As a homeowner, you may want improved functionality for your busy family. As a professional, you may crave harmony at the end of a long day. As a retailer, you may need help making a memorable connection with your clients. As your designer, we become partners in developing a design plan that is reflective of you and the people, places and things that make you happy. We'll find solutions to improve function and flow. We'll identify ways to get the best outcome within the budget you're most comfortable with.
What do you like most about your job?
I love helping people fall in love with their home all over again.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
Some may feel as though they only need help with creative direction while others will need complete coordination with all aspects of the design. A few will need a phased plan, adding details only when budget and time allows while most will prefer a complete install with all work completed within a certain time frame. A beautiful home should be an option for everyone and there will be a solution for every price range.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Communication is so very important.
Be sure to hire somebody who is truly listening.
If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
In addition to formal training, a great eye and an innate sense of balance and flow, confidence and a willingness to 'take a chance' creatively are key to becoming a great designer. Access to trade-only items helps, too!
How did you decide to get in your line of work?
I originally started out pursuing a degree in Architecture and discovered that I wanted more of a hands-on approach to design. I wanted a more active role in the final product.
What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
Clients should have a good idea of what their space will feel like and how they need it to function. They should also have good examples of what they love and what they don't like about their existing space.
Cheryl was enrolled in a Bachelor of Architecture program in Boston before transitioning her studies to a B.S. in Project Management at Wentworth Institute of Technology. She keeps her design skills current by attending the Rhode Island School of Design. She was a corporate designer and space planner before launching Swain detail + design. She is married and lives in Southeastern MA with her husband and four children.