3 Important Questions to ask Yourself Before you Re-design

Posted by Brielle Pastore on Mar 28, 2014 11:30:00 AM

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Whether you are redesigning your home by yourself or you are hiring someone else to do it, there are three important questions that must be answered before the designing starts. With the help of a well-known interior designer and two of our own educated and stylish design consultants, we came up with the three questions you need to answer before you redesign your space.

Earlier this month, I had the amazing opportunity to interview Kelli Ellis, who is a talented and well known interior designer. Kelli has appeared on many different television shows including HGTV Celebrity Holiday Homes, Real Housewives of OC and TLC Clean Sweep, just to name a few. Her work is extremely inspiring and I am anxiously waiting to read her new book, “Do I Look Skinny in this House?” To learn more about Kelli’s new book, click here

One of the questions that I asked Kelli in our phone interview was, “What is the first question you ask your client when starting to prepare for a redesign?” Her answer was not one that I would have thought of myself. The first question that Kelli asks her client when preparing for a redesign is, “What must stay?

Kelli Ellis

Kelli Ellis

Kelli recognizes that learning what must stay from her clients is a very telling thing. It tells you where they are headed with their design and what they want the final project to look like. However, she is not asking about the style that must stay. She is asking about certain pieces whether it be furniture, paint color or carpet. What the client wants to stay is obviously important to them. Maybe it is your mothers’ rocking chair or your husband’s old recliner from his college days. A designer will be able to pull style from what must stay.

After hearing from Kelli, we decided to ask two of our own design consultants about the first question that they ask their clients before beginning a redesign. Rita, one of our Lilly Pulitzer obsessed design consultants, asks her clients, “Who is going to use the room?” This question is important because it can bring functionality into the design. For example, if your room is going to be used by your entire family and work as your main living room, you want more durable and comfortable furniture. The room design has to be open and roomy that way your entire family can fit comfortably into the space. You have to incorporate enough seating into the room. If the room is going to be used only by your guests, you might want more upscale, impressive and stylish furniture in the room.  

Wanting to get one more opinion, we talked to our golf-loving design consultant, Dan, about what the first question he would ask a client before a redesign would be. Dan would ask his client, “How are you going to use this room?” This question is essential because it lets the designer know what type of style to target. For example, if your family is going to use your living room as a place for movie marathons, the design would be different from a room that is being used as a library and study inspired living room.


So don’t forget – before you start a redesign, ask yourself the following three questions:

     - What must stay?

     - Who is going to use the room?

     - How are you going to use this room?

Creating the perfect room that you fall in love with can be difficult. If you are stuck and need some inspiration, click here to read our blog about where to find interior design inspiration for your home. Do you need help with your home design? It’s simple! Contact one of our design consultants today to learn more about how you can design your home into the space you have always dreamed of!

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Topics: Furniture Design, Interior Design