By Hadley Court

I can already hear you thinking… “How does hiring a professional interior designer save me money? I can save money only if I do it myself.

First, I believe this:

If you want a home designed to cater to every minute aspect of what makes you comfortable, what you find beautiful, what allows you and your family members to function at 100% capacity, then there is no better investment than hiring a professional interior designer. Why?

Because professional interior designers have something very few other people have: A natural born ability to see in 3D, in their mind’s eye, in scale and in proportion.

As in the opening rendering by Mita Corsini – Bland [available as a giclee print, here,] of the finished room below designed by Bunny Williams, they can help you envision what you cannot, and then can help you create it, in much less time than you might otherwise be able to by attempting to do it yourself.


Just look at the sense of harmony, scale and proportion and effortless glamour achieved in this room, below, designed by French architect and interior designer, Jean Louis -Deniot.


Designers are first and foremost, creative artists, and the best designers are just like Matisse, Rembrandt and Picasso in being able to create a memorable work of art, a room that is so beautiful, so unique and uniquely about you and how you enjoy living in it, that your breath is simply taken away when you enter it. Their metier, their canvas, is your home.


A work or art, in 3D, designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks. For more pictures of this beautiful home, see La Dolce Vita’s blog post , here. Paloma’s blog won the Hall of Fame award last year for Best Overall Design Blog 2014.

If you hire the right interior designer for your personality and are honest with them from the beginning with respect to your budget, and give them free reign to create, based on your functional needs and based on all the details that you’ve discussed and agreed to ahead of time, and if you respect their ability to carry that forward and don’t micro manage them, you will end up with a home that will, indeed, be one that will be remembered forever, by you, your family, your friends and your business associates as being original, comfortable, functional, a complete expression of you and your family’s personal style, and filled with inexpressible beauty.


Jeremiah Goodman, renowned artist of interiors, from the Rizzoli book, “The Great Lady Decorators”

The #1 Way Hiring An Interior Designer Saves You Money:

A designer’s ability to carefully listen to what you want, then to reflect back to you what they’ve heard, interpreted through their artistic vision into detailed 3D elevations so you have something clear and detailed to see and discuss and then, once approved, a set of working drawings to deliver to your contractor, even before starting any part of the project, is the #1 way hiring an interior designer saves you money.

So many costly mistakes can be avoided – not only financial mistakes, but mistakes that eat into your time, if you plan and organize your project carefully with a professional interior designer who can create and deliver a set of detailed elevations and working drawings to the various contractors associated with your remodeling or new construction project, before starting the deposit and purchase cycle for architectural reconstruction, remodeling, appliances, furniture, fabrics and finishes.


This architectural drawing above was done by the office of designer Cheryl Kees Clendenon, who participated in a project for Design Bloggers Conference sponsor, American Standard, for their new line, And, below, a close up detail of Cheryl’s sink area with fixtures from DXV.

You can see more of this beautiful bathroom Cheryl created, using DXV’s new fixtures, by clicking, here.


The #2 Way Hiring An Interior Designer Saves You Money

Decorators have thousands of resources at their disposal and, while you, yourself, may be able to find the same, or similar resources online, designers know, intimately, the customer service each of these sources can give you: they know whether or not a particular manufacturer’s fabrics and finishes match dye lot to dye lot, they know how to specify specialty applications for custom cabinetry and upholstery so that the craftsmen and women making your furniture and upholstery understand, exactly, what you want, they know how each manufacturer handles the inevitable problems that arise and can steer you clear of those that are likely to cause problems, they know ordering times, they know the best sub-contractors, they understand how to advise you regarding contracts with subcontractors, they understand how to manage your job from inception through completion so that it causes the least amount of disruption in your life.

In short, they know EVERY detail of the business side of design, the project management side of design and this body of knowledge is impossible to gain without years of experience.

Having access to a professional interior designer’s project management and resource knowledge expertise saves you money and insures that your investment yields, in the shortest amount of time possible, a home that functions and delights you and your family in every particular.

As Benjamin Franklin so famously said:


The Third Way Hiring An Interior Designer Can Save You Money? Because…. An Interior Designer Can Also Make You Money.

you’re hiring a designer, the combination of their skills as a creative artist, their value to you as an expert knowledge resource, their ability to manage your project from inception through completion, and their ability as an experienced solutions provider in cases of trouble or delays, all add up to an investment in a very savvy businessperson who can add so much value to your home { or building } that, when it’s time for you to offer your home, units or building for sale, can often help you ask for and receive a premium price over what anyone else in your area might be able to get on a price per square foot basis. Click here for an article explaining this in the New York Post.

What do you think this home, had it been for sale, designed by interior designer Candice Olson, would have sold for if the future potential homeowners walked into the master bedroom and saw this… the before?


and what do you think this home might sell for if the future potential homeowner’s walked in and saw Candace Olsen’s ..after, below? It’s hard to believe it’s the same room, isn’t it? This is the value of hiring a great interior designer. They can transform your vision beyond what you can imagine and, at the same time, not only save you money, but make you money.


So whether you’ve tried to do it yourself but it has not worked out for you, or you’re trying to *save money* by doing it yourself, there really is no substitute for hiring a professional interior designer and sharing your vision with them and then empowering them to make your vision sparkle brighter than you could ever have imagined through the lens of their knowledge, experience and artistic eye.

When all the options seem overwhelming, just remember this, because it really is true…


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