Q: Is there something you wish more people understood about interior design? Or something you want prospective clients to know before hiring you?
A lot of people worry that an interior designer is going to take over and make unilateral decisions about the furniture and décor in a space. That may be the case with some designers, but that’s not how we work. We spend time really getting to know our clients and understanding how they currently live – and how they want to live – in their homes. Then, we design spaces that reflect those desires and meet the needs of the whole family.
It’s also a common misconception that hiring a designer is expensive and not within the realm of possibility for most families. While affordability is relative to each person, we have experience working with a wide variety of budgets. We also remind potential clients that a good interior decorator actually saves them money by recommending durable, timeless pieces that could easily last for 20+ years, and they’re skilled at preventing costly mistakes during renovations and furniture selection.
Q: What is your dream project?
It’s always a dream come true to start working on a project from the very beginning – when it’s still just a concept on the architect’s drafting table. When we get involved at that early stage, we can influence architectural features that will enhance the overall design of the home and we can get all the little details like outlet placement and window height just right. It’s much easier to make changes on paper than it is once a house is built, and it’s often much more cost-effective to plan ahead than to make retroactive adjustments.
Q: What are you most looking forward to? Any big plans for the future of ANI?
I have to say, I am really happy with the way everything is going for Angela Neel Interiors! I’ve said it before, but I truly love this job, I love my clients, and I am genuinely excited to come to work each day. Our goal is to continue to deliver the same quality service that we always have and to keep connecting with our clients on a personal level. Getting to work in someone’s home is a privilege that we don’t take lightly, and we can’t wait to see all the new projects the future brings our way.
If you’ve enjoyed this blog series that introduced you to our founder and lead designer Angela Neel, feel free to reach out and schedule a consultation.