If you’ve visited my website previously, or seen the services offered on my Facebook page, you’ll see that I offer “Redesign” as a service. I’ve found that many people outside of the “home decorating/staging” world are not familiar with this term so I thought I’d take some time to clarify what it means and also share some fun and exciting information on my trade discounts!
Redesign can be used interchangeably with “interior or home decorating,” “interior styling,” or “home styling,” but it is not the same as Interior Design. A Redesigner (or decorator, stylist) is using paint, fabrics, furniture, and accessories to change the aesthetics of a space while normally working within the existing functionality of the space. So now you’re asking yourself, “Huh, isn’t that what an Interior Designer does?” That is often only part of what they do. While I am not an Interior Designer, I am a Certified Redesigner. I created this nifty grid to display the primary differences between the two:
|Interior Designer||Certified Redesigner/Interior Decorator/Stylist|
|Has an educational degree in Interior Design.||A degree is not required, but a certification program has normally been completed.|
|Has studied people’s behaviors and creates optimal functionality of interior spaces including the shape of walls, floors, etc.||Uses paint, fabrics, furnishings, and accessories to change the aesthetics of a space, while normally working within its functionality.|
|Often works with architects or developers to lay out walls and basic floorplans while keeping in mind: local building codes, fire safety, accessibility, efficiency, functionality, and sound/acoustics of spaces.||Works with homeowners to understand decorative changes they’d like to make in their home and provides them with expertise and suggestions to achieve those changes in the home.|
|Presents plans to architects, building representatives, or homeowners for review.||May create a vision board, slide with pictures, or drawing with ideas for the space. Seeks to use existing items in the home in new and different ways.|
|Oversees and/or completes implementation/installation of plans.||Can help chose or suggest new decorative accessories, art, rugs, fabrics, furnishings, lighting fixtures, and cabinet hardware for the home.|
|Often the Interior Designer will also take on the role of Decorator after implementation of floorplan/functionality updates.||May help client with shopping and installation of new decorative items.|
|Eligible for various trade discounts and often passes them along to their clients.||Eligible for various trade discounts and often passes them along to their clients.|
Hopefully that helps to clarify what I mean when I say I’m a Certified Redesigner. So here are some more fun facts about Redesign and how I am equipped to help you make changes in your home:
· I love all things home décor (did you read my blog where my love of home decor started in my childhood bedroom with a two-toned green shag rug??!!!). I especially love to help you use what you already have to transform your home with an updated, fresh look.
· I completed certification in Redesign through Home Staging Resource and I also belong to the American Society of Home Stagers and Redesigners (ASHSR). I have access to continuing education and training by maintaining my membership with Home Staging Resources and ASHSR.
· I have an eye for décor, color, proportion, scale, function and space planning for optimal flow. Blah, blah, blah – I know sounds kind of boring to most, but I love it! Let me help you with ideas to update your space(s).
· Best of all, as a Redesign professional, I have access to trade discounts at many popular home décor stores and I can pass along those discounts or wholesale prices to you when you hire me to provide Redesign services. Here are some examples:
o Pottery Barn, and all of their corresponding store chains (PB kids/teens, West elm, Williams-Sonoma, Mark + Graham, Rejuvenation, etc.)
o Ballard Designs
o Bed Bath & Beyond
o Pier 1 Imports
o Prosource Wholesale – Flooring, Kitchens, Bathrooms – check them out here.
o Mirrormate – A great alternative to modernize mirrors, check them out: Mirrormate.
o AmericasMart – I can purchase wholesale at many of the home merchandise showrooms, many of which are in Atlanta.
Probably not a big surprise, but I also love to shop for bargains at places like Homegoods, Kirklands, At Home, etc. I’m an expert at finding items that will work in your space(s) while being conscious of budget.
OK, so can you tell that Home is My Happy Place!?! I love to help people enjoy the spaces in their homes, whether they’re entertaining or to simply find comfort and retreat when they come home after a long day. Hopefully this blog post helped to clarify what Redesign is for you. I offer various service packages for Redesign, check them out here. If you’re moving into a new home, this is also a great service for Realtors to recommend to buyers and sellers!