I look forward to the NY Times articles that feature room redos done on a budget. They are much more like the projects I work on with my clients. Also, so many of them have the train wreck drama that makes me cringe. This week's article was a welcome change of pace. The clients in the article wanted a Parisian inspired bedroom on a $1500 budget. One sentence that caught my attention and made so much sense: [The] ideas were offered as suggestions rather than directives, and were accompanied by lengthy explanations.
That right there is the crux of the designer/client relationship. At the end of the day, the designer does not live in the home, the client does. And you can't assume that your design rationale is evident to the client so sometimes you have to put on your teacher cap on and give a lesson. One last helpful tip from the article--sometimes you have to look beyond the usual suspects for as furniture resources. I found a great one that I'll share with you tomorrow.
Christine Schwalm is an Interior Designer and Visual Merchandiser based in Los Angeles. This space will keep you updated on what's going on with CSD along with some ideas to inspire you. Go here for more information about pricing and services and here to make an appointment.