One of the first things that you’ll want to do to prepare for your consultation is take inventory to determine what stays and what needs to go. To help you decide which pieces you love and which areas you are happy with and don’t want to change, do a walk-through of your home. This will give your consultant a starting point and she will work around your preferences.
To help your interior designer help you, make a list of 'Must Haves'. For example, are you
better off focusing your budget on your living room rather than on the formal dining room that
hardly gets used?
• What is your design preference?
If you have a good idea as to what types of furnishings and styles you do and do not like, be
clear about your preferences. This will save time and your consultant can focus on designing
• Do Your Research
Become familiar with products you may have on your "wish list'. This will help you establish a
realistic budget for your project, but remember: quality should always be taken into account
when making comparisons. Locate and bring any blueprints you may have of the space.
• Decide on Your Budget
Whether your budget is a few hundred dollars or several thousand dollars, determining
beforehand how much you are prepared to spend will help you in making choices later that
affect the overall cost of the project.