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Tips on hiring and working with a home decorator

Apr 7, 2013   //   by Keith Moore   //   Hot Topics  //  No Comments

Home-decorating television shows and shelter magazines have many Americans dreaming about inviting an expert interior designer into their homes.
It looks so effortless when a popular designer arrives in a whirlwind of creative ideas and quick-working craftsmen. By the end of an hour of cable TV, he or she has transformed a hopelessly drab home into a stylish oasis.
But what’s it really like to hire a designer? How can you make sure it’s a successful — and not too expensive — collaboration?
As with a good marriage, says interior designer Phoebe Howard, the relationship between designer and homeowner is about communication, trust and respect.
Many homeowners find a designer by asking friends whether they’ve used one. Designer Cathy Davin, founder and president of Davin Interiors in Pittsburgh, says new clients are often referred to her by previous clients.
Others discover her online, she says. Interior designers generally keep a portfolio of photos of rooms they’ve designed on their websites. Browse through as many as you can in your area, noting photos that fit with your vision for your home.
Training varies: An interior designer “typically has a bachelor’s degree in interior design, and in several states must be certified,” Davin says. They can collaborate easily with engineers, contractors and architects, and should have a full understanding of color, proportion and other elements of design.
A decorator “might be just someone who has a flair for decorating and wants to hang up a shingle,” Davin says, and it’s possible their style will fit perfectly with yours. But they probably won’t have as much training as a designer.
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) offers a database of certified members that is searchable by location.
As you meet with potential designers or decorators, see who makes you feel comfortable, Howard says. You’re going to “open up your personal space” to the person you hire, so along with vetting their work, make sure your personalities mesh.

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Interior Design Ideas for the Kitchen: Appliances, Flooring and Countertops

Apr 7, 2013   //   by Keith Moore   //   Hot Topics  //  No Comments ► Nadia’s tips on interior design ideas for the kitchen ○ Do your homework – on you! First things first, start researching. Look through magazines and design books and take photos of kitchens you like, and ask questions of your friends.

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Get a Contemporary Look With Pleated Blinds

May 30, 2011   //   by Keith Moore   //   Hot Topics  //  No Comments

Pleated blinds also work well in kitchen environments. You would, however, need to purchase sectional units. These can cover your kitchen windows, especially smaller and hard to reach areas. Pleated blind sets are truly exquisite and will be cherished for years to come.

I tend to agree with this, in fact although pleated blinds were originally designed for use in conservatories they are now becoming more and more popular in use throughout the house, especially kitchens and bathrooms.

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