Why Use an Interior Designer? - Episode 01 (Season 11 - INTERIOR DESIGN BASICS)


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Frances is an interior designer, principal of White Pebble Interiors, and author of “Your Forever Home”, and she has some great insight to share so you can determine if an Interior Designer would be useful to have on your project, and how and when you can get them involved.

Many homeowners are confused about if they need an Interior Designer, or when to bring one on board.

I know some architects see them as superfluous, and other architects and designers see them as helpful in purely dealing with and documenting all the tile and colour selections!

I've had homeowners tell me they wish they'd brought one on board to narrow down their decision-making, so they didn't get so overwhelmed. It wasn’t until they started researching all the finishes they needed to decide on that they realised just how many options were available.

Added to this is the fact that the industry of Interior Design is an unregulated one. Unlike architecture, where it’s very clear what someone has to do or qualify in to call themselves an Architect vs a Building Designer or draftsperson, Interior Design is not like this. Anyone can call themselves an Interior Designer. And you can have Interior Designers, Interior Decorators and Interior Stylists.

I've professionally worked in many different ways with Interior Designers, from having them as external consultants within a project, through to them being fellow team-mates within the same business.

Given Frances’ experience in the Interior Design industry, I was keen to hear her thoughts on what she recommended when it comes to choosing and working with Interior Designers, and where and how she sees her work happening best, and adding the most value to a homeowner and their project.

In this interview, we talk about the differences between the various types of roles in the industry, how to choose and know the one you’re working with is what you need when to get them involved in your project.

I hope you enjoy our conversation. Listen to the episode now.


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