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Design Tips and Trends for Fall 2010
Originally published in the Home Renovation Guide Newsletter October 2010
LED Lighting for the Kitchen
There's been a breakthrough in LED technology that's now making its way into more and more homes.
Why hire an Interior Decorator? A different perspective
A unique insight as to why many people consider not to do it themselves.
More reasons to hire a professional Interior Decorator
Having doubts about hiring an Interior Decorator? Then read this to find out why you should.
When NOT to hire a professional Interior Decorator
Knowing when you shouldn't hire is just as important as knowing when you should.
More reasons to hire a professional Interior Decorator
by Tobi Brockway, Accredited Interior Decorator

Have you been putting off a decorating project because you don't know where to start, don't have the time or know-how, or feel overwhelmed at the thought of starting? Here are some reasons why you should consider hiring a professional to help you:

Setting priorities within your budget
A professional can assist in identifying the key changes that can be achieved within your budget that make the biggest difference in your space. We can steer you in the right direction when making choices as to what to do, in what order, how to get it done and where your money is most effectively spent.

Large projects like the updating of an entire first floor or decorating a new condo space can be structured in phases, according to how much money you have to spend. Regardless of the size of the project, a professional Interior Decorator will develop a plan to best accomplish your goals within a realistic budget.

Saving you money and headaches
Yes, believe it or not, hiring a professional will save you money in the long run. Our extensive product knowledge will ensure that you select the right floor covering, countertop, paint and wallpaper and furniture and our expertise will prevent costly mistakes.

Also, we act as advocates for our clients and negotiate on their behalf with vendors, manufacturers and trades people to ensure that every purchase and installation meets our clients' satisfaction.

Solving problems
Do you have a problem of lack of storage or space, poor traffic flow or mix-and-match furniture pieces? A professional Interior Decorator understands concepts such as scale, balance, emphasis and colour that can help to solve most decorating challenges. Our expertise includes space planning, lighting design, finish selections and colour coordination. Our industry knowledge also ensures high quality results in the execution and installation of projects.

Is there a difference in opinion between you and your significant other about colour and style? A professional can act as arbitrator without a vested interest. We can help to negotiate the design solution that works for all parties.

Access to "trade only" resources
If you're interested in a customized look that can't be found in a store flyer, we are able to show you fabrics, rugs, furniture and decorative accessories that are not available to the public. We know the best workrooms, carpenters, painters and installers that work with the design trade.

Providing direction from beginning to end

Do you look at pictures of rooms in a magazine and not know how to make it happen in your home? You tell us what you like and then we develop a design concept based on your preferences, likes/dislikes and lifestyle. A professional Interior Decorator is able to peruse all the choices available and edit selections for the client. We take into account the function of the space or spaces, traffic flow, ease of use, proper lighting, durable finishes, safety and other considerations unique to your space. We offer seasoned advice that helps our clients through the design process. And we ensure that each aspect of the design plan is completed. No small details left undone.

Perhaps it's time to consider hiring a professional Interior Decorator. The time and money you save, the expertise you have available to you, as well as the end result of having a space that looks great, are well worth the investment.

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