What I Know about Horseback Riding From Interior Design (Part 3): Jumping
My youngest daughter, Grayanna, is a competitive hunter jumper. Jumping horses is absolutely her first love, and for her, the highlight of each day is visiting the barn.
Grayanna truly adores her trainer! She listens carefully to her guidance on how to become the best rider possible, while also maintaining a reasonable level of safety.
I have been around a great deal of riding and jumping, so I am familiar with the attributes necessary for success. It occurred to me that there are some distinct similarities between these particular attributes and those required in the field of professional interior design.
A jumper must have the knowledge and expertise to safely execute a successful jump. In the same way, a professional designer must arrive at a client’s home with a base of knowledge that allows him/her to identify creative solutions to meet the expectations of the homeowner. Without expertise, neither a jumper nor a designer has much to offer, in terms of a predictable outcome.
BALANCE AND RHYTHM
Balance and rhythm are critical components for jumping horses! Without these two attributes, it is not possible for a a rider to stay situated on the horse, nor to maintain control. Some of you may remember the vlogs I posted several months ago on balance and rhythm when creating tablescapes. Take a look….
COURAGE AND CONFIDENCE
A horse looks to its rider to guide its jumps. However, if the rider does not possess the courage and confidence to make the jump, the horse will often pick up on that apprehension and fail to follow its rider’s lead.
In the same way, a qualified designer should arrive with a plan of action and execute his/her vision with confidence. Starting with a background of expertise, along with the personal input of the homeowner, a successful design execution can be expected!
NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” DAY!
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