Part 1


So, what exactly constitutes a Professional? According to the Oxford dictionary, the definition of a professional is as follows:
of, relating to, or connected with a profession.
“young professional people”
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“people in professional occupations”
(of a person) engaged in a specified activity as one’s main paid occupation rather than as a pastime.
“a professional boxer”
“a professional rugby player”
a person engaged or qualified in a profession.
“professionals such as lawyers and surveyors”
white-collar worker, office worker
“affluent young professionals”
Do your homework before you start to get the best end result

Do your homework before you start to get the best end result


A Design Professional is a term used generally to refer to architects; civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and heating, ventilating, and air conditioning engineers; interior designers; landscape architects; and others whose services have traditionally been considered “professional” activities, require licensing or registration by the state, or otherwise require the knowledge and application of design principles appropriate to the problem at hand.
I am a Design Professional, since I have an accredited degree in Interior Architecture; I am licensed in Interior Design; and I am a LEED AP. These qualifications along with the practice of working in the business, acquiring knowledge and experience, are sufficient expertise to be considered a Design Professional.
Check credentials of each professional to confirm you are getting what you need

Check credentials of each professional to confirm you are getting what you need


Professionalism is a noun which typically describes the behavior that would represent the best of the best in the specific profession.
As an individual that has dedicated my entire life to one profession, Interior Architecture, I feel passionately about it. I feel it is an honor to be part of this profession. As a result of this belief, I have a very high standard for holding people accountable for acting with Professionalism, especially in my own line of work. From my own perspective, I feel that Professionalism encompasses a few key components such as:
  • Awesome Customer care
  • Focus on being an expert
  • Do more than what is expected
  • Clear communication
  • Politeness
  • Offer praise often
  • Share knowledge
  • Be grateful
  • Strive to be positive
  • Always seek improve

Active Listening is an essential skill for all professionals on your team

With these key elements as my guiding star, I strive to act with professionalism in my work and strive to work with others that act in a similar manner.
Interior Design has become the love child of the Western world. Everyone is excited about design, and everyone is talking about their latest acquisition: the best color to use, what great sales are at Design Within Reach, or what fabulous design tip they saw on TV last night and lamenting on how they will hire their favorite celebrity designer to create their perfect space once they win the lottery.
At every turn, I see shops offering free interior design services from West Elm to Ethan Allen to Bo Concepts to Home Depot. Depending on what your needs are, they are there to help you, to guide you on how to best design your spaces, and how that design can be made better when you purchase their products to fill up your spaces. On every channel, you get a chance to see a new decoration tip on Million Dollar Decorators, or how to renovate your home on a tight budget on Design On A Dime, or you witness design created in front of your very eyes on Divine Design or even cheer as your favorite want-to-be designers battle it out on HGTV’s Design Star.
How real is reality TV?

How real is reality TV?

The interesting question has been raised as to the level of professionalism being demonstrated in the world of interior design as a result of the massive interest and our society’s unquenchable desire for TV drama. Reality TV is not always a true depiction of reality. I often advise my clients to watch these programs with a grain of salt. Do not always believe everything you watch and see as the truth of the design world.


It is essential that we understand these key definitions when we are about to make some decisions on how to move forward with something as important as the design of your spaces whether it be your home, your office or any other space that requires your focused attention.  All of our spaces that we spend any time in whatsoever have a deep, lasting and fundamental effect on who we are, how we show up in the world and our level of happiness, richness of our health and general level of abundance which we attract into our lives.



It’s not just another pretty space.

~S. Lee Wright

S. Lee Wright - Interior Designer in Spain

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Next week will be Part 2 of this blog series, Using Design Professionals: Why and When.
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