Kelly Wearstler

Kelly Wearstler on the Child's Play challenge.

on Feb 6, 2007

Okay, children and interior design are two things I claim to know a little bit about.

This week's design challenge definitely had its obstacles, which, unfortunately, are not uncommon in the real world of interior design: a less than desirable budget, no initial client meeting, plenty of questions and fewer answers, and ultimately, the design curveball of learning the "clients" were unavailable for their client meetings because they were still in elementary school.

You have to be prepared to expect the unexpected in almost any profession, interior design being no exception. Design programs are not written in stone (which could be quite chic) and the vertiginous whims of a client are your marching orders. In addition to a fickle client, value engineering, material selection debacles, scope changes, time frame and fabrication, and even shifts in the global market can affect your job unexpectedly. This happens all the time, so get used to it.

I really liked that the designers had this particular challenge, including finding out that only a single bed would help carry the room, because quite often the challenge you least appreciate at the time is the challenge that results in some of your finest work.