If you didn’t interview interior designers in the beginning, long before your house looks like this it’s a good idea to have one on board. The best place to start looking is with friends and family if they have worked with designers in the past. You can also visit a couple of websites that will assist you in finding one in your area. www.houzz.com is probably the most popular site out there right now for ideas, product and professionals. You can also go to www.asid.org and find designers in your area as well as tips on how to interview one.
No matter how you find the designer, the most important question to ask, besides how much do you charge, is do you have any clients or photos of recent work that you can see and possibly talk to. The second most important topic is letting the designer know exactly what you are looking for. Do not get excited by extremely modern, austere looks if you own a lot of stuff you never plan to put away. You will not be happy with the design in the end. Be sure to explain with words or pictures what your basic needs are and what styles you like. Or if it’s easier what styles you don’t like!
For this job the client hired the architect and contractor first to get the ball rolling. The contractor and architect had worked together before and the client was quite comfortable with both of them. But due to the size of the house the things the client wanted, both recommended they find an interior designer. So off to houzz they went and found me. We interviewed and got to know each other a little so that I could explain to them what services I could provide, what I could not provide and how I charge for those services. Then I offered to set up viewings at a couple of my previous jobs.
I showed them two extremes so they could see that I meant what I said when I told them as long as they communicate their likes and dislikes, I was confident I could produce a look they liked. It worked and a few weeks later we were embarking on what would become a two and a half year relationship. The first item up was for the client to start putting together photos of what they liked and my job was to review the preliminary plans. This is the best time for the interior designer to enter a job because space planning is a big part of what we do. And we can catch things as they related to furniture and ergonomic details that the architect may not think of. Next week I'll discuss what I found and changed on the plans.