Calling all Interior Designers!!!

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INTERIOR DESIGNERS!!!! LOTS OF QUESTIONS

Just wondering how many of us there are?! Do you all have an affiliation or are certified? I personally haven't sat the exam yet (got screwed but that's a whole other blog) but I am an associate with ASID. I was wondering if there are others out there like me. I heard that a lot of designers don't feel the need to be certified since clients don't ask. What do you think about this? How long have you been a designer? How much did you charge when you started? How much now?

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Rainmaker
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Sheron Cardin
California Moods Inc - Selma, CA
ARTIST - A Home Stager/Sellers Best Friend!

Hi Christine - I know there are a few of us here in AR and I hope they all comment here.

I have a few thoughts on the subject of designers and decorators staging. First of all, those people who are offering certifications are not professional designers as a whole. They are either real estate agents or students of trainers who re-teach what they have learned (generally speaking of course as there are exceptions)

Decorators and designers have been staging with style and class for ever. What we do differently is often update and upgrade including custom window treatments etc...giving a home a decorated and finished look. Trained stagers use ready-made merchandise generally purchased at the retail level which means that what they purchase is available to the general public. Warehousing with pick-up and delivery of props and supplies are included in their pricing when needed.

Rearranging and restyling and working with what homeowners already have is more like decorating than staging for resale.

Stagers also use props and provide home sellers pieces of furniture and accessories. This is what is very different from the design professionals and makes the staging profession unique.

As a professional designer, I charge by the square foot anywhere from $1.00 to $2.00 per square foot depending on the degree of difficulty aka window coverings, purchasing needs, hiring of subs to install or remove per my recommendations...etc. I make a list of items needed and estimate the costs and the seller pays for those items whether rented or purchased, keeping their purchases to use and enjoy.

I am curious also as to how the other decorators/designers are implementing staging services. 

Jun 27, 2007 05:41 PM #1
Rainer
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Christine Craig
Designology Interior Design - Santa Barbara, CA
Allied ASID & NKBA
Come on guys surely more can pitch in on this one!
Jun 28, 2007 08:16 AM #2
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Charissa Robinett
INTERIORS by Charissa LLC - Joplin, MO

Christine, I'm sure you knew it was just a matter of time before I showed up here.  :-)  I'm not an interior designer yet, but I hope to be able to call myself one in a couple of years!  I was concerned about becoming certified because of the experience requirements.  If you start accumulating your experience after 1/1/2008, it has to be under a certified Interior Designer.  There aren't very many in this area and the whole reason I'm going into the Interior Design field is so that I can start my own business and work from home.  I don't aspire to work for anyone else!  You actually inspired me to look into the different levels of membership with ASID and I realized that I can be an associate member of both ASID and IIDA without taking the exam.  I really think that in my market that will be enough.  I know you said you loved ASID.  Do you or does anyone else have anything to comment about IIDA?  There is an IIDA student chapter at my school, but I will probably join ASID as a student member as well.  I'm looking forward to hearing from the other Interior Designers that dabble with home staging.

Jun 28, 2007 10:12 AM #3
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Hi Christine,

Got my 2 year certificate in '81, never did the test and never joined ASID...those things just weren't necessary for me.  I was teaching full time and didn't think that I would ever do design full time.  I did full time right after my education but I didn't enjoy the work and went back into the classroom.  26 years later and after retiring from 30 years in the classroom, I went back and got the redesign and staging education and here I am.  Wish I had done it sooner.  I value the education, they initials mean little.  Few have ever asked.  Sometimes they want to know how I came to know what I do but but they don't care about my affiliations. 

Personally, I feel that doing the work is where the learning takes place.  I did learn a lot in my design classes but I learn more and more with each job that I do. Serious design questions can be answered from a text book (I still have mine) or from here on AR.  Since I'm still not interested in doing full-on design,(don't want to oversee contractors or tear down walls or spend hours doing plans and story boards) I just use my knowledge to help clients with many different levels of design work.  I leave the BIG, lengthy jobs to those that enjoy that type of work. 

