There are so many options for you when you decide to change your living room decor. You can do it yourself, after learning tricks from TV shows and home decor magazines. You can ask for help in Facebook groups, where people are offering help and giving opinions on what would be the best for you. Or you can hire a designer. In this article, I will explain why you should hire an interior designer and how it will help you.
However, when you try to google professional help, you probably end up with a huge headache, because it seems that everyone is an interior designer these days.
That’s why I wrote this article: to show you how I can help you.
I strongly believe that interior designers should have formal training and education for this career but I also know there are many talented designers without it.
I am lucky that in my family education was always held in high regard and my parents supported me all the way.
So, I studied lighting design at a specialist college before getting my bachelor’s degree in textile and fashion design. Then I got both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture.
If you have read my story, you will know from then until I found Feng Shui I felt that all my studies had been for nothing.
Because of all of this, I never design just a pretty room, but always a room that makes sense and helps you live a comfortable life.
Why you should hire an interior designer (me)
This business has a ‘me, myself and I’ set up. For you, this means that you will always communicate only with me; I do all work by myself, so there is no one else involved. So, I don’t need to tell anyone how to create your home and risk some “lost on the way” situation.
If you are shy or even a little embarrassed because of your home, there is no need to worry.
It will always be only between you and me.
And I always work on only one project at a time. So you will always have all my undivided attention.
Consultation – Email
As a busy mum, I know how difficult it is to find time to sit down and have an undisturbed chat with anyone. That’s why I offer email communication because you can reply anytime at your own ease.
Furthermore, all communication is in one thread and in written form. So we can go back and check that everything has been followed up.
Design Concepts – 2 options
I offer two design options even though you, as my client, usually know what you want. But, sometimes, there might be a solution you haven’t thought of. That’s why I, as a professional, want you to see this alternative before you make a final decision.
Floor Plan – 2 options
Find the right position for your furniture. Find space for your new home office (the one you probably didn’t need before March 2020), or just try out whether your dream open living/dining space will work.
Having a furniture plan ready before you start buying real furniture, or before you actually start moving furniture around your room, will save you plenty of money and definitely a great deal of energy.
The perfect floor plan is probably the most important reason why you should hire an interior designer
Advice on design and style
This is usually part of design concepts. I will consider your lifestyle with your chosen concept style. So I won’t recommend you a white sofa if you have small kids, naughty cats and a hairy husband.
Together, we – meaning you and me – will find the perfect solution for you and your family, considering everything that goes on in your home.
Finding the right design style for your home is the second most important reasons why you should hire an interior designer.
Feng Shui Recommendation
I love the magic of Feng Shui, I have tried it in our own home and I know it works. So, if you have anything on your mind that you think should be considered, or you have some worrying feeling, we can look at it together and find out how Feng Shui can help you.
When I draw a floor plan, I always keep Feng Shui rules in mind but I never respect Feng Shui more than your own needs.
For example, if you need an office desk and you are already limited with your space, I won’t push you to knock the wall down just for the sake of better Feng Shui.
Unlimited Design Revisions
During the design process (3-4 weeks), you can change your mind about your design. You can also change the furniture layout, you can add more decor, and you can change wall or furniture colours.
I know that creating the perfect home is a process and it is not done in one shot.
My aim is that you are 100% happy with a great design from me. And you can see this from what my clients say in their testimonials.
Another part of my service is an interactive shopping list. With these product recommendations, you won’t be running around stores (or scouring the internet) like mad because you’ll know what you are buying.
Also, because you will have the whole concept ready, you won’t be buying home decor that won’t be a good fit for the rest of your house. In short, you will know where you’re heading
I typically provide you with alternatives, such as similar products in different price ranges. I don’t just work with one company (as some designers do) I won’t be “selling” you just one shop’s products.
I have an affiliate relationship with some companies, but this does not involve limiting my choices for you. I will search for the right products for you in different places. This could even be IKEA as well as Facebook MarketPlace.
I am happy to find the right thing for you without making any commission on it.
With real samples of material, you will have in your hand little bits of your future room. In this way, you will be able to feel it and play around with it.
It will help you in the home decor stores because you will be able to see whether items work together or not. Believe me, if you use only your imagination it will be playing tricks on you and your dream home could turn into a nightmare.
Further to this, because you will have a virtual design from me, you will see colours on your screen, and it is important to see real colours and textures.
I don’t know of anyone else offering this as a part of their e-design service.
Post design help
Many clients need a little more time to finish their room design. This sometimes happens because of their own circumstances. Sometimes because delivery was held up. Sometimes because the right product is not available.
This is absolutely fine and normal. Take your time rather than making a pricey mistake just for the sake of a quick decision.
Consequently, I decided to extend my post-design help from one month to six months. What does this mean for you?
Within these six months, you can contact me for one consultation (email or video call) and one revision of your design completely free of charge.
Visualisation and 360 panaromatic view
This is a real diamond in my e-design service. With a 360 panoramic view, you will see your home as you would see it once it is ready in real life. You will see how the colours work together. And you can try different colour options for your wall or furniture, so you will be confident in your choice.
