My last blog was about why you need an Interior designer in the 1st place & what value can you expect when working with a designer.
Now the question comes down to who is the right designer for you?
My whole purpose, my mission, is to give as many families as possible their Dream Home. I don’t want anyone to miss on that opportunity because it’s simply transformational, as you’ve probably heard me say before. I continue to be astounded by how dramatically all aspects of a person’s life can be affected by changes in the environment. I’m convinced design is spiritual in nature.
And while I can’t work with everyone on a one-on-one basis, I still want families just like yours to enjoy the benefits of working with a professional designer. Designers have tools and strategies that make the process much more magical, much more attainable as well.
Not all designers are created equal, of course. There are lots of people who have put up their shingle but have little experience or training. So, I’d like to give you a few tips to help you find the perfect designer for you, so you can experience all that you are meant to, as well as to utilize their services well. Mind you, some of these tips are about how you should interact with them, others, about the precautions you should take when choosing someone you may not know. You want to work with a trustworthy, talented expert when you’re spending all that money. These tips are all about getting you the best you can for your money.
1) In order for a designer to give you a home that’s an extension of who you are, you need to be able to communicate well with them. It’s important for the designer to be able to “Get” you and understand who and what you are about. Would it surprise you that there are people out there who have no idea who they are? It’s often the designer’s job to help individuals figure that out, together. That being said, you should feel comfortable enough with your designer to share some personal stories. Because a lot of time, the essence of who you are is hidden in those stories.
2) Knowing what you want to achieve and your goals ahead of time is great. This means, when you’re communicating with the designer, she’ll be able to determine if she can actually help you achieve that. Not every designer will be right for the job. A good designer will recommend someone else if she spots a poor fit because it would be more beneficial for you, and for her. No one wants to do a job poorly; that’s so bad for business. Reputation, I will tell you, is everything.
3) Wondering if they’re the real deal, or just a hobbyist? Check out the designer’s website. Is the website up to date? What kind of feel do you get from the pages? Ideally, the website will look similar to the kind of work they do. Much like you would choose a makeup artist by the way they’ve done their own, you’ll want to choose a designer with a similar aesthetic.
4) Google their business and try to find out as much about a designer as you can. Follow them on social media for a while and see what they’ve been up to. Check in with the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any complaints against that designer.
5) Review the testimonials they have gotten from their past clients and whom they interact with. Sites like LinkedIn & Houzz requires others to post testimonials. The reviews and testimonials helps you understand the person & how they are in life.
6) Check their credentials and see if they’re part of industry related organizations. We professionals have to always keep ourselves updated when we belong to these organizations. Is the designer active in those organizations, or do they simply use their membership as a marketing tool?
7) Check out their portfolio. This way, you can generally get an idea of whether the designer is known for a particular style. For instance, I’m known for being able to tell the story of my clients. If you notice, all my projects have a different look to them because they were made for different families, like yours. My personal style is a mix of ethnic meets transitional design. I work with clients who like transitional design, traditional design, beach style, French country, and DIY country. Those trends show up in my portfolio.
8) Look at what they specialize in. For example; I specialize in kitchens and window treatments. This means I concentrate on these two major areas in my business, and I keep learning about these topics. Do I help clients redo other parts of their home? Of course. But these are the areas I devote most of my study to, where I develop the most and grow.
9) Still unsure? Try out a small project with a designer to see if they can understand you, if they can help you attain your vision, before you do a huge project with them. For a small fee, you can see if the designer is fit for you before you invest heavily in them.
How do you take the next step with a designer? How do you gather even more information, or get the ball rolling. Most designers, including me, offer complimentary initial consultations to answer just such questions.
Interested in getting to know me as a designer, understand my philosophy and aesthetics? Dial 732-567-3489 to book that initial consultation.