Oh, how some interior designers hate us eDesigners. I’ve seen so many people in my industry shunning us lowly online designers lately, that it actually makes me laugh. But instead of trying to convince them that they need to get with the times, I thought I’d spend some time this week shedding some light on what eDesign really is and busting all the virtual design myths that these other designers hope you believe. (But you won’t- you’re too smart for that!)
eDesign Myth #1: It isn’t fun.
I beg your pardon?
I believe the designer that said eDesign services aren’t fun meant it wasn’t fun for her. And last time I checked, the interior design experience isn’t meant for the designer, it’s meant for you!
And my clients have all kinds of fun! And that makes the experience fun for me, too!
But more importantly, my clients are busy ladies.
Most are moms, most have a professional career, and most love to travel.
While “fun” is important, they also want their home looking a certain way and don’t have the type of schedules that allow for meeting with a local designer.
They just want me to get the job done for them, request revisions in my online studio, and get to shopping.
And just look at the mood board for one of my busy lady boss client’s guest rooms- who would dare say this isn’t fun!
eDesign Myth #2: It’s for cheap designs.
I’ve been called a lot of things in my life, but cheap was never one of them!
Yes, some of my clients have limited budgets but believe in investing in a designer that knows their stuff (see reason number three) but a lot of them also have money to spend.
But the one thing all of my clients don’t have is time!
I know the best pieces to splurge on from quality online retailers (I even get my clients discounts) but I also know where to save a bit of money, because even my clients with the dollars to spend still love a deal.
For instance, in my client’s guest room, the wallpaper was actually an item we saved on, as well as the art and the area rug.
But man, of man! Just look at that daybed, credenza, and those pendants!
There’s nothing about this room that says cheap.
How dare anyone ever say Ms. Paper Moon is cheap (even if I know how to save)!
eDesign Myth #3: Online designers don’t know what they’re doing.
Now, beware! Some of the larger, crowd sourced sites that offer $99 rooms or less do have “designers” that know what they’re doing.
How do I know? Because I used to work for one and would have to clean up after the ones that left messes behind for their clients. You’d be amazed at some of the communications I’ve read.
However, you do get what you pay for.
But this is also true of local interior designers! So just because I work online does not, in any way, indicate that I don’t know what I’m doing!
And if you care to know, yes, I have a B.A. in interior design- not that only those of us holding degrees know what we’re doing, but it does mean that I know how to make the most effective floor plan and I know that a 3x5 rug will not look right under a 3x5 dining table (yes, that is what I had to clean up at the crowd sourced site I used to work on).
And this room I designed for my client had some very specific needs, one of which was the television absolutely had to be on the wall that made the most sense for the bed.
And it needed a seating area, built-in cabinetry, and some storage. And I rocked that floor plan, because I know what I’m doing.
eDesign Myth #4: You can’t get custom pieces.
Well, you can’t from any old online interior designer, but you can from me!
This same client also had me design her sewing room, and she wanted a credenza at a higher height so she could use it for ironing.
Yep- we had a custom credenza made!
And drapes? Don’t even get me started! I’ve had so many custom drapes made for clients, that it’s old news.
If you live near Los Angeles, you can pick up your drapes from my workroom.
If you don’t live in the area, I work with your local drapery workroom and get it done for you while you’re busy building your empire and spending time with your family.
Same goes for wallpaper. While not custom, I do LOVE providing my clients with trade-only wallpaper. You’ll get the sample in the mail, have your hanger let you know how many rolls you’ll need, and I’ll order it right up for you! So easy!
eDesign Myth #5: You have no support from the designer.
Once again, you get what you pay for!
You get to communicate with me through text, email, and in your private online design studio.
You get mockups of your shelving units so they know exactly where to put all of their new accessories when you work with me.
You get video conferencing with me so all of your questions are answered and you know exactly where to place items.
For my client’s guest room, the final step was to accessorize her new built-in media center.
I mocked up a scale elevation to show her where all of the accessories go and she was able to start shopping immediately from the online studio.
Now this is a large unit, and there are a lot of books going in. We’ll be having an online video conference so I can show her where to put everything.
I do not leave my clients hanging!
But you might also be wondering, “Stephanie, where’s the final photographs of the space?”
Oh, the life of an eDesigner.
My clients are free to implement their design plans as quickly or as slowly as they like. Which is actually very cool, since they’re chronically busy or out of town.
But as soon as this room is done, you know I’ll be sharing them pics!
So now that the smoke has been cleared and all the eDesign myths have been busted, let me know if you’d like to chat about your space!
I’m currently booking projects for the Spring of 2018 and I’d love to hear about your design dilemmas and how Paper Moon can help solve them!