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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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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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@Marina Kilma Goldberg : You go girl We work in a world that is both science and art, and that merge into a wonderful result is often ABSTRACT for a client until.... the wonderful result happens to them. Which is why I generally shun projects that begin with "I just want you to tell me what to do, what to buy, should I put my fridge over here, etc and be available for Q and A and I will do the "work"?" The variables and possibilities for a mistimed, mismanaged, misunderstood "chicken casserole recipe" are too great and it's also a bit like two people at a steering wheel, with neither party ever truly certain who is driving..
@ weatherwife: Often someone just wants confirmation that whatever idea they have, whatever they are planning, (whether it is a super idea/concept or not).......is indeed super. Many of these folks are what I call the "challengers". In their hearts, they believe they can really do the task better than any designer, any contractor, better than all pro's who may enter and proffer a suggestion. They are actually annoyed if you suggest something different, or more effective. They're the ones that need seventy opinions until they find the one out of seventy who will agree, then they DON'T hire that one either!! Their process just confirmed , to them: "see? it isn't that hard, they aren't all that smart anyway".........: )
In short, this business isn't the "recipe". The best plan on the planet will have adjustments along the way. Rarely does a project begin, with every last item selected down to the very last item required. "Situations" may present themselves; something gets backordered well beyond a required date, or you open a wall......and "oh oh, who did THAT!?."....! The process is almost never "do this, a, b, c, d,e....done.
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Wake Up Your Woodwork With Black

Strike a dramatic note with black window frames, shelves, stairs and more, making features stand out or blend in Full Story
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We used black everywhere in our remodel of a 1920's colonial home in Louisiana... The black really made everything so crisp and clean. We made sure to use different types of fabrics and textures since there was so much black together. We painted the old English antique mahogany sideboard black and it brought new life to it. And really showcases the china now. We used velvet on the sofa, and croc-textured chenille on the French chairs, and a geometric silk/wool on the wing-backs.
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How to Design and Lay Out a Small Living Room

15 tips to arrange a compact living room for the comfort, seating options and style you crave Full Story
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Great tips! Thank you for sharing.
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Thank you so much Joani Stewart-Georgi!
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11 Reasons to Paint Your Interior Doors Black

Brush on some ebony paint and turn a dull doorway into a model of drop-dead sophistication Full Story
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love it, on my way to store for gallons of black paint!
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bdlek
problem solved in our new condo with cheap hollow core doors! Thanks, I am inspired.
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Budget Decorator: 10 Ways to Deck Out Your Patio

Hang a vintage sign here and some inexpensive curtains there, for a patio or deck that looks polished and pulled together Full Story
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stefan venter
1. if you have a problem with strong winds use a sleeper piece of wood to keep door open. nice and heavy, kids dont pick it up...and dogs dont chew on it like those stupid plastic stops. ad a rope for convience.

2. old paletes as a frame with a steel plate painted with chaulk board paint. it magnetic and nice and handy in the kitchen for messages etc. i used a set of old spoons that we never used...but you can what ever you want.
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gusmom61
Thank you pursekeys for the info on the chairs! I love the Windsor type back on them. We have some of the same type of spring rocking chairs made of iron and love them for their comfort, durability, and beauty. But ours have a squared back with a knob on either side. I can't tell you how many times I have bent over and nearly knocked myself in the head on one of those knobs! Thank you again!
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5 Ways to Hide That Big Air Conditioner in Your Yard

Don’t sweat that boxy A/C unit. Here’s how to put it out of sight and out of mind Full Story
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I think sclawson has a good point, although I might not say "OCD" because I once made a joke and really offended a woman who informed me that she was the mother of a man with OCD and it is a serious affliction. What's the big deal about unsightly air conditioners? In hot climates, most people have them and are very grateful for the relief they give from the heat. Maybe we should make a shrine to them! AC units are not a reflection of poor taste or an unimaginative decorating sense any more than having a toilet in the bathroom is. Why do the people in the article have a bug up their bu** about it?
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ldipaola
Just working in the yard and finished the path but first had to hide the A/C unit with steel fencing. You can see it in the background. On the other side of the house we used the same fencing to cover the pool equipment. Its not bad to look at and its open for ventilation and matches other "industrial type" finishes in the yard.
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Luxurious Looks From the 2014 Hamptons Show House

Talk a walk through a collection of imaginative rooms by top designers working for a good cause Full Story
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Susan McFarlane
The design work is gorgeous! I don't care for the lily bedroom, but it is nicely done.
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ceebronw
the countertops are terra azul marble and the back splash is custom Water Works ceramic glazed subway tiles
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Grow a Garden of Succulents for Easy Beauty

Low-water plants in a wide range of colors, shapes and sizes? Sign us up — and check out our faves here Full Story
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Great ideas for using succulents. They're great for our environment here in Orange County. Here's a vertical succulent wall the homeowners put up on one of our latest projects. They are assorted varieties, but the customers also had pots of jade throughout the yard.
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Kathy Dunn
I would love to have a succulent wall planter on the side of my garage, but have some concerns about dampness between the planter and wall that might cause mildew or even deterioration of the wall surface. What is your experience with this??
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20 Outstanding Outdoor Living Rooms

Why give up style and comfort just because you add fresh air? Turn any porch or patio into a sumptuous room by following these leads Full Story
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pursekeys
Fred, thank you for showing such a wide variety of styles and ideas; each one was beautiful yet different. A GREAT idea book!
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We love your aesthetic!
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