It never ceases to amaze me how interior designers on TV can walk into a wreck of a room and see the potential for fabulousness that lies just a redo away. Except for rare moments of inspiration, my efforts at interior design have left me frustrated. Working with a professional decorator can be frustrating, too – it’s important to communicate openly about what you as the client want and what your budget can bear.
A recent article from Fabulous Floors Magazine titled, It’s All About You! Working With a Professional Designer gives some great advice about working with a professional interior designer. It addresses questions such as: how do designers charge for their services – by the hour, the job, or cost-plus commission on the items and services you buy from them? The article suggests you interview several designers before deciding and that you do your homework. Be prepared for your first meeting with your designer knowing things such as:
o Who is going to use the space?
o For how long will the space be used?
o How will you finance the project?
o What do you want to change most?
Have samples of things you like that will help your designer know more about your vision and taste.
A great gift of working with a professional is that they can get us to open our eyes and maybe even dare to try something new, but it’s important not to lose sight of what you know you will be happy with in the long run. What the designer says or does may be trendy and hip but don’t get lost in the hubbub.
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