Unveiling Answers to Your Frequently Asked Interior Design Question

Welcome to our latest blog post, where we dive deep into the world of interior design to untangle the unknown and offer you clarity and insights. At Elizabeth Erin Designs, we understand that embarking on an interior design project can be filled with uncertainties and questions. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of your most frequently asked questions, providing you with the answers you need to make informed decisions about your space. So, let’s get started!


How Do I Begin My Interior Design Project?

Starting an interior design project can seem daunting, but it all begins with understanding your needs and preferences. We recommend starting by gathering inspiration from magazines, social media, and our own portfolio. Think about the colors, textures, and styles that resonate with you. Next, consider the functionality of your space: What activities will take place there? Who will use it? Answering these questions will help you form a clear vision for your project. Setting a budget is also important, as it will guide the scope of your project and help us find the best solutions within your means. Then, contact us for a complimentary consultation where we will discuss your project scope.


Why Should I Hire an Interior Designer?

Interior designers not only possess a keen eye for detail, understanding what works and what doesn’t, but they are also experienced troubleshooters. Every design project faces challenges, whether it be delays in production, items lost in transport, or items damaged during transport. Interior designers usually have far more resources than you would have in terms of vendors, suppliers, artisans, and trades. This means an interior designer will not only create a beautiful, cohesive space where every single item is intentional but also ensure a smooth and headache-free process for you by handling issues that arise along the way.


When Should I Hire an Interior Designer?

The earlier, the better. It’s never too early to speak to an interior designer. The earlier you start working with an interior designer, the better they can help you avoid mistakes related to budget and selection of finishes, types of windows, lighting, etc. For example, we provide you and your contractors with documents that support getting bids based on real products and designs instead of working off allowances. Our EED Process allows you to make informed decisions about your selections and where to allocate your budget dollars based on what’s important to you BEFORE you purchase or sign off on selections.


What is the EED Process?

The EED Process is a crucial approach in managing home-building or remodeling projects. Without expert design support, statistics show that up to 85% of such projects exceed their budgets by over 20%, often without fulfilling the client’s vision. Elizabeth Erin Designs offers a solution to this problem. Whether it’s for a residential space, a commercial project, or a unique vacation rental, collaborating with Elizabeth Erin Designs not only stretches your budget further but also ensures that your objectives are met. Starting a project based on contractor allowances frequently leads to budget allocations for correcting errors or covering unexpected up charges from miscommunications. Engaging with the EED Process from the outset helps prevent these issues, ensuring a smoother, more efficient project execution.


Can Interior Designers Access More Resources Than I Can?

One of the unique advantages of working with an interior designer is their access to exclusive resources that aren’t available to the general public. These ‘trade-only’ resources encompass a vast array of high-end products and materials that you might not find in local stores or through standard retail channels. Additionally, interior designers often have direct connections with manufacturers, enabling them to commission custom and bespoke pieces tailored specifically for your project. At Elizabeth Erin Designs, we pride ourselves on our extensive network of vendors, offering an unparalleled range of options to bring our clients’ visions to life. This exclusive access not only broadens the horizons of design possibilities but also ensures that your space is truly unique and personalized.


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Where Does Our Design Magic Happen?

At EED, our passion for transforming spaces knows no bounds. We’re proud to offer full-service interior design solutions across the nation. With strategically located satellite offices in Fort Walton Beach, FL, Des Moines, IA, and St. Louis, MO, our reach extends far and wide. But our commitment doesn’t stop at these locations. We’re dedicated to bringing our design expertise wherever it’s needed. Whether your project is nestled in the heart of a bustling city or set in the tranquility of a remote location, our team is ready to travel to you. Our mission is to deliver exceptional design, no matter the geography. So, wherever you are, let’s create something extraordinary together.


Do You Collaborate with Other Trade Professionals?

At Elizabeth Erin Designs, we believe in the power of collaboration to bring our designs to life. Our projects are a symphony of skill and creativity, made possible by partnering with an exceptional network of trade professionals. From masterful painters and skilled contractors to expert upholsterers, meticulous curtain makers, and other specialized artisans, we handpick the finest talent for each project. Our approach is tailored and dynamic, ensuring that we assemble the perfect team to meet the unique requirements and vision of your space. By integrating the expertise of these highly skilled professionals, we guarantee not just the flawless execution of our designs but also a seamless and enriched design experience for our clients. With Elizabeth Erin Designs, rest assured that your project is in the hands of not just one but a collective of experts dedicated to achieving excellence.


Embarking on Your Design Journey: How to Get Started

At Elizabeth Erin Designs, our commitment is to not only meet but exceed your expectations, transforming the design process into an enjoyable and stress-free experience. Your journey with us begins with a complimentary thirty-minute consultation, where we listen to your dreams and aspirations for your space. It’s the first step in crafting a space that perfectly aligns with your vision and budget. Our unique EED Process ensures a seamless process from concept to completion. This meticulously designed approach is our guarantee to you: Your vision will be realized, and your space will be everything you hoped for and more. Let us guide you through each step with ease and confidence, making the path to your perfect space a rewarding experience.


What Services Do You Offer?

At Elizabeth Erin Designs, our expertise encompasses a wide array of project types, each with its unique charm and set of requirements. We specialize in Full-Service Interior Design, offering comprehensive solutions that breathe life into various spaces. whether you’re looking to build a new home, transform your residence, vacation getaway, multifamily property, or commercial space, our team is equipped to bring your vision to fruition. Our projects vary in scale and scope, ranging from single-room makeovers to complete home transformations. We provide partial and full furnishing options tailored to your needs, ensuring that every space not only meets but exceeds your expectations. Moreover, our renovation services are comprehensive, including but not limited to, kitchens and bathrooms, where we blend functionality with elegance to create spaces that are both beautiful and practical. Let EED be your partner in reimagining your space. With our expertise and your vision, there’s no limit to what we can achieve together.


Do We Need to Use Your Contractor?

At Elizabeth Erin Designs, we understand the importance of flexibility and collaboration in bringing your interior design vision to life. While we have established relationships with skilled contractors and architects, we wholeheartedly welcome the opportunity to work alongside any professionals you already trust or prefer. If you’ve chosen a contractor or architect, we’re eager to connect with them, ensuring a seamless and cohesive approach to your project. Conversely, if you’re in search of a contractor, our network includes several accomplished professionals we’re confident in recommending. We’re committed to facilitating introductions, aiming to ensure that every aspect of your project is handled by experts aligned with our standards of quality and your personal preferences. At EED, it’s all about what works best for you. We’re here to support, collaborate, and guide you through every step of the process, ensuring your project benefits from the best of all worlds.


We hope this blog post has provided you with valuable insights and answers to your most pressing interior design questions. Remember, every project is unique, and our team at Elizabeth Erin Designs is here to guide you through the process, ensuring that your vision comes to life in a way that exceeds your expectations. If you have more questions or are ready to start your interior design journey, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Let’s create beautiful spaces together!