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Finding the Designer for You

Janet Brown offers simple tips for choosing an interior designer to create personal spaces that reflect your style

Janet Brown Interiors is a full-service interior design firm with a primary focus on residential projects. The company’s philosophy is that the home should reflect your personality while merging comfort, beauty and function. Janet Brown has been in interior design for over 35 years. Her love of home furnishings began as a child in Connecticut, antiquing with her mother. She holds a BFA in interior design.

What’s the best way to start with an interior designer?

You should have a list of needs and a budget to convey to a design professional.  The designer will then develop a “scope of work” you can both agree to before the project begins.                                                                      

How can an interior designer help me figure out what I want?

Designers are trained to see things with a different “eye.” They’ll “take in” the client’s home and can help define and refine the client’s needs and likes.

What if I don’t know what I’m looking for in a designer?

Look for a designer who’s compatible with your personal style. It’s important for the designer to understand how you and your family live. Ask your friends for references and look at a designer’s online testimonials.

What does a typical interview or consult with an interior designer look like?

An initial consult is usually one hour and allows the designer to get a sense of the clients’ taste. It’s ideally conducted in the client’s home or the space to be designed or decorated.

How can an interior designer set themselves apart from other designers?

All designers have unique strengths. Good designers have a strong color sense and spatial planning that is both helpful and economical. The investment of an interior designer can save you time, money, and headaches, keeping you from making costly online purchases without that design knowledge and expertise. In these crazy times, what is more important than the comfort and function of a beautiful home?

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