Some design decisions can seem really mundane.                              

To illustrate what I mean, I thought I’d share with you my own decision-making process during another D. O.D. – also referred to as  ‘Designer’s Own Dilemma’.

As it happens, I’m currently in the process of re-designing my home office. A few days ago, I found myself trying to decide between 1/8” and 1/4” corkboard for a memo-board behind my desk.

Yes, I know, that’s a mere 1/8” difference.

Is that really SO important?


Here are a few reasons why those seemingly unimportant details aren’t so mundane after all.

1    The Design Is In the Details.

The details matter. A lot.

As an interior designer, if my measurements are off in any one part of a design, it could definitely affect the final outcome for any given project.

But 1/8”, you say?

Well, if my measurements are off  by 1/8” here, ½” there and ¼” somewhere else, that starts to add up.

Here’s another way of looking at it:  let’s go back to that corkboard for a minute. As part of my own decision-making process, I actually grabbed a push-pin and measured the tip, which was about ½”.


I found that the push-pin , when pressed into the corkboard, didn’t fully adhere to the wall, because the thinner board wasn’t quite thick enough.

That very small detail – what some might consider infinitesimal – mattered to me.

You see, I wanted that corkboard for a reason  –  and I could see that every time I tried to tack something to the wall it would likely fall off, for lack of support.

I decided on the thicker board.

2    Listen to Your Gut

“It’s harder to install the ¼” corkboard.”

That piece of advice came from the installer. Well, I certainly didn’t want to make his job more difficult for him, and before I knew it, I was bending over backward to accommodate him.

Wait a minute – what’s wrong with that picture?

Why was I even worried about what the installer might think?

It doesn’t make a lot of sense, yet we do these things to ourselves.

We ignore that inner voice, and make decisions based on what we THINK we should do, not what we really WANT.

Please don’t make that same mistake.