Most of us are sure we know enough about home design not to need an interior decorator… Typical reasons for that belief are:
– “I have enough common sense and know what I like.”
– “My architect/contractor gave me advice, so I don’t need one.”
– “If I don’t like it in five years, I’ll replace it.”
As a restorer who worked in the most exclusive offices and homes for thirty years, these “obvious” reasons are sure indications that the homes are less comfortable and less functional, and very often wasting more money than they should be.
Some people can wear a few hats, but just like it’s a bad idea to be your own psychotherapist or lawyer, it’s essential to consult with a decorator or two before building or renovating, or even moving your home!
- Not just for the rich. Those who think that decorators are for the rich don’t realize that one of their primary purposes is to help their clients save money. One of the biggest savings is helping to avoid making mistakes in planning, selecting and purchasing furnishings and appliances. They are trained to see things you cannot, and to turn liabilities into assets.
Restorno provides technical assessment to determine whether or not to restore or junk old pieces of furniture. Sentimental value vs. replacement value are calculations that we help customers make by determining the quality of a product, like a new or used sofa set that may cost many thousands of shekels. Is the foam high quality? Will the frame withstand children’s abuse? Can the fabric be cleaned? Can the leather be replaced and/or restored?
- Within Budget? Another money-saving function of decorators is budgeting. So many olim complain to me that they never imagined how much money they would spend on building their home in Israel. Some decorators liaison with architects and contractors in order to avoid expensive changes down the line.
Many people think of the building first, then plan the content around it. Let me remind my religious readers that the G-d of Israel instructed Moshe to build the furniture of the Mishkan first, and then to focus on the building. The emphasis on designing the décor to fit function rather than to create a purely powerful public image was a novelty in comparison to Egyptian style.
Of course, most of us live in buildings which were built without our input, which I believe explains why many people take a fatalistic approach of just “doing whatever the room demands.”
- Protektzia! Let’s be honest about our cultural reality. The most successful people in Israel succeed because they rely on years of goodwill and respect that we call protektzia. Decorators have checked the standards and track records of vendors and service people. Their protektzia enables you to succeed with those crucial suppliers when you might not without their influence.
- Turning liabilities into assets: Creative problem solving is what sets a professional apart from a layman. I am often impressed by how decorators succeed in redefining living spaces according to the criteria of their clients, rather than by defining them according to the basic layout of the home.
- Increasing the value of your home: For those interested in eventually renting or selling their homes, decorators are good at adding value to properties.
- No space too small: Israeli homes are often much smaller than those abroad. Smaller homes are more challenging to decorate than big ones because every corner counts more. Combined with the fewer options available in lighting, furnishings, etc. than available abroad, our new living spaces need even better planning than big homes abroad.
Restorno wants to celebrate the anniversary of Bizness Magazine by offering its readers a promotion of free pick up and delivery on re-upholstery of sofas, until the High Holidays. Furthermore, we offer a variety of incentives to those working with professional decorators. Contact us for more details.