To the Wannabe Designer

Helpful advice from Heather Clawson, author of the excellent "Habitually Chic" blog:

"Elle Decor asked a few women designers in the November 2009 issue questions including how they would advise someone starting out in the business. Charlotte Moss and Kelly Wearstler had similar responses [which] included among other things, train your eye by reading magazines, looking at books, going to museums, and traveling.

I would like to suggest studying the work of designers you admire as well. Then ask yourself why do you like their work? What did they do that you would never have thought of? What colors did they mix the room or house? How did they arrange the furniture? As I've heard from my readers, a lot of them want to work in design but might not have the funds to go to school right now but there is a lot you can learn on your own for free from top designers!"

See the rest of the post, including photos of a Miles Redd-designed apartment, here.

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