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Peggy Tupper

The people in the interior decorating business like customers (not clients) with deep pockets. It must be fun spending other peoples money. Even when mistakes are made, the customer pays. I suggest that an individual take an online course to learn the basics of color and scale and DIY. Now if you want a custom home or addition that involves designing structure then a true accredited professional with real technical skills is required.

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Sarah

Try a Re-designer instead ( we are NOT Interior Designers, they have a degree in Design). We are trained and certified to work with what you already have and give you plan on what to buy, how to arrange and suggestions for finishes etc. We can do it as a DIY plan you implement over time or come in and work with you to get it done quickly, depending on your budget. Some of us have "To the Trade" discounts we can pass along as well. Search in your area for " Home Stagers and Redesigners".

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Durham Designs & Consulting, LLC

My point of view as a seasoned designer: Designers can't read your mind. I personally qualify each client on the phone and discern the scope of work, often spending an hour to see if I would be a good fit for the client. I do not come out for a "free consultation." I charge in order to be able to start to work the moment I come into your home. What I know for sure is a client who is not willing to pay for a home visit is trying to obtain my knowledge for free. This is what really irritates me and most other seasoned designers. Every professional, plumber, electrician, Doctor, Attorney, CPA, etc. is going to charge you a fee for your consultation. Why do client's expect designers to work for free? My experience allows me to offer advice and resources in one hour that may take a less experienced designer a week to source and plan. An experienced designer will most likely SAVE you money with discounts, keep you from making costly mistakes and willingly work with some of what you already have and be very willing to work with you over time to ensure you achieve your goals. A stager and "re-designer" does not have the ability to adequately size up the situation. They are great for the fluff if you are wanting to streamline your home and declutter or for resale.

Determine your needs and budget for a great designer to ultimately save money!!!!

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