As a Winnipeg interior decorator, I think the most important advice that I can give any perspective client is to check the credentials of your decorator and/or designer before you hire them. All too often I have found clients who have gone into retail locations that sell home furnishings, and are approached by sales persons claiming to be either an interior decorator or designer. But are they really? In some cases they are, and if this is the situation clients are looked after very well, but all too often these sales people have no decorating or design credentials what so ever. They claim they can do a furniture layout, coordinate fabrics, select wall colors. Yes, maybe they have some natural talent, but what they are missing is the training that people who have spent time in College and University to obtain the designation of interior decorator, or designer have. It takes more than just some natural talent to create a successful space, and more often than not clients are the ones who pay the price when a design goes wrong.
Are these sales people making false claims paying attention to the overall home, do they take time to ensure there is a flow of color, design, and style throughout the home. With no educational background in the field of interior decorating or design are they offering clients advice on structure? Do they have knowledge of other products such as kitchen cabinets, flooring, tiles? Are they willing to accompany clients to other furniture retail locations, so they can find exactly what they are looking for? Or is the main objective to make sales, and the more products they can sell clients from their store the more commission they will receive.
Over the last 6 years I have decorated the homes of multiple clients each project unique with its own challenges. The vast majority of clients I meet for the first time from the referral of a friend or family member, my web site, my appearance of TV or other media such as magazines and newspapers, and the home shows at the Winnipeg Convention Center such as the Kitchen, Bath, and Renovation show where I conduct “Ask A Decorator”. My point is that I have credentials. I would not be interviewed by Media, I would not have the position of doing “Ask A Decorator” at the KBR show if I did not have the credentials. I spent time attending class, working on assignments, and writing exams. I graduated from Red River College’s Residential Interiors program with a straight “A” average. And for any client who asks I have my certificate hanging in my office to proudly show them.
So for any one who is about to hire an interior decorator or designer, please protect your interests by taking the time to ask the question “What program did you graduate from?”
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