I am always amazed when a client asks about why they are paying a designer to “shop” for them! Here is the latest excerpt from a recent design dilemma:
Client: So when you go to High Point to shop for me, why am I paying for that? Shopping is so fun and you are going anyway. I just don’t understand why so much time goes into it. Please explain.
Me: Smile…well, it goes a little something like this. 6 days of my life in another city away from my family, with 15 or 30 minute to 1 hour appointments each day. Approximately 3,500 images on my camera and 35 different showrooms across an entire city. Shuttle buses, cheese and crackers for dinner and picked-over veggie trays. A cheap hotel within walking distance so I don’t have to deal with parking. Walking about 5 miles a day.
BUT…I see the most amazing options for your project. I combine all that “sitting in 40 chairs” and taking images and pulling fabrics for each piece just to deliver the absolute PERFECT CHAIR for your room. And then there are the lamps and chandeliers – only about 500 in each showroom I visit, to select the perfect ONE for your room. And rugs…those poor men move at least 50 – 75 rugs to find the perfect Oushak with that little touch of turquoise blue around the edge to work with your pillows. Oh, and I almost forgot, what about the antique mirror I found that is the PERFECT size for the wall above the console? I had to buy it right there and arrange to have it shipped because another designer was standing behind me eyeing it and I wanted it for your project.
So, when you walk into your new living room and each of the pieces is curated in a way to provide you with maximum comfort, amazing function, a little story behind the piece, (especially ft it’s an antique) and beautiful fabrics, that’s why. I personally selected each and every one of those items in different cities, at different times and with YOU in mind. Because I love this job and I work to create beauty in your life. And, don’t forget, we did the entire space in 60 days…in time for your son’s graduation party!
So really, it’s all about YOU. Does that help?