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Why hire a designer?

new doc 3_1We wish people would ask us “why hire a designer” more often. Perhaps people don’t ask because they think it is rude. Or perhaps they think it is obvious, as silly as asking someone why hire a plumber, why hire an accountant, why hire a lawyer. But, in the age of DIY, HGTV, weekend warriors, and the good old fashioned spirit of America of “you can do it”, we have a hunch there are many people out there that wonder what are some of the benefits of paying for professional design help. So, without further ado, here are some of our top reasons to hire a designer!



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We believe it really boils down to 4 major categories. Hiring a designer provides access to better products, it saves time, it saves money, AND it delivers better results. Like any professional, interior designers took the time to acquire specialized training to do their job. Interior design is more than just decorating; it requires an elaborate set of skills ranging from project management, drawing, research, client services, negotiation, and that little thing we like to call creativity. Interior designers dream up the big picture but also have the tools to orchestrate the small army of craftsman, vendors, and deliveries to get the project done.

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1.BETTER PRODUCTS

Designers have access to a whole world of products and resources that aren’t available to consumers. You would be amazed at what is available beyond the big box stores like Pottery Barn, West Elm, or Crate and Barrel! Designers spend a lot of time researching brands and know what products are best suited for your project. Say you want a cream upholstered sofa with modern lines and a casual yet sophisticated presence. A designer will narrow down the search for you based off what they know about your lifestyle, taste, and budget and will offer a series of selections that feature durable fabrics, comfort, and style. Of the thousands of cream sofas in the world, you will be presented with the best option for you! Furthermore, designers have amazing industry partners they rely on to help them complete a project. Why worry about the reputation of a company when your designer has a handful of professionals they use time and time again?

2. SAVES TIME

Every project seems to involve a million decisions and require organization on par with running a small country.  Hiring a designer frees up your time and saves you energy. Some clients want to be involved every step of the way but they want someone to do the “hunting and gathering” for them and present them with all the options, while other clients want to have a turn-key property awaiting their arrival.  Whatever your preference, we often hear a designer’s value lies amount of stress taken off the homeowner during the construction process.  People often underestimate the amount of moving pieces involved in any given project and interior designers know what steps have to take place to get X, Y, and Z completed and in the right order.  Managing timelines, tracking orders and scheduling installs are a major piece of the services included in interior design and we work tirelessly to keep the job on schedule, chugging ahead smoothly, on time and under budget.

3. SAVES MONEY

Interior design is a process that takes time and for a lot of people, time is money. Often, people hire designers because their time is valuable. Some clients find that projects they meant to complete within a year have either dragged on or never got off the ground until they hired a designer. Not only that, people find that they have tried to complete a project on their own but the results didn’t meet their expectations and had to be redone. Redos are expensive! Hiring a designer means it will be done right the first time around. Designers measure. Designers have experience. Designers know better than to cut a corner that will backfire later down the line. Designers know how to save money and when to save money. The fees designers take for their work are often recouped by creating a project that will stand the test of time and not have to redone time and time again.

4. BETTER RESULTS

This final category goes without saying. Interior designers are able to create custom interiors for you that you wouldn’t be able to create yourself. The professionally designed space has a vision unique for that space and isn’t simply copied from a magazine. The best designers get to know their client and incorporate the family’s lifestyle into the design.  The home then functions around the family rather than forcing the family to function around the home.  Interior designers have a way of putting everything together that makes the project look polished and complete.  The result is rooms that feel enchanted, almost magical, because they are so perfectly curated, perfectly executed, and perfectly “you”.

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Photos have the power to say a thousand words and we think this before & after perfectly sums up our point! This isn’t DIY, HGTV, or weekend warrior. It is 100% designer!

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February Newsletter – Things We Love

 

 

 

 

 

February is the month of love and we thought there was no better time to share some of things we love. It goes without saying we love design but we often are asked what we most love about being a designer.  We love that our work is our passion and it requires a creative eye and a vivid imagination. Inspiration is everywhere: the hallmark vacation of the year, last week’s blanket of snow, a good book, or a walk around the block. Life is colorful when you live like a bloodhound on a hunting spree; there is always something to search-out and fixate on.

Another thing we love about being a designer is working with clients. Not only do we get to work with great people but we also get to shape the way they live in their homes. Lastly, we love that being a designer means keeping your finger on the pulse of so many different creative fields, fashion, architecture, the arts, you name it. Design is often likened to being a renaissance career because of the sheer variety. We absolutely love being renaissance women! Happy Valentines Day and warm greetings to you all!


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Let’s take a trip down memory lane and discuss what we love about some of the highlights from last year!

This amazing Werthan Lofts space was featured on StyleBlueprint but we can’t get enough of the gorgeous custom wood built-ins featured in the dining room. We love the way the textured inlays in the cozy coves make accessories pop. We simply adored working on this historical meets industrial meets city chic interior!

Love #2 is this stunning Scandinavian/Post Modern inspired kitchen remodel. We love so many things about this space that it is hard to narrow down just a few things to discuss! First, we love the color story and the way the beautiful wood grain looks paired with the earthy green, graphic glass backsplash, vibrant turquoise walls, and gleaming stainless steel. We love the open geometric, block shelving that makes serving meals within reach. The slim lines of the built-ins scream minimalist modern are just the right scale. 


