Is the Interior Designer that I choose really that important?

I’m glad you asked! Yes, it absolutely is! Let me tell you why choosing the right designer for your project is paramount. You have decided to build a new home or perhaps renovate a room or two (or more) in your current home. You’ve started the journey by looking at Pinterest or Houzz, trying to figure out your design “style”. Perhaps you have even created your own Pinterest board to collect items you like. At some point, you will most likely reach a stopgap where you don’t know which way to turn. You’ve been inundated with information and you may start thinking, “What the heck is a design style anyway?” or “I have no idea what I want!”. After you are bewildered by all the things you need to do in preparing for and executing your project, you may think about giving up. But, wait! That’s where a talented designer can help you make your dreams come true! Really! Read on…

First, the designer you select has to be talented but equally important is the connection between the two of you. An initial phone chat to connect and then a short consultation is so important. This is the time when you’re essentially getting to know each other and seeing if you “connect”. You might think “why do we need to have a connection”. Well…you’re going to be spending quite a bit of time with them throughout your project. Meeting someone in person is the best barometer for determining the success of the relationship and the project.

Secondly, be sure they listen to you from the beginning. This initial meeting should be mostly you sharing your vision. It’s your home and it needs to reflect you and your personality. It also needs to be functional in a way that works for your family and daily life. A great designer will take the time to listen to your wants and needs and help you understand the process you’re about to undertake. Great designers walk you through the process in the beginning and keep you informed throughout. For any project to be successful, it has to be a”give and take” between the two of you. You’re looking for a great partnership.

I’ve had the privilege of meeting and ultimately joining an incredible group of designers at McKenzie Baker Interiors here in Wilmington, NC. Not only are they beyond talented with awards to prove it, but they truly care about the projects they work on as well as the people they work with.

When you’re ready, we would love to hear from you! We promise we’ll do all we can to help you create the home of your dreams and we’ll be privileged to call you our client and friend


~~Elaine Corbett/Designer



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