We are Expensive, but you are worth it!

For anyone who has ever thought of hiring an Interior Designer the one thing that is consistent with almost everyone that you speak with is the total lack of consistency. Pretty much every designer will have a different way of structuring their business, some are hourly, some are flat fee, some charge mark up and some don’t. This makes choosing a designer based on cost almost impossible, which raises a larger question, what is their value?The hiring of a designer is not something that should be based on cost, but rather on value. No one ever brags that they have the cheapest dentist, they boast about having the best, the one that gives them and their families the greatest value.No matter which way your designer structures their business, the biggest issue is, am I getting value for what I pay? How do I determine that? Well here are a few ways that as designers we create value for you.
  1. Selection – Have you ever walked into a furniture store and just become shell shocked? Should I buy that sofa or that one? What table will go with that? And you want to charge what????  Your designer not only will help filter these choices and guide you through the process of selection, but with their years of experience will have sources that you didn’t even know existed to add to the mix.
  2. Streamline the Process- When you are working with a designer, you will probably never know the drama they have shielded you from. Everything from damaged deliveries, to wrong color ways to cancelled orders, all dealt with on your behalf. It’s not even a matter of saving you the time and effort of dealing with this yourself, many times they will fix problems before they even become to your attention or will leverage their relationships to make miracles happen on your behalf , anyone need their wallpaper in the Dining Room by Thanksgiving?
  3. Create the Backdrop for your Life- While i agree this one is a bit more intangible than the two previous, I think above all else this is where our true value lies. So much of most people’s lives are dedicated to creating a lifestyle for their families. We work hard at jobs, we stay late, we run from soccer practice to rehearsals all in the name of providing a loving and stable home. I argue that the one place where our families spend most of their time, our homes, are the place that has the greatest potential to shape our lives. From the practical aspects like providing a welcoming space for the family to sit and gather for meals to the more nurturing idea of creating a haven that reflects our history and encourages our future, these are all things that only a truly trained and experienced designer can bring to your life.
So when you are considering hiring a designer, keep in mind, yes it is going to be expensive, but you, and your family are totally worth it!

How Does Pinterest Forecast Decor Trends?

By Katy B. Olson for Editor at Large

Forget about home decor ideas and DIY hacks—PINTEREST is a treasure trove of valuable trend information. Released today, the company’s REPORT on summer fads is designed with home decor marketers and brands in mind. What’s trending on social media this summer? Read on for our top takeaways from the data-driven report.
Summer bar carts are trending according to Pinterest's data; courtesy Pinterest
Summer bar carts are trending, according to Pinterest’s data; courtesy Pinterest.
 “For the ‘Summer Entertaining’ report, we looked at percent year-over-year increases in searches and saves from May 2017 to May 2018,” explains Larkin Brown, user experience researcher and in-house stylist. “For the ‘Pinterest 100,’ we look at search and save data to identify 100 trends in 10 of the top categories that show a sizable year-over-year increase in interest (greater than 35% increase in saves or searches), critical mass (more than 250,000 saves on the topic), and a strong upward trend trajectory during the final three to six months of the year, taking into account topic seasonality.”The 2018 “Pinterest 100” report, released in December of last year, pointed out that the home decor category currently boasts over 14 billion ideas; the category itself is gaining a 75 percent increase in pins year over year. (Pinterest users also reportedly spend 27 percent more on home decor than those who do not use the site.)So what decor trends are on the team’s radar for the upcoming summer season? “Pinners are dressing up yard furniture with edible table runners,” with an increase of 125 percent since January 2018, as well as water bar stations, which show a rise of 171 percent, year over year. In terms of party trends, Pinterest users are trending toward events with specific themes, like stargazing gatherings, which experienced an uptick of 192 percent, year over year, and beer garden parties, with a growth of 638 percent.There are also certain trends among urban pinners, says the company, with small-space patio parties on the rise (123 percent increase over last year) as well as nature getaways (an uptick of interest of 337 percent over last year). Other trending searches include Japanese garden design, tropical pools, and homes for sale.

Interior Design Can Transform your Life, Here’s How.

When I work professionally with my clients, I have a very specific process that I go through with them. One part of that process is that I do not let them see the house for the last two weeks of the project. I want them to walk into a finished design, and have that one chance to see the house the way all future guests will see it.It can be a very special moment.I will never forget one particular couple—the male half of it was quite a famous film actor. And on the day that I was to “reveal” their new home, he pulled me aside to tell me, “We are not really emotional people, so if you don’t get a big reaction from us, don’t be concerned. We know we will love the house, we just may not show it.”I just smiled. Because not more than ten minutes later, they were standing in their new foyer with tears streaming down their faces. He pulled me aside again to tell me, “We used to visit houses like this, and say to each other, ‘We will know that we have really made it when we have a house like this.’ Mark that is what you have given us.”Moments like these don’t come along all that often, but what I learned that day was that design is not about a pretty sofa, or proving how wealthy you are, or pretending to be someone you’re not. The design is about creating an environment for your family that can truly transform your life. The exciting part of this is that it doesn’t matter whether you have a hundred dollars or a hundred thousand dollars to spend on your home. When done correctly, a good design can alter the life of your family, regardless of budget. So what are some examples of how good design can encourage you to live a better life? Well, studies have shown that families that eat dinner together are generally happier. It’s possible to design a room that really motivates your family to sit down together and talk. Maybe it’s as simple as more comfortable dining chairs, or perhaps a more casual dining room that is inviting to the whole family. A simple change like this can have a ripple effect throughout the lives of everyone in your household.One of the simplest ways to introduce change into your home is with paint. Color can be such a mood driver in a home. I happen to love very light color palettes I think that they provide bright, dynamic backgrounds to a home, but if you are a fan of color pay attention to what you choose. Cooler (blues and greens) colors can provide a more calm and quiet atmosphere whereas warmer (orange and red) colors can make a room feel more active and powerful.Lastly, the design is not always about what you put into a space. What you choose to take out of it can often have just as much of an impact. So if you want to make a big change to a room that feels neglected, try decluttering and organizing the space. One of my favorite techniques is to totally empty a room (this might be the chance you need to reevaluate the paint too), clean it from top to bottom, and then slowly start to put your things back. This process will give you a chance to think carefully about each piece in your room. Does it help the room be better (then in it goes), if it doesn’t then toss or donate. It’s amazing how you can transform your space with a discerning eye and a large trash can! If you have a lot of collectibles or knickknacks, rather than spreading them around the room, group them, as it will give them a more deliberate feel.