Before I became an interior designer, there were so many clues that this was what I was meant to be doing with my life that I now can't believe it took me so long for the penny to drop. You see, not everyone is as mad passionate about interior design and good looking homes as I am, and I had no idea that this was something I should pay attention to.
It seems glaringly obvious in retrospect, but not at the time.
So here are some of the tell-tale signs that I should have spotted beforehand. which were staring at me square in the face. How many of these can you relate to?
When visitors come to your house for the first time, they often ask, "Are you an interior designer?" or at the very least they comment upon how lovely your home is. This is not normal! Most people do not have gorgeous homes. If people say this to you, it should be ringing some bells for you.
Your Pinterest boards are full of photos of gorgeous rooms, and possibly the odd colour scheme thrown in. Oh yes. In fact it wasn't until I was looking at my friend's Pinterest board that I realised this. Hers was full of cats! Until that moment, I had no idea that Pinterest could be used for anything other than interior design pictures.
Whenever you go out to restaurants or nice hotels, the first thing that you notice is the decor. Again, this isn't particularly normal. If you do this, pay attention to why this might be!
Similarly, if you are watching a costume drama (or in fact any other programme on the TV) you are more interested in the design of the houses and the backdrops of the stately homes rather than the costumes the actors are wearing.
Your facebook feed is full of blogs and comments from interior design bloggers, DIY and decor groups.
You get excited when you realise that the next season of The Great British Interior Design Challenge is about to start (even though most of the designs are a bit iffy to say the least).
If your partner groans that you want to decorate yet another room- again- and your idea of a fun day out involves looking at the haberdashery in John Lewis and the paint aisle in B&Q you sure as hell need to listen to this. Most people get their homes to an acceptable standard and then stop. Not us!
How many of those could you relate to?
If, like me, you are starting to get some alarm bells ringing, and you would like to dip your toe in the water and see whether interior design could be the start of a new career for you, why not come and take a look at our range of accredited qualifications, and interior design courses.