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Get Hooked: February Readers Forecast

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This Feburary we have a lot of neat posts planned for you, our readers! We will continue with our “Why Should You Hire An Interior Designer?” series every Tuesday. We will focus on newlyweds and how we suggest starting the process of merging your things together.  Also, we will describe the role of an interior designer and the value they can provide a client. 


We will share with you a couple “before and after”projects and even give you some updates on our commercial projects. We are also hoping to highlight some of the builders we work with to give you some of their tips on what they recommend, when starting a remodeling project or building a new home.


Gear up for some creative posts on Valentines Day, Feb 12th (the start of the Olympics), our trip to San Antonio, Texas for the annual BPN Conference and the Carolina Ballet Cinderella Ballon February 20th.

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Like the Designer Profiles? We will be featuring Molly this month and be on the lookout for another series called “Styles of Design.” Our goal for this short series is to educate our reader on the various styles of design, the differences between them and what makes each style unique.

How could I forget “Droolworthy” Lauren always brings the best on the latest products out there. So check every Wednesday for her weekly series.

Check back at the beginning of each month as we forecast our daily blog calendar for you so you can keep coming back and of course get hooked!

Why Should You Hire An Interior Designer? {Part 2} Establishing Your Goals

When working with an interior designer it is important for the client to define their goals for the project. What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to change the whole look and feel of the room? Tackle a remodel project or your out dated master bathroom?


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Don’t worry if you feel overwhelmed we can come to the rescue! Below are a list of questions to ask yourself when you going through the initial thought process. Remember, designers have the creative and technical knowledge to achieve your goals.


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  • Define the areas of trouble. What is it in that room that you don’t like? Make a list of needs and wants.
  • Establish items that you want to keep. This might be family heirloom or an expensive piece of art.


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  • What inspires you? Spend a couple of bucks the next time you are at the grocery store and get an interior design magazine. We recommend Traditional Home, House Beautiful and Elle Decor. Tear out sheets that you like and jot a note down of why you like them. This helps an interior designer establish the style  you are drawn to and can easily invision your style. If you can’t decide what you like about a picture you see, tack it up on the wall like this one from Potterybarn below and come back to it with a fresh mind or show it to your interior designer. They can see common threads in the pictures you have selected.




  • Establish a budget! Look at the dollars you have allocated and decide what is important to you. Where do you want to spead more money? Maybe get the nice hardware for the bath and pick out a less expensive custom shower curtain to hang up. It is all about choices. Looking at how you live and where you want to spend your money will help in establishing this budget. You usually want to spend money on the things that are hard to change, for instance plumbing or countertops or sofa and rugs. 

Why Should You Hire An Interior Designer? { Part 1 }

Although interior design is a creative field it has a very complex business model. For years, people have associated interior design with fluff and the affluent demographic.

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To us, being an interior designer is about being our client’s life activist. We are about design and quality, not just about selling furniture. We are not here to tell you what kind of style you are, or make you stick to a specific trend. Ultimately it is our mission to make your life easier, more fun and more functional. It is our job to bring your dreams to life and visions of where you call home. It is through our 30 years of proven business practices and special technical and creative knowledge that we can be curators and innovators of good design. We are qualified by education, experience and examination.

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According to ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) interior designers should receive their education from a CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) qualified schools. ASID’s website has a wealth of information about selecting accredited schools  and picking the right interior design program. Here are a list of CIDA accredited schools in North Carolina.

All of the interior designers at Design Lines come from accredited schools and are members of ASID. Molly & Ashley hail from ECU, Judy calls Florida State her alma mater, Lauren received her degree from Meredith and Brittany graduated from the interior design program at BYU-Idaho.

Check back next Tuesday for {Part 2} on “Why You Should Hire an Interior Designer?” We will help you identify your goals and determine what you would want to achieve when working with an interior designer.

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