Sara Ray Interior Design


Designer or Decorator?

plans & fabrics

We’re often asked, what is the difference between an interior designer and a decorator? It’s a good question – it seems like everyone is a designer or decorator or stylist these days! Interior design and decorating are related; however, one requires a professional degree and the other does not.

Here’s how the Council for Interior Design Qualification explains the main differences:

“Many people use the terms ‘interior design’ and ‘interior decorating’ interchangeably, but these professions differ in critical ways. Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.

Project Spotlight – Log Cabin Weekend Home

We were super excited about this project from the very beginning! It’s not every day that a client needs help with a log cabin. This husband and wife had slightly different visions when it came to the aesthetics of the space. She wanted it to feel fresh and put together, and his main concern was that it stay rustic; however, honoring the integrity of their weekend cabin, set in the countryside near Dickson, Tennessee, was a top priority for both of them.

After lots of discussing and planning, it was decided that the loft bedroom with tons of natural light would be the more feminine space, and the guest bedroom would become the bold, masculine retreat.

For the loft, we were immediately drawn to this handmade otomi quilt found on Etsy – always a go-to source of ours when we need unique pieces.

Mexican Otomi Quilt