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The Importance of Hiring an Interior Designer: An Interview with Stephanie Welch-Lewis of Beautiful Designs & Events By Stephanie

By Stephanie Welch-Lewis

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

I started Beautiful Designs by Stephanie in 1994. My husband was recovering from Leukemia and our children were young and I needed to be able to care for my family. My husband's doctor appointments required us to travel to the Detroit area several times a week. It would have been difficult to work for someone else due to my obligations at the time. I was a recent honors graduate of Baker College's interior design program. I chose to specialize in window coverings because of my previous experience working for a major retail store in the drapery department.

What are some of the services your company provides?

Beautiful Designs by Stephanie offer a full interior design experience which includes custom window coverings, custom bedding, wallpaper, flooring, and I have recently expanded my services to include conducting workshops for do-it-yourselfers and event planning.

In your opinion, why is it important to utilize the services of an interior designer?

An interior design will assist you with your vision or create new options without potentially making costly mistakes.

How does the vision of an interior designer differ from that of the average homeowner?

The average homeowner are more savvy because of the availability of do it yourself projects, television shows, etc. Some homeowners are too close to the project to see objectively. It is our job to see all the possibilities and offer products that the homeowners may not know that is available.

Can hiring an interior designer help me to save money in the long run? Will they help me budget?

Yes, hiring an interior designer will save you money in the long run. I had clients call me after they made costly mistakes. Many of them stated they were trying to save money by not hiring an interior designer. One example is a client ordered blinds for the entire house and none of the blinds fit the windows. The budget should be discussed at the beginning of the project. It is important to be truthful when discussing the budget. We select our samples base on the budget you provide. If you need assistance with determining a budget we can help you.

What are some design elements I can add to my home that will really increase its value?

The kitchen and bathroom areas will increase the value in your home. The simplest way to add value to your space is to apply a fresh coat of paint. If you are in the selling market curb appeal will increase your home value.

Do interior designers have access to resources that the overage homeowner does not?

Interior designers have memberships at design centers which are not accessible to the public. We are able to purchase products from companies that do not sell to the public and able to purchase items at wholesale or discounted rates.

Do you have any other insight on why hiring an interior designer is important?

You will benefit from an interior designers knowledge in color, scale, lighting, space planning, working relationships with local professionals in the industry, and professional assessment of your space.

What is the best way to reach you or your company?

Beautiful Designs by Stephanie can be reached at (810) 955-8396, my email address is Bdbsteph1@gmail.com, or visit my website at www.Stephanidesigns.com.

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