One of my goals for this year is to figure out what exactly I want to do with my interior design education. I'm a year into my program, which doesn't necessarily mean much since I'm going part-time, but I feel like I need to start thinking about future jobs and what I want for myself.
This won't surprise anybody, but one thing I've been considering is doing some kind of residential design for clients with smaller, more realistic budgets. I feel like people in that situation get intimidated when somebody says "interior designer," and assumes we'll just force zillion dollar furniture on them. (Not so.) There's a show on HGTV where a client is shown a room that's waaaaay over their budget, and then the host redoes the space for less. I thought that was kind of cool, and maybe something that would work in real life.
So here's a room I found on Houzz that looks like it cost a pretty penny:
And here are some items I pulled to create a similar look with a more affordable price tag:
--The biggest purchase for any room where you do a lot of sitting should be the couch. You're going to be using that thing everyday for years, so you want it to be comfy. This sofa is from Room&Board (a personal fave) and is $1,099.
--The pedestal side table is from Overstock and is a mere $99.
--Creating the look of built-in bookcases is easy, and while white shelves are for sale everywhere, my favorite for the custom look is the Billy line from IKEA. The specific example here is $220.
--The wicker chair is also IKEA and costs $119.
--The yellow buckeye pillow is $65 and the orange-y throw is $71. Vintage posters are also easy to find on sites like AllPosters for around $20 unframed.
If you add it all up (I used a calculator, don't worry) that's a totally new room for a hair under $1,700. Not too shabby! So now I need to get your opinion: if you were having trouble figuring out a space in your house, would you hire an interior designer for help if you knew it would be within your budget? Would you ever be interested in something like a room board/idea board for inspiration? What interior design services do you wish you could take advantage of?
Thanks in advance for any responses about that. I'm trying to figure out if this idea is even possible. Fingers crossed!