Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Kitchen and Bath remodels are a great investment- most of my clients are requesting new and improved spaces.
Colors for your home. can be a challenge. I enjoy working with my clients on color selections- interior or exterior.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. A kitchen near the beach- inspired by the colors that surround the clients. Lucky ones!
A bath that would have easily won the ugliest bath contest..and is now a gentleman's retreat!
Staging an Eichler home- inspired by the mid century architecture.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. After looking at the website, contact the person with specific questions to your issue, then ask for references.
I am glad to answer your questions and feel that you have to be comfortable to work with your designer
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. That it is not as intimidating or expensive as you think to hire an interior designer. A knowledgeable designer can save you time and money, plus big headaches.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Feel it out when you talk to them. Have your questions answered and follow your intuition. Do you feel you made a connection? Do you like what you hear and see? Do you think you would be able to communicate well?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Have a vision of your project- save photos from magazines, look online for inspiration. Think about your budget and time frame.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I really enjoy helping people, guiding them towards a comfortable and enjoyable space. Finding the right sofa or color for the project- just seeing it all come together makes me happy!
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How much will it cost and how long does it take?
My answer is that it depends on the client. How decisive are you? Do you communicate well? How involved are you going to be in the process?
Remodeling involves many people and depends on many factors. Since I work on a consultation basis, good communication and focussed decisions are key to make your project a success.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. That hiring a designer can save them time and money. We know the resources. Researching all the necessary details can be tedious and time consuming.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I am a member of the NKBA, the National Kitchen & Bath association. Attending meetings keeps us educated with the newest trends and products. reading trade magazines, visiting the show rooms, keeping in touch with other professionals keeps me up to date with new aspects of my field.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. Being green is becoming easier. Designing with sustainable materials that are of good quality is good for all of us.
Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.
A. Updating a whole house. My client was well prepared with many questions regarding every aspect of her project. We addressed color throughout, lighting, finishes for bath and powder room, lighting, entry door, hardware finishes, plus a kitchen remodel. My proposal accounted for 30-40 hours.
Another client needed a color consultation- completed in two hours!
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. You have to be a multi tasker and wear many different hats in order to make your clients happy and grow a successful business.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. I listen.. what are my clients needs and wants? I am designing for them, not for myself.