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Why We Don't Gatekeep
and why sources shouldn't always be expected
First and foremost, interior design is a business and a lot of designers' sources are a direct line of their income. Often, designer’s accounts are meant to simply inspire and aren’t necessarily intended to be a resource.
Although we are happy to give sources when we can, we can see both sides and respect why another designer might not.
Reasons why designers might not share sources—
First a client must give permission. Since clients have paid for the time spent to find sources, the decision to share those is completely up to them.
Some sources just aren’t available to people who aren’t in the design trade.
Some designers feel like their sources are part of how they earn their money (their intellectual property).
No one person can remember every source. It takes a lot of time to find a source if the designer can't remember it off the top of their head.
Reasons why we think it's beneficial to share sources—
Good craftsmanship deserves to be promoted, not hidden.
Designing is more than just picking out paint colors, furniture, build finishes, etc. It's not the source itself that makes a good design, it's how well it's executed.
Gatekeeping makes good design feel unattainable.
More exposure to various sources leads to better design for the design community and general public.