Room Candy

July 03, 2013

Why Hire an Interior Stylist?

Here is our most recent "On Design" article in the July Seaside Magazine.

We hear all the time ...the "I really can't afford to hire a designer" or the "I'll just shop and see what inspires me" and my favourite "What if they don't like any of my stuff?!"
These questions/concerns/panic attacks are all valid 
( except we pretty much always like and can work with what our clients have...) 
 but the one thing we never hear after we style a place is
 "I shouldn't have done that ..." 
Quite the contrary...pretty much every client has said in some form 
"I wish we had hired you years ago and saved us time energy and alot of money making purchasing mistakes..."

Here's our reasons why it could be the best decision you make when making some improvements to your home.

Why Hire An Interior Stylist?   

Tracey Jones ~ ReMarkable ReDesign & Home Staging
Stacey Kaminski ~ Styles by Stacey

You are finally ready to refresh your home d├ęcor. Where to start? Should you try to save money and source, purchase and install the various elements yourself (paint, fabric, furniture, art, accessories, lighting….) or hire a professional to help? 

Quite simply, hiring a designer could be your best decision for your project!

When you embark on a project it is not unusual to feel overwhelmed. An interior stylist/designer/decorator can lead you through the process.
 There are so many elements to consider :

  •      Colours and fabrics and how they relate.
  •        Space, scale and proportion of the art and accessories
  •        Lighting plans
  •        Window treatments
  •        Furniture style, size and space utilization

Your stylist is a visual storyteller. They can help tell YOUR story. A trained eye can automatically see what things are working or more importantly, not working in the space. We have all been in a room that just doesn’t feel right.  A designer can identify and remedy that; turning your design dilemmas into decorating your dreams! A stylist can give you that WOW factor you have been looking for. Designers are thinking outside the box all day long…on trend for now and also to withstand the test of time. Many times the pieces in a home are great, they are just not put together in the most pleasing way. Wouldn’t it be nice to NOT have to buy all new stuff?

A designer knows your retail market and trades. They have access to a wholesale market that the general public just doesn’t have.  Instead of  many (many!) unsuccessful trips to retail outlets  or the frustration of  just plain wrong purchases your professional  can source quickly and more often than not purchase at better than retail pricing. This keeps you on budget and on schedule. No more buyers remorse! Your time is valuable, let an expert focus their entire attention to your project.

Its true that designer/client relationships are built on trust over time. But allowing  a pro in to give a little “push” is sometimes the best way to get out of the style rut you may be in. Designers are very quickly able to put ideas into context of what “can be”. Trusting that is when the magic starts to happen! Narrowing the choices down makes decisions easier and the whole process faster . It is also key that your designer understand your needs…now and in the future. Communication is essential and most designers hone their ability to get into a clients head and really absorb personal style. No one wants the sterile showroom living room. Life is fun and quirky…your home should also reflect that. (that’s the “ah ha” piece of the design puzzle)

Ultimately interior decorators help you put your style stamp on your space while pulling all the elements together is a unique and inspired way.  Why not give it a try?

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