Let me begin by introducing myself. My name is Patti Boyd-Bowles, Registered Interior Designer (Certified by NCIDQ), and owner of B-Way Design & Decorating, LLC, located in beautiful Fairfield, IL. I’m a child of God, a wife to Ron, mother to two wonderful children (Adam & Ashli), one son-in-law (Brent), and “Nana” to two of the most awesome grandchildren (Liam & Jovie)! I’ve literally grown up in this business and have an immense passion for interior design. My father, Milford Boyd, was a general contractor with a primary focus on commercial and residential building. As a child, I can remember tagging along with my dad while he checked the jobs in the evenings and weekends so that he could get detailed work orders and materials ready for the next work day. Many of the schools, churches, factories, and commercial buildings in and around Fairfield were built by my father’s company, Boyd & Son Construction. I guess that is when and where I fell in love with this line of work. I have been practicing interior design since 1979 and throughout the years have seen trends come and go. In addition to that, I’ve witnessed creative new products emerge as well as installation methods change. With interior design, the primary goal is simple; to create a pleasing and functional space where we can be comfortable, both physically and emotionally.

I love my job and firmly believe that if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life! I am also fortunate to work along side of my talented husband and son. I admit, working with family provides its challenges, but we all are driven by the same passion, commitment, and goals.

Without even realizing it, many of us are emotionally moved by objects, space, color, and texture, which can therefore impact our moods. A well-designed space can make even the most daunting task seem more pleasant and free up time. This is why I feel design is so important.

The creation of this blog is meant to be helpful for anyone facing various decorating and or design dilemmas. I hope to tackle several different topics in the future and welcome any questions, suggested topics, or feedback. To contact us, simply click on the “Contact Us” tab and submit your questions or suggested topics.

Interior Designer vs. Interior Decorator:

I am often asked “what is the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator?” Most would probably assume that they are the same thing, however, they’re very different. Are you surprised?

An interior decorator is someone who can pick colors, accessorize rooms and or paint colors. Being a decorator does not require any formal education.

An interior designer, however, is qualified by education, experience, and examination to enhance the functionality and quality of interior spaces. A designer must be licensed to operate and use the title of “Interior Designer” in most states. Improving the quality of life, increasing productivity, and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public are a designer’s prime concern. Just like an interior decorator, a designer can decorate and accessorize rooms, but they are primarily involved in interior space planning and programming of the project.

Great design is about creating an environment that reflects the client’s personality, not the designer's. In order to do this, you have to get inside your client’s mind to determine their likes, dislikes, and their vision for their space. Throughout my years of practice, I have met many wonderful clients, many of which have become lifelong friends!

Not only do interior designers work with their clients to create an attractive and functional space, but they are also responsible for meeting building codes and restrictions in both residential and commercial interiors. Designers often act as project managers for the design project by coordinating the various tradesmen for the job, as well as keeping the project on time and budget. In today’s fast paced world where free time is a precious commodity, interior designers can help to ease the stress of project coordination.

Hopefully I’ve been able to clearly explain the difference between the duties and responsibilities of an interior designer vs. an interior decorator. In my next blog, I will talk about one of my greatest passions, color and the affect that it has on us physically and emotionally.

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