Yesterday Austin and I took a break from working from home by going to a giant furniture store in a nearby town. It boasts to be the largest selection in Iowa. We thought we might stumble upon the perfect nightstands or dresser for our bedroom. The thing about furniture stores? They want to sell you a set. In this store full of every mainstream style imaginable, each piece has been over designed in a way that makes it almost impossible to imagine these pieces outside of their sets. And each piece is actually priced way higher than I ever imagined. How can a mid-western furniture superstore with poor design and poor quality be more expensive than West Elm? And how were there so many people there on a random Tuesday afternoon?
Austin and I were both thinking these things as we walked through the MDF bedroom sets. Austin was the first to bring it up. People walk into this store expecting it to give them inspiration and a deal and they leave after speaking with pushy salespeople with a complete room-in-a-box for much more than they'd spend on pieces they truly love and interior design help from a professional that gets them.
Think that you can't afford a beautiful space and the help from a designer? Your budget might look exactly the same (or even better) than it does at the superstore but won't include a line for "5-piece living room collection." There's a reason there are so many people at a furniture store on a Tuesday. People want to surround themselves with beautiful environments but don't really know where to start. We'd love to help.