If it was easy everyone would be doing it!

Morning, morning.  It’s a go on India (yay hey) so Gem and I are off on the weekend which is hugely exciting. As it’s a fairly full on business trip with long days I won’t be blogging next week regrettably, for anyone attending the class next Saturday fear not. I fly back late Friday eve, G and the kiddos have promised that the house will be in order. Tidied, smelling sweet, toys in their bed, clothes off the floor – let’s hope hey. A week of those three alone, with two of the messiest boys I know Mungo and Graham I’m not sure!

Yesterday was a mammoth day in the store putting out all the new flowers and plants which I have to say are amazing. The store has never looked so incredible,  apart from a half painted floor that should be sorted by the weekend it’s upped its game in the coolness stacks I reckon! As for the paint colours – to die for! I am obsessed with this paint range it is so beautiful!

Here is the thing with this kind of decorating – I’m calling it decorating the AA way but you know what I mean, I mean eclectic jaw on the floor interiors that make you gasp, your heart skip a beat and your pulse rate increase! If it were easy everyone would be doing it!

For example we get copied quite a bit with the things we have in store, not by the cool guys (if you’re any good at retail you don’t copy, everyone knows that  because you can never keep up or win).  Instead we’re copied by the guys we have no aesthetic and find it easier to see what we are showcasing and then copying rather than finding their own voice through their own product selection. Does it bother me – nope? You can tell instantly when you look at their sites. Same with interiors – say you like my style you don’t slavishly copy every single detail right you make it your own. That is the whole point, and that is the fun part. What joy can there be in simply copying – I think its kind of unintelligent no?  I don’t get it. Anyway I guess people will always copy –  but that is what makes the cool guys cool and the copiers not cool – because they don’t know the magical ingredient.  They don’t get what it takes.

So don’t worry if it takes time pulling a room together. It took Gem and I over 10 hours yesterday to pull the store together and it’s still not finished. It will be this morning but to be successful at anything, business,  interiors, a new hobby whatever , you need to work at it. As I said in the title of this blog ‘if it were easy everyone would be doing it’!

aHappy Thursday

21 thoughts on “If it was easy everyone would be doing it!

  1. I wouldn’t agree on that copying is a bad thing. It’s better to copy from the best than to be mediocre and “original”. If everybody copied the best decorators, artists and architects the world would be so much more beautiful! Personally I am very creative and I don’t tend to copy from others , I have too many ideas of my own. But if somebody copies me – I am flattered and happy rather than irritated and you should be as well! Being copied means being the cool one and the best one, so be proud of that 🙂

  2. Have a great time in India. Also wanted to say that the Parrot Lamp I ordered from your wonderful Debenhams collection arrived yesterday – it’s beauty is breathtaking. I already have the Hare, Penguin and Little Mungo so thought you couldn’t get any better until my Parrot Lamp arrived!

  3. Dear Abigail, have a fabulous time in India with Gem. On the subject of copying; I must confess I am doing a take on your bedroom, which I completely fell in love with at Design School but that said the whole house is going over to the dark side and will be from my imagination! It has just given me the confidence to jump off the cliff.

  4. I get what you’re saying (I think). “Copying” principles or concepts, but not Every. Single. Item & Placement. Right? I can’t wait to see what you come back with from India!

  5. Im not sure i necessarily agree with the copying is bad. I understand it’s irritating for the person who had the original idea. But some of us don’t always have the eye as you said.
    In regards to store copying, i don’t know which ones you’re referring to but maybe they are selling similar products at a cheaper price? A lot of people can not afford to spend £200 on a cushion, but like the style. Or is it only rich people that are allowed stylish items?
    I remember reading Tom Ford was irritated that Zara was copying designs and obviously selling clothes a lot cheaper. But hey I know I won’t spend £4000 on a handbag!!

  6. like like like the happy Thursday picture! India sounds so exciting! Less excited about the fact that I won’t have the blog to read for a week…bon voyage!!! liz from Paris

  7. We have a brand for sustainably produced wool. Now that we are getting traction in the market, the lazy guys are starting to copy our business model.. Its frustrating, damaging and rude.. but being 1st means you are the original and probably about to launch a new, more mature handwriting anyway.. Being copied is a fact of life, you have to take it as a compliment and keep evolving to stay ahead. No one can copy your amazing reputation. Enjoy India!!

  8. Even if its exact same product I don’t understand where the problem with copying lies? You haven’t personally designed everything in your store so everything you get from trade shows etc is up for grabs by everyone else surely? If for example, Rockett St George see a product at a trade show and stock it, and then you see the same product at the same trade show, who is copying who? I agree that if anyone were to copy the range you did for Debenhams then this would be blatantly copying but I fail to see its copying if they are at the same shows as you and pick it/like the product themselves.. I would be really interested in what you think.

    • Hi I don’t think you do understand but then I think that is my fault in not really explaining it right. Of course there is cross over with products with Liberty, Rockett, ABC in NYC and other brands of course that is healthy and inevitable unless your someone like Adler who designs everything and produces everything himself. Which is not a route I ever want to go down entirely as for me the look is two one dimensional, I want to draw on as many references and styles as possible. Cross over is a good thing, and I don’t consider that copying at all. It really was not what I meant and with limited time and a trip to India looming I don’t have quite the energy to go into the details. Have a great weekend

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