A lot of people would say something along the lines of:
“Interior Designer? That’s a nonsense fake job! I don’t need someone to decorate my house and tell me where to put furniture!!”
Then there are people who are working 50 hours a week: Trial Lawyers, Surgeons, Architects, Business Owners, etc. If you are working that many hours, and then add a commute on top of it: The last thing you want to do on your day off is have your spouse or partner drag you through a furniture showroom. Doesn’t matter if it’s; IKEA, Macy’s, or some high end family owned chain.
So these busy, successful people will instruct an Interior Designer like this: “Here is a pile of money, furnish and decorate my house, and when I have guests over…I want them to be envious…not laughing at me behind my back”.
That is a real thing. Most of us are not that rich. Some are.
A few years ago I started reaching out to Interior Designers I could find on the HOUZZ website for referral work. There is a lot of garbage. Posers, wanna-bees, bored rich housewives and trust fund babies who have the cash to set up nice websites, but probably aren’t even doing one Interior Design job a year.
The Interior Designers, Stagers & Organizers listed below are the real deal. They are out there, doing work.
Laura Design Company owned by Laura Peacock & Laura Irion
Michelle Glennon Interior Design, Inc. owned by Michelle Glennon
Clark Custom Interiors owned by Kristin Clark
Elizabeth Stamos Design owned by Elizabeth Stamos
Dezaar Interiors owned by Nicole Bostman
New Perspective Design, Inc. owned by Angie Gardeck
Mason & Brass owned by Elizabeth Smolcich
Deborah Silver Design owned by Deborah Silver
Michelle Thill Interiors owned by Michelle Thill
Cynthia Brown Interior Design owned by Cynthia Brown
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