As an interior designer and business woman, I can sometimes get lost in the shuffle of meeting new clients, following up with past clients, preparing proposals, and designing spaces that are magical.So this week, I’m slowing down so I can tell you more about myself and why I chose the path of becoming an interior designer. Knowing a little bit more about the person behind the design is important because you want to work with someone who has the appropriate training, understands design, and most importantly understands you and your lifestyle.
Don’t Get Caught Up in the Moment and Hire the Wrong Designer
Before I became an interior designer, I hired a young interior designer to help me design my dining room and my office space. I was so excited and decided it was time to make my home a reflection of who I am! I had found her online through American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and decided to hire her because she spent over an hour with me looking through furniture catalogs and discussing the rooms with me. Plus, she had traveled far from where she lived to meet me at my home.
I had several other designers come over to provide estimates. All of the proposals were out of my budget at the time and I didn’t feel a connection with any of those designers. I felt I had more of a connection with the young female designer that I hired and she seemed like she really cared.
Since I had never worked with any interior designers before and only had some knowledge of interior design based on my limited coursework at the time, I didn’t know what to expect.
I told the designer that I wanted to start entertaining more in my dining room and wanted to invite more of my friends over for dinner. I also wanted an office space where I can work peacefully and quietly. Since I didn’t know the process and had no idea how much it cost, I thought the design fees and furnishings plus accessories were very surprising once she sent me the proposal. I hired her anyways because not only was she more affordable compared to other designers I met, she really seemed like she genuinely cared and wanted to help me.
What I ended up with was super modern furniture for my dining room and home office which is not my style at all. My personal style is more transitional and/or eclectic with soft vibrant colors and warm natural materials. The modern furniture was much more reflective of her style and it just felt very cold. The dining room should have a warm feeling when walking into the space, especially if there will be a lot of entertaining going on.
I don’t know what I expected, but I do know that I expected to have the design reflect my personality, character, and style.
When I brought it up to her that this wasn’t what I expected, she seemed to take offense. In any case, after spending quite a significant amount of money to design 2 rooms that I wasn’t 100% happy with, I wondered how many other people found themselves in my shoes?There must be lots of people who have gone through the same experience I went through!
It’s true I didn’t know what to expect of the process, but I was always clear about my tastes and preferences. This is so important when working with an interior designer. Don’t be afraid to speak up and tell your designer what works or doesn’t work for you or they will assume everything is fine. I hear many stories where clients don’t speak up because they are afraid they will be disrespecting the designer, that they will take away from the designer’s vision, or that they don’t want any conflict. If you don’t speak up, you will end up with a space that you aren’t happy with and it’s crucial that your space gives you joy.
I Knew Interior Design Had to Offer More
Since I had already enjoyed some interior design classes, I decided to take that interest a step further to pursue and study interior architecture and design full time. I wanted to show the world what the interior design experience should have been when I hired my designer. I wanted other people to have a space that they would be 120% happy with – a space that they come home to that fills them with joy. I wanted to help people by providing them with the best service possible while creating a beautiful design that reflects who they are.
Looking back, I didn’t have a great experience with the young interior designer I hired. We just weren’t a good fit and she didn’t understand or get my sense of style. That’s why anytime I work with a client, I do my best to understand who they are, how they live, what their needs are, and to keep the lines of communication wide open so that everyone is clear on what is going on and what choices are being made. I believe in being transparent from the very beginning to prevent any surprises down the road.
I love what I do and I feel that there is a lot of magic in making people fall in love with their homes again or walking into a business that just lights them up with joy. The look on their faces when they see their space for the first time after a new design or after a redesign of an existing space is like seeing excited kids on Christmas opening their presents. It’s mesmerizing and fills me with satisfaction.
Those reveal moments and wanting to truly help people create beautiful spaces that reflect their authentic self are why I pursed interior design. I hope that this will help you know me more personally and understand that interior design is more than just a job for me. It’s my passion and I’m only successful if my clients love their spaces and it makes them happy.
My interior design journey ultimately takes me on the path to help others on their journey to not only connect better with their inner self and translate that to their external space, but also become the best version of themselves. What could be better than that?
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