Tag: Chicago interior designers

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 »

Interior Design and $$ in 2016

Interior Design and $$ in 2016
These are THE questions that arise for anyone pondering the importance of  design professionals.  They are, of course, the money questions. **Note:  there is no commentary here on how I personally feel about all the options.  That would be a mag. article, not a blog post!  I won’t go through that here, but you can ask me... Read more »

A Design Project: Where & How to Start

A Design Project:  Where & How to Start
WHAT OK!  You’ve pretty much decided that you need to fix up your house, or redecorate or repaint, but think that perhaps you can’t properly do this alone.  WHAT now? Get referrals – hopefully based on experience.  If you are looking for a single product type (shades or some other non-drapery window covering) or a couple... Read more »
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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 »

"What NOT To Do" -- Explained

"What NOT To Do" -- Explained
Sadly, the Interior Design world is still changing a lot.  But, just because so much is now online plus…many, many Trade Sources will work with anyone who pays, it doesn’t mean you don’t need an Interior Designer to do the job.  With my fingers crossed, I hope this was a “Do It Yourself-er”. Okay…look at... Read more »

Beauty in Another's Eyes...Yes

Beauty in Another's Eyes...Yes
Every day I work with things that are beautiful.  Is not the job of an Interior Designer to collect and present beautiful items and ideas to clients so that their environments are beautiful?  But, realistically, the job is not just made up of the pretty things.  It’s also made up of the practical, technical things... Read more »
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In Order ...and All Together

In Order ...and All Together
In 2015 I decided to get my shit together and – I think its happening! Yay!! Amongst the choices we make to spend money on this or that, or take a major vacation or choose between pizza and stir-fry, this decision I made should (hopefully) have a long-term benefit to my daily existence. Nah.. I... 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 »

Just Do It – In My Design World

Make a commitment, don’t follow through and then what?  In daily life, people will move away from you and hesitate to hang out, since you might not show up or cancel at the last minute.  But somehow, in my professional world, it may not involve not showing up at all, but rather showing up late,... Read more »
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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 »