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 has been a tough year. It’s also been a year that has 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? Many people wanted to create a designated home office area in their home or had just become really fed up looking at all of those rooms that they had always meant to update but had never gotten around to!

When a new client calls me about my services, I love telling them how hiring me will actually save them money. So here I am today to share the same information with you, in case you are thinking of hiring an interior designer.

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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 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. Don’t worry, everyone has a primary and secondary favourite and usually you will match your partner’s primary or secondary choice). We can find a happy medium that way and design a scheme you both love. 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. 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 in a spin in between zoom meetings and childcare, I can help by providing 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 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.

If you are not looking for a complete design but just some ideas and a mood board, we can cover that in an initial consultation. You can see more information and my prices on the ‘services’ page. In the meantime you can contact me on claire@claireparkin.com or by completing the ‘contact me’ form.

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