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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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Interior Design Trends of 2016

A new year means new ideas! The arrival of 2016 brings a wave of upcoming design trends for your home to sweep out the outdated styles of the past. If you’re looking to bring your home’s look into the New Year, here are some “IN and OUT” style guides of 2016.

IN: Statement Fixtures

While classic chandeliers and mirrors will always stand the test of time, they won’t make your home stand out. Swap out that old ceiling light for pendant light in a bold metallic. That rectangular mirror you’ve got hanging in the bathroom? Replace it with a statement mirror in an interesting shape or frame to infuse some style into the room.

OUT: Polished Stainless Steel

The silver sheen has remained a popular option for appliances for years, giving kitchens a sleek, professional feel. However, the trend is turning dull as of late. Instead of the sterile silver, try going with a black or bronze-colored stainless steel option for your next refrigerator or stove.

IN: Formal Dining Rooms

Dining rooms no longer are just for holiday functions or a spare office space. More people are using their homes’ formal dining rooms for their original purpose and are having sit-down family meals on a regular basis, even if it’s pizza on a Tuesday night. A good, matching dining set with enough seats for the whole family is a must and can be easily adapted for additional guests.

OUT: Technology-Filled Living Rooms

It’s time to unplug. With the amount of screen time you’re exposed to on a regular basis, you need a space where you can unwind without distraction. Take away the TV and catch up on the day-to-day with your family, or read a book.

IN: Kitchens with Mixed Materials

A hyper-organized and polished kitchen can make one of the warmest rooms in the house feel cold. Combine opposite styles for a personalized twist. Two-tone your cabinets and shelves, with a lighter staining for the upper cabinets and a darker for the lower. Try a backsplash in a bright ceramic tile and countertops in concrete for a surprising pairing.

OUT: Fancy Entryways

You no longer need to shock your guests with your elegance the second you open the front door. Having a fancy flourish or expensive décor in your entryway can create a lot of excess hassle, and puts pressure on the rest of your house to have that wow-factor. Going with a relaxed Farmhouse-style entryway allows for more durability and accommodation for your guests.

IN: Fireplaces

As much of a hassle traditional fireplaces can be, they are a fantastic accent for your home. Turning a fireplace into the focal point of a room creates a cozy ambiance. Wood-burning fireplaces are no longer the only option, as gas fireplaces have become more affordable, and even non-working fireplaces can create a sense of warmth in a space.

OUT: Basic Bathrooms

Upgrading such a simple room in your house can really make guests feel welcome, and your morning routine less dull. Rather than plain tile or paint on the walls, try something textured, graphics, or prints. Bidets, which were unpopular for years in America, are starting to catch on as high-tech toilets come on the market. Adding furniture-like pieces to your bathroom can make it feel more like a part of your home.


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.


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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