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Avoid Designing by Committee (Sorry Girlfriends)

A new client called me to help her “finish” her living room. She made the innocent mistake of asking her friends what they thought would look good in her home. The result was a room that did not reflect her family’s lifestyle or her personality.

Everyone has their own unique tastes. That’s what makes life interesting.

However, not everyone has your taste. While friends are very helpful when you require a referral for a good painter, plumber or electrician, chances are they won’t be honest if you are heading in the wrong direction with your decorating choices or have an understanding of your budget restraints.

Good design choices don't have to be expensive, they just have to be what works for you. Pulling it all together may be a bit daunting but if you start with one thing you really love, the rest will fall into place.

If you are still feeling uneasy, pay for a consultation with a designer. They can help you layout ideas and avoid costly mistakes. Then if you’re game - go it alone from there!

Most design professionals have set fees for consulting.

In the long run, it is money well spent.

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