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Kristi Vaughan, William Pitt Sotheby's Int'l
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Read This Before Hiring An Interior Designer

by Kristi Vaughan 03/04/2019

Hiring an interior designer is a great way to create a chic, stylish home that matches your families’ personality and unique needs. You won’t need to worry about shopping for new pieces to complete a look and worry that it will look out of place. Because don’t we all?

Decorating can be fun. But creating a cohesive look isn’t easy and it’s certainly not everyone’s talent. How many times have you brought a new piece of decor home only to realize there’ something about that just isn’t quite right?

Hiring an interior designer is a great way to skip past awkward trial and error growing pains in a room you love.

Here’s what you need to know about hiring an interior designer:

Know your budget. You will need not only need to plan for your designers time and expertise but also for the decor they have chosen for you. You’ll also want to know how they source their furniture selections. Aka are they choosing pricey one of a kind custom pieces? Know what your preferred designers pay structure is and if you’ll need to invest upfront or make payments throughout your time together.

What services are you expecting to receive? Not all designers work in the same way or offer the same services. And not everyone expects the same services either! Decide if you would like a consultation, design concepts drawn up or for them to manage the project from beginning to end. Think of it this way - how much time do you want to personally spend on this project?

Take time going over different designer’s portfolios to get a feel for their style. You should work with a designer whose style jives with your own. So with that said, you should have a good idea of your own style and that of your household. You might be fine with mid-century modern furniture, but maybe your partner can’t stand it.

Have a Pinterest board of your inspiration ready to share with your designer. Even if you don’t see a cohesive theme across your board, a designer will. Which is why you are hiring them! While it is possible to be all over the place, if you the pins you’ve chosen intuitively feel good together you are probably on to something!

Communicate openly about what current pieces in your home are important to you. What has to stay, no question? And what are you willing to part ways with? This is really important to know ahead of time. You don’t want to realize your favorite piece is missing from the blueprint while your designer is presenting it. Instead, be upfront about it and your designer can work the whole room around that item.

About the Author

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Kristi Vaughan
For all of the disruption in the real estate industry, one critical aspect will never change -- the need for a good, solid real estate agent with truly local knowledge who puts your interests first. Kristi is one of those agents. A real estate agent since early 2005, Kristi has built her business with the idea that if she serves her clients well, success will naturally follow. And it has. What this means for you is that Kristi is on top of it, whether it’s getting you into the newest homes to hit the market, knowing the staging and marketing trends to help show your home in the best light or keeping tabs on the myriad details of an individual transaction. If something needs doing to help you meet your real estate goals, Kristi is giving it her full personal attention. Aided, of course, by today’s technologies. “As the mother of millennials and a homeowner of a certain age myself, I have a sensitivity and respect for the needs of first-time homebuyers, down-sizing sellers and everyone in between,” says Kristi, adding, “I measure my success not by numbers and awards but by the satisfaction of my clients.” A top producer, Kristi has won numerous Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards and has been recognized for many years by Connecticut Magazine’s Five Star Program for excellent customer service. In addition to being a member of the National Association of Realtors, Connecticut Association of Realtors and Ridgefield Board of Realtors, Kristi is a Senior Real Estate Specialist, Accredited Buyer Representative and is e-Pro certified. She is fully trained and experienced in working with relocation clients from near and far. Give her a call.