This is a sister question to the one above and I really appreciate this question because I love designer-client collaboration. I use a collaborative process to create beautiful spaces for your home. At the beginning of the process I have you take a style quiz and we may collaborate through a private Pinterest board prior to starting the design phase of the project. It’s a great opportunity for me to see what gets you excited about interior design!
While I encourage collaboration, I may not decide to use an item that you show me in the final design. Why not? There are several reasons:
- I may find something better. When I work on your concept and design plan I scout dozens of sources for you. Many of them are “to the trade” sources that you may not be able to search! So, I may end up finding something even better for your space that is also of higher quality.
- I don’t know the quality of that item. I only like to specify furniture, finishes, equipment, and accessories that I feel good about. Quite often, online discount vendors have deceptive photos and have little or no information of the quality of the item. Frequently, the quality is very poor. Suffice it to say, if I don’t know the vendor, I probably won’t specify it.
- It may not work in the context of the design plan. Remember, I’ve got the big picture. I’m looking at all the details. You can trust that the items I specify will look great together.
Plus, you’re paying me to do the hard work! The goal is for me to take some of the work off of your plate! By the time I am busy specifying pieces for your design plan, you shouldn’t really be shopping for the space.