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"I want an interior decorator"

We need someone to help decorate a new home; giving color and contemporary style. Immediate needs: bedroom wall colors, and a few bathroom remodels.

wanted by: mitch (317) in Wellesley Hills, MA 02481 +
updated on: Oct. 10, 2012, 4:07 p.m. (7 years, 4 months ago)
posted on: Oct. 28, 2010, 7:30 p.m. (9 years, 4 months ago)
tags: design home home improvement interior
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comment We also need to pick out a large living room rug to go with existing wall colors and furniture. - mitch 9 years, 4 months ago
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Re: I want an interior decorator

Betsy Roxby (Arlington, MA) is awesome: [email protected]

I used her to pick colors, furniture and lighting for my condo in Newton and she NAILED it. I swear it was a big reason that I was able to sell it within a week of listing even in a down market.

Now that I'm in a new (and bigger) home, I hope to use Betsy again for advice with interior decorations, for selecting the large 11 foot by 13 foot rug for our main living space, for picking colors for three bedrooms and all kinds of general design and home decorating tips.

I wish I had before and after pictures from her last transformation. I'll be sure and capture them this time around!

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Re: I want an interior decorator

I can vouch for working with an interior designer. I used to think I could do it all myself... after-all, I can tell if I like this color or that rug. Boy was I schooled by the designer I eventually found. She pulled my house together in a way I never could have.

A couple lamps I never would have picked out of a showroom floor look great in my living room. An accent color that I thought was way too bold is now the focal point of my kitchen and gets numerous comments from my girlfriends when they come by for coffee.

As an aside, I love dwell magazine! Its preference for modern designs and crisp, clean lines is right up my alley. I look forward to every issue and just wish my own design budget allowed me to recreate some of the wonderful spaces they highlight :)
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Hiring an interior decorator can be just the thing you need to transform your home from a mishmash of styles and colors into a harmonized and coherently designed space.

The most important place to start is for you to know what your style is. Do you like clean modern? Country cozy? French Colonial? Flip through some design magazines or websites like "Architectural Digest", "House Beautiful" or "Dwell Magazine" and tear or print out the spaces and designs that you like.

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This will be a huge help to you as you work to determine which decorator's portfolio most resembles your likes and tastes. It will also be an invaluable resource to your chosen designer as they craft your surfaces and spaces to your liking.

It's important to meet with as many designers as you have time for. Any good designer will have a portfolio of beautiful spaces that you can imaging in your home, but comparing one designer's aesthetic to all the others that you've met is where you really form your opinions.

After meeting with the designers ask each of them for references so you can get a sense of their working style and how satisfied each client was with their work. Obviously, these clients wouldn't be selected by the designer if they weren't happy, so you'll have to probe a bit to make sure their experience was 100% satisfactory.

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