Whether you are doing a complete over-haul of your dining room, looking to switch up your living room or simply updating your Fourier furnishings: Going it alone can be a challenge. Most major renovations can cost anywhere from $10,000.00 to $50,000.00 depending on what you would like to have done. In our opinion, that is an investment & when you make large investments it is wise to consult someone with knowledge of that particular investment. In this case, an Interior Designer or Decorator is exactly what you need.
For our example, we are going to focus on a typical living room or family area within your home that you want to update. So, where do you start first? Just to list the essentials, wall treatments, flooring, window dressings, art/pictures, lighting, and furnishing. Each one to these categories can also be broke down into color pallets, textures, finishes fabrics and lets not forget about the quality.
We are going to focus on the furniture aspect only. Living room and/or family area rooms have furniture options ranging from traditional, casual, contemporary, modern & everywhere in-between. Once you figure which design motif you are looking for, there are literally hundreds of places to acquire your new furnishings. There is huge chain furniture stores that will offer up what they claim are great deals. You can search through dozens of small furniture stores that have limited stock & options available to you. You also have your “factory overstock” stores that offer hundreds of products in basic fabrics & styles. And let’s not forget about on-line furniture retail stores that usually offer nothing that you haven’t seen before.
After much research, hours of window shopping & countless encounters with sales clerks and you have found something you liked: Do you know how it is made, where it was made & the quality of the frame, foam, fabric and of the workmanship? Chances are that the sales clerk did not go over that at all.
Admittedly, I am a bit bias. At CSI-Montage Galleries, we handcraft each piece of furniture that is ordered. We start from scratch, hand build every frame out of quality hardwoods, we use locally made quality foams & our skilled craftsmen & women in our upholstery department are some of the best in the industry. And here is where Interior Designers and Decorators are an invaluable asset to have.
We work with Interior designers & Decorators on a daily basis. Whether we are working on a set of living room chairs ordered strait out of our catalog, or building a custom designed sofa sectional; It all starts with them. Interior Designers work closely with their clients to understand what they are looking for & present them with a whole range of options including furniture style, fabric color & patterns/textures, stains & finishes, seating/cushion options and let them make an informed decision.
Most, if not all, Interior Designers & Decorators we work with love what they do for a living. They thrive on creating one of a kind & unique room scapes that work for their clients. They are a wealth of information & knowledge concerning color pallets; design flow & can incorporate it all into any room.
We love hearing from our Interior Design clients about how one of our custom made sofa sectionals trilled their clients, how one of our ottomans fit perfectly into a design, and how glad they are to have a custom furniture manufacturer like CSI-Montage Galleries in order to make it all happen.
However, it is the other way round, without their expertise & hard work; we could not have the chance to create quality & luxurious custom furnishings. We strongly recommend that you don’t “Go it Alone” and partner up with a qualified Interior Designer or Decorator for any project you may need help with.
Please feel free to contact us if you need help finding an Interior Designer or Decorator, or if we can be of any assistance.
Thanks for reading,