Why hire an Interior Designer or Decorator?
Many consumers are somewhat intimidated by the thought of
hiring an interior designer or decorator. The concern is
they will loose control of the design, or the budget, and the
finished room may not be to their taste. By hiring an interior
designer or decorator, you will give your space continuity,
function and beauty. More important, it does not have to go
over budget. Working with a designer or decorator can save
your money in many situations by allocating resources sensibly,
eliminating decorating mistakes, and increasing creative thinking
about your project. Of course, it is important to remember
interior designers and decorators cannot perform miracles
and fully replicate a $5000 room on a $500 budget, but they
are trained problem solvers, and the better the problem is
recognized, the quicker they can create a solution. It is very
important to know how the space will be used and involving
them in the earliest stages of a project can save you time
and money. A professional can look at a floor plan for a new
construction or renovation and spot potential problems involving
traffic flow or furniture placement.
How to feel more at ease working with an Interior Designer or Decorator?
Convey your ideas to the interior designer or decorator as to the style you desire, the colours you are fond of, and the activities that will take place in
the room. Make a list of furniture you own and want to keep. Think about your preferences for furniture, fabrics, materials, and patterns. For further
suggestions on defining your style, refer to photos of inspiration and make a project design file to get organized. The interior designer or decorator will ask
questions, listen to you, present a concept of the project, and be open about your budget limitations
everyone has them.
Collect colour swatches you are fond of and present photos to illustrate your vision. Think about the
furniture pieces you hope to keep and the architectural details you have a passion for. Listen to all ideas,
but never go against your heart.
No one likes sticking to a budget
but we all have one. If necessary, plan a project with goals and
introduce purchases over a few months or years. With Art of Living Interior Design, every project is
different and the fee structure reflects that. We will make sure you are very clear on exactly how you
will be charged, when we require deposits, and explain how you will be billed, what services you will
receive, and when the work should be complete.
The places in which we live should be enjoyed, provide protection, relief, peace,
inspiration and warmth to all who enter. Our home or the spaces we reside often reflect
many aspects of our personal life. An Interior Decorator will guide you through the
selection of textiles for window fashions and upholstery, light fixtures, flooring, furniture,
paint and wall finishes etc. In addition, they will assist you with the arrangement and
placement of furniture, light fixtures, artwork and accessories to make your space
functional, and aesthetically pleasing.
An interior designer will enhance the function and quality of interior spaces for the
purpose of improving the quality of life, increasing productivity, and protecting the
health, safety, and welfare of the public. In art or design it is the process or product
of deliberately arranging elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions. It encompasses a diverse range
of human activities, creations, and modes of expression. Art of Living Interior Design assists with space and activity
planning, the drafting of floor plans, elevations, reflected ceiling plans, and millwork drawings for custom furniture. If a
greater visual is required, they will create renderings, perspective drawings, a design concept and presentation boards.
Also, they provide support with the management, coordination and consultation of trades. Art of Living Interior Design
will use their creativity and expertise to make your space functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Choosing colours can be exciting yet terrifying to some. Colour expresses an individuality or mood. Art of Living
Interior Design will take the time to learn how you live, work or relax and discover what your physical, mental
and spiritual requirements are. Your surroundings are essential to your mental health. Colours are the catalyst for
feelings, changing moods, and enhancing our lives. Whether you are aware of it or not, there is no place where
the influence of colour is felt more intensely than in the places you live, work or relax. The right colours and
colour combinations will stimulate and relax your senses, release joyful memories; replicate how you and your
family, friends or co-workers feel about each space, and how you relate to each other there. Art of Living Interior
Design will take the time to listen with an understanding of your personal colour choices and guide you through
the process of selecting the appropriate paint colour for your space and lifestyle. Art of Living Interior Design is a
Corporate Partner with the BC Cancer Foundation and will donate 10% of net sales from Colour Consultations to the BC
Faux Painting & Finishing has become vital and a growing decorative element since the 1980s. Most clients would
rather hire specialists than attempt faux finishing themselves. Art of Living Interior Design will guide you through the
various choices of texture effects, traditional finish, metallic, patterns, motifs etc. They will assist you in making the
Would you like to sell your home for the most amount of money in the least amount of time? Making a strong
first impression through home staging gives you that all-important competitive edge. Its always best to have a
consultation before your house goes on the market but it is never too late! If its been on the market for quite
some time, do not stress, the return on any money you invest to stage your home will likely be significant. If you
are a homeowner, developer, builder, or realtor, let Art of Living Interior Design assist you before reducing the
Getting organized is a process that incorporates recycling to encourage reuse rather than discard. Art of Living Interior
Design understands that each client will not display the same needs or organizing styles, therefore, we will establish
a Needs Analysis and develop an Action Plan to get you organized and leave you less stressed and capable to do the
things you enjoy in life!
Our homes our meant to be a sanctuary from the outside world to help us relax and
rejuvenate. When a room is organized and the space is planned correctly for activities it
becomes a more functional place to enjoy taking the daily stress away. Art of Living Interior
Design will assist with a room or closet design, organize and remove unwanted possessions,
de-clutter, space and activity planning, storage solutions, renovations, interior design,
decorating, organizing of collections, memorabilia and photographs. In addition, we can
prepare a house for sale. Ask about our Home Staging services.
Clutter challenges facing families with toddlers are clearly unique from those who are
parenting teenagers. We provide solutions to help parents and their families
keep their home as organized as possible when living with children. By
becoming more organized, that stress you felt disappears enabling you to have
more time and energy to enjoy your home and family.
Integrating work and home need strategies designed to enhance productivity
while maintaining balance. We will organize your home, closet, or simply find
storage solutions for your interests or recreational activities. Begin by organizing
that space to create time to enjoy your life outside of it.
Often, companies are so busy doing business that there is no time to organize the office or work space. In business, quality and efficiency are very
important, by becoming more organized, you will provide a better service to your customers. We will remove, de-clutter and organize filing systems, office
supplies, equipment etc. Provide space planning, processes and paper work flow, information and records management, storage areas and much more.
When the last child leaves home and parents decide to downsize they are left with a lot of stuff. This can be overwhelming
not knowing where to
start. We will remove unwanted items; de-clutter your living space to create a more organized environment to live in or for resale. We will offer downsizing
solutions that will supply you a greater freedom and more time to enjoy your middle years and early retirement.
Relocation & Aging in Place Support
We also specialize in organizing seniors with their downsizing requirements as they either relocate to retirement communities or choose to age in place.