Designers on Design

A designer can educate clients on quality and help them understand the difference in the range of items they see on the internet. Understanding value helps clients make good decisions.

Lisa Curran
Lisa Curran Interiors

Part of a designer’s métier is sourcing antiques and having them refurbished and reupholstered, like this French bergere unearthed by designer Lisa Curran.
Part of a designer’s métier is sourcing antiques and having them refurbished and reupholstered, like this French bergere unearthed by designer Lisa Curran.

 

I think people think using a designer is going to cost them a lot of money, but we can actually save them money by keeping them from making costly mistakes. Also, our resources are so much greater. That is a huge added value.

Kurt Knapstein
Knapstein Design

Interior designer Kurt Knapstein’s attention to detail is evident in this master bedroom, illustrating the difference a designer can make.
Interior designer Kurt Knapstein’s attention to detail is evident in this master bedroom, illustrating the difference a designer can make.

 

You need to trust your designer. If you do, he or she can offer a good education. If you take on too much on your own, you may derail the process.

Doug Wells
Wells Design Studio

It’s not just about furniture, fabric and paint selection. In this house renovation, designer Doug Wells opened up an enclosed staircase to give the living room additional light and a more spacious feeling.
It’s not just about furniture, fabric and paint selection. In this house renovation, designer Doug Wells opened up an enclosed staircase to give the living room additional light and a more spacious feeling.

 

Most clients think a designer has a specific design style. A tenured designer is not tied down to one style,
but has the ability to learn the individual style of each client and take it beyond the client’s expectations
.

Mark Sudermann
M. Sudermann Interior Design

Designers can take it up a notch when selecting art and accessories. Designer Mark Sudermann grouped together accessories and art that unify this colorful vignette.
Designers can take it up a notch when selecting art and accessories. Designer Mark Sudermann grouped together accessories and art that unify this colorful vignette.

 

My hope for clients is that they strive for quality and beauty in their homes, but not perfection. Putting together a thoughtful and personal interior may take more time and effort than seen on today’s decorating shows, but it will be well worth it.

Bonnie Taylor
Taylor Interior Design


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