Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Redesign, Home Staging and Organizing are probably the most common.
Many of my Redesign clients are wanting a new look but are unable to afford all new furniture. I use what the client already owns and arrange it in a fresh new way. Sometimes a new lamp or accessories are added. Many times items are borrowed from other areas of the house or repurposed.
With the current state of the housing market, Home Staging is becoming more popular. There are so many houses on the market that the seller needs every advantage they can get. A properly staged home allows potential buyers to picture themselves living in the house. Staged homes sell faster and for more money.
Organizing is also quite popular. Many people are overwhelmed by the enormity of the task and simply don't know where to begin. Lack of time is another stumbling block.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. I think the most important factor is to find someone the client feels comfortable with. Not every Designer or Organizer is right for every client. If the two personalities do not mesh well it will be obvious in the finished project. It's also important to find a Designer that will listen to what the client is looking for and work to achieve that goal. A good Designer will never try to force their own personal taste onto the client.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. First decide how much money you can afford to spend on the project. This is key to determining the direction of the project.
Next you should allow plenty of time for the project to be completed. Don't wait until the week before you are hosting a party to redesign your living room.
It's also very helpful to gather pictures from books or magazines of the styles you like. This gives your designer a better feel for you tastes.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. While anyone can be professionally trained to become a Home Stager, Interior Designer, or Professional Organizer, training is not enough. A great Designer needs to have a natural talent and the ability to visualize the completed project. Creativity is also a large factor. If any of these components are missing it will show in the finished job. I consider myself very fortunate to possess these qualities. I am passionate about what I do and love it so much that I can't really consider it work!
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love to see the smile on my client's face when I have complete a project. It makes me very happy to know I am leaving my Design clients with a home that they can be proud to show to their friends and family. Knowing that I've made my Organizing client's life a little less stressful is a great feeling also.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Most of my Design clients ask me how I know what furniture, fabrics and accessories go together. All I can tell them is that it just comes naturally to me. I believe everyone has a gift and this is mine. I could never write a computer program or practice medicine as some of my clients do, just as they are unable to do what I can do.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. There was never any question about what I wanted do when I grew up. From the time I was a young child I was constantly rearranging the furniture in my bedroom. I spent countless hours organizing my closet and dresser. Just when I had everything the way I wanted it I would think of a new idea and start the process all over again.