What is the difference between an Interior Designer and a Decorator?

The terms Interior Designer and Interior Decorator are often considered to be interchangeable. However, there is a difference between the two. An interior decorator generally refers to someone who works purely with the decorative details of a home, such as: paint, wallpaper, furniture, décor, and window treatments. Interior designers do this, and much more; An interior designer will have formal training that allows them to consider architectural elements & details, the ability to draft construction documents and plans, and work alongside architects and builders throughout renovations and new build projects.

Does my project need an Interior Designer?

As a highly trained professional, an Interior Designer is able to provide advice and guidance on projects from small to large in scope. They understand not only the elements of style and design, but are experts at planning and overseeing even complicated remodeling or new build projects. When you work with an Interior Designer, you are given the expertise and a deep breadth of knowledge that will ensure your project moves smoothly and avoids costly mistakes and delays.

How does purchasing through Cameron Barker Interiors work?

Upon approval of the design following the design presentation, Cameron Barker Interiors will submit proposals to the client that detail each item and their prices. Then the client returns the signed proposals with their signature and acceptance, along with required payment. JNI will handle ordering of all selections, oversee craftsmenship for custom pieces, and arrange shipping and delivery to the project location and/or warehouse.

I want to work with Cameron! What’s next?

Please fill out the contact form to receive your CBI Review Guide and to schedule your complimentary 20 minute phone consultation. If, during this call, it is determined that we are a good fit, I will set up an in-home meeting to see your space and discuss the project more in-depth. The initial meeting takes place at your home in order to see your space first-hand. From here I will work up a proposal outlining the scope of work and total estimated cost of the design fees per your project. After signing the contract and making the initial deposit, your client homework can begin which consists of completing a design questionnaire and providing me with inspiration images.

Do I need an interior designer for my project?
An interior designer can help you create an overall vision for your project and produce beautiful, cohesive spaces. Building a new home, or renovating an existing home, is very time consuming. An interior designer can work through all the details, coordinate all the material selections, and facilitate completion of the project. An experienced designer can help keep your project running on time and on budget.
When do I need to involve an interior designer on my project?

The earlier the better! You have the most options with the design at the initial planning stages.

When you have a thorough plan in place and a designer to implement and guide it along, it will streamline the process. Cameron Barker Interiors can handle every aspect of your project from the outset. From the initial meetings where we gather the information and help you determine your needs and goals for the space, to developing the timeline, then handling the construction, purchasing & installation for all components–we will oversee it to completion. You’ll be able to relax and enjoy a well-executed plan that delivers a finished project that is truly customized.

What is your fee schedule/pricing structure?

I offer different options which are determined on a project by project basis. The client is always required to pay a deposit before any work begins. As a base guideline you can expect design fees to start at $5,000 for a bathroom renovation and $12,000 for a kitchen renovation, depending on the size and scope of work.

Do you work outside the Austin metro area?
Yes. Each job is considered on an individual basis.
What are your business hours?
Our hours are typically 9:00 to 5:00, Monday through Friday. Evenings and weekends are by special appointment.
What is "full-service" interior design?
Full- service interior design is a turn-key service that takes the project from concept to completion. I take care of every detail-from sourcing items to working with tradespeople and even coordinating orders and deliveries. At the end, I install the new design so all you have to do is enjoy your new space.
What is the difference between an Interior Designer and an Architect or Contractor?

An Interior Designer’s focus is the form and function of the space. They partner with clients to achieve a desired aesthetic and design that enhances their lifestyle. Designers collaberate with other professionals-like architects or contractors-as needed, based on the type and scale of the project. The designer selects all of the finishes for the home like tile, plumbing fixtures, lighting, and furniture. An architect’s expertise is in building and structure, so they’ll be on the project team for additions or new builds. A contractor or builder builds/renovates based on the design plans created by the designer and or architect.