Why should I hire an interior designer?
An interior designer can save you time and money on your project. Have you ever had to repaint your room several times because you had a difficult time selecting your color? Do you have regrets about things you missed on your kitchen remodel project? Could your business be more efficient and productive if you had consulted a designer before building your offices walls? An interior designer can help you make the right choices for your space the first time, saving you the time and expense (and regret!) of a redo.
Also, designers often have access to product discounts that you may not be able to get. Some designers pass these on to their clients (or part of the discount), which can help offset the design fee you are paying to the designer. We like to offer our clients a portion of the discounts that we receive from our vendors; this is a win-win situation for both of us!
If I hire a designer, am I required to purchase things through the designer?
That will depend on the designer you are working with. Some designers require product purchases to be made through their own resources; part of a designer’s income is often made by selling design products. However, other designers charge a fee for their expertise and time, and offer product sales as an option. We offer product procurement as an option, but we do not require our clients to make purchases through us. Also, if we feel a product we do not have access to will be the best option for a client, we will not hesitate to recommend it.
What if I want to do my project myself? Will a designer still help me make my selections?
Again, that will depend upon the designer you work with. We enjoy working with clients who like to do their own work; we often help a client select a paint color, and they will do the painting on their own. Some designers work with you only if the entire project is run through their company. It’s something to ask about when you are deciding on which designer to hire.
Where do you normally meet with your clients?
Most of the time, we need to see a client’s space in order to make the very best recommendations for space planning, finishes and furnishings. Therefore, meeting at the project site makes the most sense. In the instance of a new construction project, we meet at a local showroom, coffee shop, or anywhere else that is convenient for our clients.
How much do you charge for a consultation?
The fee varies per project. We charge an hourly fee for consultations. We also have several design packages available for larger projects. For example, if you would like us to shop with you, we have half- and full-day shopping packages available at a reduced hourly rate. We are always happy to hear about your project, and offer you a fee proposal; this offers you the chance to work the design process fee into your budget from the start.
Why do you need to know my budget up front? Won’t that just make it easier for you to spend all my money?
Absolutely not! It is essential that you share your budget with your designer right from the start. Without a budget, your designer is like a traveler without a map; it is nearly impossible to direct a client to the best solutions to their design challenges without that roadmap! A good designer can work within any budget. As a client, you need to be open and honest with your designer about what money you are willing to spend on your project. As designers, we have the responsibility to help you stay within that budget, and get you the most for your money. And, remember, just because your designer recommends a product, doesn’t mean you need to purchase it. You have final veto power over any part of the project!
Do you work with clients out of your area? How does that work?
Absolutely! In this age of technology, it just isn’t that difficult to work with a client out of my immediate area. We have worked with clients in California and Tennessee via email quite successfully. There are many ways we can work a project, incorporating email, fax, online photo-sharing services, phone conversations and more. Please contact us for more information, if you are out of the Twin Cities metro area or Western Wisconsin. We would love to hear from you!