There’s no doubt that working with a professional on your home is an incredibly special experience. But this 1stdibs piece on how to hire an interior designer – guided by Nate Berkus Associates’ very own Lauren Buxbaum Gordon and Sasha Adler – reminded us of some of the most fun and fabulous perks that don’t always get attention. Here, five of the best reasons to hire an interior designer.
1. You’re getting a look that’s all you – through an expert lens.
Yes, you’ll look through designer portfolios in order to find the right vibe for you, but remember: these aren’t an exact blueprint for what your own home will look like. “It’s our job to really get to know the client and how they want to live in their space,” says Lauren.
2. You’ll get things done in the proper order – saving time, money, and hassle.
A renovation or makeover has the potential to go wildly over budget if approached without experience, or a solid plan. A designer will help you stay on track and get things done in the correct order – so you don’t end up picking out a kitchen counter that doesn’t fit with your stove top.
3. The thrill of the hunt comes right to you.
It’s fun to hit antique fairs, true. But for most, it’s more fun when a professional brings the best of them right to you – and every piece comes complete with “where it’s from, exact dimensions, whether or not it needs reupholstery, pricing information, as well as multiple images of it,” as Sasha puts it. Yes, please!
4. Your treasures can truly shine.
Contrary to what you see in the movies, designers don’t throw out all your stuff and start from scratch. “Unless the piece is totally unsuitable, we embrace it because it helps a home feel more interesting and layered,” says Lauren. Which means your grandmother’s sideboard is about to look a lot more special.
5. You get to experience your home like a luxury hotel.
“By the time our clients walk into the space, there is soap in the soap dish and towels on the towel racks, and the beds are made,” says Sasha. “When I was knee deep in my own move I was like ‘I want to hire our firm!’” While it’s obviously a one-time perk, it’s a special moment that lets you admire your home through a unique lens. And you’ll surely carry that royal-feeling moment with you every time you walk into your home. Even on days when it doesn’t look so perfectly presented. Or shall we say: especially those days.
Top photo by Patrick Cline for Lonny magazine. Read the full story on 1stdibs.com