Since decorating mistakes can be very costly and time consuming, I always urge my clients to do their homework before undertaking any redecorating project.

What kind of homework?  A good way to begin is to flip through design and decorating magazines, and visit websites dedicated to interior décor. Start collecting pictures of various design products and styles that appeal to you and you can visualize as your own.  Once you start identifying colors, designs, and various furnishings that illustrate your dream room, you’ll find decision making is much easier.

Next, take a personal inventory of your likes and your dislikes.  I find that most of my clients have a much easier time knowing what they don’t like.  Whatever your preferences, your decorator will benefit from this knowledge.

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And, of course, working with a professional is definitely the right way to go.  With custom decorating, a good designer will stand behind their products, and as a result will only work with reputable suppliers. Remember, if you take your own measurements and they are incorrect, your purchase cannot be returned.  Nothing is more disheartening than finding that beautiful sofa you just had delivered is totally overwhelming your room, and not as comfortable as you had hoped it would be. Another example of precise sizing are window treatments. Draperies and shadings can be tricky measurements. An experienced decorator will not only present creative design concepts, but will also do all the measuring so the nerve-wracking burden of getting measurements right the first time is alleviated when left to a professional.

Be sure to weigh all your options, take your time, do your homework, and most importantly, call a professional! 

Ready for a room redo? Give Sylvie a call! Her first consultation is always complimentary. Call 914-715-7701, or visit her website,