What an Interior Designer Does That You Never Know About

What an interior designer does that you never know about! #truth from designer Lesley Myrick

Interior designers are a sneaky bunch. I mean, there are all sorts of things that an interior designer does that you never know about.


Don’t worry – I’m not talking about bad stuff. I’m actually talking about really good things! Specifically, handling a whole bunch of crap behind the scenes to make our client’s lives easier and to make major design magic happen. Check out what happened with one of my clients behind the scenes…

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Hey everyone, Lesley Myrick here, interior stylist and owner of Lesley Myrick Art + Design where we create some pretty fantastic interiors with an offbeat edge.

And, part of how we do that is by taking care of all the crap behind the scenes so our clients don’t have to deal with it.

If you’ve ever tried to manage your own home decorating project,

you know there is a ton of minutiae that has to happen between making selections, picking the right finishes, fixtures accessories, and fabrics; purchasing things, ordering, tracking; dealing with things that come in damaged, or broken, or just come in completely wrong! And by the time you’re done a room, you almost can’t appreciate it because you’ve spent so much mental energy trying to get there.

This is why people hire interior designers.

I love that stuff! Or at least, I’m really good at that stuff and I can make amazing design magic for my clients.

So, I just want to tell you today a little bit about what it can look like behind the scenes of an interior design project.

Our job as designers is to make things smooth sailing for our clients.

I want them to be completely wowed by the design, the process, and just the fact that it looks so easy to make it all happen for them.

That’s the goal.

But there is a lot that happens behind the scenes.

For example, I had a project last year where we had this beautiful brass sideboard. I was obsessed with this piece of furniture! It was just stunning.

Now, this wasn’t a huge room. This wasn’t a “huge design project”. But this piece of furniture was the bane of my existence for about 6 months.

Basically, we specified it and it went on backorder before we even placed the order. That’s normal; things move quickly in the design world.

We waited for it, we finally got it sent to our receiver. It was damaged. We sent it back. They sent another one. It was damaged!

We were getting closer and closer to our big reveal, our big install date,

and we didn’t have the focal point of the room. And finally, with hours and hours of work on our back end, we had the vendor rush ship it to our receiver who unpacked it, inspected it, assembled it, made sure it was all phenomenal. It got on the truck in time, it got delivered, and my client got to have that “wow”, like HGTV reveal moment when she walked in to her space.

It was amazing! And she had no idea that that one piece of furniture took about 40 hours of our team’s time to deal with behind the scenes.

And that’s the point!

My clients don’t want to deal with that. It’s so much headache. We love to do the hard work behind the scenes so our clients can have those magic moments in their new spaces and completely lose their sh*t.