• Christa Lee

3 Reasons You Need A Designer

When you walk into your home, it should feel good. A place that you want to share with your family and friends. Home is a place that is yours, away from the world, from work, and everything else (unless you are a stay-at-home mom, then you are pretty much doomed). Your home should be full of things you love, things that mean something to you. It should somehow be a visual extension of who you are.


Your home says something about you.

Maybe it says you are secretly incredibly gifted in home design and your house looks like a magazine. It happens.


But, maybe you sort of know what you like, you can recognize a well designed room in a magazine or online, and still your home says....

  • I let the box store guy design my kitchen (no offense to box store guys....)

  • I like wasting money

  • I don't know what I like

  • I like living with mistakes

  • I'm okay with settling

  • I was trying to make it look like _____.

  • #fail

If any of these ring true with you, then you could probably benefit from a designer.


1. The best designers are creative and analytical because design is art and science. The use of color is art and science. Furnishing and hard finish selection is art and science. Space planning is art and science.


I think you see what I am getting at.

  • Design is intentional, it is planned.

  • Interior design is complicated.

  • Interior design is not decorating (it's part of it, but not even close).

Even people with amazing taste and creativity miss the mark, because they lack the science.



2. You are going to save money with a good interior designer. How many things are you living with that you don't love or worse don't like? Were they all free? Probably not. Did they magically appear in your home? Doubtful.

Designers have access to products and knowledge about materials and finishes that are crucial. A designer will get the BEST VALUE out of your budget. A good designer also knows how to cut costs and good design will add value to your home.


A bad design will literally devalue your home. Yikes!


3. The truth is everything in your home came at a cost. In addition to financial costs, there is the cost of your time, not to mention the cost of your sanity to consider. I cannot tell you how many people I overhear talking about how stressful their remodel is. All the choices. Sometimes I even get to see what they are choosing. They are almost always wasting their money (#2), time, and sacrificing their mental health. And the end result could have ALWAYS been better. Good designers can navigate decision making effectively, and while it is work, it is what they know and are good at.


I do understand that there are some misconceptions about what designers do. I also get that it might be a little scary thinking that a designer will take over and you will not get what you want. So, if you still want to do it yourself, I would still recommend running your selections by a GOOD designer. Not just your best friend or sister. Once that tile is up, those fixtures are mounted, or that floor is installed. It's all yours.


And.....if you're currently thinking of installing gray faux weathered wood tile or laminate. Please stop. Don't do it. Just don't. You can do better.


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Meet Christa

Ever since I can remember I have been fascinated by interiors. When I was very young, I used to draw floorplans on napkins at restaurants and always wanted more Legos (Barbie? No, thank you. But I'd have gladly redesigned her Malibu Mansion). And when my friends came over to play "house," all I did was find ways to redecorate and knock out walls.

 

I'm not so young anymore, but I still love interiors. And I can't remember what I did yesterday, but I still remember exactly what my Aunt Susan's cabinets and wallpaper looked like in 1984.