kitchen interior design

How to Work with an Interior Designer on your Home Design

A marble coffee table and navy sofa in a high rise building in Chicago

What It's Like to Work with an Interior Designer

Working with an interior designer is a collaborative experience with a lot of communication. It's a little bit like dating. 

I'm talking more in depth about my process on the podcast today, but here's a peek. 

You reach out to me and say 'hey'. I send you a questionnaire to get an idea of what your style is and to start a conversation. Then we schedule a time to chat. I want to get to know you and, more importantly, you need to make sure that I'm the right fit for you. At that time we decide what plan works best for you. Some people need a little help figuring out the way forward, but they want to be involved in the process and do some of the work themselves. That's awesome and I have a DIY plan that will work for them. Some people just want it done. They want a plan to approve and for the work to be done behind the scenes. I'll admit that as life has gotten busy, I've been looking for some things to be taken off my plate. If that is how you are feeling about design, then I can take care of everything for you as well. 

Next, I come to your house and take pictures and measurements. We talk more about your design style and what you need in your home. I really want to get a sense of who you are, how you want your home to feel and how you want your home to function.  

Then I go to the drawing board and draft a mood board and floor plan. This is the blue print for your home design. This is the first draft and often we make tweaks to the plan to make it just right for you. 

Finally the fun stuff begins and we go shopping. FYI this takes time. There are lead times for furniture and sometimes it takes awhile to find the exact right piece for your home. So, don't expect a tv renovation show turnaround and reveal in 2 days! 

Throughout this whole process I'm checking in to see if things are going as planned and to make sure we are on track with the project. I get lots of great ideas and input from my clients. Sometimes I push their design boundaries and sometimes they push mine, which I thoroughly enjoy. 

 

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Kitchen Home Improvement: Figuring out what I need/want

Pinterest board of images for kitchen remodel and kitchen decor

I freely admit that I have fallen behind! I have half of my kitchen cabinets cleaned out and decluttered and I need to do the other half. Here's a little background information on what I'm doing. 

In order to continue to avoid cleaning I'm going to day dream about things I want in my kitchen. I'd love to have a tray right next to the stove with a nice salt and pepper grinder and oil canister. I really need some new lighting in the kitchen, but I also know that the ceiling was painted around the existing fixture so I need to make sure whatever I pick hides that. I'm also on a super tight budget! 

For today, I'm going to keep cleaning and focus on my to do list. 

  • Clean out and declutter all of the cabinets 
  • Hang window film in window
  • Get plants (I'm making a few hanging plant holders in my pottery class). I'll need to figure out what plants will work in little light. 
  • Get new kitchen stoppers (mine are broken)
  • Get a garbage can and recycling bin combo that fit in the space. My garbage can is too big for the kitchen. I can't open the pantry door without moving it and I have to have a brown paper bag for all the recycling items. I'd like to find something smaller that fits the space and can hold both recycling and garbage. 
  • Maybe paint....
  • Get better under the cabinet lights for over the sink. 
  • Look at lighting options (this may be outside of my budget but I'd like to see if I could get more light in this room). 
  • Get a soap dispenser for the dish soap 
  • Style the counters with useful and pretty items
  • Add art to the kitchen

Completed

  • Hem Curtains

Hmmm. I need to get going on that list. 

I'll check in next week. 

If you want to follow along on Instagram you can find me here and tag #meanderingdesignchallenge

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