an interior designer can feel intimidating, but it doesn’t
have to according to the experts. Photo was taken at the
Thomasville Showroom, Brookfield.
If you’ve ever
considered working with an interior designer but weren’t quite sure
how the process goes, look no further. Here, two
"in-the-know" designers talk about the pros of working with
will help you establish a direction toward achieving your goals,"
notes John Edbauer, ASID, an interior designer at McNabb & Risley
in Thiensville. Before starting a project, there are several questions
he asks clients.
What do you
currently have in the room?
What do you like
and not like about the room and its existing furnishings?
How does the
room currently function and how do you ultimately need it to function?
answers as starting points, Edbauer then forms a plan. He can do
anything from adding a new piece, like a sofa, and integrating it with
the rest of your existing furnishings, to simply accessorizing what
you already have, to completely redoing the room with new paint,
window treatments, furniture and accessories.
Working with an
interior designer will help solve your design problems. For example,
Edbauer says the recent proliferation of new technologies and
electronics such as flat screen TVs have presented new challenges in
the design world. "They might completely change the way a room
needs to be laid out. The bottom line is we will do whatever necessary
to help you meet your design needs. We are on your side. Our goal is
to make you fall in love with your room all over again."
an interior designer at Thomasville in Brookfield, feels effective
communication skills are critical when selecting an interior designer.
The design process is a team effort between designer and client.
"You need to have a ‘vibe.’ You should have a good vocabulary
with that person. Putting words and pictures together is essential. If
you can’t do that with a prospective designer, that might be a red
seeing a designer’s work is invaluable. Additionally, you should lay
the groundwork for the successful completion of a project by
Ask to see a
portfolio. Tour prospective designers’ work in showhouses and
Establish a time
Be sure to have
should be able to communicate around these settings," says
Wierschke. "There are different pricing options for professional
interior design services so pick the one that works best for
you." As Wierschke observes, "Using a designer prevents
mistakes. Whatever the upfront investment, it’s well worth it in the
up the partnership between interior designer and client:
"Ultimately, my job is to listen. Then I try to take my clients
somewhere they might not go on their own. When a client tells me they
love the final result, then I know we have worked well together."