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.

At what point during my project should I hire an Interior Designer?

A good Interior Designer can help you at any stage of the design process, but it’s to your advantage to begin your collaboration at the earliest possible 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.

How does purchasing through Cameron Barker Interiors work?
Upon approval of the design following the design presentation, Jamie Naugle 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.
How does Cameron Barker Interiors charge?
Cameron generally works on a flat fee basis for full-service projects. This fee represents a well-researched and reasonable assessment of the time and resources required to professionally complete your job. The scope of work is defined and detailed in the Letter of Agreement and the flat fee is payable in installments defined in the Agreement. Contact us for more details.
I want to work with Cameron! What’s next?
Please call us or fill out the contact form to schedule your initial meeting. The initial meeting takes place at your home in order to see the spaces first-hand. If you’re working on a new build or a major renovation, we can meet in our office to review your plans. In addition to the plans, please bring along any inspiration photos or ideas that you have collected. At the first meeting, we will discuss your budget, your lifestyle, and your design preferences — in addition to a process overview.
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.
I have never worked with an interior designer before. How does it work?
Each client and project is different. The first step is to schedule a consultation so that we can discuss your project and how we can best help you.
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.
What is the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator?
“Many people use the terms “interior design” and “interior decorating” interchangeably, but these professions differ in critical ways.”

“Interior design is the art and science of understanding people’s behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.”

“Interior designers apply creative and technical solutions within a structure that are functional, attractive and beneficial to the occupants’ quality of life and culture. Designs respond to and coordinate with the building shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability.”

“The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology—including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process—to satisfy the needs and resources of the client.”

“Many U.S. states and Canadian provinces have passed laws requiring interior designers to be licensed or registered—documenting their formal education and training—and many of them specifically require that all practicing interior designers earn the NCIDQ Certificate to demonstrate their experience and qualifications. By contrast, interior decorators require no formal training or licensure.” (from www.ncidq.org)”

The state of Texas no longer has a title act for interior designers. So, anyone can call themselves an interior designer. However, interior designers that are licensed with the state can use the term “Registered Interior Designer”. Dawn Hearn is a Registered Interior Designer with the state of Texas, #9501.

What is your firm's decorating style?
We enjoy working in a variety of styles and creating custom interiors to best reflect the interests and personalities of the client. The majority of our projects are classic and tailored whether they are traditional, rustic, eclectic, or modern.
What is your fee schedule/pricing structure?
We offer several options for how we can work with our clients. Please contact us to review the best way that we can help you.
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.
Do you work with remodelers and builders?
Yes. We can assist your clients in the design and material selections for their new home or renovation. We can help them break down the large amount of selections into manageable phases so that they are not overwhelmed with the decisions that need to be made. We specialize in staying ahead of your construction deadlines so the job can progress smoothly. We can help you and your client achieve a beautiful, finished project. Please contact us for more information about our services and packages for remodelers and builders.
What is "to-the-trade"?
To-the-trade showrooms do not operate like a retail store. They sell their merchandise exclusively to interior designers, architects, and design professionals at wholesale prices.