6 Stages of Taking on a New Design Project

The struggle is real.

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Anyone who’s passionate about interior design knows that the process of decorating is kind of neverending. Whether you’re a design pro, a seasoned interior aficionado or a decor newbie, it seems like your wish-list of tweaks and upgrades never seems to end. Everywhere you turn there’s an accent to be added, a piece to be created or a room that needs a full overhaul.

It’s a relatable struggle, a cycle that can be difficult, but one with results that never cease to disappoint, especially when you do it yourself. The process isn’t easy, but everyone who has taken on a new design project knows the following six stages like the back of their hand.

1. Inspiration

The first step in starting a new design project starts when you are suddenly struck by inspiration. “What a good idea!” you tell yourself with all of the naive hope in the world as you begin taking stock of the necessary materials and slightly exaggerating your skills when you brag about your idea. You’re inspired and you can’t wait to make your dream a reality!

2. Intimidation

Ok, so this is a lot more work than you bargained for. You’ve hit up Pinterest, hardware stores, design blogs and watched HGTV for inspo, but this is all starting to sound like a lot. It’s not just the sheer amount of work that’s scary, it’s also the idea of failing. Maybe it’s fine as it is. Nope, it can’t be. You can do this.

3. Frustration

Turns out, you cannot do this. Well, you can do it, but it’s going to be hard. You’re at your wit’s end. You’re stuck between being too stubborn to ask for help (“This was MY idea!”) and desperately needing a little bit of advice (“How in the world does this random tool work?”). Just do your research and as they say, practice makes perfect.

4. Determination

Confidence restored. You’ve read up on everything, you’ve checked all of your resources and you are completely renewed. You remember why you took this project on. It’s going to be great and that’s because of your hard work and talent. You CAN do this.

5. Pride

You did it! Despite all of the sweat, tears, time and emotion, it looks phenomenal. You can’t wait to have your friends over and you’re already plotting your answer for when they ask where you bought your new addition. “Oh, that?” you’ll ask, pretending to be confused. “I made it.”

6. Relaxation

Kick back and relax. You made it to the very end, you completed a project that was a lot to handle and now it’s time to treat yourself. Not only can you enjoy the end result of your creation, you can take a second before you think of the next one. For now, everything’s perfect.

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