What do you love about design?
I love seeing how a person comes to life in their environment, drawing them out and watching them discover their true taste and then bringing it into reality in their home or work space.
What role do you see yourself in when you approach a new design project?
My first role is to create the design with the client. This is very important before contractors are brought into the picture. (or before the do-it-yourselfers start demolition.) After the design is set bids can be acquired. My role then shifts to interfacing with the homeowner and contractors to be sure the project stays on track finicially, design wise, and on time. Also there are always lots of decisions to be made as the work is in process.
Why have a designer as opposed to doing it myself?
1. It’ll save money – Surprise! Having a good plan in place saves so much money because
you don’t have to do things over and over to find out it doesn’t look like you’d imagined. Also I can coach you on how to do as much as possible yourselves.
2. I have a trained eye. I do this every day. I can see potential in places that you may not be able to see, or perhaps have grown accustomed to and no longer notice. I get to see it with fresh eyes and that is always a good perspective to have.
3. I have tons of resources; specifically I have People as resources. For example, I have 5 different drapery people I use. They have different skills and costs that can be matched with the
project at hand. Each of them are eager to please because I bring them more business.
4. I also serve as mediation between couples to pull opinions together. People in partnerships often have very different tastes and styles and perhaps that’s what draws them to each other. Often it can be hard to find a design style that suits both people. I like to find the harmony that makes them work together as partners or a couple and reflect that in design.
5. I can be a liaison with the contractors in getting bids, keeping the project in line $$$ and on track with the design.
What if you don’t like my style?
There is no particular style that is ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but my job is to be sure it’s good design withn your style. I’m not about having my ‘signature’ on something. It must have your signature on the finial design. I listen, a lot, and then we go forward together with your ideas in mind.
Why do you call yourself a ‘design coach’, rather than an interior designer?
Maybe it’s because of the whistle I wear around my neck!!! Just kidding. Some designers want to control every aspect of the design, but I like to coach and encourage the homeowner; much like a coach that brings out the best in their team. ( I also work as a full service interior designer for clients as well.)
My goal to design spaces for the average homeowner. Not that there is anything average about my clients, but a lot of people are intimidated by the idea of an interior designer, thinking they are signing themselves up for antiques and oriental rugs, or sleek, modern designs. Most homeowners are looking for a space they can live and be comfortable in, and invite friends and family into; a place that is functional and brings a little beauty to their lives. I hope I can do that for you.