From an Interview with Designer and Owner,
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.”
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 to show me. They can create a Pinterest board, show me a painting they love, rip things out of a magazine... 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.