How to Keep an Interior Design Project in Budget

How to Keep an Interior Design Project in Budget


I think – sorry, giant wasp! Thought it was going to fly at my face. Hey everyone, Lesley Myrick here. Interior stylist and owner of Lesley Myrick
Art + Design where we create some pretty awesome interiors with an offbeat edge. I’m going to talk today about something not
a lot of designers want to talk about and that is, how to keep a design project in budget. I feel like “budget” is such an icky word. It sounds so restrictive, and negative, and
it shouldn’t be that way when you’re talking design. What you’re doing is making an investment. An investment in your home, an investment
in your family, and an investment in the quality of your life. And of course there are concerns with how
much the investment is when it comes to design. People always ask how to keep a design project
in budget, or, within the investment you hope to spend. I have an answer for you, and I don’t know
if you’re going to like it! It’s easy to blame the designer when a project
goes “over budget”. However, here’s a little real talk for you. Sticking within the amount you wanted to invest
– your budget – is 100% up to you. It is ultimately up to you, the client, to
decide what to purchase, to decide what to invest in. My job as a designer is to take care of everything
on your wishlist, to show you what is out there that is gonna meet your needs, your
wants, your desires, is gonna look amazing, and function for your family. So here’s the thing about design projects. I have never worked with anybody whose budget matched their wishlist. That’s human nature. Think of it like buying a car. You might want to invest in a Kia but everything
you want is a Mercedes. It is totally in your power to decide if you
want to scale down your wants and needs to the Kia, or if you want to up your budget
to meet your Mercedes dreams. I hate to say it but designers are not miracle
workers. It is our job to design an amazing space that
meets your wants and needs, and its your job as the client to decide what you want to invest
in that. So there you go. There’s the truth about keeping a design project
in budget – it is all in your court. We’re going to support you the best way we
can but you get to decide what you invest in your home. If you’d like to learn more about what it
looks like to work together on a design project, hop on over to my website at lesleymyrick.com
where you can book a free Design Discovery Call with me so we can talk about your wants
and needs and figure out an uhh-mazing game plan for you. While you’re over there, grab my free eBook
on How to Bring Personality to a Boring Space.


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