In the face of everything that has happened in Texas this week, I want to diverge from the typical blog post about interior design topics, product reviews or designer interviews. As much as I love the interior design industry, this week I was reminded that the most important things in life aren’t things. Looking at all of the media reports about the loss and devastation in Houston was a powerful reminder of how life can change at a moment’s notice.
It was almost 4 years ago when my husband and I made the decision to move out of New York City. My first choice was Houston because I have family there. Ultimately, we ended up in Charlotte, but I could have very well been one of those people that lost everything because of hurricane Harvey. So even though I live nowhere near Houston, I have deep emotional and familial ties with this incredible city.
Yes interior design is a business and as such, we need to make money through it. However, it is during these times that we need to band together as colleagues and friends. For instance, Paloma Contreras, A resident of Houston and founder of the very well-known blog, La Dolce Vita, has seen her clients severely impacted by this crisis. Meanwhile, Joanna and Chip Gaines, Magnolia homes and HGTV stars, live in Texas and have already begun using their platform to raise money for the victims of this natural disaster. Likewise our beloved organization ASID has added a link to their website to make it easy for us to donate to this cause.
We may not be Kevin Hart with access to client celebrity friends who can donate thousands and thousands of dollars, but we can still challenge each other to donate to the Red Cross, United Way or even just to send a care package to one of our friends in Houston.