My design assistant and I recently sat through bumper to bumper traffic on 35E, one of Dallas’ main highways. While stopped, we couldn’t help but notice the over-sized billboard for a local adult store that read, “Your Pleasure Is Our Business.” Sure, we chuckled at the line, but it sparked a conversation about the most inappropriate and embarrassing things witnessed while at clients’ houses.
I’m afraid the stories are far too racy to share here, but it warranted a blog post on some tips for design clients everywhere. Do your designers a favor, keep them out of the therapist’s office, and follow these suggestions:
1. Keep the conversation kid friendly. Would you talk about these matters in front of your children? If not, then it’s probably best to keep them to yourself. Please refrain from discussing your sex life, your marital issues or what services you will most likely have to provide your husband because you bought that dining room table without talking to him about it first.
2. Stash the pills and paraphernalia. Do everyone a favor and put away any and all unmentionables, especially if you know your designer will be working in bedrooms or parts of the house where these types of items might live. As designers, we like to think of our clients as upstanding, contributing members of society. We prefer not to know what your proclivities are after dark and on the weekends.
3. Curb the soft porn. We sound like prudes, but we’re surprised how many clients have nude and provocative photos of their spouses on display. Some might call it art, a la Richard Avedon, but we just call it PTSD: Porn Trauma Stress Disorder. Please be considerate and remove images like this before designers arrive, and for the love of God, do NOT ask us to hang the pictures for you!