Most people have this preconceived idea that the only people that hire Interior Designers are the super-rich. These people have multiple homes and need someone to handle the building, purchasing, decorating, etc. While these people and situations do exist they are not who I cater my business to. I firmly believe that a beautiful space can be designed and it does not have to cost a lot of money. While that is the dream, the reality is not everyone has the vision to create a gorgeous space on a budget. Never you fear, this is where an Interior Designer shines! With a little creativity and a small budget for improvements you too can have an enviable home if you hire an Interior Designer.
Ugly Hand-me-down Furniture
Let’s look at this sofa for an example of what I mean.
This is an old, oddly colored velvet sofa that you probably would not have chosen for yourself but a lot of us have furniture just like this. Given to us by a family member and, at some point, we were super grateful for the free handout, but now it’s still sitting in the house and not doing anything for you or the space it’s in. That is exactly how I got the sofa pictured above! It was my Grandmothers and it passed from one family member to the next. When you are stuck with an ugly sofa and you don’t have the money to buy something new, you spend about $100 on a slipcover or spend nothing and drape a King size bedspread over it! Am I right? Not a gorgeous solution.
How can it be improved?
All by itself, this sofa isn’t really attractive but an Interior Designer has the vision to dress-up this old hand-me-down and give it a super swanky makeover! I went out to TJ Maxx and cruised for some pillows and artwork that would match this greenish yellow velvet sofa. In about 2 hours (shopping & decorating) I pulled together this arrangement.
Now you are looking at this old sofa in a totally different way!! Right? I know I am! I won’t lie, I am very proud of this work. I only spent money on the pillows and artwork and the rest is stuff I just pulled from around the house. Instead of spending $100 on a slipcover that you don’t really like anyway, you could spend $300 on an Interior Designer that will create a super cool space in your house, that you love to hang out in and show off to your friends!!
Where’s the Value?!
So, now you’re saying, “Whoah! $300 is a lot more than $100!”, and you would be right. While this is a true statement, let me explain what else you would be getting besides the above magic. An Interior Designer (me!) will come over to your place to meet you and get to know you, you’re likes & dislikes, take a look around the place and get an eye for what you have to work with (3 hours consultation time for $150). Ideas and suggestions will be made for furniture arrangement and paint colors and all kinds of good advice. A lot of things that you might have never considered, that you can do on your own and won’t cost a lot of money. During this meeting, you (the homeowner) decide that your biggest problem and priority is transforming your sad ugly sofa. No worries, you have an Interior Designer!! You have an hour left with your interior designer so you both run out to the local store and pick up a few goodies ($150 on pillows and artwork). A little swapping around of stuff you already have, some hammering and leveling, and voila! Your problem sofa has been totally upgraded to awesome PLUS you have a bunch of fantastic ideas to work on later when the time and budget allow for it.
And you thought Interior Designers were only for the rich!
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