How did you get started doing this type of work?
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.
What types of customers have you worked with?
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.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
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.