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The illusion of TV

by Erline M. Altamira

It’s sometimes amusing to watch the  interior design TV shows with unrealistic budgets and crafty ways the decorators put a scheme and installation together within 30 minutes. What I do enjoy watching are those extreme makeover shows where 50+ people efforts, planning, and collaboration comes together in an hour but the general public thinks that the design of the house was actually designed and built within a week. That’s entertainment and definitely unreal but it’s fascinating to see all the innovative creations our peers have designed come to life.

I usually don’t get into my work unless asked and it is interesting what people assume what is involved in designing. There is so much planning, codes, budgets to maintain, meetings, documentation, sourcing, coordination, implementation, etc. to consider. It can be challenging at times but it is passion of seeing the designs come together that drives me.

I can’t say I know exactly what an ER doctor or professional chef has to deal with everyday but I will not assume it is easy or neither unachievable for anyone. The illusion of TV is a nice escape from reality but in life there’s hard work which is always rewarding in the end.


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