Now, in­te­rior de­sign help is only a click away

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - REAL ESTATE - By Kathryn We­ber

For many home­own­ers, hir­ing an in­te­rior de­signer can be a daunt­ing task, from find­ing some­one who un­der­stands your style, to find­ing one who’ll work within your time frame and bud­get. To­day, though, al­most any­thing can be got­ten on the in­ter­net, in­clud­ing in­te­rior de­sign and dec­o­rat­ing through to­day’s e-de­sign­ers. Best of all, with the in­tro­duc­tion of e-De­sign, hir­ing a de­signer or dec­o­ra­tor can now be ac­com­plished with the click of a mouse and more af­ford­ably.


The old adage that you can’t see the for­est for the trees is of­ten true in home de­sign. It’s not al­ways easy to pull to­gether a co­he­sive dec­o­rat­ing plan for our own homes. That’s what makes work­ing with an e-de­signer so con­ve­nient. In­te­rior de­sign­ers can now be hired to work vir­tu­ally and help you with ev­ery­thing from pur­chas­ing fur­ni­ture, de­vel­op­ing a de­sign board for you to fol­low, or even call­ing you when it’s time to in­stall the drapes.

Ideas, please

For home­own­ers who have an idea of what they want, work­ing with an e-de­signer can be a snap. On­line re­tailer Way­fair .com now of­fers e-de­signer ser­vices that range from help­ing you se­lect a new sofa and rug ($29) to help­ing you cre­ate a de­sign, shop­ping list and on­line com­mu­ni­ca­tion ($79) to as­sist­ing you all the way from con­cept, an hour of tele­phone con­sult­ing, un­lim­ited mes­sag­ing and a 3-D room de­sign, shop­ping list and in­spi­ra­tion board ($149). Once you’ve se­lected the ser­vice you want, you’ll see a va­ri­ety of de­sign­ers to se­lect from and you can pe­ruse their past projects and read de­tails about them.

On­line dec­o­rat­ing source Deco­ also has a list­ing of e-de­sign­ers who can help you cre­ate a new look for your home. They quote prices that range from a few hun­dred dol­lars to a few thou­sand, de­pend­ing on size and com­plex­ity. The de­sign­ers listed will help you pull a con­cept board to­gether, source your pro­ject ma­te­ri­als and items, and cre­ate a floor plan as part of their of­fer­ings. The web­site has a va­ri­ety of de­sign­ers and ser­vices to choose from that start when you take their de­sign ques­tion­naire. Once com­pleted, you state your bud­get, add pho­tos of the space you want to dec­o­rate and their cadre of de­sign­ers will cre­ate a style board for you and make a pro­posal for your job. It’s a great way to get a va­ri­ety of ideas — and all within your bud­get.

Have a sim­ple ques­tion to ask? If you need to know what color to paint your bed­room or what style of head­board would look best, sub­mit your ques­tion to e-de­signer Pfu­nerde­ and for $175 you’ll get your ques­tion an­swered. If you need some­thing more in-depth, they can help you with that too. A quick search on­line for e-de­sign­ers will pro­vide you with plenty of op­tions and price ranges to match.


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