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How to Prepare for Your Initial Appointment with an Interior Designer

Working with an Interior Designer can be an exciting experience. You now have someone who has the necessary skills to make your dreams come true. In order to make sure everything starts off the best way possible, you should be prepared for that very first appointment with your Interior Designer.

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Determine Your Goals

First things first, tell your designer why you’re meeting with them. Be honest in laying out your motivations for hiring them. Maybe you tried to do it yourself and ran into problems. Maybe you want to change your space but don’t know how to do it on your own. Tell them what you want the space to become or where it is lacking for you.

Make sure you tell your designer what you have already done to the space and what you would like to see be done. What pieces do you want to remain in the new design? Explain what you want to use the space for and how you want it to feel. Will it be for entertaining guests or for relaxing after a stressful day at work? Does it need to be child and pet-friendly? Establishing your goals can help set parameters for your designer’s recommendations, and help prevent any issues later on.

Set Priorities

If you’re designing your entire home or multiple spaces, it’s best to set some rooms as a priority. What needs to be done first? What do you want to be done first? Of all the rooms you want your designer to work on, which is the most important to you? Each person is different, so it’s okay if you want the kitchen done before the entry way, or the master bathroom before the living room. By focusing on one space at a time, you can help prevent problems and keep details from being missed.

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What’s Your Investment Range

A part of letting your designer know what you want is telling them what you want to invest. Creating a room over a short amount of time can be costly, but establishing a budget can make things all the easier. Tell your designer how much you want to spend and what the maximum amount you’re willing to go to is.

Be Prepared with Photos

You probably already have an idea of what you want your space to look like before hiring an interior designer. Perhaps you have a Pinterest board full of ideas and inspiration. Maybe you went old school and have a pile of magazine clippings. Either way, bring and show your designer any photos you have of your dream space. Presenting a visual of what you want can help your designer make it happen.

Be Prepared with Questions

Be curious! Do a little research beforehand and bring a list of questions with you to the appointment so you don’t forget an important talking point. Ask them about the process of designing your space, or what they might recommend. Ask about what problems might arise and how they would handle it. Tell them what concerns you might have before starting the project so you don’t run into any issues later on.

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How To Find Your Own Interior Style?

You are a unique individual and your style is all your own. Sometimes it’s hard to express that in a way that suits you when designing a space for yourself. If you want to create a style that is unique and speaks to you, you may be concerned about how to do so.

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Don’t Get Influenced By Trends

Implementing a trend into your design for the sake of doing something trendy is risky. Trends become trends because of their popularity, and they fall out of fashion for the same reason, often at unpredictable rates. Trends are also not universal. They might work for some, but there’s no guarantee that they will work for you. Going with something just because it is considered to be “in” can be costly and make you miserable in the long run. Not every trend will fit into every space, nor is every trend a practical one. If you’re going to implement something that’s trendy, do so because you like it, not because everyone else likes it. You can make it more your own by putting your own twist on it to make it stand out from the next person’s.

Stay True To Yourself

Peer pressure doesn’t stop when you leave high school, and it can affect your style and choices as an adult. You, above all others, know yourself. Feel free to say no to what you don’t like and fight for what you do. If a design doesn’t fit with what you want, say something about it. Don’t let someone else make a decision for you without having your thoughts on the matter taken into consideration. Take away whatever doesn’t seem like an accurate representation of who you are, and add or replace it with something that does. It’s your space, and the design should properly reflect who you are and what the space means to you.

Keep It Fresh

Keeping your style fresh might seem to be a bit of a daunting task, but it can be relatively easy. When you’re designing a space, stay adaptable. New products are released on a regular basis and you can discover something new every day. You might find something you want to add later on or find yourself changing things up. Your tastes and personality change and grow over time, so having a space that can properly accommodate those changes with little to no fuss is a necessity. Your style can stay fresh and interesting with little touches in the right places.

Don’t Have A Style?

Alright, maybe you don’t have a “style” in the sense that everyone else thinks. That’s okay! Start with things you like and what you’re comfortable with, then built from there. Experiment with your designs and learn what fits for you. You can combine different aspects into a design and still make it work because it’s yours. Style is always evolving and there are no strict parameters laid out that you need to follow.

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Why Work With An Interior Designer?

Everyone has a different idea of how they want their dream home to look. You want it to be unique, reflect your own personal style, and wow your guests when they walk in. Hiring an Interior Designer is the best and most stress-free way of making your ideal home a reality.

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Years of experience go a long way in any profession, and we are not excluded. Working with a designer can steer you away from a bad layout decision or poor quality material. We know how to recognize what you do and don’t need, and what you can repurpose in the new space.

Save Money

We are trained to pay attention to detail and that includes proportions. By working with a professional, you don’t have to worry about buying something in the wrong size or something you’ll regret later on. Our budgeting skills can keep a project on track. Even little mistakes can wind up taking a sizable chunk out of your budget.

Save Time

Working with a designer guarantees a plan of action for your project. We know every step of the process and can keep you on track even when you’re at the most tedious steps of the project. We will manage the details of your project so you don’t have to split your time between it and the rest of the things in your life.

Problem Solvers

Sometimes, things don’t always go according to plan and you might run into a problem during your project. We pay attention, we notice mistakes made by your home’s contractor or architect and recognize the issues that may arise as a result. A part of their training requires us to make decisions as quickly and efficiently as possible. If something pops up that can derail a whole project, chances are we know exactly how to smooth things out.


We Get it Done

You have other things going on in your life that can distract you or cause you to abandon a project. When your focus is elsewhere, you start missing details or begin to lose interest. Our main focus is on the project, and what needs to get done and when.

