Working With an Interior Designer


In selecting a designer, it is important to:

  • Appreciate his/her design process
  • Understand the fee structure and services included
  • Be aware of the timeframe and milestones
  • Be clear with scope of the project and your budget
  • Feel comfortable discussing personal issues with the designer

Before your first meeting with your chosen designer:

  • Collect pictures of furnishings and rooms that you love
  • Consider your functional needs
  • Review your preferences and styles
  • Make a check list of things you want to discuss with your designer
  • Differentiate your “must haves” from your wish list

At your first meeting with your chosen designer:

  • Describe your desired outcome for the space, using general terms and pictures for clarity
  • Bring up specific issues you want to address
  • Reference your check list for each area/room
  • Understand the process: your designer will not have an immediate solution or answer to your design dilemma
  • Be an active participant in the process

During the project:

  • Be courteous and considerate to your designer and the staff
  • Ask questions if something is not clear
  • Be flexible: there are some variables your designer has no control over
  • Be available to answer questions
  • Make decisions promptly

Upon completion:

  • Review and create a punch list with the designer of any items that need adjustments
  • Enjoy your beautiful new space!