Can I Hire an Interior Designer for a DIY Project?
Are you in the process of decorating your own home and feeling a little overwhelmed? Do you have a room that’s mostly done but needs a few finishing touches? Did you just move into a home with an awkward layout and now you can’t figure out where to put the sofa? Maybe you’ve needed to paint your kitchen for years, but you just can’t pull the trigger because you can’t decide on a paint color.
If you are a DIY master but feel like you need a just little bit of help with your next project we have the perfect option for you- our DIY consultation. For $300 we can meet with you to review your project, nail down any problems you’re facing and hash out solutions with you.
Just as an example, I’ll share a few stories without you from a few recent consultations:
The "Pinterest-Perfect" Vision
During my most recent meeting I met with a young couple who had just bought their first home. She desperately wanted it to look “Pinterest pretty,” but found that no matter how many times she went to Homegoods, it just wasn’t right. I was able to measure all of her rooms, make key changes in the placement of furniture to improve the flow of the rooms, suggest rug sizes that made a huge difference in pulling the spaces together, sketch layouts on graph paper so that she would know which pieces of furniture she needed and even wrote a shopping list out for styling accessories that would make the space feel complete. We ended the meeting with a few suggestions for furniture that I had seen online and thought might work for them. She started that day overwhelmed, upset and uncomfortable in her home and went to bed with a detailed shopping list, paint color suggestions and 4 rooms in her home set up in a manner that suited her family’s lifestyle much better.
The Blueprint Save
During another DIY consultation I was able to meet virtually with a family who is in the process of building their new home. The wife loves interior decorating but she had so many awesome ideas that she was concerned the home would look overdone and wouldn’t flow well. We spent our time reviewing their blueprints and her inspiration photos, discussing which finishes would look best in rooms that flowed from one to the next, roughly sketching an accent wall in the formal living room, and making sure that the home would fit her current furniture. We accomplished so much during the consultation, but the take away that was the most valuable was a proposed change to the home’s floorplan. While reviewing the original blueprints I realized that her breakfast nook had an odd half wall at the entrance. She has a beautiful antique piece that has been in her family for 100+ years and she wanted to place it next to the kitchen table. If the wall had been completed the way it was originally drawn it wouldn’t have been wide enough to house her family heirloom and there was no where else to put it. After our meeting she made a quick call and had 3 feet added to the wall. The entrance to the room is still plenty wide, but now all of her furniture has a comfortable home.
A consultation is also great option if your room is almost done, but just needs finishing touches. I’ve spent time with clients making a list of artwork, pillows, rugs, curtains and shelf décor that they would like in their rooms.
We develop a list of each item they need and the sizes that would work the best in their space. Once that is done, we can pull together a color scheme and inspiration photos so that when they go shopping they know exactly what to look for. It’s like having a little designer standing on your shoulder whispering “pick that one, stay away from that one over there.”
The benefits of a design consultation are immeasurable, even for a DIY design lover. Another set of eyes can elevate your space to a new level and help prevent costly mistakes. If you are seeking help with:
Please reach out today to schedule your consultation. If you know a DIY queen, please share this with her! We’d love to be of assistance during your next home project.