Do what feels comfortable and right for you.  You are still very young and can easily change direction if you see the need.  I certainly did that MANY times in my career moves. Do what you LOVE and can afford. :-)

 

Jun 28, 2007 11:32 AM #4
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Lisa Robbins
Au Courant Home; City Living Baby - Aventura, FL

 

I am here as well doing design and real estate and just recently included staging to sell in my residential services. So for years my perspective, experience and training has been in interior design. It always seemed like those that were more interested in architecture had taken the exam. Of course these days so many people just call themselves decorators so in that respect any designation is worth achieving. As we have discussed briefly, I always try to charge by commission and fee with a deposit. Hourly seems to be questioned alot yet when flexibility is desired it is always an option with a retainer. Hope thats helpful.  Lots of luck. 

 

Jun 28, 2007 02:20 PM #5
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Lisa Robbins
Au Courant Home; City Living Baby - Aventura, FL
Hi again, just noticed this house warmers group...glad to join you all here.
Jun 28, 2007 02:24 PM #6
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Lynn Koerner
Interiors By Lynn - Cleveland, OH

I am a new interior designer.  I kicked off my interior design & home staging business this spring and both have been growing slowly but steadily. 

For me, I love both interior design & home staging equally.  I thoroughly enjoy the interior design process.  Usually you are creating something out of nothing because it is either an empty space or they are starting out fresh in a room and most things are going to be replaced anyways.  The homeowners are so pleased with their new room and feel 'the project turned out better than they expected!'  After all, that is why they hired you, to come up with unique, creative solution to their design dilemma.     

Interior design takes months.  With home staging, you get instant creative satisfaction.  I come into a house and a few hours later, when I turn around for a final look, I see a beautiful home.  The homeowners are amazed at what you accomplished and are so grateful! 

For Charissa Robinett:  I went back to school in my 40's for interior design.  A two year course took me 3 years, but I am so happy I did it.  While I was in school I was secretary for the student chapter of ASID.  It is a fabulous organization.  I am getting my business insurance through them because it tailored specifically to interior designers.  You should look into it on the ASID website.  Being part of ASID means you will always be up-to-date on what is new in the industry.  Clients love to learn about what is new.  Also, you get invited to lots of seminars, especially vendors that are to-the-trade (and they feed you fabulously!).  At the seminars you learn in depth about products. It is great being able to tell a client authoritatively what is new and best in the industry.  More upscale retail establishments are offering incentives for designers and it is important to be familiar with them also because you will need to be able to design with items from Target as well as designer showrooms and everything in between.  I am going to be attending an IIDA meeting next month to check out that organization, mainly because I know little about it.  As a special piece of advice:  your art courses will be the foundation of your design skills.  Take them seriously!

Jul 01, 2007 08:47 AM #7
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Christine Craig
Designology Interior Design - Santa Barbara, CA
Allied ASID & NKBA
Great advice Lynn!! I too am an ASID member and I was an IIDA member but I got more information and all in all liked ASID better so I just stayed with them. I think I am going to join NKBA though. ;)
Jul 01, 2007 12:04 PM #8
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Joni Van Deventer
RoomByRoomRedesign - Midland, TX
RoomByRoomRedesign
My first love is floral design and I have worked all facets of that business from retail to wholesale for over 25 years and once you have owned your own shop it is very difficult to work for some one else, especially if they are delusional and intimidated by talent.  Then I discovered staging which I like very much but prefer interior redesign/renovation much more, it takes longer but it's memorable.  I have an AD in Science and two certifications in my field but no education or training prepares you entirely like working actual projects on your own you have to improvise (be creative and resourceful)  it's also nice to have a couple of good friends that have good taste to bounce ideas off of.  Because I work so much with kitchen and bath redesigns, I am looking to be affiliated with NKBA in the near future.  So, my theory is education with experience is a great thing and you won't regret your education at all,  so absorb everything you can, no designer in any field knows it all, you learn something new every day or you become stagnet and your business cannot grow.
Jul 11, 2007 07:40 AM #9
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