Why you need to Hire An Interior Designer

I know what you might be thinking. “Hire an interior designer? Heck, I can do it myself and save some money in the meantime.”

Really? Is that what you honestly think? Well I’d like to try and set the record straight!

Here are some things to think about when weighing your options:

• Regardless if whether you have a crystal clear idea of how you want your home to look or are totally clueless, an interior designer can help you conceptualize the space and put it all together. This might be your first home or frankly, even if it is your tenth, an experienced interior designer will have much more experience than you do and will ultimately save you from making design mistakes that will cost you time and money.

• Doing the space plan and decorating a home are very time intensive activities and an interior designer can cut that time by half and save you the time and stress that are usually associated with construction and searching for furniture and accessories. Their vast experience provides them with “insider” information enabling them to purchase exactly what you desire without the endless forays that you might have in order to locate the pieces that you want.

• The ability to identify the right color palette for a space is borne out of years of experience and an interior designer can help guide you towards making the best selection with acknowledgement of your personal preferences, light quality, room usage and more.

• Buying furniture that is actually well suited for the space is another facet of interior design that is best accomplished by a professional. Dimensions aside, the sofa that looks so perfect in the showroom just might not fit in the room for which it is intended. Save yourself the trauma of buying pieces that are simply wrong for the space.

• Designing a space takes coordination with vendors. Furniture, lighting, window treatments, cabling and more have to be managed and timed so that everything happens when it is supposed to happen. An interior designer will project manage the process so that you are not sitting in a home that has no furniture or lights.

Your home is quite probably one of your largest expenses. It is also the place that you return to after a tough day, the place where you spend a significant amount of “down-time.” You want it to be comfortable, commodious and beautiful.

That being said, working with an interior designer might just be the best decision that you can make.
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4 New Year’s Resolutions for an Affordable Home Makeover

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We’re in the midst of the holiday season, and it’s almost time for New Year’s resolutions. Where would you like to be for 2012? What would you like to do? As you reflect on this year and look forward to the next, think about how you’ll appreciate your home, your business, your family and yourself. If you’re still looking for resolution inspiration, just think about one of these easy fixes.

1. Reorganize your storage.
After the holiday parties come to a close, it’s time to pick up the wrapping paper, champagne flutes and maybe even mistletoe. It also could be a good chance to take stock of what you’re storing in closets and cabinets, so you can give what you don’t use to charity. Try reorganizing your existing stash with streamlined bins, baskets or shelving that matches your design. The handwoven palm and water-reed baskets pictured above, from SheridanShea, are handwoven in a small Moroccan village where basket weaving is the main source of income.

2. Spruce up your home office.
Make it easy to plan your new ventures – or to learn social media  – with a workspace that flows well and is easy on the eyes. A posture-friendly desk and chair, efficient lighting and a bit of soothing art can go a long way. Remember to use the walls for storage: That vertical wall is always overlooked. If you can give up a closet, then make that your work area, and close it at the end of the day!

3. Create a great space for family.
“Comfortable” and “clean” are two major checkpoints for an enjoyable living room, play room or home theater. Simple steps like cleaning your area rugs, shampooing the carpets or painting the walls can leave your space refreshed. Use a large ottoman for a coffee table or footrest, but make sure it can open for additional storage. It makes for a quick cleanup for the unexpected guest.

4. Set up your home to support fitness.
Trying to lose that stubborn 5 pounds in the New Year? Organize your closet to display garments that truly fit, and make space for those gym clothes. If you have room for a home gym, keep your workout area clean, with weights and equipment picked up to avoid injury. If you’re in tight quarters, keep weights and gear easily accessible for workout time. Organize the jump ropes and yoga belts on hooks inside your closet door, or attractive wood bins or baskets can hold your weights and mats.

However you close out the year and kick off 2012, have a safe and happy holiday season. Here’s to your success in the New Year!

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