Certainly, designers can provide WOW factor, but also elements that help you many years after the project is complete. When I shored up the bathroom walls during a remodel in a young bachelor's condo, he never dreamed that he'd need to add grab bars. Years later he did while recuperating from a serious injury, and thanked me profusely for saving him from unnecessary construction. We problem solve more than create pretty rooms.
In home updates, I provide the creativity in product selection and space planning that reflect the client's desires. There is nothing more satisfying when a client calls to tell me how much they love and use their updated spaces. That's especially true for clients who are budget conscious. I know the ways to provide quality at their price point. When I offer ideas on re-purposing existing pieces, it saves them money and often keeps a family heirloom in the family.
Selecting the right finishes, furnishings and accessories, where every piece has a purpose is rewarding for clients. I am a life-style advocate for my clients, providing ideas and recommendations they could not have come up with on their own. Wall colors can be as much of a challenge as using the right tile. For many clients, the right color on their walls is a gift...adding a faux effect or architectural details to make each room flow into the next is priceless. With seven painted swatches on their fireplace wall, my clients had struggled for 2 years to find the right color to work with their existing floor and the new tile they already bought. One glance from me and a name-dropped color later, she painted her wall that night and was ecstatic over the result.