Art of Living Interior Design

By: Art Of Living Interior Design  09-12-2011
Keywords: Furniture, Art, Interior Design

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 Cancer Foundation.

Faux Painting & Finishing has become vital and a growing decorative element since the 1980’s. 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 appropriate choice.

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. It’s always best to have a consultation before your house goes on the market but it is never too late! If it’s 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 price!

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.

Self-Employed Professionals

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.

Empty Nesters

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.

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Art, decorator, Furniture, Interior Design, Living Interior Design

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