residential 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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Home Decor Style-Why Hiring an Expert Pays Off

Mood Board of fabric, jewelry, dishes, and flowers

Why Should You Hire an Interior Designer?

Before I give you my top three reasons why you should hire an interior designer I'd suggest hopping over to my podcast where I am diving much deeper into this topic. Give it a listen. In the meantime here are three reasons why hiring an expert pays off. 

  1. You are stuck. We've all been there. Either you don't know where to start or you just can't quite get the room over the finish line. I'll freely admit that I've had rooms languish for years because of lack of time, resources or energy. Yet, I can tell you finishing up a room feels good. It makes your home come together. I had a client yesterday say he loves coming home. That is what I strive for. 
  2. You are in transition. You've moved into your very first apartment (yay you) and it's time to jettison your college furniture, you are moving in with someone (congrats) and you need to figure out how to get it all to work together, you are downsizing and you aren't sure how to make it all fit, or you are about to have a baby and need to rearrange somethings in your home to make space for the newest member of your family. An interior designer can help you through the decisions you have to make, on your own or with your partner. I have to admit that getting couples across the design finish line is kind of one of my specialties. Change can be good and it also can be stressful, so don't let your home stress you out. Hire someone to help. 
  3. It just isn't working. I've had some funky rooms in the apartments I've rented over the years that are either too small, too long or there just isn't a good place to put the couch because of all the windows and doorways. I've swapped rooms, moved couches around until I finally feel like the flow is right. Except, I do that after I've done a floor plan and mocked up how everything is going to look, because moving furniture isn't fun and I only want to do it once. If you aren't sure how to make a space work then bring in a professional. 

When I work with clients it is a collaborative process. I am not the type of person that comes in and tells you your furniture is all wrong and you must have this that and the other thing. This is your home, your style and most importantly your budget. If you love your sofa, then keep it, we'll make it work. If you have great-grandma's dining room table and it needs to stay in the family, then yes, keep it. I also believe that interior design should support your life and your lifestyle. A big part of my process is to see how you are living and how you want your home to support your life. Finally, I work within any budget. I offer a DIY option where I give you a floor plan and a mood board to hone in on your style and give you direction, or I can come in and do it all. I'll even hang the art. 

Another reason to hire an interior designer is we can help you avoid any costly mistakes. Laying out a floor plan and taking into account the space and needs of my client are one of the first things I do. I also save people from having to repaint rooms by getting color right the first time. So save yourself the headache and hire an interior designer. 

An Interior Designer should help you with what you need. They should work with you on your home to make it some place you love coming home to. That's my goal and if you need some design assistance please feel free to contact me and I'll be happy to help. 

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Dream Kitchen For #myhomechallenge

Brady's Kitchen Image via  Emily Henderson

Brady's Kitchen Image via Emily Henderson

For the next four weeks I will be redesigning my kitchen. I'm working on cleaning it up, fixing the things that are broken and adding some style. 

Here's more about the #myhomechallenge and here's my kitchen in its current state (shudder). 

There are two tasks for this week. 

Daydream. I want you to wander around the internet and search to your hearts delight for dream kitchens. Feel free to pull other images that appeal to you because maybe it's a color from a bedroom or a chandelier from a living room that calls to you. I recommend using Pinterest, Houzz or going old school and pulling images from magazines. Heck, you can even do both. There are going to be things about your kitchen that you can't change but there are going to be things that you can make prettier or even hide. So dream big! You'll start to see certain elements will keep popping up through this exercise. Those are the things you want to keep an eye out for. 

Make a List. Go through your kitchen and make a list of all the things that need to be fixed. 

That's it! Make sure you follow along on Instagram and make sure you tag #myhomechallenge so I can see what you are up to! 

 

 

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