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10 Items To Remember When Planning a Design Project

10 Items To Remember When Planning a Design Project
If you are planning an Interior Design project, please read this list! Create a list (or “scope of work”) – complete or even reslistic or not.  It’s a start. Take abovementioned list and prioritize what’s most urgent.  Ideally, what needs to be done is also what you want to accomplish.  If not, keep that discrepancy... Read more »

Make It Simple…or Complicated

Make It Simple…or Complicated
This happens so often in almost all parts of our lives, and I hear someone in design, architecture or construction do it almost every day:  Why do so many people assume that they need to make whatever they are talking about complicated and, indeed, perhaps incomprehensible? It annoys me more than almost anything.  I have... Read more »

DIY: Questions to Ask -- Yourself

DIY:  Questions to Ask -- Yourself
What?  You’re going to save money by doing it yourself?  All those professional Designer ideas and specialized resources aren’t really very important and you can get better prices on your own.  NOT.  Can you find good prices on your own?  Certainly.  If budget is the only or markedly major concern you have for remodeling, completing... Read more »
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DIY: Thinking It and Doing It

DIY: Thinking It and Doing It
DIY is everywhere.  Do It Yourself.  This is a topic I discuss often with clients, friends and vendors and showrooms both wholesale and retail.  I have also consulted my resident architect (husband), looked at some current magazines and even looked up web sites. And, I’ve been looking for apps.  It’s a bit hard to find... Read more »

Interior Design and $$ in 2015

Interior Design and $$ in 2015
The cost of an Interior Designer is the #1 topic my readers search.  Here’s the 2015 version which has taken a while to put together.  The industry has changed a LOT since I started blogging 5 years ago, and I want to be informed as well as helpful! If you are considering working with any... Read more »

Cost/Value & Design/Decorating

What is the bottom line in a design (or decorating) project?  Is it simply the cost of all the items purchased?  Or perhaps that plus what you pay for “design help”? What is the value of that help?   A number of years ago a client presented me with his views on “cost and value” and,... Read more »
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Why a Blog About Design?

Why a Blog About Design?
“Design Sense” had been around for a while now and I am grateful for all readers.  I’ve tackled general as well as specific topics and events related to my profession and my many surrounding interests and passions. I’d like to educate anyone interested in Design — mostly interiors, but also architecture and other design specialties.  We live in an extraordinary... Read more »

What's an "Interior Designer"? in 2015

What's an "Interior Designer"?  in 2015
What’s an “Interior Designer ” and what’s the difference between a Decorator and a Designer?  How can you figure out “who is what”?  How can you tell? This answer should find agreement within the REAL Design community which includes related professionals such as contractors, architects, manufacturers, showrooms, et al: First, ASK and look for Professional... Read more »

Fast + Right Can Happen in Design

Fast + Right Can Happen in Design
There really is a right way and a wrong way to get things done.  That means a proper process and it means the right product. Just after July 4th, I learned that long-time clients of mine were moving from their beautiful condo overlooking Navy Pier and other lakeshore  and downtown views in Chicago to live... Read more »
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8 Reasons You Need a Professional Interior Designer

8 Reasons You Need a Professional Interior Designer
Here!  These are eight of the many reasons that you need to find and work with a Real Design Professional: 1.  You don’t know really what you need to do to get a project started, but you know it’s time to Do Something. A Professional Designer can–and will–guide you through the project from measuring the... Read more »