WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU FEEL YOUR DESIGNER DOESN'T UNDERSTAND YOUR VISION

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WOW! I'm so excited that you're reading this because it means that you want to find a remedy and get your project back on track.

 

Before we dive into the solutions, I would love for you to remember why you began this journey in the first place. What was it about your space that made you crazy and brought you to hire an interior designer?

More than a vision of how it would look, you probably had a vision of how your space would feel, so you hired someone to see and translate that vision. That vision included how you would feel when you walked in after a long day of work, or how you would feel more motivated when you first woke up in the morning to take some extra time for yourself, eat better, or have more energy for the things and people you love most.

As a design firm at the forefront of emotionally intelligent interior design, our designs are focused on using style to evoke emotion. We completely understand your deep desire to be over the moon about the look and feel of your space.

But right now, those are mere possibilities.


RIGHT NOW, YOU'RE STILL IN LIMBO, WAITING FOR WHAT SEEMS LIKE FOREVER TO HAVE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE. PERHAPS YOU FIRST SOUGHT OUT YOUR DESIGNER BECAUSE, you didn't know where to begin and wanted to trust someone who would. and Maybe you also currently feel that: 

  • your space feels empty and void of personality

  • you want to feel comfortable inviting people over

  • your space just makes you want to run away

  • your space is dysfunctional

  • and so much more

 

 

And if your design isn't moving in the direction you'd like, you're probably feeling frustrated right now because maybe you were expecting more of a WOW and that you would have been much happier with the outcome. Maybe you own that you keep changing your mind and feel frustrated not being able to properly express what you'd like. Or maybe you feel like it’s nice... but it doesn’t feel quite right.

Does any of that sound like you?

If you're emphatically nodding your head, “YES!”, then let me go deeper and ask you a couple of really important questions.

  1. At any point did you feel happy about the designs and then suddenly felt the desire to change it all?

  2. If yes, take a minute, to be honest with yourself and ask, “what changed”?

Maybe it was because:

  • you shared the designs with a friend?

  • overthought the design?

  • don't trust yourself or your designer?

  • or maybe you just have a feeling and you don't quite know how to express it?

Whatever the reason may be, you're reading this because you would still like your space to reflect who you are and the emotions and style you desire.
 

So let's dive into the remedy and get you back on track ASAP!

Step 1:
Whatever you do, don't fall for the blame game. Our goal is to achieve your desired results, not place blame.
It's so easy to start pointing fingers when things aren't going as planned. I'm definitely guilty of this myself. The reason it's so tempting to place blame is that we want a solution and we feel that finding the right person will remedy it. However, placing blame results in an adverse effect. So, instead of looking for blame, ask the parties involved “how can we remedy this?” It might not be an immediate fix or initially obvious solution, but by getting everyone involved it will already change the vibe in your relationship from a potentially toxic one to a positive and proactive one.

Step 2:
Communication communication communication. With this step, our goal is to ensure that you relate to your designer that something doesn't feel quite right. Whether it feels off, or you know exactly what it is, many designers are creative types and are sensitive. So when criticism strikes they might shut down which will trigger a creative block and negative results for your project.

 

THE END

 

... just kidding ;)

 

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...This is really the crux of what it takes to begin your journey towards a remedy. Now let’s dive even deeper into practical solutions you and your designer can implement. Following these guidelines will save the design and your relationship with your designer.

 

following these guidelines will save the design and your relationship with your designer.

 

 


Now, let's really bring it home with some further easy next steps!


Step 3:
In order to minimize additional costs, here is an exercise that will help you communicate and bring your vision to life:

  1. Make sure you are clear on your personal style. Designers can't read your mind. Take the style navigator training here:

  2. Sleep on it, let it marinate

  3. When you've determined that this is your style, stick to it. Changing gears mid-project will leave you empty-handed. It's like starting a cheesecake and then wanting to turn it into a meatloaf (that's what we would call at Hadar Interiors Headquarters, NOT KOSHER!)

  4. Once you've decided on a style you want to stick to, communicate with your designer with some examples. Point out what you like about each photo.


So, we have established that you have a vision of how you want to feel in your space and you want to make sure that your designer understands that vision completely and will execute on it.


To recap, we learned that it's important to:

  1. Be solution oriented

  2. Always communicate your ideas and feelings

  3. Be clear on your style and have a visual for your designer to see

  4. And lastly, trust them to execute your vision

I know it can feel scary committing to a final design. You might be asking yourself, “What if I don't like it once it's installed?”, “What if I end up regretting spending so much money?” and “What if something goes wrong?”

But I want to challenge you to flip that question and instead ask yourself questions like:

  • “what would be at stake if I'm not decisive about this now?”

  • “am I willing for things to stay at status quo?”

  • “how would my life change if I took this leap and took quick action?”

If you are focused on the bigger picture and are armed with the knowledge of the realities of getting your space re-designed, things will go much smoother for both you and your designer and you will get back in alignment with the vision that inspired you in the first place.

 

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get back in alignment with the vision that inspired you

BONUS TIPS

I'm going to share with you a few more helpful tips and things to watch out for:
 

  1. BUDGET: Results will vary depending on budget. Even though designers can make “magic” with virtually any budget, the larger the budget the more powerful the results can be. As a rule of thumb, I would caution, don't expect WOW on a shoestring budget.

  2. OPINIONS: Don’t ask others for their opinion. No one's opinion is more important than your own. In a society where we make buying decisions based on quality and the number of reviews, I find that many people end up valuing other people's opinions over their own. Challenge yourself to turn within for answers and guidance, rather than to the people around you. Unlike a mass-produced product that is designed to serve everyone equally, interior design is tailored to you. Your style, your needs, and your preferences. It’s all about you!

  3. THE CAST: You hired the designer to execute your vision, because let’s be honest, everyone has their strengths. The design of your space is like a creating a play, there is the star of the show and then there are the supporting cast. Not every single piece of furnishing is supposed to be a “WOW” piece, because then the main focal points will no longer be the stars.

 

To have the success both you and your designer deeply desire, you both must have fluid communication, realistic expectations, and mutual trust. I know one thing is for sure, I trust you to kick your project back into high gear and make it a SMASHING SUCCESS! Wishing you a gorgeous outcome you'll absolutely LOVE!


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