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).
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.
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?