“What am I supposed to do?” is a question our clients ask of us a lot. You’ve had us over, and we have discussed your needs, stylistic preferences, and anticipated budget for any given project. We have provided you with a proposal, and we have worked together to create something that will fit within your desires and needs. At this point, it is easy to get anxious, and wonder to do with all of your free time, waiting to order, waiting on orders, waiting on installations, etc. What to do…what to do…

Refuse to Make the Biggest Mistake Ever

At this point, many people (even after they have hired a designer and approved the work), are tempted to go shopping for home interiors. They believe in the importance of looking around at what is currently available at ever popular discount retailers. Why is this such a mistake?

1. You have hired a designer to save you from the hassle of shopping. This is one of the main reasons people hire a designer in the first place — they are unable to find the exact collection of items that fit together within a specific room of their home. Hiring an interior designer should save you precious, valuable time searching for things that really don’t fit, but because they are such a good deal, seem to work. Right? Wrong!

2. You are hurting the value of the end result. Placing pieces that you find into a room that an interior designer has put together is a mistake. It compromises the integrity of the design itself — a design that has taken hard work and precious time to put together.

3. You are compromising your relationship with your interior designer. Your interior designer has your best interests at heart, and he or she has committed to working within your budget. Why compromise this relationship by shopping for items that may not work within the design itself?

4. You hired a professional for a reason. You hired a professional interior designer to put together a functional room that fits within your own stylistic preferences and works within your budget. This is a person that understands home interiors — they know what will work visually and functionally, and they know what will last. They have a vision for investing in YOU and your home.

Don’t mistake us — we LOVE to shop! We advocate shopping at anytime for any reason. But please, after you have hired a professional interior designer and approved a plan, do not — we repeat, DO NOT — compromise the end result of the interior design process by taking “quick trips” to home interiors retailers “just to see what’s available.”

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