In this blog post I am going to explain what e-Design is and how you can utilize this service, or just be educated about it and know what the benefits are. It's an extremely great and approachable way to work with an Interior Designer.
Technology has changed our society in so many ways and that also includes industries. We no longer have patience to wait for items that we purchase, we have evolved into a humanity that thrives off of instant gratification. Therefore, not making the time or effort to meet people in person. That's not typically a bad thing, but it's just changed how we now communicate with one another. I mean we can even buy cars over the internet! That's just crazy to me...my point is this, technology has changed every single industry thus far and that includes Interior Design.
So, where am I going with this you might be asking? Well, Designers can now create and design your home right over the internet! This is what we call e-Design. Let's break down some key points as to what this is and how literally anyone can utilize this service.
"Time is money, why waste it?"
This quote leads me to my first point.
Saves time! The first step in the e-Design process is typically the introduction and a get to know the client scenario, all via phone, skype, zoom video call etc. This is super helpful for the individual that has a busy schedule and can't make the time to set up an in person meeting. During this initial conversation is where the project scope is laid out and the design aesthetic of the client is determined. Moreover, all communication is done via email or another electronic platform which makes it very convenient for the client to know where their project is during the design process. But, we'll go further into that in my next point. Not to mention, you buy the pieces/products that we recommend for your home when you want too! Be it little by little or buying it all at once. Time is totally at your discretion!
Saves money! There is this notion that working with an Interior Designer is so expensive and it's only for a particular type of group and that may be true, but things evolve and if you can afford to buy a home or any type of condo then you can afford to work with an Interior Designer. It's just that simple! What you're not seeing is the value in what we do, because you may be thinking "well, I can do it myself." And, maybe you can and that's fine but majority of you can't. That is why we have companies out there that create and put throw away furniture on the market, because it's all meant to be temporary.
Shifting gears here, e-design is typically a flat fee per room basis. Now, dependent on whom you're working with they may charge you an hourly rate, but majority of the time it's just a one time upfront fee to get your design finished. Also, there shouldn't be any costs when the project is over. That's the beauty of this service is that there shouldn't be any hidden fees and you're actually saving time and money. Therefore, making my quote correct "Time is money!"
You're still working with a Designer! Just because you aren't meeting the designer in person does not mean that your not getting the best service. In fact, I think I can speak for most e-designers out there that we love e-design because we don't have to leave our house! We have so many resources at our finger tips that we can create a home or room with items that you've never seen before! Designers still stick to a budget based on our clients needs and we still can create custom pieces too! Just because designing can be done electronically does not limit designers on what we can create. We still guide you throughout the entire process. And yes, we can do new builds as well!
We can create for anyone! Yep! I can create and design a home for someone across the country and not have to worry about any travel expenses or a schedule coordination. Therefore, not having to carry any overhead costs, in which that will cut the cost of our services making it more affordable to work with us. Once again, leading back to saving you money. So, this isn't just for local people in your area. The e-design process is for anyone at any time zone that wants someone to create a beautiful home for them.
You see the entire process come together faster! That's right! During the design process designers create mood boards, renderings and even send you the samples directly to you in the mail (maybe that's just me). Just like the above picture, that is a design render created for a very narrow open floor plan single family home in East Boston. Everything in that picture can be bought at the clients discretion, but this shows exactly how things are going to be laid out. It's basically a picture of the floor plan and how it's going to look when everything is purchased and put together. In fact, with e-design you get a quicker visual of how your home or space is going to look. I won't repeat my quote here! HEHEHEHEHEHEHE!
Alright, so next question is why should I care about this? Well the simple answer should be, why should you care about anything? HAHAAHHAHAAHAH! I am trying to get the stigma away from people being intimated to work with Interior Designers. E-Design is a much more approachable way for people to have someone create a home that they're proud of. We all lead extremely busy lives and why should you carry the burden of searching and searching for the right pieces when you can have someone do it for you? Same thing as changing your oil! Now I already know the cost is the difference, but you understand the comparison of my point I'm trying to make here. If you're the type of person that has always wanted to have someone design your home for you but can't "afford" it, well now you know that you can! Set up a budget for yourself and get the process going. The beauty of this service is that it's all completed on your timeframe not ours. We just create, resource products, and design your space for you upfront. Purchasing the pieces for your home is all based on your schedule.
If you literally could have someone create your perfect home, would you? There are more and more Interior Designers that are transitioning their services into the e-design market because it's the next evolution of our industry. Plus, it's fun!
I hope that this blog post helped you become more aware of what e-design is. It really is a fantastic way to work with an Interior Designer. Based on what I've discussed, you should have a better understanding of what it is and what benefits it has. Hiring an Interior Designer doesn't have to be a scary, intimidating, or a stressful process. Have fun with it!
If you want to see more of my e-design portfolio, here is a link to it: portfolio
You can always reach out to me directly with your project ideas and if you need any help with your home!
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