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12 Questions Your Interior Designer Should Ask You

The best decorators aren’t dictators — and they’re not mind readers either. To understand your tastes, they need this essential info Full Story
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First of all.. Who on earth hires/pays/invites a decorator in to her home EXPECTING to be disappointed? That makes no sense to me. But having said that, I'm so sorry Jan Moyer that you have had to deal with such rude clients. I suppose that when you are working with the public, you must meet all kinds.
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Marina Klima Goldberg - Klima Design Group
I wanted to sit quietly, but could not.

Interior designers are professionals. Interior design is exact science, like math or chemistry. In fact, most of our professional exams are based on public safety issues mostly. In interior design schools we study a lot of building codes and construction as well as fire protection and control. We learn common human responses to certain environments.

I remember my first class. It was manual drafting (the one before AutoCad). So, the teacher addressed us and said that if there were any people in the room that thought that they were going to decorate with pillows, they should leave the room right there. She said that it was not about decorating or arranging furniture. She also said that in this profession, the average pay is between $35,000 to $50,000 a year depending on the area. Tough love, right? But it was real and truthful. Some people dropped after that.

Those that stayed learned all of the science and ONLY THEN ART.

So, interior design is SCIENCE and ART together. We have knowledge first and talent second. We are hired not only for our vision but also for our deep knowledge. We are required to take classes every year. Many classes. We go to conferences and trade shows a couple of times a year, at least. Some people do more and I admire them. We need to know about lighting, architectural construction, fire codes, fabric quality.

The pretty pictures of the projects do not show all the hard work that goes into the projects.

I work with contractors all the time. I always ask their opinion about the scope of work and respect every word they say. But they tell you what you ask them. When I work with an electrician, he is paid triple of what I am paid. But he will do what a designer asks him to do. So, a designer needs to specify and supervise. Most contractors are paid more than designers. Perhaps, because their work is more tangible. Changed the lamps. Installed LED lighting. Put the track up. The designer is the one to create the overall lighting plan and specify, then make ten calls and schedules.

Moreover, because we become so passionate about a project, it is quite often that we do miles and miles of work that is extra and keep quiet about it.
To add to the above discussion, I did not see many lawyers that travel to people's homes for consultations.

I do believe in a free consultation on the phone, via Skype and through mail. I think they are a MUST. Also, there are websites, referrals, etc. But if I am invited to someone's home, I want to give them all I've got, and so do most of designers I know. And, yes, I would want to be paid for it.
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Turquoise Dreams and Beachy Things

Whether you sway toward South Pacific or float to a moodier blue, turquoise will land you on the shores of happy Full Story
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Love the color scheme.
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10 Reasons to Love Coral

A little goes a long way with this cheery and unexpected color. See how coral brightens rooms from the nursery to the master suite Full Story
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mariposakim
I had a hundred, now I have a hundred and ten!!
July 21, 2014 at 1:47am     
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Cynthia Charleville
My favorite color in the world is any shade of aqua/teal/bluegreen, etc. And coral is such a beautiful compliment to that (even shown in this article). It's just a color combo that puts you in a good mood!! :-)
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Roots of Style: American Farmhouses Pay Tribute to Regional Traditions

With simple forms and details that honor their locales, farmhouse architecture transcends time Full Story
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Karl Weatherley
I'm chasing more info on the gable atop hip roof house. Can anyone help?
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zweiback
A tasty sampling of farmhouse-style fare - thanks for this treat!
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What Goes With Dark Wood Floors?

Avoid a too-heavy look or losing your furniture in a sea of darkness with these pairing ideas for flooring in deep tones Full Story
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vickimayes
I love my dark floors. I've mixed cherry wood with the dark floor. Lots of coral and white makes it pop!
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barbaranathalie
I've had my laminate floors for 10 years and they are as beautiful as when they were new, No pets, though.
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How to Get Your Furniture Arrangement Right

Learn basic layout rules to get a polished, pulled-together look in any room Full Story
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plumtreeblossom
When someone said they're waiting for wireless lighting, the image of an old-fashioned oil lamp jumped into my mind. I don't have one, but I do use candles for soft lighting in awkward-for-cords places. That's wireless technology for you!
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That was me. I can't use candles (have a really bushy tailed cat), it is very hard to find scentless candles, and I really like to sit where I want when reading. Candle power is not very good for reading but fabulous for dining. I have become used to electric lighting, just don't want all my furniture lined up against walls, or cords running everywhere, or going to the expense of drilling holes in the floors and tunneling wiring to the walls. If we can put a man on the moon, why can't we put all men on the moon ;)
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Key Measurements to Help You Design Your Dream Bedroom

Learn the dimensions that will help your bed and more fit neatly and comfortably, so you can get a good night’s sleep Full Story
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We live in an older home without A/C, so we leave our windows open at night to cool off. Since our bedroom has five! doors, furniture tends to be under the double hung windows, making them difficult to access to open and close. The room with the bed in the middle of the windows made me think of that.
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annfarr
I solved the small-bedroom problem in my 100-year-plus central-stair colonial by hunting down an antique 3/4 spool bed. Love it!
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