By Erin Scheel
Join us as we get the inside scoop and get to know the challenges and perks of being a professional interior decorator. Natalie Cox is an Ottawa-based decorator working with the talented team at Decorating Den Interiors, The CPI Team. She’s a pro at seeing the big picture and utilizing each space to the best of its abilities. Ultimately she’s a strong believer that your home should not only reflect who you are, but also be able to make your day-to-day life a little easier.
What are the top first 3 questions people SHOULD ask their designer before starting a project?
The best decorators are the ones that ask the questions and really taking the time to listen to the answers. The first question I ask is how is the space not working for you now? That’s a great one to get the ball rolling and helps me gain insight as to why they called me in. The second question is asking them how they would like their space to feel.
What’s a common mistake people make when just starting a big or small design project?
The biggest mistake people make is going shopping without a plan. It’s easy to wake up one day and decide you want a new sofa. However, it’s very easy to get overwhelmed if you don’t have a clear vision of how you would like your space to look, feel and function. Many people buy pieces that don’t fit in the space or suit the style of their home and then they get stuck. They’ve invested money and they don’t know what to do next. Call a decorator before you go shopping, this helps save a lot of time and money.
Where do you draw your inspiration from when starting a new project?
I mostly draw inspiration from my clients, their style, energy and objects in their home. I love watching my clients during our initial consultation and seeing what makes their eyes light up.
As a designer what is one of the most challenging things you get asked to do and how do you move forward?
The most challenging thing I get asked is to do a generic floor plan that my clients would like to use to purchase items themselves. It’s a lot more fulfilling for both parties to allow me to design the complete solution and see the project through to the end. That way I can ensure the budget stays on track and that everything works together for the bigger picture.
Do you have a fave DIY project that anyone can do?
I love when folks are able to create their own art. This always adds such a personal touch to every home. It could be framing a favourite quote or doing a colourful abstract piece. Pinterest is a big inspiration for me; there are a ton of tutorials available on there, depending on the style of your home.
Visit Natalie’s blog http://nataliecoxdesign.com