Behind The Scenes / A Day In The Life Of An Interior Designer
Written by K&L Interiors
Categorised in: Behind The Scenes
As a general rule of thumb, most people perceive interior design to be all fun and fluff. The reality is quite different! Before we get started and let you in on the behind the scenes of our profession, we first want to say how much we absolutely love our jobs. For us, design is what we live for. We get excited by the tiniest details and are overjoyed on installation days when we get to see our vision become reality. Even more, we truly love our clients and the opportunity we get to make their house into their home. Nothing is more fulfilling than working hand-in-hand with a client for the duration of their project and witnessing the joy on their faces when they see their new space and how well it suits them.
Now that we have that out of the way, it’s time to give you the inside scoop into a day in the life of an interior designer. This is a great way for those who already have worked with an interior designer to understand what all they do for you, and for those who haven’t yet hired a designer to see why they will be an integral part of your project. Whether or not you’ve used a designer, you may already value what we do particularly if you have tried to do the interior design work for your own project. The expertise and effort that goes into creating a cohesive space in a remodel or furnishings project is extensive and much more than simply selecting pretty things.
We like to say that interior designers are the stage directors for your project. If you have ever been backstage during a theater production, the stage manager is working at full speed to make sure everything is running smoothly, from the actors being in the correct place, and the right props getting used, to the stage hands doing their jobs accurately. All of this is unbeknownst to the audience as they quietly watch the action unfold on the stage. Like the stage director, we are working tirelessly on your project, coordinating with you to make sure we have the right elements in the right places, ensuring that all of the components we select are here on time and in the condition we expect, and managing the sub-contractors to be completing their work exactly as we envisioned.
Sometimes, it can get a little intense too. Take, for example, an experience we had a couple months back:
There was so much to do and we felt like we were spinning our wheels, getting nowhere. The majority of the day was spent putting out fire after fire. The carpet installer wasn’t able to finish their installation on time and couldn’t come back to finish for 10 days. Our client was coming home from vacation in two days and now had half of her home carpeted and the other half was covered in plywood with exposed tack strips! We tried to get a back-up installer but everyone was booked out 3-4 weeks. While letting the client know the bad news, we were called out to another client’s home where we had to work a miracle by getting paint out of a newly reupholstered chair that a painter accidentally splattered. To top it off, we were notified that the brand new sofa for another client, which arrived after an extended backorder, was unintentionally cut with a box cutter while the receiving company was unpacking it. We had to bend over backwards trying to get more of the fabric in the same dye-lot shipped overnight so a local shop could repair the damage.
Not all fun and fluff right?! We envision that your work day has its own stressors and fires to put out which can leave you exhausted and in great need of a stiff drink. So, can you imagine adding those above mentioned issues to your everyday pressures by attempting to design your own home yourself? By allowing a designer to bear these burdens, you can relax and enjoy the process all the while knowing that despite the mishaps, everything will end well whether you know about them or not.
You might be asking yourself, why are we sharing these behind the scenes moments with you? We want you to feel comfortable with your investment in our design services, and by giving you a peek backstage we hope that allows you to get a glimpse of our value. When it comes to interior design services, the perceived value is generally lower than it should be, often due to the fact that the client simply does not have the knowledge of what we really do for their project and how we take on the burdens of various complications so they don’t have to.
We all have different perceived values of products and services. Perceived value is defined as “The worth that a product or service has in the mind of the consumer. The consumer’s perceived value of a good or service affects the price that he or she is willing to pay for it. For the most part, consumers are unaware of the true cost of production for the products they buy. Instead, they simply have an internal feeling for how much certain products are worth to them.”
Many designers are not confident about charging what they are worth because they are afraid that the client will be flabbergasted when they explain the costs required to complete a project start to finish. Because of this, interior designers are often apologetic about their fees. However, we hope that this blog will help you understand how hard we work for you and all that goes into your project behind the scenes. When it comes down to it, don’t think of it as only paying for our time, but also our ideas, creativity, experience and project management skills – all of which lead to better end results for you and your home. We know it’s not always a piece of cake, but we love what we do, and we happily manage your projects (and problems) so that you can sit back and enjoy the process!
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