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The value of an interior designer

By December 14, 2015 No Comments

So why should you hire an interior designer?

That’s a great question. Well chances are, if you could do it yourself, you probably wouldn’t be reading my blog. But I totally get that calling an interior designer can be intimidating. And you’re probably thinking, they’re too expensive, I can’t afford a designer and I can do this myself. I say, “Great, give it a try.”

Now here’s a story I’d like to share with you. A client sets up an appointment with me to discuss changes she would like to make to her family room. Two years pass before I hear from her again, probably because the expense of an interior designer and the DIY mentality is a common feeling among homeowners.

So I am invited back into her home and see that she has attempted to tackle this project on her own but because she didn’t have a plan or what I like to refer to as the “BIG PICTURE,” she haphazardly purchased furniture that doesn’t work in the room or needs to be recovered. In reality, if we would have worked together from the start, maybe some of her furniture wouldn’t have to be replaced or reupholstered.

I think some of the issues of working with a designer are really a client’s money concerns. When working on a project, be realistic with how much things cost. Sometimes no matter how you slice it, it’s just painful to part with it but by making the initial INVESTMENT, you can reap the benefits for years to come, leaving you a space to enjoy living and entertaining family and friends without the stress of running around from store to store, hoping and praying its going to work out.

The value that a designer brings to a project is to save you time and money. They have valuable tradespeople and resources at their fingertips and to help PREVENT you from making costly mistakes. A good designer doesn’t purchase items without a client’s consent and yes I do need to be compensated fairly because maybe finding the perfect fabric that you love took me 6 hours to find but in the end, you love it.

My bottom line is that I want my clients to love our collaboration. It brings me great joy when my clients are happy. After all, their happiness is my best advertising and nothing beats walking into a room that they LOVE each day.