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Liven Up Your Home with Unique Interior Designs: An Interview with Cathy Hobbs of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes

By Cathy Hobbs

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

We specialize in real estate styling and staging as well as residential interior design. Because of our strong relationships with real estate developers and brokerage firms, the bulk of the work we do relates to staging and styling model residences in order to sell out entire buildings. We also work will sellers as far as re-sales in order to help them sell their homes for the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time.

Additionally, we have an incredibly popular on-line store that we are proud of available through the site Houzz. We also offer DIY design resource guides known as "Design Recipes" in which a design enthusiast can purchase them through our site www.design-recipes.com for $3.00 and be able to use our tips and resource information in order to be able to create spectacular spaces on their own.

What is one of your favorite things to tell your clients about interior design that they are most interested about?

Great interior design doesn't have to necessarily cost a lot of money. We work with interior design clients by being inspired by their own style, aesthetic and sensibility and then elevating it with our professional expertise. Clients have tremendous faith in us, but are still typically overwhelmed by the transformation we are able to execute for them.

What are the most common misconceptions people have about interior design?

People often believe that interior design is just about pretty pillows and drapes. It can be, but is significantly more. As an ASID Interior Designer, I have passed the highest requirements in the trade including being a LEED AP which is a credential earned through the U.S. Green Buildings Council representing our depth of knowledge in sustainable interior design. As an interior design professional our work with clients often goes beyond the selection of furniture, fabric and finishes, extending more to aspects that relate to construction and space planning.

Can you enumerate the basic steps of the home interior designing process?

Most interior designers work in a similar way. With Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes, we have a three step process. The first step is the design process, the next step is the purchasing or procurement process and the third step is the project management phase.

What is the biggest advantage homeowners get when working with a professional interior designer?

Let's face it, in today's age of the internet and numerous home décor retailers, it is very possible for a homeowner to design their own space without the assistance of an interior designer. However so many clients say "Do I really want to do it myself"? Working with an interior designer gives clients access. Access to the very best in interior design, as well as access to interior designer pricing. On top of it all a client is getting the design expertise of a professional.

What is the most common room that people want to redecorate/redesign?

Many people feel passionately about their living room. This is typically a primary room in the home and one that most clients want to concentrate on and make special. In instances where clients have a budget, we always do the living room and if there is money left over, the next room we often move to is the Master Bedroom.

What's the best way for people to contact your company?

The best way for potential clients to get in touch with me is through my website www.cathyhobbs.com. This site provides a great overview relating to the services we offer. Additionally we have a popular blog cathyhobbs.com/blog as well as our on-line store in which we have more than 13,000 interior design projects availabe through Houzz www.houzz.com. Our affordable $3.00 Design Recipes can be found at www.design-recipes.com.

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