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Designing the perfect living space

Designing the perfect living space

A good interior design brings together all the decorating elements in a home.

POSTED April 24, 2013 4:08 p.m.

Many of us are hopeless when it comes to decorating our homes. We’ve all heard horror stories about home projects gone badly. We can't decide which furniture to choose, what color scheme to work with, how to best use the features and rooms in our home. For help with pulling together the look and design of living spaces many turn to professional designers and decorators, who have the skills to transform colors, fabrics and furniture into amazing homes.

According to Eric Jergenson from Jaureguy’s Paint and Decorating, the first step is to develop a design plan that incorporates the function and style the homeowner wants to achieve.

“A design plan can consist of photos torn out of magazines, pictures of homes you like, sketches you have created, or even detailed plans drawn by a designer or architect,” said Jergenson. “Make a list of your wants and expectations and be realistic about the cost.”

Since most homeowners don’t build or remodel on a regular basis, determining styles, estimating costs, and understanding what is involved in a remodel can be a challenge for many people. Using an interior designer is one way to integrate style with the building process.

While many people use the terms "decorator" and "interior designer" int­erchangeably, these are actually two very different professions.

“An interior designer is just a decorator,” said Jergenson. “They are involved with construction on a regular basis, and can help the client avoid costly mistakes. A professional designer will help coordinate color selections, provide space planning and coordinate fixtures, finishes, and appliances to fit your design plan and budget.”

A good interior design brings together all the decorating elements in a home. Constant communication with the client is key to designing the perfect home, said Jaureguy’s decorator Erin Cockrell.

“It’s important to choose a contractor that you are comfortable working with,” said Cockrell. “There has to be constant communication between both so the ideas can come into place. As decorators, we are here to facilitate the designing process so it won’t be a daunting but rather pleasurable experience.”

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