For the third in a series, we sit one-on-one with Homepolish founder and CEO Noa Santos to learn the practices for working best with an interior designer.
How can you tell when a designer is a good match for your style and personality?
“Ultimately, you want a designer to feel like a partner or friend, so it comes down to a simple matter of compatibility. There is certainly an assessment of skill that should play a role in the selection process, which is part of why Homepolish is here in the first place. We take care of assessing the designer’s skill sets. You can be assured that there’s a level of technical know-how and professionalism, so you, the client, can be left to assess whether they like someone or not.”
Does Homepolish, then, run into situations where clients have to be re-matched with a different designer?
“Luckily, it doesn’t happen that often. We want every client who begins a project with us to feel like the process will go smoothly. You have to be able to trust the person you’re working with. We would rather re-match someone with a new designer than have a client work with one they are less than thrilled with.”
We would rather re-match someone with a new designer than have a client work with one they are less than thrilled with.
So once a match is made, how should someone prep for meeting with their designer?
“There’s no one way to prep, but it’s very helpful to know the things you like, and equally helpful to know the things you don’t like. Whether it’s a Pinterest board, magazine clippings, restaurants you frequent, friends’ homes, or even looking at your sartorial aesthetic (aka your closet)… look to those style indicators that you’re already used to. Doing a little soul-searching prior to the process is so valuable. It’ll allow you to really dive into the project wholeheartedly and enthusiastically.”
Where can I look for inspiration, specifically media outlets?
“Sometimes I literally just Google search. As much as I love social media and established magazine brands (not to mention our own @Homepolish Instagram), sometimes I’m looking for something very specific that only I can picture. It sounds rudimentary to simply Google Image search, but it works.”
What are some essential things to keep in mind throughout the time working with a designer?
“For something as complex as designing a space, always plan for extra costs and extra time. There are always complications–some absolutely enlightening and others somewhat difficult. Designing a space that looks absolutely stunning is not an easy thing to do, but it’s absolutely doable. There are so many more people involved in the design process than you realize–vendors, delivery people, painters, contractors… That’s why having a designer to guide you through the process is so so important.”
For something as complex as designing a space, always plan for extra costs and extra time.
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