ARE DESIGNERS EXPENSIVE?
Right after “How can I join your Makeover?” this is the Real Living reader’s second-most-asked question. “Why are designers’ fees so expensive?” clogs up my office inbox, Facebook messenger, Viber, WhatsApp, and various apps so frequently, I have created a special folder for it (filed before the “How much are design fees?” and “Where can I get an affordable chevron-patterned rug?” folders, of course).
I have to say that this is the type of question wherein the answer is always relative—it could depend on how seasoned or “famous” the interior designer is. So many other factors should be considered: the scope of work, the amount of decorating involved, the furniture pieces used, the location, and yes, even the time of year. December and the preceding “ber” months are notorious for multiple home turnovers, and overpriced holiday goods can raise the quotations a little bit.
But before you throw in the decorating towel, there are other options. You can DIY it, or get some inspiration (there is this month’s Value-for-Money shopping special and our website www.realliving. com.ph) and your friendly neighborhood
manong carpenter to help you out. But for serious renovations—not to mention those that require a building permit—hiring a professional is the only way to go.
And here’s my honest answer: compared with serious construction and decorating mistakes, designers are not expensive, not at all.
The RL girls at Crate & Barrel’s Spring/Summer launch. (L-R): Tala Singson, associate style editor; Kamila Garcia, editorial assistant; Dagny Madamba, deputy associate editor; Sunshine Funa, managing editorprint; Rachelle Medina; Cielo Calzado, managing editor-web; and Gab Buganan, features editor-web.