Thursday, February 21, 2013

What Designers Do

Today I have a super special treat - a guest post by Paige from Little Nostalgia.  It's the very first guest post ever on 2justByou!!!  I really wanted her to do this post, because as much as we try not to be judgemental or stereotypical (I know I try to always have an open mind), it happens; we are human, and it happens.  Well, when reading one of her posts, I realized...Hhmmm...I never really thought about what an interior designer really does.  Have you?  All I knew (or what I thought I knew) was that hiring a designer must cost a small fortune.  
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Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia and I'm really excited that Kim asked me to post here today. A few weeks ago I wrote about what I plan to do with my interior design degree once I finish school, and I asked my readers for their input about a project I had in mind. Kim was one of the awesome people who responded, and she and I had a good conversation about some misconceptions people have about hiring a designer. So now I'm here to shed a little light on the topic (because we really aren't scary, I promise).

reading room for less
An affordable room design inspired by a high-end picture.

Myth #1: Hiring a designer is crazy expensive. False! There are some designers who specialize in high-end design, it's true, but that's not the case for everyone. In fact, my plan for after school is to offer design consultations for the average person. This means working within a realistic budget, which is no problem for me because I have to do that when I work on my own house. I believe that good design should be available to everyone if they want the help, regardless of price point.

Myth #2: A designer will ignore my taste. No way. Designers are around to help people who have trouble visualizing a finished space. We're there to guide you and offer new ideas, because some folks aren't as good at seeing potential changes. And that's totally fine! I married a person like that. My husband has a lot of skills, but imagining how a new paint color will look is not one of them. A designer's job is to help you see the possibilities, and if you don't like something, we move onto another idea.

office plan
Simple fixes for an existing space.

Myth #3: Designers only do huge renovations. Nope! A designer will oversee a renovation if you want to do one, but they can also help with smaller things like choosing new window treatments or selecting a color palette. Changing only a few things can have a big impact, so there might not be a need to go whole hog anyway.

Hopefully this mythbusting has offered some insight into what interior design is really about. We're just people who love furniture and want to help you find what's best for your house.

So what about you? Have you ever hired a designer? Would you consider it if you knew it was within your budget? Is there anything about designers that you've ever wanted to know? Who's your favorite on HGTV?


Noor Unnahar said...

Lovely post , great to see you on Kim's space :)
I kinda rather Desiners but in a limited budget so we can balance between design & simplicity :)
Noor @ Noor's Place

cabin + cub said...

Great post We are in the middle of doing the kitchen ourselves... my attempt at diy design. ;)

Heather Everson said...

Wonderful guest post! My best friend used to work as a designer before she went back to school for nursing so she helps me out when I need it and I pay her with my paintings and jewelry, we've got a pretty good thing going :)

Rachel said...

I would love to have a reading room like that!

Memories for Life said...

Great post Kim and Paige!
I'm loving seeing Paige's room redos and showing that what she says is true :)

Sweet Fix @ Maria Corcuera said...

Amazing post!!! I'd love to have a reading room...!

Additionsstyle said...

Great post Paige! I have always wanted to hire a designer, but I guess I always believed that myth that they are too expensive for my budget. It's nice to know their are some who do work within the budget you set. I have not watched HGTV in a long time, but I used to love shows like Freestyle and Decorating Cents. I love the idea of using what I have or creating what I need to make a room special without having to spend a lot of money
Everyday Inspired

Linda Pruitt said...

Wonderful to hear about myth-busting in designing! Kim, Paige did a great job on this post! Thanks!

Handmade Cuties said...

Myth busting indeed! On TV (well that's where I get my info from), the designer works with the "well to do" and those that don't have deep pockets need to show the world their mismatched home for a before & after job. Thanks for this post.

Handmade Cuties

Paige @ Little Nostalgia said...

Thanks for having me, Kim! It's always nice to prove we're not totally scary. :-)

Tania Tdesign said...

Lovely post Kim and Paige and so true. There are designers to suit all budgets you, just need to do a bit of research to make sure you find the right designer for you and your job :)

x Tania

Dana said...

I'm definitely not at the point in my life where I have my own place and could afford a designer but when that day comes.. I think it would be a great idea if I'm stuck in the middle of a renovation. Having a second eye on something is always helpful in my opinion and refreshing. Thanks for sharing the myths-- I didn't know interior designers worked on small scale renovations as well. :) Good to know!


Sonya Kanelstrand said...

I come from a culture where everyone knows better and it is really hard to hire someone. We think: If they can do it, I can do it too! This works great but not always :)

Nice to see you post here, Paige!

Mohala Johnson said...

I have thought about getting designer tips but not really hiring one. That does pose an interesting thought though. . .hmmmm

ChatterBlossom said...

This was a fun post idea and a great guest post! Interior design seems so challenging and interesting at the same time.

Crystal Johnson said...

Candace Olson is my favorite designer on HGTV, I love her classic eclectic designs and yes I love Chandy's:) Great post on design, I thoroughly enjoyed and am off to check out Little Nostalgia's blog!