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In­te­rior de­signer Monique Sar­tor from Sar­to­rial Interiors says put­ting to­gether an in­te­rior de­sign plan like the one pic­tured (above), takes time and money.

“Peo­ple of­ten don’t un­der­stand how much time it will take,” she says. “Then they spend week­end af­ter week­end look­ing for stuff and they get re­ally con­fused and make dodgy de­ci­sions.”

If you’re con­sid­er­ing get­ting some pro­fes­sional de­sign help, she says ex­pect to pay be­tween $80 to $150 per hour, de­pend­ing on your bud­get. In re­turn, you’ll have some­one to guide you through the process while be­ing able to choose from fab­rics and fur­ni­ture only ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple in the trade. But be re­al­is­tic about what your bud­get will buy. “I had a client who wanted a com­pletely new liv­ing room, in­clud­ing the mod­u­lar sofa, side ta­bles, light­ing, ev­ery­thing,” Monique says. “She said her bud­get was $6000 but that barely cov­ered the cost of the sofa. I don’t think she had spent much time look­ing at what was on the mar­ket for that money.”

While there are economies to be made on, say, a cheaper rug in favour of a more ex­pen­sive lounge, Monique says there are some things that are worth the spend.

“The price of win­dow treat­ments is a real shock for some. If you are go­ing to get qual­ity track­ing that will last, you do get what you pay for,” she says. “A client spent $3000 on cur­tains for slid­ing doors. She thought it was ex­pen­sive at the time but now she’s rav­ing about them.”

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