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From Start To Furnish

Please enjoy my musings on all things interior design!

Ways To Make Your Interior Designer Love You

It’s difficult to let someone into your family and home for a short visit - much less maybe a year or more.  But that’s what you do when you engage in a building or remodeling project.  You engage in some fairly intimate relationships with professionals (architects, designers, contractors).  It sounds intimidating, but it’s nothing to be afraid of and can be a joyful and rewarding experience if you keep a few things in mind. 

We live in a polite society.  The better you treat people, the better you are treated.  Here are some ways you can get your interior designer to love working with you (so that you can get the best result possible).

Be Open-Minded

You’ve hired an interior designer because you want the best result.  You’ve done your research and know that the one you’ve hired is the one for you.  At this point, the best thing you can do is to get out of their way and let them do their job. 

Don’t get too mired in your own ideas.  If you’ve always thought your grandmother’s china cabinet was perfect on THAT wall, but the designer disagrees, let that thought go.  That’s why your professional has spent so much time on space planning to show you a floorplan that not only includes your new pieces but an even better location for Granny’s china cabinet (or maybe that Granny’s china cabinet needs to go).

Be Trustful

Trust your professional.  If you’ve selected a trained, experienced professional, they’ve been down this road many times.  You can get the most from this experience if you trust your professional and let them make the important decisions.

Micro-managing this process is not going to be productive.  Trust in the research you did before hiring your designer and trust your professional.

Be Decisive

The process will go along much smoother if you can be decisive.  Also, while we’re here, let’s talk about too many cooks in the kitchen.  It’s positive for immediate family members to voice their opinion…after all they’re going to be living in the house.  But it would really be best if you leave out the opinions of…your hairdresser, your next-door-neighbor, your housekeeper, your mother-in-law…you get where I’m going.

Your designer will probably give you a few options.  Be bold.  Be brave.  Make a decision and go with it.

Be Patient

Sadly, delays are an unavoidable part of the process.  We can’t control the weather and we can’t control our suppliers.

There are always delays.  The sooner you embrace that fact, the less stress this process will have.

Be Reasonable

This one’s pretty obvious.  Be reasonable in your expectations.  No human can deliver a miracle.  If a product is backordered or discontinued, your designer can’t visit Timbuktu (or wherever it’s made) and make it magically appear.

Also, champagne taste on a beer budget doesn’t usually work out.  Mind you - there’s nothing wrong with a beer budget, but you must be honest about your budget with your designer for the best outcome.  A seasoned professional should be able to devise a pleasing outcome on any budget.

Pay Your Bills On Time

While we’re having that distasteful money discussion, let’s talk about the bill.  Your designer has done the job that you’ve hired them for.  Return the courtesy and pay the bills on time.

Yes, interior design can be a fun profession, but your designer is not in it for their health and for giggles.  It’s a job, just like your job, so paying the bills on time will make everything go smooth.

Are you ready to get your project started?  Go here and check out my portfolio or reach out to me to see if I’m the designer for you.