We always love a good before & after and this example is great because it shows the sheer power of interior design. Nothing was changed except the furnishings and accessories but what a transformation! Light, bright, and colorful were the name of the game for this downtown highrise remodel!

Last but not least, we love this kitchen renovation that completely changed the look and feel of the home. The entire house was redone but like so many homes, the kitchen was the centerpiece. Here we love the whiteness of the kitchen balanced by the dark oversized center island with bar seating. We love the way two banks of window fill the space with light yet there is still plenty of upper cabinet storage. What a great kitchen remodel!



Featured Vendor: Robert Allen 

Robert Allen is one of our favorite go-to vendors for fabric. A few days ago we were lucky to have a sneak peak at some of the newest lines from their collection. We are obsessed with the new colors and patterns! Indigo, rhubarb, palm, and beet, to name a few! We also love the tactile feel of the fabrics; Durable yet soft, warm, and inviting. Can’t wait to bring these fabrics to our clients!


Featured Event: Gwyneth Paltrow at the Antiques & Garden Show

We mentioned this in the last month and we are excited the time has finally arrived! If you haven’t gotten your ticket to this lecture and others make special events at the Antique & Garden make sure to do so soon! Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog has gained momentum year after year and has managed to become ubiquitous in the design world. If you aren’t familiar with her website, here is a great article to get you started. It is chockfull of tips from top designer firm Roman and Williams.

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Hot Topic: Maison & Object
 

One of our favorite trade shows for interior design inspiration and products is Maison & Object. The show takes place several times a year in Paris, Singapore, and Miami and each show is highly anticipated. We love the international vendors and the exposure the show brings to smaller talent we might not see elsewhere. Here are a few of our current favorites: tables, chairs, lighting, and cactus vessels that remind us of our own resident artist Yuri Figueroa! Do yourself a favor and follow Maison & Object on Instagram and tag Beth Haley Design in posts you love! 


 

What it means to be a sustainable designer in 2016

The first word that comes to mind when thinking about sustainable design in 2016 is versatility. As a firm we specialize in sustainable design, yet our interiors aren’t stereotypically “green”. Our resource rooms are chocked full of locally sourced products, green textiles, recycled glass tiles, and reclaimed wood yet you would never know unless you read all the labels. Green manufactured products look just as good as traditionally manufactured products and often times, they outperform. We use green products in historic renovations as well as new construction because of the range of options  and their versatility to fit any design style, from eclectic to artisan to modern. We love the ability to create gorgeous spaces that also happen to be green!

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By designing for the widest range of people possible you eliminate the need for future renovations.  Here we have a bathroom with personality that is both ADA compliant and has a wood-look tile floor with 66% recycled content.

Being a sustainable designer means wearing many hats. You are a researcher, always seeking new products in a rapidly changing industry that give the right look yet are manufactured responsibly. You are an engineer, combining products to increase efficiency and create innovative solutions. You are an educator, taking your research and innovations to work collaboratively with contractors, and clients. Lastly, you are a psychologist, working within the built environment to create beautiful, healthy, positive spaces.

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This bamboo vanity with recycled content glass tile is both sustainable and gorgeous!

We see sustainable design as an evolving understanding of practices and techniques we can use to better serve our clients and the environment. To us, it is staggering that in 2015 the built environment continued to account for 30-40% of human impact on the planet.  While our work is specifically interior design, we see ourselves as part of the equation that can limit the effect our interiors have on the environment. We strongly support historic preservation and historic remodels and completely adore whole house renovations that push us to reconfigure the floor plan to work for today’s modern family, while working within the original footprint of the home. To us, preserving and enhancing what is already there makes sense.

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This gorgeous table and chairs are a great example of repurposing. Sometimes all it takes is a great vintage find, a professional painter and a good upholsterer. Repurposing is one of our favorite ways to work green design into our projects.

BHD’s mission is to help our client’s balance their homes overall environmental friendliness and efficiency with visually pleasing designs. Some might ask how will my project be influenced if I work with a sustainable design firm. Will it cost more? Will my project get LEED certification? Will it be 100% organic?  Will my project look “sustainable”?  All these questions get to the heart of what it means to be a sustainable designer and an experienced sustainable designer can help answer all these questions for you.

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This historic home remodel stayed within the original footprint and yet we were able to open up the space to create this generous kitchen.  The reclaimed floors blend seamlessly with the existing 100 year old flooring.

In 2016, sustainable design is no longer a small niche market. Every year we see more and more companies switch their manufacturing techniques from the traditional heat / burn / treat method to green chemistry. There is more transparency for how products are made, with some companies offering anything from full Life Cycle Analysis, Green Guard Certified. or percent recycled content. Designers, builders, contractors, and architects work in tandem to create integrated systems for the home that ensure the house is energy efficient and low-impact.

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Cork floors are great for aging in place as they are offer soft cushion for the body and they are an easily renewable, sustainable product. Cork is a really good product to use because it is easy to transition to existing flooring. We love that it is stylish too!

Interior design can have a substantial impact on the health of your home and the overall longevity of the planet. As designers we recognize the direct correlation between green house gases, the heat island effect, and climate change. We also know the importance of removing toxins from interior environments and the importance of restoring the connection between the natural world and interiors. We are proud of our commitment to bringing elements of sustainable design to all our clients. Call us when you are ready to get started on your own project!

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An integrated compost station in this kitchen counter made perfect sense for our client and helps promote a sustainable practice. Little details make the difference.