How To Work With A Professional Interior Designer

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Joanna Forbes, CAPID

Your Professional Interior Designer and You

The best way is to schedule an in-home consultation with a professional interior designer to work out a solution that fits your budget and needs.

Depending on the scale of the budget, most designers offer three levels of services:

1) Design Consultation: The designer provides guidance, ideas, and opinions for the client who wishes to purchase goods on their own. This can include color palette analysis, advice on window treatments, or even assistance with a ‘to do’ list to be accomplished over a longer period of time.

2) Design and Implementation: The designer works with you on a portion of your home or office, or on a custom design such as a fireplace, with the option to purchase the materials through the designer’s trade resources at below retail costs.

3) Management: For a full service project, from beginning to end, the designer is your representative and project manager coordinating with contractors, consultants and vendors. In short, your ‘go to’ rep to help iron out every detail.

Working with an interior designer takes the guesswork out of a project, minimizes stress and avoids costly mistakes. They can work on an hourly basis to hit the target problems, or establish a design fee based on the scope of the work to be done.

Contributor: CAPID Members             Edited by: Joanne MacCallum, CAPID

How do I update my kitchen and master bath?

Joanne MacCallum

Joanne MacCallum, CAPID

Both have changed dramatically in design. If your budget permits, a full remodel is a good investment.

These days, people gather in the kitchen to socialize and cook together.

Change the cabinetry to update the look and function of your kitchen. It will add more efficient storage options. Kitchens now include islands and desks with a charging station for cell phones and electronic gear.

If a full kitchen remodel is not in the budget, give it a facelift! Try a new cabinet finish, new hardware, and new appliances. You’ll love the look and the energy cost savings too.

Updating the master bathroom is money well spent. Enlarge the shower, raise the counter height, increase the lighting, change the toilet and sinks and add a make-up mirror. Having a serene retreat for relaxation will boost your spirits. Designers are specifying materials that are easier to maintain, yet beautiful.

The best way is to schedule a consultation with a professional interior designer to work out a solution that fits your budget and needs. Working with a designer takes the guesswork out of a project, minimizes stress and avoids costly mistakes. They can work on an hourly basis, or establish a design fee based on the scope of the work to be done.

Contributor: CAPID Members             Edited by: Joanne MacCallum, CAPID