CHOOSING A DESIGN PROFESSIONAL
By Gay N. Lewis
Before I became a published author with Prism Book Group, I worked as an interior designer. Sarah: Laney's Angel, my second book in the Sarah series, is about a Houston designer who works for a builder. I drew from my personal experiences as I wrote the book.
When I worked in the profession, I found that choosing a design expert was a daunting experience for most people. I wrote the following criteria to help clients choose the appropriate specialist.
When choosing a design professional, one needs to consider experience, personality, budget, style and fees.
EXPERIENCE. How long has the professional been in the design field? Does he or she have access to manufacturers, retailers, and contractors? Does a portfolio exist? Can he or she give references?
PERSONALITY. Is the professional willing to work with the client’s personality? Does the professional have an agreeable personality? Does the professional comprehend the needs the client presents? Is he or she critical of existing surroundings? Does he or she make the client feel inadequate? Is the professional’s personality one the client is comfortable with?
I'll post future design tips, and I hope you'll read Sarah: Laney's Angel. It's a lighthearted work of fiction based upon the life of a designer.