How to Find an Interior Decorator
LESLIE: Evelyn in North Carolina, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
EVELYN: Yes, ma’am. I have wanted to redo my – you know, they call it a living room now but it’s mostly your front room? And I wanted to know if I wanted to have it made over – the whole room – do you have any suggestions about how I could go about getting that done? The exception is I have this really big, huge desk that I have to keep in the room.
TOM: So you’re looking for a decorator to help you sort of redo the room. Is that correct?
LESLIE: Well, there is an association of interior decorators; it’s ASID. And these are folks that are registered with the Interior Decorating Society. And they’re listed by zip code. You can go to the website, ASID – I don’t know if it’s .org, .com. And that way, you can find a decorator in your area.
I will let you know that pricing ranges from decorator to decorator. Some will do an hourly consulting fee, some will do a flat fee, some will do a percentage of the items ordered. It really depends on the project. I think if you start at that website and start looking for people in your area, visit their websites, take a look at the style of work that they do, this way you can find somebody that matches your décor. And then that’s a good way to find somebody that’ll fit well.
EVELYN: OK. Well, listen, that was what I wanted to know. You think that would be worth the while?
LESLIE: Oh, absolutely. I think it makes sense to start that way.
EVELYN: Oh, OK. Well, thank you.
TOM: You’re very welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.