Many people believe that an interior designer provides a fluff type of service they can do without to save money. Or maybe they just have a limited and inaccurate knowledge about what we do based on HGTV. The truth is, my type of service provides you with the ability to do things the right way the first time; saving you from making huge mistakes, wasting valuable time, unbelievable aggravation, and a boatload of your hard-earned money.
One of the biggest mistakes I have found is when furniture is too big for the space. I make sure the measurements of your space and furnishings are accurate. A prospective client once sent me a floor plan they did themselves that included the sizes of pre-selected furniture (already ordered from a store). Unfortunately, he placed a chair 3 ft. from the front door. Everything, including the room was out-of-scale and did not fit.
In a world with so many choices from the internet, I eliminate confusion by interpreting your many likes, combining them with your needs, and formulating a manageable presentation that represents everything you desire for your home; making it so much easier to understand your options and make informed decisions.
If you were taking on the entire responsibility of your home project, you would most likely be second guessing every decision you made. With my photo realistic renderings, you will see the most accurate view of the end result – before we start! That is the time to discuss any changes we need to make to the design. You save money by avoiding the cost of change-orders once the project is in progress.
If you have ever started a project and were unable to complete it because you didn’t realize how much it would cost to really get what you want; I can help you by developing a comprehensive budget so that you will know exactly what will be necessary in order to get the best result from your investment. This includes labor and cost of materials from a GC and other trades. Also, furnishings; from installation to the finishing touches of accessorizing.
I recently counted the number of vendors I used to complete a living room. It was in excess of 20, and that was only for the furnishings; fabric, case goods, custom upholstery and art. It did not include the GC and other trades I would have to deal with. As your designer, I will make sure each product is ordered, materials go to the right manufacturers, track the product, call for updates, schedule the shipping, check for damages, take care of damage issues, schedule delivery and installation, make sure all deliverables are complete for the project and the Final Reveal! This is not something most people would know how to do or would want to do.
Even with the best plan and processes in place, there will be times when a problem may occur which will need a solution. As your designer, I will inform you of anything important that would affect the design. But I would do so after finding the solution or providing you with options to choose from. My goal is to make the experience as enjoyable and stress free as possible.
If you know you want or need to move ahead with a home project, and you know handling it on your own is not the best option, please reach out to me. I am happy to listen to your needs and dreams so I can deliver the best results.
Excellent point on how a designer can save you a ton of time, money and aggravation, beyond coming up with a beautiful design for you!
Thank you Mary Ann.
Lenore, this list is spot on!! Especially important is the budget which can dramatically change the overall design.
The budget is better thought of as an investment, right?
This is an excellent list to show how you can save your clients a lot of headaches from many different services you provide. The budget is always the biggest struggle!
I save them migraines!
What a great explanation of the hassle, stress, and problems you solve for your clients.
I want them to enjoy the process as well as the end result.
All so true! Thanks for articulating all that should go into the design of a room!
You are welcome!
Design is about so much more than paint colors and fabric swatches. The big value in hiring a pro Is in all those mistakes that didn’t happen!
No such thing as a project without challenges. It is how they are handled that counts.
Great post, I love how you address every “pain” point homeowners address when they are not working with a professional!
They don’t know what they don’t know. Sometimes we make it look so easy when it isn’t, and other times the client is thankful they don’t have to deal with the issues on their own.
I love this, Lenore!
Thank you Darla.
Educating the consumer/client helps so much. So much of what I do is intangible, so the client receives a wonderful result they can see, feel, and enjoy.