Magazine article Sunset

Looking for Professional Help?

Magazine article Sunset

Looking for Professional Help?

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Finding the best person to help with the interior design of your home can stymie even staunch souls.

The best start is a word-of-mouth referral from a trusted source, appraising professionalism and attentiveness as well as taste.

Most residential interior designers practice independently, for design firms, or in affiliation with the custom decorating service of a store.

Many professionals are members of the American institute of Interior Designers (ASID), the International Institute of Interior Designers (ISID), or both. Membership indicates a certain level of accredited education, tested knowledge, and professional experience. Regional ASID offices will make telephone recommendations of local professionals with expertise appropriate to your job.

Before you talk to a designer, you need to decide what a redesign must accomplish and what you can afford, as well as who will make the decisions (tales of husband-wife disagreements are legion). Assemble pictures of rooms you like; some consistency in your taste should appear. (Designers say one of the most difficult challenges is a client who doesn't know what he or she likes.)

Interview designers in your home. …

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