About DYD
Serving Austin & the Dallas Metroplex
Doris Younger, ASID, RID | TX Certified Interior Designer #2977

Checklist For Meeting With A Designer

Before you ever speak to an interior designer, take some time to think about what you want, what you need, what you can afford, and what is most important to you.  The designer you hire will be able to advise you on specifics, but to get the result you want, it is important to do your homework first.  The time you spend will be well worth it.

Once you have determined the scope of your project, spend some time considering the “look” and options you want. Putting together an idea folder or scrapbook of your likes and dislikes, wishes and dreams is a great way to begin the design process. Look for pictures of rooms or interior design ideas that appeal to you, swatches of fabric, paint color cards, furniture catalogs or brochures, etc. These will stir your imagination and help the interior designer better understand your preferences and tastes. Include information and pictures of appliances, plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, cabinet and door hardware, and flooring materials as well, if these will be elements in your room design. Finally, consider how much you want to be involved in the project. Do you want an interior designer who will work with you, or do you want the designer to take charge and provide you with options? Clarifying your expectations will help you and the designer to communicate well and ensure the result you want.

    1. Start by answering the following questions as completely and specifically as you can:
    2. What Do You Want to Create or Change?
    3. Who is going to use the space?
    4. What activities will take place there?
    5. What kind of look or feel do you want the space to have?
    6. If you are modifying an existing space, what do you currently like about the space?  What do you most want to change?  Why?
    7. How Much Time and Money Do You Want to Devote to Your Project?
    8. What is your time frame for completing your design project?
    9. Is there a date or impending event by which your project must be finished?
    10. Will you or someone you delegate be on hand while the work is being done?
    11. What is your budget?
    12. What changes do you need to have and which would be nice to have?
    13. How will you finance the project?
    14. What Do You Want the Interior Designer to Do?
    15. Improve the use and efficiency of space, including storage and organization?
    16. Create or reproduce a “look” or style? Recommend and/or select fixtures, furnishings, accessories, appliance, etc.?
    17. Improve or enhance the lighting?
    18. Improve the acoustics and/or minimize sound transmission?
    19. Increase the accessibility and safety of the surroundings?
    20. Address health and environmental issues?
    21. Address special needs?
    22. Suggest “green” solutions and products?
    23. Integrate audiovisual, security and/or other technology into the design?
    24. Recommend contractors and manage the project?

Just for Fun with Doris Younger Designs

The evolution of furniture from utilitarian to artful is often a key to the manners, mores and means of other times and places.  In that spirit and just for fun, here are “romance” stories about some of those pieces picked up over thirty five years of studying and practicing interior design.  Are they true? I don’t know for sure but if not, I’m sure at the very least they contain seeds of truth in the development of traditional furniture styles and, as I said, just for fun……. Read More fun stories here.