22 September 2008

it's the economy, stupid!

but even if times are uncertain, we don't want our homes to look stupid too, do we? which is why decorators are MORE important than ever (really- swear on our sacred measuring tape). when money is tight, who wants to risk a costly mistake by ordering a sofa that doesn't fit? or a wallpaper that fights with the rest of the room? when one is dealing with purchases as important as those, it really doesn't pay to be penny-wise and pound foolish, especially if you aren't quite sure what you are doing...

(and yes, this post is BLATANT self-promotion. sorry, gotta look after the bottom line- we're a little freaked out by the current state of affairs too, you know).

lots of people think you have to have to be rich to hire a decorator, and that just ain't necessarily so- at least not in maison21land. recently, maison21 was hired to consult on a young client's new apartment. overwhelmed by options, and realizing their design vision needed a little more cohesion, the client employed m21 to draw up a floor plan with some furniture size and placement guidelines, as well as give some recommendations as to what decor issues should be addressed first, and what could wait, what could be bought at retail or should made custom, and what could be reused or purchased vintage to stretch the budget. paint colors, upholstery and window covering options were also discussed.

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the client can then take the info maison21 has provided and proceed all on their on their own if they wish, or m21 can be involved in the process as little or as much as desired. the client gets some needed direction and inspiration, while also getting the benefit of masion21's experience- as m21 made all those expensive first-time decorator mistakes years ago... now, doesn't that sound like a good economic plan?

13 comments:

Ivy Lane said...

Right on! I would be inclined to keep Maison 21 in the picture as I would be too skiddish about picking out the wrong sectional sofa, or miss the perfect vintage lamp etc...and OMG..what if the paint is one shade off?!! I would just bite the bullet if I went as far as having the floor plan, colors,and all the prelim. discussions..just have the designer do the whole project!

Linda Merrill said...

Here, here! Nice floor plan - what software do you use?

Pigtown-Design said...

I "won" the services of an interior designer/decorator at a charity auction (it was a pity bid). My house at that time was 9.5' wide and she was used to McMansions, but she did have some good suggestions about moving furniture. It helps to have someone look at your things with a fresh eye!

Patricia Gray said...

I totally agree with you. You don't know how many clients call me in after they have made costly expensive mistakes on their own. Like the $5,000.00 sofa is too big. Help. That is a great floor plan you have done and very valuable words of wisdom!

Anonymous said...

You are too cute!!!! Love it.

Anonymous said...

the lower shelves of the bookshelves would be obscured by the sectional.

maison21 said...

ivy- i am always in favor of the designer (me) doing the whole project! but alas, sometimes the budget just can't afford to have me glamorize things from start to finish...

linda- i use adobe illustrator- it's not designed to be used for floorplans (no dimensioning, sadly) but it the first computer program i ever learned, so this is a case of an old dog using old tricks...

meg-

9.5 wide, that's a challenge! you do like a skinny home, don't you? :) but seriously, having a fresh eye never hurts. i've had situations in my own home where a fellow designer has opened my eyes to an easy solution to a problem that vexed me- i had been looking at things in one way for so long, i couldn't see alternatives any longer. we all get tunnel-vision (or skinny-vision in your case).

patricia-i know you agree! a $5000 sofa mistake is something that we can't fix, but could have prevented for far less money with a just a consultation or two!

thanks anon #1! and anon #2- you are correct- the sectional does block the shelves. it's not something i'd normally do, but the shelves are needed, and with space pretty limited, that really was the best spot for them...

Suzy said...

I couldn't agree more!

marthalena said...

I think I'd hire you just to hang out with you. Oh, and maybe to get into the Pacific Design Center.

Can we drink cocktails and THEN go the Pacific Design Center? That just might be my perfect day.

Come to think of it, there's a great idea for a bad economy: You should auction yourself off. "Dinner with Maison" or "Shopping With Maison" could net you a fortune. (Not that you're a whore or anything.)

Kevin said...

Anon 2. and whats wrong with "obscured" shelves. havent you ever seen a library with a sofa pushed against the shelves. Its an unexpected solution. rarely do people, especially young homeowners, have a vast collection of displayable books. Besides it gives M21 a spot to hide the Hummel Collection!!

katiedid said...

Glad to see you are back in action! At least with blogging. I hope the back is on the mend as well. :)

What a great service. I think that once someone feels a comfort level with a designer being so flexible, they tend to just keep rolling along. I would hire you in a NY minute!

maison21 said...

i knew you'd agree, suzy!

martenlena- don't worry, i'm a total whore! ;-) you buy the cocktails, and i'm there!

actually, maybe that's not such a good idea- i remember meeting a friend once at the bar at neiman-marcus and we both emerged from that shopping trip with hideous, expensive shoes. i hate to repeat that kind of intoxicated mistake with a sofa...

kevin- no hummel collection to hide (thank god), but you are correct, for young people having shelves obscured is NOT a bad thing. they haven't usually had the decades to build up scary pack-rat sized collections of EVERYTHING (like moi).

thanks katie- it's nice to be back! things are getting better, so i'm braving a little time on the computer each day.

and you are so correct- once people get exposed to working with a designer, they quite like the experience. that's one of the reasons i like working with younger people- not so many preconceived notions, and as they get more successful in their careers and comfortable with the decorator, a lifetime relationship can result. i have a friend that has been decorating some of his client's homes for almost 40 years!

pve design said...

Best advice is never free.
the old adage, you pay for what you get.
So right you are!