Greetings friends! I’m excited to cover an area very near and dear to my heart, specifically the benefits of using an interior designer. And how hiring one might seem like an extra cost, but it can save you time and money in your remodel journey.

When people ask why they should utilize an Interior Designer – I give them three major reasons: Knowledge, Resources, and Contacts. Our goal is not just to have the design exceed your expectations but for the process to be a smoother and better use of your time and money than trying to design your space on your own.

Knowledge. We have extensive education and experience in this field and can ensure you have the best functionality of your space. We consider every detail of the design, and not just the aesthetics. It is very tempting to go it alone. However, a designer has years of experience ensuring you choose quality materials and find them at a reasonable price. For example, you might think the same quality flooring is available at a big box retailer that you initially saw at a small specialty flooring store. While it may look similar, a professional can tell several significant differences, such as wear layer, the number of veneers, or finish coats – all of which affect the quality (and price). An inferior, mass-produced floor means less durability, such as scratches that can happen immediately and frequently, meaning those bargain floors will need to be replaced sooner than you think. This potential pitfall of “inexpensive” flooring is an example of where a designer can save you from making a costly mistake that you’ll regret every time you look down at your floors.

Additionally, your space won’t look “cookie cutter” – it will reflect your personality and be truly special to your space.

Resources. Some of our clients come to us after starting a project. The space has been demolished, or they’ve already picked out some of the materials but realize they aren’t sure how to ensure they have the best layout and incorporate finishing touches to make a space more attractive. Perhaps the tile/plumbing fixtures are now back-ordered for months, and they need to find an alternative ASAP. Sometimes it’s as simple as having chosen the wrong paint colors for a house, and it doesn’t  feel cohesive or not knowing about a new fabric finishes that would have been better suited to the traffic in your home (Pets! Kids! Oh my!)

While it’s always ideal to start working with a Designer before you begin a project, we have access to resources and materials that aren’t available directly to the public. It allows more customization for you and will enable us to take responsibility for ordering, delivery, warranty service, and more. Our goal is to make designing your dream space as streamlined and efficient as possible, regardless of where you are in the process.

Contacts. Typically you get what you pay for. And if you’re going through the trouble of a remodel, you want to make sure you source reputable experts in their respective fields. Or their contactor/plumber/electrician/tile person hasn’t finished the job, and they don’t know when they will be back to complete the work. This predicament happens more than you would think.

We have an exclusive network of references and relationships with home improvement professionals in various fields to manage your project and help to ensure things are done correctly and in line with your budget. Utilizing our network of vetted professionals enables you to save time and money because you won’t have to search for the various individuals necessary to see a project through from start to finish! We think avoiding that kind of stress, using your time efficiently, and creating your dream space with no regrets is worth Its weight in gold!

Kelsey Herrick is the founder and lead designer for her company Kelsey Herrick Design, LLC. Kelsey is passionate about using her experience as a  interior designer to create a space you love. Kelsey is known for her creative utilization of space, use of rich colors and textures, and problem solving skills. Contact Kelsey Herrick to learn more.