The term “Do it yourself” has become so common that the acronym is nearly as recognizable as LOL or OMG. It’s DIY. And although people have been applying the DIY philosophy to more and more aspects of their everyday lives, no place has it been more apparent than the industry where it all seems to have started – home improvement.
Home-centric cable channels, the Internet and a slow economy have coalesced in a perfect storm to undermine the design professionals perceived value. Although, ironically, even the biggest do-it-yourselfer relies on professional advice and instruction at some point to accomplish a task, whether it’s reading a book or article.
So why stop there?
Great Do-It-Yourself Design Comes from Great Professional Input
Hiring a design professional doesn’t have to relegate you to sitting on the sideline, if that’s not where you want to be. Working with a designer can be a collaborative experience, one where you are part of the process. The problem is that not all designers work well like that, nor do all clients. The resulting horror stories have driven each party into their respective corners, designers in one and the DIY crowd in the other, taking a lot of innocent people in the middle with them.
As a broker for interior designers, architects and landscape designers, I created iMatchDesigners to serve as a conduit between the client and the talent, because there is so much more to the design process than mechanics of light, color, texture and pattern, and scale and balance, especially from the client’s perspective.
There are the human qualities of personality and temperament that can play just as large a role in the success or failure of a project.
Can you think of a more personal act than inviting someone into your home and entrusting him or her with the responsibility for enhancing your living space? I sometimes joke that it feels like I’m running something akin to a dating service, when I see how close some of my clients and their designers become.
But isn’t that the way it should be?
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