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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hiding Your Sources

The secret to creativity 
is knowing how to hide your sources.
Albert Einstein

As a designer 
this is an important practice 
that I am not always good at.
Are you?

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  1. Good morning lovely - I'm not good @ hiding much. Life = open book!

    Hope you have a great day off and sending you a HUGE hug.


  2. With the internet it is almost impossible to hide a source anymore.
    And so many wholesale vendor sites will sell at retail prices to the public.
    And there are plenty of to-the-trade vendor sites too, that you need login passwords for.
    Savvy shoppers will always find a source if they are determined to do so.
    While I don't broadcast a source, I don't hide it either.
    xo xo

  3. I heard a great line from a gift shop owner....when asked where she gets her stuff she replies " the stuff store"

  4. Like VV says, there are no secrets anymore, so it's just a matter of time before somebody discovers your designer warehouse of coral/suzanis/whatever, announces it to the world & turns your former signature item into a cliche. Life's hard enough already without having to worry about a pack of copycats nipping at your heels.

    But good designers don't have to worry about having their sources outed, because their greatest skill is not sourcing remarkable pieces--with enough money, anybody can do that--but combining things--even things that may, in themselves, be unremarkable--in such a way that they seem to be remarkable. The ability to create a whole greater than the sum of its parts is where genius lies, and it's not something you can buy online.

    Magnaverde Rule No. 1 Don't confuse decorating with shopping.

  5. carole,

    i love that!!
    clever little shop owner.


  6. I agree that it is hard to hide your resources in today's electronic age, and magmaverde has hit the nail on the head! I like to custom design most of the pieces I use for myclients, after all they are hiring me because they want something unique.

  7. patricia

    i couldn't agree with you more.
    i do much of the same.


  8. Magneverde got it right in her comments to you and I add:
    Its not where you get the pieces - its the creativity in which they are used to make a whole setting/room/home/project come together.
    I can buy something anywhere - and anyone can go and buy the same thing. But no one can design my way. Each of us is unique and that can't be bought in a store.



Thanks for participating!!

About Renée Finberg

I have been in this business since the age of 22.

I love what I do and cannot imagine my life without Design.

Design Challenges are great.

And because of those challenges

I have imported fine antique pieces from Paris,

Designed and Manufactured Furniture,

Created Fantastic Window Treatments,

And solved all kinds of spatial & architectural issues

With my unique style.

If I can't find it, I create it.

My rooms would make excellent movie sets.

I am a visual, tactile and audio sensitive individual.

Creating is what I live for, not math, not spelling, not science.

Just Great Design.

Just imagine how it would be if each of us,

If only for a few hours of everyday,We could be in a space that is our very own.A place that is exactly the way we want it to be

Surrounded by all the things we wanted to see,

The atmosphere we wanted feel, smell and the sound we wanted to listen to.

Private Paradise



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