ADVICE: Contrary to popular belief, you should never be bossed around, feel abused or stupid when working with an Interior Designer. Your Designer should be an adviser, a trained person who listens, treat your questions with respect and guides you through the process of creating your dream space. When working with a Designer, you should feel confident about your decisions about any purchase, or if they advise you against a purchase they should be able to explain why technically the piece you are thinking of isn’t the best fit. (E.g. The table is not correct scale for this room; the proportion of a cabinet is too large or too small; this or that piece interrupts the flow; or suggest an additional item to the space to assist with the acoustics etc.) Never, EVER put up with someone who tells you have no taste, or an item you have an affinity towards is ugly or belittle you questions!
Respect is very important, and your experience should feel like a collaboration. Personally I prefer to collaborate with clients. I love when my clients know and can identify their style (and yes, this should be about YOUR style and not the Designer’s) regardless of whether it’s modern, contemporary, or eclectic. I assist in navigating the mires of design. I find the collaboration fun, the clients enjoy how empowering it is and feel confident that they making the best decisions and not creating expensive mistakes.
Below are pictures of a residence where I collaborated with the owners. The wife knew exactly what atmosphere she wanted to achieve in her Las Vegas modern home. She knew her personal style and was quite aware of the cost of the items she loved and knew that if she didn’t consult a professional, it may prove costly. I was able advise her about the correct scale, proportion, how to balance symmetrically and asymmetrically, layering textures, colors and patterns, adding accent, lighting and colors to create effect, creating vertical and horizontal rhythm throughout the rooms, editing if necessary to achieve the desired composition. She was confident about her purchases and in the end she created a home for her and her husband that warm the cockles of their hearts.
Because it’s also an Architectural show-piece, after looking at the pictures below, see the rest of the house here. (oh yeah it’s on sale $2M+)