Inspirational Impact: Design Material Choices That Make a Difference


What Inspires Me:  “One of the most inspiring pieces I’ve purchased for myself is my living room carpet. It was made by a man named Khalil Ahmed in India. He calls the pattern ‘Blossoming Diamonds’ and the story of this carpet as beautiful as the carpet itself.

I bought this carpet through an online resource called Novica, a project of the National Geographic Society. Novica provides a forum for Westerners to interact with developing world artisans directly. It also allows the artisans access to a market they could never reach otherwise. Everything listed on that site is made by an actual person with whom you can interact.

I wanted a handmade carpet but I didn’t want one that involved exploitative working conditions. Khalil Ahmed was paid directly from the money I spent and he used that money to feed his family and invest in his business.

I know all that because he included a hand written note he sent along with my carpet.

As design professionals, the choices we make when it comes to materials selection have an impact. Novica allows for a great opportunity for that impact to be a positive one.”Paul Anater


romePaul Anater is a Design Industry marketing consultant, writer and speaker based in St. Petersburg, FL. He can be found on Twitter: @Paul_Anater, Facebook and on his website Kitchen and Residential Design.

At the Decorating Diva, we believe that creating beautiful home interiors, that resonate on a very personal level, is heavily influenced and shaped by our experiences and exposure to a multitude of inspirations from travel to art to architecture to fashion to beauty to interior design and to those everyday moments that give us pause and takes our breath away.Our mission is to share those beautiful inspirations from the worlds of design, lifestyle, everyday life and travel with you – to share those diverse sparks of creative inspiration and perspective that will undoubtedly ignite, fuel and continuously nurture your inner decorating diva as you embark on creating the home of your dreams – either with the help of a professional interior designer or on your own.