Are those lyrics from the Beatles going through your head while thinking of updating your home? When we think about refreshing, updating, or designing certain areas of a home, most people go through a few phases. First, it is exciting to dream of all the possibilities! We go to Pinterest and start pinning all the beautiful, dreamy spaces that seem perfect. And believe me, there are a million photos and articles to inspire you, teach you and make you drool. We live in an age where we have so many choices and so much information concerning each choice, that it can be paralyzing. Then, we think "I have a budget, so what can I actually do with this space?" And we think, "I wish I had someone to help me make some of these decisions, but I really don't have the budget to pay for an interior designer. I guess I will just move forward and hope I get what I want without going too far over budget."
May I offer another option? The decorating and design world are very different today and you really have endless options available. So many levels of help are available and one is just right for your family and your budget. You don't have to feel alone or just "hope" it all turns out okay in the end.
A place to start might be hiring a designer to just give you direction. This is where you meet with me (or whoever you choose to work with) for just a few hours and get ideas on what is the best way to spend your money to get the look you want. You can discuss color and style and what your main goal is for your space. Then, you are set on a path and can do the rest on your own. But, you also have developed a relationship with someone who cares about your space and when you get stuck, you can call and get advice! Even if you are paying by the hour, it is money well spent, and you are determining exactly how much you want to invest here. I promise, your investment will be well worth it!
Maybe you have already decided that you want to hire a designer to walk with you throughout your project, but you are hesitant about the costs. It is likely that you will spend a great deal of money to renovate or decorate. We all know how much it can cost to buy just a sofa! And we certainly don't want to replace it if it falls apart in a year. It makes sense to have someone help you invest your money to ensure your happiness in the end! It is so fun to work with someone and help their dreams become reality.
As you start the new year with new projects, think about hiring a designer. You won't regret it!