FAQ. From 2017 Interview with Becky Rollins Clark, Owner of Interior Becoration
Why should I hire a Designer?
"So you can fall in love with your home... and do it without losing money or sleep, or wasting time... or ruining your marriage... or losing your mind... I'm kidding, obviously. Sort of. In reality, home renovation can really be STRESSFUL for people, and hiring a designer is a great solution. People think design is just making a space look nice. A good designer knows that it is about so much more. We think of all the things that most homeowners don't know to think about. We consider not just aesthetic but how a space functions and what kind of energy it creates to make sure it is comfortable and inviting. When you spend 15 years creating rooms, you learn so many things thru trial and error, I cant imagine attempting to design your DREAM space without a little help from someone who knows how to address these things.
What are some issues people face designing on their own, instead of hiring a pro?
“It can be frustrating and often they end up losing money by not knowing where to source things or by making costly mistakes. It also costs them time, which is a major consideration.”
“It’s a reality that people waste time planning, shopping and trying to research things that a good designer already knows.”
How do you know what we want?
"It is all about listening to the client and being intuitive AND practical.
Sometimes it is a challenge for the clients to actually pin point what they want, so my job becomes asking the right questions to help them clarify their needs.
Often times, they actually do know what they want, but aren't able to verbalize it or actualize it.”
When does that happen? How do you begin to unravel that?
“At our first meeting, the Initial Consultation, I will ask clients all about their lives and routines, passions. Their families. What they LOVE, what they do in the space.”
"I also ask them to have a few pics or objects to show me. Things that look or feel how they imagine their space. They can create a Pinterest board, show me a painting they love, rip things out of a magazine, take me somewhere even... whatever works for them. With those visual clues, and assessing their needs and wants, I can easily visualize the "big picture" for a space.
How do you come up with your designs?
The Initial Consultation is all I need to get started. That’s my battle plan. I am a conceptual designer, in that, I don’t over plan. I have the needs and wants and ideas rolling around in my head from that Consultation until the day of installation... but the details reveal themselves when I'm planning and shopping. Something will inspire me and I know at the moment it does, exactly where the design will go from there.