Let me answer your Questions... • What does an interior designer do? An interior designer has the skills and professional education to design and draft new space plans Designing lighting and electrical plans, select all interior finishes such as flooring, countertops, tile, paint colours, wall and window treatments, as well as specify plumbing, appliances, cabinetry and furnishings, to name a few. • Why should I hire an interior designer? Having a professional Interior Designer on your team who has the knowledge and experience as well as the information and expertise for finding the exact products and trades-people you need to get the best result for your project is priceless. Working with an Interior Designer will help you to move seamlessly and efficiently through the project, as well as help you prevent costly mistakes along the way. • What should I have at our first meeting for my project? • Collect clippings from magazines and photos of items and décor items that appeal to you. • Think about colours, styles and effects you like. • Know what you want to accomplish, what the room or space should do for you when finished. • Should it be formal or casual, traditional or contemporary, etc? • Know your objective and lifestyle needs. • Establish a time frame in which you would like to work • Have a budget in mind and be honest about it with your designer. Having a ball park figure is a good start. • What is your style? Three Generations Interior Design does not subscribe to particular design styles such as modern, transitional or traditional. I enjoy working on a variety of project styles. This keeps business fresh and interesting. • I don’t know what style I want – can you still help? Absolutely, the favourite part of my job is helping you create a space that’s completely unique to your personality and not a replica or impersonal. • What is a mood board and sample board? Both a mood board and a sample board are conceptual presentations to help inspire. The only difference is that a sample board has more details about the furniture and fittings going to be used in the project whereas a mood board is more inspirational. • Would you consider using eco-friendly and sustainable materials? Without a doubt, Three Generations Interior Design encourages clients to use eco-friendly and sustainable materials where ever possible. • Can I buy something the designer does not source? Yes, although to keep on the same design track, I suggest you liase with the designer before the purchase. • Can you integrate my favourite pieces of furniture or accessories into the design? That is my forte! You show me which pieces you love and I’ll make them at home. • Do you work with other trade professionals? Definitely. Each trades person knows their field and we respect and utilise their skills to better each project. • What is the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator? You may have occasionally heard the terms for interior decorator and interior designer interchanged. However, there is a difference between the two titles. An interior decorator generally refers to someone who deals with finishes, surfaces, furniture, and wall coverings. Also, an interior decorator may work in a variety of venues from a design showroom to a remodeling retail store. An interior designer is a more specialized career field, requiring a certain combined level of education, work experience, and licensing. An interior designer may create spaces for the inside of a commercial office building, design the lighting for a restaurant, or select the furnishings of a home.