I really admire creative people
Thank you for all your help and everything else you have done for us. I really admire creative people like you. My entrance hall is not ready yet but, with your design and follow-up help, it soon will be. Thanks again!
We definitely made the right decision in asking for your help
I’d like to say a massive ‘thank you’ for this co-operation. We definitely made the right decision in asking for your help. I am sure we will be back for more when our kids need their bedroom remodelling! It will be a special challenge: how to set up a shared bedroom for a boy and a girl!
The only thing we regret is that we didn’t contact you sooner!
A big ‘thank you’ for the beautiful designs and the nice and patient communication. We got so much inspiration and so many helpful ideas from you. We were really surprised by how much can be done online, how comfortable the communication was, and that all our follow-up questions were answered. We can’t wait till we start the realisation itself. The only thing we regret is that we didn’t contact you sooner!
Really happy with the result, which exceeded our expectations
Cooperation with Julie was very intensive, happy and creative. We arranged everything via email and she very patiently replied to all of our questions. She took all of our ideas and options into consideration when designing our layout. Her ideas have really added an atmosphere to our home.
I have to say that after this cooperation I see that professional input was necessary – it is like a piece of a puzzle which, if it was missing, the whole masterpiece would be incomplete.
We are really happy with the result, which exceeded our expectations, and we plan at least another consultation in the future.
Unbelievable, nice and creative person, who really knows what she is doing!
What can I say… just send her a message, call her and let her create. Unbelievable, nice and creative person, who really knows what she is doing!☘️
She will understand you, your vision, and your financial budget
I can 100% recommend Julie. She will understand you, your vision, and your financial budget and she will surprise you with an original solution. For me, it was a great help – from a great woman!
Don’t hesitate to contact her
I highly recommend Julie. She is full of ideas and she helps you out when you are completely desperate. Don’t hesitate to contact her; she always finds an ideal solution.
She showed me my future flat the way I would see it in real life
I struggle to visualise things in 3D, so I could not choose the right furniture, I could not decide the right colours for our walls, and I wasn’t sure about the floor plan. Julie created the 3D visualization and showed me my future flat the way I would see it in real life. Thanks to her efforts, I have a clear idea of how to set up our living room. The cooperation was quick and smooth and I really appreciated the nice and friendly approach. I really recommend Julie and her work. ❤️👌
She always tries the best solution for you
Julie is an unbelievable person. She is full of empathy, ideas, and originality. She always tries to find the best solution for her clients, in a way that the client always ends up happy. I recommend her 100%. Amazing cooperation!
I can’t wait to cooperate on further designs
From my personal outcome, I achieved an absolutely perfect design solution for our kids’ bedroom. I can’t wait to cooperate on further designs in future. Thank you!!
She can sense the needs of her clients
I needed to remodel my bathroom and the kids’ bedroom. I have to say that the cooperation with Julie was really smooth and nice. She can sense the needs of her clients, and you will not only get an original solution but a lot of helpful advice. She can also design made-to-measure furniture as well. I really appreciated her smooth online communication. Highly recommended!
Definitely want Julie to work with us again
“Julie quickly, precisely and above our expectations realized ideas of a new visualization of our living room and nursery. We intend to turn the nursery into a dining room. I highly recommend her work. In the future, we are going to refurbish our parent’s house. We definitely want Julie to work with us again. I’m looking forward to it.”
She is an expert in making a house home
Julie is a very talented designer. She puts emphasis not only on the aesthetics but functionality as well. She is expert in making a house home. I really like her idea of having space which brings joy. The fundamental principle of getting the basics right and then advancing to interior designing. My family room was a very challenging design but I’m really impressed how to she came up with a solution. I would 100% recommend her!
Julie creates visualisations very quickly and her work is very realistic.
Julie creates visualisations very quickly and her work is very realistic. Furnishing and details help to visualize how the future interior will look. I also love the 360 panoramic view, where you can see the whole room, including both the floor and ceiling. Julie uses the real textures of materials so you don’t need to worry that the visualisation will be different from the real room.
Thank you for bringing back my lost memory.
The meditation was awesome. It relaxed me a lot. Though there was a strange thing, the house I saw in during the meditation was very diff to my liking or my design style. In real life, I wouldn’t prefer to live there. It was a huge Victorian house but I like ranch or mid-century houses with simple decor and lots of light.
Actually, now I remember this was the house I used to dream of when I was a kid but as I grew up my design style, country, preferences changed. But my subconscious was holding on to the image 🙂
Thank you for bringing back my lost memory. 😄😇
excellent resource to visualize your whole dream home
“This meditation by Julie Rawding Interiors is an excellent resource to visualize your whole dream home. I was stuck with my own home office makeover, and this helped me to get started. Julie gently and calmly guides you through the visualization while your eyes are closed. It is best to do this when you are alone and have some peace and quiet. In the end, I was able to see in my mind’s eye what my ideal space would look like. Julie offered me this meditation in exchange for a review, but I did offer to pay for it, and it is worth the money!”