Today our guest post comes from Atlanta Interior Designer, Jennifer Reynolds, one of the most beautiful people I know. Her professionalism and style are infectous. She is sharing the steps to designing that are so important when you hire a professional or tackle a project on your own. Make sure and follow Jennifer on her blog HERE and check out her newsletter and new E-Decorating service, “Front Door Decor”.
My Best Advice for Designing on a Deadline
Denise McGaha is the queen of Designing on a Deadline. She knows this speedy process like the back of her hand so when she asked me to participate in her recent blog series regarding the subject, I was honored to be included. Meeting or exceeding a deadline on a large Interior Design project is no easy task and isn’t for every designer or design firm. It takes a special breed to handle the high stress, high paces process of Designing on a Deadline. Here is my best advice for getting it done right, the first time, and within a tight time frame.
DECIDE: First and foremost an honest discussion to determine the actual drop deadline is a must. Everyone and I mean everyone must be on the same page. This includes not only the home owners and designer be on the same page but also the contractors and all other subs and vendors involved.
DETERMINE: Determine if the scope of the project realistically fits the desired timeline. An experienced Interior Designer can help set realistic expectations from the very beginning of the project. The best advice I’ve ever heard on the subject is while developing the design, trust in your experience and expertise. Select the finishes and furnishings to the best of your abilities and don’t waiver.
DELEGATE: Surround yourself with an outstanding team that you can trust and depend on. I truly believe that your team is only as strong as your weakest link so be sure you work with a designer and contractor that come highly recommended. If your designer continually works with and recommends the same subs and vendors over and over again that’s typically a good sign.
DILIGENCE: As the designer and project manager, you can’t take your eye off the prize for one minute. You MUST constantly follow up and follow through on every single minute detail. As a homeowner, you’ll want a designer working for you that will be diligent and attentive and fully committed to reaching your goals. Hire someone who works toward your deadline as if it was their own.
Thank you again to Denise for having me. This is a great subject for discussion and it’s always nice to see how other designers tackle this tricky task. If you’d like to find out more about my Interior Design projects you can visit my website here. I’d love to help meet your project deadline and exceed your expectations. You can email here and we can set up a time to chat….I look forward to hearing from you soon.