5 Tips for Working with An Interior Designer

5 tips for working with an interior designer from Atlanta interior designer Lesley Myrick

You’ve found an interior designer, you’ve had a get-to-know-you phone call with them, and they’re the perfect designer for your project. You’ve booked a design consultation and are dying for them to get started on transforming your home. Congratulations! Here are five tips for working with an interior designer to make the process smoother, and to ensure massive success with your design project.

5 Tips for Working with an Interior Designer

  1. Complete any requested pre-meeting work
  2. Gather and send inspiration images
  3. Prepare your questions
  4. Remember, we’re not judging you!
  5. Trust your designer

1. Complete any requested pre-meeting work

Before you meet with your interior designer in person, they’re likely going to send you something to be completed in advance. At Lesley Myrick Art + Design, we send new clients a link to a personalized online “Launchpad” with a design agreement to sign as well as a questionnaire to be completed. These are both important documents to set expectations about our work together and for us learn more about you, your home, and your design needs.

Please take the time to do the work your designer is asking of you – it’s for your benefit! By thoughtfully answer our questions, we can make the most of our work together and start your project effeciently and effectively.

You're a high-achieving professional who cherishes family but has an identity outside the role of “mom”. You crave a home that’s polished (to host friends and colleagues), yet playful (to rest and recharge with your family), just like your favorite hotel. But right now, your home is bland and boring. It doesn’t reflect your life, your travels, or your taste. It’s time to change that. Learn more about working with interior designer Lesley Myrick.

2. Gather and send inspiration images

You may have a Pinterest board, or Houzz Ideabook, or a few screenshots of interiors you love that you’ve saved on your phone. Please send them so we can see! “Transitional” and “Modern” mean different things to different people, so words alone are ineffective at communicating what you want in your home. Any visuals you can send to your interior designer in advance help clarify the design vision for your home.

3. Come prepared with questions

I love and appreciate when my clients show up with a list of questions. It means they have thought through their wants and their needs and have very specific issues they want me to address and solve for them. Preparing questions for your designer in advance will make the most of our time together.

4. Remember, we’re not judging you!

I know there’s a fear of allowing an interior designer into your home, because they’re going to see all the things, all the real life stuff that not even close friends get to see. The relationship between an interior designer and client is very intimate, and I understand how uncomfortable it is to allow a near-stranger to peek into your life. But I promise you, when I’m seeing your home for the first time, two things are going through my mind:

One, how am I going to come up with ideas to completely knock the socks off this client and help them create an amazing home they love?

Two, how would I arrange things if I lived here? (As an interior designer, this is pretty much what my brain is doing every time I walk into a new space!)

I’m not judging you or critiquing how you live. I am more concerned about making sure that I can come up with phenomenal ideas for you. That is what you’ve hired us for, and that’s where my focus is during that first meeting.

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5. Trust your interior designer

Trust is so incredibly important. When working with an interior designer you need you to trust them, and if you don’t have full confidence in them, they are not the right designer for you.

Let me say that again: if you don’t trust your interior designer, they are not the right designer for you.

Our core values as a company are adventure, organization, and connection, and we filter every decision and every choice through those values. We want to work with clients who have a sense of adventure and who are willing to be pushed outside their comfort zones; we are organized and have systems from start to finish to keep projects moving and keep our clients happy; and we value the relationship with our clients and want to make sure that we feel a connection with whom we’re working with. You cannot have an authentic connection without having trust!

If you don’t have full confidence that your interior designer can guide you through the process successfully to the finish line, then they may not be the right designer for you. You either need to look elsewhere, or you need to have a real, vulnerable conversation with them and solve whatever issue is causing a lack of trust in that relationship.

Interested in working together?

You’re a high-achieving professional who cherishes family but has an identity outside the role of “mom”. You crave a home that’s polished (to host friends and colleagues), yet playful (to rest and recharge with your family), just like your favorite hotel. But right now, your home is bland and boring. It doesn’t reflect your life, your travels, or your taste. It’s time to change that.

Whether you’re local and we get to meet face-to-face, or if you live elsewhere and we connect via email and video chat, the end result is still the same: a kickass home you’re proud of without stress and overwhelm along the way. I can’t wait to be your creative, collaborative guide to help you bust out of boring and truly love where you live. Contact us to start your interior design project.

5 tips for working with an interior designer:
1. Complete any requested pre-meeting work
2. Gather and send inspiration images
3. Prepare your questions
4. Remember, we're not judging you!
5. Trust your designer