Blending interior design with prepper safety: maybe we should talk about it?

Welcome to Prepperista and the very first post! I’m Deb King and as an Interior Designer, I’ve spent years helping clients create beautiful interiors. And while each of them had different tastes and styles, the one thing they all had in common was the goal of creating the picture perfect environment for themselves and their loved ones.


But lately, I’ve been thinking about ways we could make our homes not only beautiful, but safe as well. Hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear tragic news about floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. Besides that, we live, work, and move in different types of environments every day—how can we better prepare those spaces, making them attractive and safe?


To be honest, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed about it all. Especially when I began reading disaster preparedness blogs and books. The topic seemed confusing, expensive, and frankly, unattractive (at least from an interior design perspective). That’s when I recognized the similarities between preparing for a disaster and designing a room.

At the start of each design project, there can be dozens of choices to make and many variables to be considered, all of which can be overwhelming to any client. But as a college educated interior designer, my goal has always been to assist the client in creating a plan that first, fits their personal needs, wishes, and budget; second, makes good design sense and follows best industry practices; and finally, brings about a space that is exactly what the client would have made, if they had acquired my training and experience. Clearly, this is a similar way to making the preparedness experience both enjoyable and rewarding.


So, I’ve decided it’s time to begin the path toward my own disaster preparedness, mainly because I want to take care of the people I love, but also because, now that I’ve read a little bit about the topic, I would be so mad at myself for not following through. My heart would break, if my family’s lives were ever in danger and I had not prepared.

How about you? Won’t you join me, on this preparedness journey, where we’ll connect beautiful design with stress-free safety? In the same way my design clients depended on me to plan beautiful interiors, I would love to help you achieve the peace of mind that comes from planning for your personal and family safety. Believe me, there will be lots of smart and pretty design tips too, mingled in with the preparedness plan. You can start by submitting your request for my short Personal Risk Checklist—you’ll find it at the top of the right sidebar—that’s where we’ll begin. I promise, our trip will be fun, simple, and perhaps even life saving.

My Best,
Deb King

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