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Personal Guidance

We will listen to what you want for your space and will work with you through every step. Even if you’re not a hundred percent sure of what you want, we will guide you in the right direction. It’s your space, and we will make sure it stays that way from beginning to end.


A designer will have access to resources you might need or are unfamiliar with. They know who to hire, and have access to reliable and trustworthy workers. Some of a designers connections cover vendors, specialists, and products. Hiring a designer gives you a whole other level of information you would not have access to on your own.


What to Look for in Quality Upholstery

When you’re buying furniture for your home, you want to go with the best. It needs to be comfortable, long-lasting, and it needs to look good. If you’re in the market for new furniture or upholstery, you should be aware of what to look for in order to get the best quality.

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Frame Construction

What’s on the inside really does count. One of the more crucial aspects you need to be on the lookout for with upholstery is the frame construction of the piece. Most stores include this information with the piece on the showroom floor, or it can be found out by talking with an employee.

The framing functions as the upholstery’s skeleton and needs to be durable. Good quality upholstery frames are made of hardwoods, which are sturdy and won’t warp over time. Alder, for example, is heavy hardwood and furniture made from it tends to be more durable. Pine, while it is used often for furniture, is soft and can wear down easily with use. Laminated plywood, which is multiple layers of lumber glued together and then compressed, is also an option. However, the quality of the plywood should be considered, as this can affect its strength and durability.

Coil Construction

The coils, or springs, inside the upholstery, are just as important as the frame. The main purpose of the coils is to support the seat of the piece, and—by extension—you. For upholstery, there are a few variations of coil and coil construction. Drop-in coils are pre-made coils attached to one another with metal clips and then inserted into the base of the chair or sofa. It is then fastened to the rest of the frame at the corners. It is quite durable and comfortable, and may possibly reduce the price of the whole piece.

Sinuous coils are zig-zagged or S-shaped wires that are inserted into the frame and stretched from either front to back, or top to bottom. This method makes the seat of the upholstery firmer than drop-in coils, which works better for aesthetics than comfort.

Coils can also be tied in one of two ways, either by hand or by machine. Price-wise, hand tied can be expensive and is open to flaws. Machine tied coils are used by the majority of manufacturers and leave little room for error.

Cushion Quality

The cushioning of a piece of upholstery acts as the filling and ensures your comfort. With good cushioning, you shouldn’t be able to feel the framing or springs. The arms of the upholstery are just as important, so remember to check them, not just the seat and backrest.

Some of the cushioning options include what’s called HR, or High Resilient, cushioning. HR is a manufactured polyurethane foam that is flexible and comfortable. It’s very consistent and rebounds easily to prevent loss of shape. A greener alternative is latex foam, which is a natural foam and is growing in popularity. Latex foam usage cuts down on unnecessary waste and bacteria and mildew cannot thrive in it. It is also highly biodegradable and is easily recyclable.

The density of the cushioning should also be taken into account, as this affects the overall comfort and quality. The density of foam cushioning is measured by the weight of the foam per cubic foot. For example, a density of 1.8 means that the piece has 1.8lbs of foam cushioning per cubic foot. Typical foam density in manufactured upholstery pieces ranges from 1.6 to 2.5.


Interior designer will help you avoid costly mistakes |Rancho Santa Fe CA

Interior designers will save you money in the long run by guiding you through the decorating process and keep you from making costly mistakes. The list of top ten decorating mistakes you can avoid if you are working in your interior design or window treatment project. I am sure the list could be much longer…Please leave a comment about your experiences with decorating your homes. 

1. The Looks-Great, Feels-Uncomfortable Piece Of Furniture . The decor world equivalent of the Stiletto heel: Beautiful, but oh-so-impractical. It ultimately taught you that no matter how good-looking something is, if you can’t sit/walk/relax on it, it’s not for you. 

2. The Overly-Trendy Piece
It looked amazing in the store window. And in the magazine. But in your house? It clashed with your favorite pieces and looked strange. Since then you only focus on trends that feel like you.

3. The Wall Color You Didn’t Test…And It Promptly Looked Completely Off
There’s nothing like painting an entire room moss green….before realizing that with your lighting and wall texture, it looks nothing like it did in the can. Now, you paint a swatch before any further commitments.

4. The “Dream Lifestyle” Purchase
The oversized table when you never actually entertain. Or the wall-sized TV when really all you want to do in your living room is read. After this, you buy for the lifestyle you have, not the one you think you might have one day.

5. The Quick Fix
Maybe at the time you were more fixated on spending on vacation rather than a new chair. But when your cheap chair broke a year later, you learned they weren’t kidding when they say “Buy the best, only cry once.”

6. The Too-Complicated Organization System
“Bills go in the green folder, unopened mail in the blue drawer, casual stationery on the top shelf…or is it top shelf stationery on the top shelf?” If it was too hard to remember, it was probably the time for you to downgrade. We applaud you for doing what’s right for you.

7. The Un-Researched Flora
Similar to the too-trendy piece, this plant looked great somewhere else…but floundered in your home. Now you take stock of the lighting and space conditions you have to offer before heading to the nursery.

8. The Disastrous DIY
“But it looked so great on Pinterest…” And now you know if you’re not crafty, it’s time to go to the experts.

9. The Cliché Art
It got you used to the idea of having something special on your wall, but made you realize how important it is to make that piece meaningful. 

10. The Ambitiously White Item
You didn’t weigh all the things you love (chocolate, red wine) against this one purchase. But now you know not to even try…or if you’re the type who doesn’t mind being extra-careful (or spending the extra time cleaning.)

This article originally appeared on ELLEDECOR.com

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