Being a Designer Takes Guts & Vision

One of my readers sent me these photos from their new place in cottage country, which is located 2 1/2 hours from downtown Toronto.
Being a Designer Takes Guts & Vision

See this spiral chandelier (above)? I couldn't find the big one on-line but this one is 6 feet long and 4 ft wide. To get it inside their cottage, the sliding glass doors had to be removed. To get it installed, four men and a scissor lift. To go through that to get a chandelier installed? You need to know beyond a doubt that it will look amazing! Hopefully I'll get some updated pictures later!
Being a Designer Takes Guts & Vision
The fireplace stone was recently installed and after many rounds of testing colours and moving them around on big samples, they will paint all the pine panelling (except the wood trim and the window wall) HC-105 Rockport Gray.

The couple (one of whom is a designer) said it currently feels like they are in a coffin, because there's way too much pine.

I love that they are leaving the window wall untouched and all the rest of the wood trim to keep the cottage feel.
Being a Designer Takes Guts & Vision
Here's a view from their boat.

Being a Designer Takes Guts & Vision
The view from inside the cottage.

What a stunning, picture post card setting!

So then I got to thinking, what have I done as a designer that took guts and vision?

Here's a few on my list:

1. I was 30 years old and decided I had to be creative or die. So I went to work at a paint store tinting paint, selling and conducting colour consultations.

Over and over and over, until I got really good at it.

Working in a paint store is NOT glamorous. When you're 20, it's fine, late 30's? That took guts.

2. Got myself fired a lot until out of pure survival, I created a colour blog. Then much to my surprise and delight, got really successful doing it!

3. Patricia Kramer recommended me to the Dean at Vancouver Community College as a colour theory instructor to teach a 10 week course as part of their interior design program.

I was advised that I could write the entire curriculum. So I did. And taught it for 3 years until I left to teach my own three day colour training.

4. Custom furniture and drapery. I do 99% of my OWN check measures on all hard window coverings and drapery for my clients. I had a designer show me how to do it years ago with one client and I've done it myself ever since. Considering how expensive custom window coverings are, that's gutsy.

5. Ordering a sunflower yellow sofa for my living room. Whenever I see a space where strong colour has been used to great effect, I think that takes guts.

Now over to you, my lovelies, what's the gutsiest thing you've ever done?