We’ve all heard the saying “There is more than one way to skin a cat.” Apologies for the gory reference, but the take away is true. Especially in design. We have to be flexible with budget, fabric, schedules and just about everything else.
Designers are masters of juggling all aspects of a project.
Workrooms are masters of meeting deadlines and creating something wonderful from a roll of fabric.
And Installers are masters of getting it all put together for the final reveal.
I was reminded of that recently at my sister’s home in Indiana. She has a bird feeder. Or maybe it’s a squirrel feeder. The discussion on keeping the squirrels out of the bird feeder comes up often. I mean these are seriously FAT squirrels. In the end, their antics are so entertaining that no one has the heart to end their raids.
The sheer force of their determination and acrobatic skills is astounding. They slither up the pole and over the arc of the hanger like well, squirrels up a tree. It’s what they do next that is amazing. They carefully lower one paw to the roof of the feeder, balance themselves and then lower the other paw. Now they are teetering, feet up, paws down. All this maneuvering still does not gain them the tasty prize which is still at the bottom of the feeder.
So finally they work their front paws down the sides of the feeder until they are completely stretched out, hanging on by the toes, balancing with the front paws and face down into the bird seed. It is this image that stays with me.
Despite the obvious parallels to our intrepid installers, designers and workrooms also have to stretch and reach to accomplish success. Sometimes it does feel like we are upside down and hanging on by our toes. And sometimes we fall. But I think the lesson here is to keep our eyes on the prize and and to keep trying. Eventually we’ll find our noses in the bird seed and then…bliss.