The one and only room in our house that has remained untouched since moving into our house is our dining room. I have no idea why. Probably because we use this room for everything and I couldn't be inconvenienced with tearing it apart. But, it's time. (As my mom would say).
One day I was
She suggested I contact an interior designer to seek some 'free' advice/consultation. What? That's brilliant. Why didn't I think of that? Oh, yeah, I have pregnancy brain!
In fact, I remember Kirsten from 6th Street Design School did a post on how to become a better designer and one of things she suggested is to hire a designer. Now I know why.
Without hesitation, I put up a post on craigslist (under 'gigs') advertising that I was seeking an Interior Designer or ID intern who was willing to provide free consultation on my home in return for a Starbucks coffee of their choice. No joke. I recieved 5 responses!
Lucky for me, the interior designer that I contacted is new to the area having just moved from NYC. She has her degree in Interior Design from a university in the U.K. She is keen on starting her business here in CT and is building her client base. She happily agreed to meet with me for a free consultation and we spent Saturday morning walking through my home. I soaked up every minute of it!! It was so refreshing to see things from her point of view.
For example, here is a paraphrased excerpt of our conversation. The setting is my living room.
Her: "Do you mind me asking why you put your bookshelf over there?"
Me: "Well, I thought it looked good and that space was empty."
Her: "Well, I think it would look better over on that wall because it would provide symmetry to that wall as you have an entry way on one side and nothing on the other."
Me; "Oh, you know, I've never thought of that before."
What I learned is that every suggestion she made there was a legitimate reason for it. Another example, she suggested I move my mirror opposite my window to provide more light into my room.
As much as I love design and think I have a good eye, I realize I approach design with my gut as oppose to relying on technical knowledge. I think you need both. It was refreshing to hear her reasons as to why things would work better in some spaces versus other spaces.
We focused a bulk of the consultation on my dining room throwing around ideas. I probably was her 'worst' client as I told her that I had NO money for a real budget and everything in the room had to be repurposed. So, her consultation didn't focus on sourcing furnishing, but instead helping me to finalize my thoughts, espeically my color palette.
Needless to say, decisions have been made and progress is on it's way. Painters are actually here today painting. More to come soon!
So, lesson of the day, if you're interested in learning more about design - hire a designer (or buy them a coffee!). You won't be sorry!!