Bad experiences with past projects should not prevent clients from making it right!

Over the years I’ve been struck by how often I’ve heard the same phrase from potential clients who are anticipating dipping a toe in the decorating waters. Scarred by a bad experience with a designer or the results of a well-intended DIY-project gone wrong, the details of the stories are always different but the narrative begins the same: “If we had it to do over again…” No matter what the project, budget or scope, the determination to avoid regret is universal.

As a designer coming into this level of hesitation, I’ve always found the best way to minimize present concerns and prevent future regrets is to make the significant investment of time that is mapping out a solid plan, revising that plan as necessary, even if that means a project will take longer, and–most importantly–managing client expectations about the amount of time their project will take. The need for quick gratification almost always leads to an enduring discontentment, something the pros, and their seasoned clients, know well.

In the Fall issue of New England Home Connecticut, Greenwich designer Linda Ruderman admitted that even after living in her home for years, “It’s still evolving.”

Photo by Laura Moss for New England Home


The following before-and-after shots come from clients who revisited past design projects gone wrong, and in the end, were happy they did.

A “before” shot of a regrettable kitchen.

The “after” shot is world’s apart.

A vanity with a dated, DIY-look.

The same space with a professional touch.

The best things in life are worth waiting for.

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