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Decorating a home can take more time, patience, energy, and overall emotional devotion than most New Yorkers are willing to commit. The trouble is most New Yorkers also demand the highest quality and better-than-
average home décor. So how do we balance our lack of effort with our unquenchable thirst for the best pad in the neighborhood? Interior designers. After all, all those Parsons and F.I.T. grads should be put to work at some point, right? The process of determining which interior designer to use can be just as difficult as picking the right shade of mauve or where to put the 19th century sofa that you so heavily invested in. The key, before ever even interviewing ANY interior designer, is to know in your heart what general direction you would like to take. Are you a country bumpkin in a classic 5, or are you a luxury lover in an unfinished loft? Picking a general, if vague, direction is the biggest move you can make. Some designers are incredible when it comes to western motifs, and others specialize in homes designed to look like they fit into the French Colonial era. Still not sure which mold you fit into? That’s ok, because there are still some great designers out there that can work with little or no direction. You might just like the color teal, and they can take it from there. As far as Manhattan goes, some of the best designers can be found on a virtual switchboard of interiors.
All of the designers on the site are reputable and offer references upon request, as well as images and examples of completed past work. You can usually get an idea of who would be a good fit for your home by looking through their book… If a room they did jumps out at you, that’s the designer for you. Hiring an interior design firm is not a cheap adventure, but it’s often well worth it. Designers usually get some discounts on the furnishings, and put rooms together in a way that most of us plebs wouldn’t be able to do otherwise. If you’re short on time and energy and don’t mind spending the dough, a designer is definitely the way to go!
Check out: Design Directory