. I like your apartment so much, such a different and fantastic design here.

picciolo said...

Hi, I just wanted to say congratulations on a wonderful feature, you have so many lovely things in your home!
: )

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the feature, you have a really lovely home! I also loved the previous post and I so relate!

Camila F.

Debt Help said...

Apartment design and colors is very beautiful and very attractive. I like your apartment so much, such a different and wonderful design you have used. I will also use same design and colors for my apartment.

Rosalind said...

Congrats that is awesome! And touche to your last post! I think about it often. Off to Bride and Wolfe to find that hanging shelf! ohhhh love it