If you’re looking to update the interior of your home, then you really should consider hiring an interior designer. It’s not as expensive as you might think…

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You don’t need me to tell you that 2020 was a tough year. It was also a year that brought many changes. Changes to the way we work and live especially. Did you know that during lockdown, I had more interior design enquiries than ever? I was quite surprised at first! I certainly wasn’t expecting it and like most small business owners, I was nervous about how the pandemic was going to affect my business. Today I’m here to share why hiring an interior designer is such a great idea as part of my blog collaboration with Sophie from Golden Feathers Interiors. Make sure you check out her post after reading this one!

What are the benefits of hiring an interior designer? (Apart from great design that is)!

When a new client calls me about my services, I love telling them how hiring me will actually save them money. How? Read on!

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#1 Powerful planning

When I work with my clients, I spend a good few hours talking to them about their lifestyle, how they like to live and the ideal requirements for their space. We look at different design styles and complete questionnaires that reveal you favourite colour palette (did you know that you will naturally gravitate towards a Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter colour palette)? We look into why you might be stuck agreeing on a decor scheme with your partner (hint, it’s usually to do with the colour palettes I just referred to). All this planning means that we decide upon a scheme that you LOVE, which then ensures that you don’t waste your hard earned money on products and furnishings that won’t work together or that will date quickly.

#2 Trade discounts

I have trade discounts on everything from paint and wallpaper to soft furnishings and furniture…and I pass 100% of it on to my clients. And yes, I do have trade discounts on Farrow and Ball paint and Cole and Son wallpaper. You can now afford the pricey stuff!

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#3 I’m an interior stylist and I assist on shoots for magazines

If you love flipping through interiors magazines and would love to recreate the looks on a budget – I can help with that! Not only can I design your space, I can style it too. I’ve been fortunate to work as an assistant to some of the best interior stylists in the industry and have learnt so much from them about the art of styling a space. I work as an assistant to the lovely Emma Morton-Turner for example and write and style for Inside Stylists – an industry website for interior magazine stylists, writers and editors. The best bit is that I’ve seen first hand how you can create amazing room schemes with vintage furniture and objects that you already own. I’m not a believer in starting a room from scratch and buying in everything completely brand new – unless that’s what you require of course!

#4 I have a little black book of trusted tradespeople

If the thought of finding an electrician, tiler, handyman and furniture up-cycler is enough to send you into a spin, I can help. I provide you with recommended tradespeople who will do a great job for a fair price. Most of my recommendations are from trades that I have employed myself in my own home. (If they are out there partly representing my brand because I’ve recommended them, I want to be certain that they will do a good job)!

Did you know that I have a range of services to suit a range of budgets?

So far we’ve covered four ways that an interior designer can save you money – but there are more! If you’re interested in finding out how I can help you, why not contact me and we can talk about your specific requirements. I am based in East Kent and cover interior design in Canterbury, Whitstable, Ashford, Folkestone and the surrounding areas. I’ve served clients in Surrey too and am happy to travel. I can design an entire room/s for you, and leave you to implement the scheme, or I can project manage the entire renovation from start to finish. Take a look at my services page for more information.

I look forward to hearing from you!

“Claire has created an inspiring vision for our open living/dining room that has surpassed our expectations!”

Emma, Canterbury, Kent

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