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The Untold Value of Discovery Calls in Interior Design

Today, I will give you the real deal on the value of discovery calls in interior design. Let me tell you that those calls are the not-so-secret weapon that can save you from a world of heartbreak. These calls are the first step in creating the exact space you want. Let’s break down what you should expect during a discovery call and why these initial chats are the game-changer for your perfect design. 

Why They’re a Big Deal

Diving into a design project without a discovery call leaves room for too much uncertainty. Imagine going on a blind date without knowing anything about the person you’re meeting. Sounds like a recipe for either a nightmare or maybe a happy surprise, right? Well, the chances of a great design fit for you shouldn’t be 50/50. To keep your design experience from going south, the discovery call is where you and the designer;

  • Learn how to work together
  • Answer operational questions
  • Dispel myths about working with designers
  • Set expectations 
  • Lay the groundwork for a successful project

Vibe Check

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The first part of your discovery call should be for you and your designer to get a feel for each other. Going into the call, you should be thinking, “Can we work together without wanting to pull our hair out?” This is crucial because a strong designer-client relationship is the backbone of any successful project. During this part of the call, you’ll discuss your likes and dislikes and whether you want to be hands-on or hands-off. It’s about finding that sweet spot where the designer and client feel comfortable and excited to collaborate.

Who, What, When, Where, and How?

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You’ve got questions; the discovery call is where you’ll get answers. Wondering how long the project will take? Curious about the steps involved? This is your chance to get all the deets. Your designer will walk you through the design process, from initial concepts to final installation. Understanding the step-by-step process and timeline helps set realistic expectations and ensures you’re on the same page from the get-go.

Cut the Crap!

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There are plenty of misconceptions about working with interior designers, and the discovery call is the perfect time to set the record straight. Maybe you’ve heard that designers are too expensive or that they’ll take over your space with their ideas instead of yours. Use the discovery call to cut the pleasantries and get straight to the point. A good designer will listen to your needs and work within your budget to create a space that reflects your style, not theirs.

The Nitty-Gritty

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This is where we take you behind the curtain and discuss how far your budget will get you, realistic timelines, and possible outcomes for ordering, delivery, and contract work. Your designer will touch on their fee structure, how they handle purchasing items, and what happens if there’s a hiccup along the way. By setting clear expectations from the start, you can avoid misunderstandings and ensure your reveal doesn’t turn into regret.

In a Nutshell

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Your discovery call sets the tone for your project, no matter how big or small. Make sure you lay out your vision, desires, and any non-negotiables. Your designer will use this information to create a tailored design plan that aligns with your goals. This initial conversation is also a chance to build trust and ensure that you’re both committed to creating a space that you’ll love for years to come.

Are You Ready to Have a Chat Now?

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In the Hudson & Crane world, “cookie-cutter” is a dirty word, and a discovery call is our first step toward creating a space that’s as fabulous and unique as you are. We want to help you craft a home that tells your story, supports your lifestyle, and sparks daily joy.

So, if you’re ready to lead your design with confidence, then let’s start this journey together. Let’s make your dream space a reality and we’ll have some fun along the way. 

Cheers! Your dream space is just a discovery call away!

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