This is the question I posed to some friends recently and their responses were so intriguing that I felt compelled to blog about it. I received many different kinds of questions but overwhelmingly they all came back to one central theme and that was about MONEY. Of course!
Here are some of the replies that came back to me when the question was raised….
What have you always wanted to ask an interior designer but wouldn’t?
- Would you be willing to make the new furniture work with the existing furniture?
- Do you charge hourly?
- Do you purchase everything? Is there a minimum?
- Is any job too small?
- Can you change a room without breaking the bank?
- How do you manage the budget?
All excellent questions and so I’m going to answer each and every one of them, but first let me make it clear that I can only answer how I work as an interior designer. One of the reasons there is such confusion is because every designer does their business, and charges for their work, differently. And, so I can only tell you how I do it, but I have been trained by some of the best interior designers in the country. So, I’m not the only designer to do it this way.
The one thing about design school is that they definitely trained me well in the arts of interior design but not so much in the “business world” of interior design. However, I have taken many interior design business courses from top designers such as Terry Taylor (shown at the left) and Tobi Fairley (shown at the right). And, so my way of doing business is common practice, but doesn’t mean every designer follows the same practice.
1. Would you be willing to make the new furniture work with the existing furniture?
I’m so glad you asked because the answer is YES! One of the number one reasons people call me is because I’m willing to work with what you have as well as add new items. I believe there is a false perception that I will walk into a home and exclaim, “It ALL has to go!” I never do that. If you have furniture that works in the space, then I use it, if you have furniture that isn’t working in the space then I tell you that as well. Check out this Lake Murray Family Room renovation to see an example of mixing a homeowner’s existing furniture with new to create a fabulous room.
2. Do you charge hourly?(to be continued)…
Due to the fact that this article is going to get quite long I’m going to break it up into separate posts.