By Renée Biery

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Add-on’s, renovations, and new construction homes can seem intimidating to take on. How do you even get started? How do you find and manage contractors? What surprises should you anticipate coming up? How long do these things take?

In this podcast, you will learn all that and so much more!

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What you will learn from this episode: 

  • How the interior design industry has changed and where it is heading

  • What the industry was like back in the 1990s

  • Why the knowledge and advice of an interior designer is still beneficial

Recently a group of designers I was speaking with were interested to hear how I thought the industry had changed over the years, not only in decorating but also on the renovation side.

Personally, I find it fascinating to see the evolution of the interior design industry.

There are lessons to be learned that could possibly explain the direction we will be going in from this point forward.

At the start of my career, I worked with some of the top designers in New York City. In the 1990s, projects had huge budgets or sometimes no budgets. Most items could only be purchased through an interior designer or architect, so we were in high demand.

But then the industry started to change as we headed into the 2000s with the dawn of the internet and items becoming more accessible to the general public. There were still some trade-only resources if you were looking for something unique or special.

So, where do I see our industry going from this point on?

I see the decorating side staying the same, if not changing again. As for renovation, I don’t believe that has changed much over the years. That side of my business is based on my experience and knowledge, not on product accessibility.

Sure, you can Google how to apply drywall, but that’s not what an interior designer does on a job site. A trained interior designer brings in the custom elements that they know through experience will elevate the project to a level of custom that the homeowner is seeking.

I believe there is stability and consistency in renovation work with very few highs and lows inside that portion of the business because it’s based on knowledge and skills. This is what an interior designer brings to the table that can never go away.

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