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Decorator Meeting

It was so great to meet with the decorator yesterday! We spent about two hours and talked about each space in the house, and then she made some brilliant suggestions off the top of her head. We are going to make a few key changes {like trading out the sofa for something smaller and less beige.} But the rest of the changes are little, like finding the right size of artwork for a certain wall or committing to a color. It is just what I needed.

Everyone should have an outside pair of eyes look at their space. She pointed out things I hadn’t even thought of. I’m so excited to decorate again. Next steps: Sell some of my stuff and do some research.

{Photo from Domino}

  1. kim

    March 26, 2008

    That sounds great. I’ve been wanting to have a decorator come to my house and do the same thing but am unsure of how one goes about FINDING a good one. How did you find yours…a referral, a friend?

  2. Carie

    March 26, 2008

    Will you post before and afters?

  3. love.boxes

    March 26, 2008

    I would love to have a decorator come to my home.. but, I don’t know how to find the right one. I don’t want them to normalize it too much. So many homes around here all look the same inside. If you visit a lighting store in Utah.. you’ll see it… 900 light fixtures that all look the same to me. I think the look is called Tuscan.

    Anyway, I’m also afraid the decorator might faint when she sees all my piles and piles and piles of books. (they are all my favorites and I can’t get rid of them). So, I just tell people that I decorate in late, early and modern books. 🙂

    But, you are right. I should call someone.

  4. LoGunns

    March 26, 2008

    I need a rug with that india design but a different color. any ideas where to look?

  5. Anonymous

    March 26, 2008

    Some advice: consult an actual architect or interior designer.

    Someone with a legitimate design degree – rather than a “decorator” or someone who merely calls him/herself a “designer” – can offer much better advice that is not “cookie cutter”. The ambiguous “designer” and/or “decorator” does not generally have formal training and is much more apt to copy things they’ve seen elsewhere.


    March 26, 2008

    wowza, jordan. i wish i had the means to hire a decorator…or just an uber talented friend. i can’t wait to see the results!

  7. Jane Flanagan

    March 26, 2008

    I’ve shopped at stores that offer design services, but have never had a more neutral perspective.

    The only thing I worry about is somebody coming in with very vanilla taste. In many ways, I trust my own judgment for what is “me” more than that of a decorator.

    At the same time, your point about an extra set of eyes is well-made. I guess it’s all about finding the right person and getting to know them and working with them over time.

  8. Hannah

    March 26, 2008

    I hope you post pictures!! I would LOVE to have a decorator help me…

  9. Jennifer

    March 26, 2008

    Most designers will create a plan based on consultations with you and seeing your home for a pretty inexpensive investment. All the rest of it (sweat equity and shopping) you can do yourself. My sister got a grogeous binder full of inspiration clippings, fabric swatches and even pictures of items like furniture, mirrors, lamps and rugs. Now her and her husband are making the plan come alive! Jen

  10. Darleen

    March 26, 2008

    Hey Jordan–good luck on the whole decorating thing. I’m still trying to get my house fully “decorated” and I’ve been living here well over two years.

    FYI–I saw a little mention of you on Bluelines blog. Thought you might want to know.:)

  11. Dina M Edwards

    March 26, 2008

    I got here from your blogger question and I just clicked on your link. Your blog is one of the most beautiful. It’s sweet and almost sensual. I felt as if I was listening to a sweet song without music.

  12. liz

    March 26, 2008

    can you do a post on how to pick a decorator? When we buy a home I plan to find one, but worry I will waste $$ on someone who doesn’t ‘get’ my taste or add value.

  13. Jodi

    March 27, 2008

    I saw you quoted in the local (Utah) paper today and now on Bluelines! How cool are you?

  14. R-Eight

    March 27, 2008

    I had such a bad experience with a decorator and now I am gun shy. Please do a post on how to pick a good one. I like what anon says but I really don’t know where to start.

  15. Chelle and Aaron

    March 27, 2008

    That is such a great idea. I don’t know why I never thought to hire a decorator but I really might for our next house. Decorating is definitely NOT my forte so an outside set of eyes would be great. I want to come see your place when you’re done.

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