Taking the Plunge


Now that you’re hooked up to your favorite interior designer, it’s time to get down to business. You have likely put a lot of thought into what you want to accomplish with your interior and now is your chance to let someone else in on your dreams. Like with most other relationships in our lives, the more honest you are, the better the results.

In your kick-off meeting, your designer might ask you what you hope to accomplish aesthetically, functionally, and possibly strategically, if a business is involved. Do you have a desired start and completion date in mind? Do you have existing drawings of the space? Is there a budget? And there really should be a budget. Trust us. Best to provide a range upfront, rather than playing a game of chicken. A knowledgeable designer can quickly hone in on concepts and selections that suit the given budget. Make your designer aware of anyone else involved or ones that might be (i.e. general contractor, architect, subcontractors, vendors, artisans). Most importantly, determine who will be the primary decision maker(s) so that there is a crystal-clear chain of command. The more these items are clarified, the less time and money is spent inefficiently.  

When describing your aesthetic goals, designers love, love, love it when you can give specifics of how you want your space to look and feel. This is the time to boldly declare that you hate blue or can’t live with prints. Just refrain from using ‘cozy’ or ‘contemporary’.  Such words are vague and offer too many possible interpretations. 

Some good examples of specificity might include: “I want it to feel like this landscape painting that I bought in France and evokes good memories”, “I want this room to be soft and calming like a day at the beach”, “I want it to nod to the historic architecture yet have a fresh twist”.  Periodicals and Pinterest are useful tools for finding examples of how you want a space to look/feel. You might also search within your existing space for items that can convey aspects of your personal story and identity to your designer. 

The chosen designer will gather all this information through notes, sketches, photos, or however they best work, let it slosh around, synthesize and compile it into a document for reference throughout the project. They might also come back to you with further


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