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How Can an Interior Designer Help Me?

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One of every five phone calls I receive is from homeowners needing help because they have bought some furniture pieces that look great in the store, but when they bring the ensemble home, oops! It doesn’t fit or it just doesn’t look quite right. You may think hiring an interior designer is only for the rich and famous, but in reality, an interior designer can save you money and time.

Q: How can spending money on an interior designer save me money?

A: Interior designers can definitely save you money, not to mention saving you hours of frustration and worry.

It all starts with a good step-by-step action plan and good advice. I know your sister might have meant well when she said to buy that sculpture, but now it just stares at you. You went shopping with your best friend and she talked you into buying that rug, but it doesn’t even fit in the room. Or what about when you and your hubby were out shopping? He said “Sure” when asked if you should get that sectional, but in reality, he just wanted to make you happy. Guess what? All these items on their own might look fantastic, but when they’re put together, not so much!

By hiring an interior designer, you get a fresh opinion and a new set of eyes that can tell you things you might not have thought of before. A designer can also look at what you have and figure out what to reuse, what to toss and what to add. It is all about figuring out your style and an interior designer can help you get a step-by-step plan written specifically for each of your rooms so that every piece coordinates perfectly. Also, with a scaled layout, you’ll know exactly what will work and what will not work.

Q: Can you find unique, quality pieces for me?

A: Designers know where to go for resources for everything related to your home. It may be fun to visit furniture stores or cruise the internet, but when it comes to making the big purchase that you will want to live with for many years, wouldn’t it be nice to know that it is the right choice? Whether it is the perfect recliner or the perfect light fixture, we have the inside track on home furnishings that most people don’t have access to. Also, designers keep up to date on what is trending and what is not, so you won’t make mistakes or take a big hit to your pocketbook.

Setting a budget and sticking to the budget is one of the things that designers do best, believe it or not. It is easy to get caught up in the moment when you’re out shopping at the big weekend sale, but if it isn’t right, it isn’t a bargain. Or more importantly, if it isn’t part of the master plan, then it is just a waste of time and money. You tell us how much you want to invest and we figure out how to get you the pulled-together look you want without breaking the bank.

It’s great to be a DIYer, but if you feel that you need help, even if it is just a second opinion, an expert design professional is worth every penny.

Written by: Kathleen Jennison 

Before becoming an interior designer, Kathleen Jennison worked as certified public accountant for a national firm. A near-fatal car accident changed her career path and life forever. She suffered serious brain injuries, and her doctors suggested she take art classes to help with her rehabilitation. With her newfound love for design, she studied at the Art Institute in Sacramento, obtaining her bachelor’s degree in interior design. She is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and has served as the director of marketing for the National Association of Remodelers for the Greater Sacramento area. In 2009, she started KTJ Design Company.