I can’t afford to hire an interior designer. Really? Who told you that? Working with an interior designer should SAVE YOU MONEY! That’s right; it should cost you LESS, if you work with an interior designer! Of course, this is for people who are not purchasing their furniture through thrift shops, tag sales, flea markets and Craig’s List. ;]. I am talking about people who are planning on furnishing their homes primarily by going to a local furniture store or even on an online source. I am not talking about the upper 1% that are purchasing through insanely expensive, truly elite “to-the-trade-only” sources; I am talking about regular ma and pa furniture stores, say like a Bloomingdale’s or B Altman. Oh wait. They went out of business! And here is one reason why:
THERE ARE NO BARGAINS IN FURNITURE STORES.
Sorry to shout!
I just found this thread on a local forum. A woman had met a local interior designer who she really liked but was concerned about the designer’s “commission.” Folks. I hate to break it to you, but for most of us, we actually do make a profit on the items that you are purchasing. It would appear, however, that many people do not think that we do, or if we do, it shouldn’t be very much. Do you know how much the average furniture store is making as a commission? Do you? Furniture stores in Westchester County have an overhead that would make you vomit. (I know… because I nearly fell off the 40% off of retail sofa when a manager of a very exclusive regional chain divulged this information to me some time ago.) How do ya think they cover that hefty overhead? hmmmm??? They do it through your generous donations that you make when you go in and buy your stuff from them. That’s how.
Anyway. I’ll get down from my soapbox and calm down and let you read the thread for yourselves. You will find two pretty lengthy responses from moi. Please read the other comments too.
The prevailing thinking among many is that it is cheaper to get the design from the professional designer and then say, “thank you very much,” and hi-tail it over to your nearest retailer so that you can “do it yourself.” Hehe, you don’t need her and have to pay those icky commissions! 35% Is she kidding me? How do you feel about paying someone a 150% commission? If that’s your preference, then please, take your business to a place with a 20,000+ sq. ft showroom (plus warehouse!) and everything it takes to keep it running.
I had two babies. I gave birth to them both. Live birth. I wouldn’t have dreamed of doing it all on my own. Sure, it would’ve saved a lot of money.
Not only is doing it yourself extremely risky, you will not save money!
Now that I’ve riled you up… please see my new video on youtube! It’s really pretty and soothing!