Actually, let's talk about you
No one mentions this, but using an interior designer is real fun. Seriously. You get to talk about yourself, a lot.
I want to know everything about you: your likes and dislikes, how you use your home, your passions, your achievements, your plans for the future. All quite personal stuff. So it really helps if you can feel relaxed and at ease with me. So back to me - luckily I’m one of those people who’s really easy to talk to. I love taking the initial brief, because I’m fascinated by other people’s lives. One of my clients told me it was “like therapy” the other day. It seems my nosiness combined with my gregarious nature is fortunately a winning combination in this profession.
“The home should be the treasure chest of living.” –Le Corbusier
Your home should be a celebration of you and your life. It should tell a story of who you are and what you love. It should make you smile as soon as you walk in the door.
My designs are highly personal. They include your holiday mementos, your favourite painting, the instrument you played as a child - whatever it is that makes you smile. If you think using an interior designer means your house will end up like a show home, then I’d like to politely ask you to think again. The end result of my designs are interiors that look like they’ve got very stylish owners.
You’ll have complete transparency.
I’m a terrible liar, so I subscribe to honesty as the best policy at all times. I’m also a ferocious negotiator, so I’m great at getting you a good price.
Some interior designers make their money from the trade discounts, but I prefer to pass the savings on to you and charge a handling fee of 20%. Which is often less than the discounts by the way.
My designs are infinitely practical, but equally pretty.
Yes, I want to create a home that you’re proud of, that elicits “oohs” and “aahs” from your friends, but I also want it to be a joy to live in.
Nothing about your home should irritate you. If it does, I’ll find a solution. Clutter should be banished. A mantra of mine: everything should have its place and be in its place. I’ll help you clear out what you don’t need and create order for everything else. “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris
I don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.
Mixing old and new is what I do. I think homes without antiques and keepsakes look soulless.
So I’m not going to suggest an expensive custom designed piece of furniture when I think your grandmother’s chest of drawers would look better. But many designers will, because they make more money that way.
Disorganisation costs money and time
Let’s face it, quality tradesmen aren’t cheap. Delays to materials, last minute changes of scope and overruns are costly.
I’m a to-do list junkie and a bit of a control freak. Which is another fortuitous trait in an interior designer. So take this frankly quite dull and stressful part of renovating off your plate and give it to someone who gets a weird kick out of spreadsheets.
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Photo Credits: Church picture - Joshua Earle at http://www.lifeofpix.com/photographer/joshua-earle/ Smiley coffee cup - www.pexels.com Box of photos - www.pexels.com Honesty Box - Irish Fireside at https://www.flickr.com/photos/irishfireside/ Tools - Todd Quakenbush at https://unsplash.com/toddquackenbush Money in tree - Brad Higham at https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradhigham/ To do list notebook - www.pexels.com