Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Good decisions are based on good research. When selecting a designer make sure they are licensed, insured and can provide referrences. Collect images via magazines and the internet of how you would like your home to look and feel.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. While anyone can claim they are an interior decorator, an interior designer holds a degree in design.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Once you have narrowed down your choices to a few designers it is best to then meet face to face. You can get a feel for the person, view their portfolio and decide if the style that they specialize in is a good match with you.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Do you only want to change the paint and furniture in a room or are you interested in making architectural changes, such as removing or adding walls? If it is the latter make sure that it is a good time in your life to deal with a construction crew.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. While I have won several design awards I truly believe my work stands out because I take the time to get to know my clients and the end result is a home that truly showcases their design style, interests and warmth versus a formula method which can result in home that feels somewhat impersonal and cold.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. It is wonderful that so many of my design clients have now become wonderful friends who I truly cherish.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. While living in Europe for four years I fell in love with the ancient architeture and design and began my studies a few years later.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. As a designer it is extremely important to stay updated on various trends, color palettes and advances in construction, appliances and several other aspects related to the field.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. There are many wonderful universities that offer fantastic interior design programs. A good education is first in foremost in mastering great design.