1. Have A Defined Project - write a list of objectives in order of importance.
2. Have A Defined Budget in Mind Before Meeting with Your Designer - your Budget may define whether you and your designer are a good match.
3. Inquire About Your Designer's Resources - Where do they source? -most Interior Designers build and manufacture their own custom upholstered goods and source from "Trade Only" sources. If you are more a BIG BOX retailer BUYER, working with an interior designer may not be for you as most designers do not buy the majority of their goods from retail manufacturers.
4. Decision Makers - should be present at the initial meeting - if there is a significant other that also needs to weigh in on the hiring of such - ensure that party is also present at the initial meeting.
5. Admiring Their Work - you should hire a designer whose work you admire or can relate to. If that is not the case- find another designer. A GOOD designer can execute any plan, but typically best to work with someone who specializes in an aesthetic that resonates with you.
6. Retainer - Be prepared to pay a retainer for "project hours" and in turn receive a financial incentive for such. IE. client pays cost plus 30% for trade goods versus MSRP or retail fees as part of the business arrangement.
LCB Suggested Decorating Budgets - (LCB MAINLY sources from Trade ONLY Resources and Builds All Upholstered Items; Custom)
Low Range to High Range
* Ranges are not exclusive or limited to - merely provided as an example