What to Expect from Virtual Interior Design or e-Design

These are crazy times and so many of us are unexpectedly spending a whole lot of time staring at our walls, noticing the lack of storage space, or realizing that we don't really like the room we are sitting in. Fast forward to hours spent down the Pinterest rabbit hole looking for new pieces of furniture, inspiration, DIY's that you'll never do, and decor.

If you are considering re-decorating but not sure where to start or how to pull together all your needs and wants, hiring an interior designer could save you time, money and frustration in the long-run by helping you avoid costly mistakes, make you think about the space differently and help you prioritize what you really need and what really works for the room.

You can still get professional help during this time of social distancing and sheltering in place. Virtual design or e-design is a great way to get helpful guidelines and road maps to redecorating your space in an affordable and relatively quick way (10 days to two months on average). With today's technology, it's almost as good as an in-person design experience. Especially if you are looking to spruce up one or two rooms at a time and are willing to take on some of the work, this is a great solution. I wouldn't necessarily recommend for a project that includes any construction,

What to expect with e-Design:

1. Talk or email with an interior designer so that the designer has a clear idea of your design needs and project goals.

2. Once you've decided to hire an interior designer, you'll likely be asked to complete a questionnaire to get a sense of your style, likes and dislikes, must-have's and nice to have's as well as any other information you can share to help the designer understand your vision. Create and send an inspiration board to the designer. Pinterest boards are easy to create and share, for example.

3. You will be asked to take measurements. In order to create a viable furniture plan, it's important to send a sketch of the room to the designer so that they can figure out the best flow for the room and select furniture that's the right scale.

4. Depending on the scope of work, expect to receive an initial plan anywhere from ten days to two weeks, on average. With this, you'll talk through the plans and depending on your agreement, work through any changes you'd like to see. Interior design is a collaborative and iterative process.

5. Get your shopping list and start purchasing! Do any last follow-ups with your designer and get ready to love the room you're sitting in.