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Spring Spruce Up — A Special Program for Interior Design Advice

Continuing during April at www.asiddcmetro.org you can apply for the Spring Spruce Up program offered by the local Washington Metro chapter of ASID. Go to the website and fill out an application. If you’ve never worked with a designer but have thought a real pro might answer some basic questions or solve a problem in your home or office, this can be your opportunity. The application will allow you to choose one or two hours at the rate of $100 per hour; local interior designers offer a verbal consultation for between $150 and $250 per hour, so this is a real deal.

This program is a fundraiser for the local ASID chapter but it is also a public outreach to anyone who is looking for a “no strings” arrangement to receive a professional opinion on any type of design problem you may have in your home or office. An on-site visit by a seasoned professional can make a big difference to anyone who needs to satisfy themselves about the maze of design questions like paint colors, furniture arrangement, window treatments, lighting, carpets sizes, art placement, accessorizing and other areas like accessibility or “Green” guidelines.

It’s a win-win program that also is fun for the volunteer designers since they like to keep their skills sharpened and have much valuable information and hard-earned knowledge to share.

Of course, if you like the designer you can pursue using their service on their terms, but don’t let that idea be an obstacle to the program’s goal of providing objective advice that can reaffirm your basic ideas that you’ve had, seen or heard about and to shine a light on what’s possible to improve, streamline or just give you the reassurance to go forward with a project.

According to the feedback our committee has had from participating designers in previous years, it’s best to be prepared and have a list of what questions you have in advance. Do a little research first and focus on pictures you’ve collected from magazines or have some paint chips ready for that tricky accent wall color or whatever you think might make your appointment meaningful to you. It is $100 or $200 of your money after all, but from the feedback we have received in prior years of offering this service, it is money well spent.

For more information, contact Chapter Administrator Leslie Ehrmann at (202) 488-4100 or by email at leslie@asiddcmetro.org.

–Kerry D. Touchette, ASID, FIFDA

The writer is a Dupont Circle resident and DC-licensed interior designer for over 30 years.  As a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID),  he serves as co-chair for this annual “Spruce-up” event sponsored by ASID’s Washington Metro Chapter.

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