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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Faux Sho-House – Inspiration 2015

This year’s Faux Sho-House is underway! As we looked for architectural inspirations, the BHD team sought the juxtaposition of old meeting new, sleek and polished versus textural and humble, and the presence of a commanding space alongside a quiet and simple comfort… In Bagnato’s 1892 church conversion, we found them all.

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Courtesy, Bagnato Architects of Austraila. Photo Credit: Axiom Photography.

 

Over the coming weeks, the BHD team will be dividing the now residence into various spaces, sharing how this architecture inspired our designs in this church-turned-residence! We will begin our “tour” with the entry, followed by the living room, kitchen, and master suite.

Stay tuned as we open the doors and share the designs for this unique and charming place!

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In Living Color

Oftentimes, in our first conversations with homeowners, there is a request for livability and a home with stylish design. They want it to reflect their personality and unique characteristics without losing its functionality. One way we meet this need in interior design is through the application of color. While many individuals seek a serene muted and monochromatic space, that is not what I am referring to here…today I am speaking to the design preferences of those who seek to be In Living Color. 

Here color is enjoyed on a daily basis as seen in this kitchen and breakfast area…

Family dining... Blue chairs with a retro design contrasted as they surround a more primitive table.

Family dining… Blue chairs with a retro design contrasted as they surround a more primitive table. – Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN

 

Resting in the guest bedroom,

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The gentle pink above has added interest found in the floral patterned wallpaper. – Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN.

 

These clients seek fun, yet livable, color. The two color palettes above utilize dominant colors partnered with white. White, as it is composed of all colors in the spectrum of light, will always compliment the already present hues.

I do love the simplicity of the yellow pedestal as it accompanies this multi-color, floral chair.

I also LOVE the sweet  golden in this photo! He is perfectly content in this fireplace vignette! - Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN

How ’bout the sweet golden in this photo?! He is perfectly content in this fireplace vignette… – Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN

 

Beth Haley Design’s master bedroom below is made a bit more restful as it has a more muted hue.

A restful master with mossy green complimented with a nice rusty red. - Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN

A restful master – Here mossy green is complimented with a nice rusty red. – Beth Haley Design, Nashville, TN

 

Check out this autumn, mum-gold in this bold and colorful wall-paper… You know that folks must be having a good time in this living room!

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What are some of your favorite bold colors for a space? Do you like to make a colorful statement in your kitchen, living room, or other spaces in your home? If so, we would love to hear from you!