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December 18, 2014
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Tastemaker: Turning a house into a home

Carroll restored this antique wicker chair with a new set of pillows and several coats of Benjamin Moore soft gloss finish outdoor paint.
Photo by Susal Carroll


A designer has to be able to interpret, plan and complete how the clients want the home to look and function. She needs a sense of style and balance and an understanding of the use of color, materials and textures, plus the ability to pull a cohesive working team of professionals together who will turn a house into a home, not only for the short term, but also for the long term.

Ideally, as the occupants and functions of the home change over the years, a designer will have a long-term relationship to assist in the future.

Q: How does one choose a designer?

A: Besides the obvious, look at their portfolio to see their finished work as to their capabilities. Talk with the designer who did your friend’s home if you like it.

Ask what professional organizations they belong to and what organizations they have they been involved with as a volunteer or on a pro bono basis and for how long. What are their avocations and interests, their passions? These areas are what breathe life into the designer and, most importantly, your home.

As with any professional, choose someone you feel has the experience, depth of knowledge, skills and time in the profession to get the job done. Someone with whom you are comfortable working, in whom you have confidence in to see progress made, and someone who can create that spirit you look forward to upon arriving at your home.

[Sharon Carroll lives in Lake Ariel, PA and can be reached at 570/698-6620.]