When you hire an interior specialist (designer, stylist, decorator, redesigner, stager, organizer, etc.) chances are that you will hear ideas and suggestions you have not considered or even thought of. And that is why you hired the professional! Let your mantra for this journey be to say ‘yes’ first, and stay open for amazing results.
If you have done your homework prior to hiring Sheila Zeller Interiors, then you will know that we listen, create, and connect. In order for us to do this successfully, your part is to be as open, candid and clear as possible in the consultation. The more you are able to tell us about your hopes and desires for your space; your uses and needs for it; and the feeling you want created, the better informed we will be to help achieve your vision. A few things to keep in mind so that we can do our best work for you are:
1. Know your likes and dislikes
Before we can create a space that works for you, we need to have a sense of who you are, and what makes you, YOU. What colours and textures do you prefer? What kind of artwork do you tend toward? Do you like antiques or steer clear of them? What is your personal style and flair – jeans or suits or somewhere in between? Do you like nature, the city, landscapes, seascapes, or sky scrapers? What are your hobbies and interests? This is all about you, and the more we learn, the more your space will reflect YOU!
2. Understand how you plan to use the space
Is this a new space for you or an existing one? What kind of space is this? For example, are we styling a bedroom, an office or den, a living room, or are we doing a few rooms? Does the space need to be multi-functional or is it single purpose only? Does it need to be pet-friendly, child and/or teen-friendly? Will you be using it to entertain in, or is this your oasis?
3. Prioritize your existing furniture, artwork, and accessories
We will need to know which existing pieces must be, can be, and definitely won’t be incorporated in the fresh look (do you love it, like it, or really want to let it go?). We want to learn what things are meaningful to you, and which pieces hold a special sentimental value. We would love to know their stories so that we can better tell your story. We will ask if we can ‘shop your house’: can we remove items from other rooms and incorporate them into the space we’re working on? We need to be clear where the boundaries are: what is off-limits, what is negotiable, and what is fair game. And of course, we’ll want to know if adding any new pieces is an option, so shopping for and purchasing new items, and/or refurbishing existing ones… which leads next to the budget.
4. Be budget-conscious and budget-clear
All too often a project will begin with mutual enthusiasm and excitement, only to wane when the beast of the budget enters in. And this is why being budget-clear before we begin is critical: what is most important to accomplish (key areas of focus), what is the time line for completion (haste makes waste), and what is the $$$ allocation (a range between $ and $)? It’s our job to create a space that you connect with within these parameters; it’s up to all of us to be mutually clear on what these parameters are.
5. Enjoy the Journey: Just say ‘Yes’
Relax and trust the professional that you have hired. Expect the unexpected, and allow yourself to think outside of the box. By saying yes to new ideas and being clear about the process, you make it possible for us to create something remarkable for you!
It’s about coming home… If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!
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