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My top 10 pet peeves, tips, and thoughts about being (or hiring) an Interior Designer


Interior Design Humor

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Our value isn’t always recognized. While I love my job and my clients, here are a few of my thoughts, and yes pet peeves, I’ve compiled into a top 10 list:

1)  Yes I do charge for an in-home consultation. Even my appliance repair person will not come to my home for free.

2)  My hair cut appointment and pedicures (at least in the summer) are necessities. A designer handbag or hiring an Interior Designer are luxuries. However no other luxury purchase will make you feel as good! (:

3)  Don’t tell me that your sister-in-law, who is great at decorating, will be approving all of my suggestions to you!

4) If you have a good eye and you are happy with your decorating skills, then go for it!

5) If you want an exceptional design, then call me (or another professional).

6) It makes me happy when you say, “I would have never thought of that!”

7) Interior Design is technical expertise, as well as talent and artistry. Think of it this way: anyone can buy a beautiful accessory or pick paint colors. What you do with it and how you present it is the question!

8) If you want a high-end look, it’s okay to mix in accessories from Home Goods, but for quality reasons custom window treatments will be a must!

9) The $3000 hand-knotted rug is a MUCH better investment than the $500 hand-tufted rug!

10) And lastly, yes I admit sometimes I watch a “stupid” movie or TV show simply because I am fascinated by the architectural setting or decor. (:

Interior Design Humor

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Author: Ella Design Group

Ella Design Group is a boutique interior design firm helping clients express their own unique story, one design at a time.

5 thoughts on “My top 10 pet peeves, tips, and thoughts about being (or hiring) an Interior Designer

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it. I LOVE my job but sometimes you just have to vent. I checked out your Web site. I’m in love. I’m a huge fan of mixing the old with the new. It’s such a simple way to make a truly eclectic space. Your Decor Trends 2013 post is gorgeous.

  1. Iris, i soo agree with all of the above. A lot of people do no realize that the high end look is in Quality, carefully selected details and balance.

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