Are you considering hiring an interior designer to help with your home improvement project? It can be a little scary, but with the right professional and a little knowledge upfront about what to expect. Actually there’s no need for that.
We spoke to one of our highly regarded interior designers. Wendy Boyer of Brown Cow Design, for her take on these five questions.Wendy is a great asset MA Peterson Design Build He has been the interior designer for many of our award-winning projects, most recently Warm and eclectic vintage.
1. Q) If I have never worked with an interior designer, what should I know about working with an interior designer?
A) People often perceive us as highly creative people whose main focus is on presenting products. However, when it comes to working on a construction project, an interior designer’s organization and logistics become essential to the entire project. Our role includes organizing our clients and documenting their options for easy reference by homeowners, including replacements, repairs, and future additions. Think of interior design as a merry-go-round where you work with plumbers, electricians, and project managers to ensure smooth progress. We answer all your questions and provide comprehensive answers that seamlessly tie everything together. One of the aspects that our clients appreciate is the efficiency with which they can get all the information they need from a single resource. Beyond our unique expertise, we also bring valuable resources and connections.
2. Q) What are the important questions to ask yourself before hiring an interior designer?
A) Do you consider yourself fast when making decisions? Do you feel overwhelmed by the interior design process? Is it scary? What about your budget? Do you prefer a coach or someone who just tells you what to do? Do you know where you can find resources to make your own choices? Many people find interior design scary and , I think designers will ignore your ideas and impose their own. However, I would like to assure you that our approach is a collaborative one. We actively listen to your ideas and work with you to make them a reality. We focus on finding ways to make your ideas a reality, rather than rejecting them. This will help you get excited about the design process and feel confident expressing your preferences.
3. Q) What pitfalls can a homeowner run into if an interior designer is not involved in the project?
A) One of the major challenges in project management is a lack of understanding of project pacing and prioritization. This often results in issues such as backorders and delays when subcontractors are ready to start work. Additionally, the lack of well-documented and organized systems, such as spreadsheets, makes it difficult to find important information when you need it. This can be especially problematic if the builder requires documentation. Additionally, there is often a lack of awareness about the most appropriate resources and shortcuts available, which can lead to inefficient decision-making and a lack of project cohesion. For example, even if you choose a traditional cabinet style, pairing it with modern handles can disrupt the overall cohesiveness of the project. Finally, you may end up incurring unnecessary expenses in the long run because you are not familiar with cost-cutting resources.
4. Q) What do you think will be the trends in 2024?
A) It feels different in Minnesota than anywhere else in the world. There are styles called Grandma and Academia styles, which see a return to layers, wood tones, and large and small floral patterns. It’s no longer just gray and white, but colorful and layered wallpapers are also very popular! Lots of little grandma flowers, strange but big! When I see people releasing things for fall, I notice that they use traditional patterns, such as wallpaper with birds on them. But the birds are getting bigger and more colorful, giving them a traditional yet modern feel. Therefore, we can expect many patterns and layers to emerge as we head into 2024. Additionally, kitchens are returning to wood, with many upper cabinets gone and replaced with shelving.
5. Q) How do you navigate clients who are unsure of their style? How do you help them step out of their comfort zone and find what they really want?
A) In the introduction, it’s important to build trust with your client so that they feel comfortable sharing their style preferences. It’s important to me to understand their goals and feelings, even if it’s not clear what they want. I ask open-ended questions to better understand their style and introduce new ideas. I also consider their comfort zone and gently guide them towards more modern options that suit their tastes. You can also provide more vision to your clients by taking them to your showroom and allowing them to touch and feel the actual product. For example, classic subway tiles come in a variety of shapes and colors. I believe in gradually introducing them to more modern options that complement their existing preferences.
Check out some of Wendy’s award-winning projects with MA Peterson below.
MA Peterson Design Build is the Twin Cities’ industry-leading resource for home design, new custom homes, quality custom home renovations and additions, home updates and repairs, and insurance coverage.Through a collaborative creative process that reveals unique design possibilities With over 40 years of experience designing, building and renovating homes, we take pride in the award-winning creative solutions we develop for homeowners. We are passionate about design and architecture and enjoy creating unique spaces that homeowners can enjoy in their homes every day.