4. Joy: What mistakes do clients most often make that you save them from?
Sallie: Oh goodness… so many, so so many! Hard finishes are key; such as the right countertop, or the perfect backsplash, and I help a lot of clients with these difficult, but crucial, decisions. I do have a lot of people ask me when they should bring a designer into the process, and I always say at the moment of “renovation conception”. The second you decide you want to do something, bring a designer in to guide you! You don’t want to redo backsplash or cheap-out on faucets, that will cost you in the future. You want to pick the right finishes and materials from the start. With other clients who are looking mostly for furnishings, I tell them that it is about making the design cohesive, and knowing which pieces to invest in, so you should bring on a designer as early as possible. For example, I often guide clients towards investing in quality construction and performance fabrics for a family room sofa, rather than a sitting room, as the family room sofa gets a lot more use and must be more livable. These are the unique perspectives that only an experienced designer can bring you!