"I have great ideas for decorating," a client said to me, who was a mega Hollywood star. "And with my friend's resale card, I save 40% at the design centers," he concluded with a victorious smile.
"The actual purchase in the process of a design project is nearly the last step," I replied. "Arriving at the decision of what to buy, and where to buy from count highly."
"You're right. I didn't think of that", he conceded.
Seeing pretty pictures online or on a do-it-yourself TV shows are but a vague hint homeowners are encouraged to make a record of, and share with the designer. Like a TV Ad for new medicine one would share with the doctor before administering. But it's the designer's vision which determines the final outcome, and not because he's under a legally binding contract.
Could you imagine Cardinals and Emperors dictating details of frescoes or musical notes to Michelangelo or Beethoven?
While no modern designer is anywhere in the league of these master artisans, designers do possess the vision and ability to develop and implement concepts, and take them through a logical and methodical process to a successful completion. The designer's ability to solve problems, or challenges that arise during the course of a project, also make him a valuable, even vital to bring a project to its on-time and save on costly alterations.