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09/14/2013
By: pickles531
B. Chic Interiors
I decided to meet with B. Chic Interiors after a meeting with another designer did not go so well. Being new to the interior designer world, I decided to take a chance and meet with another designer. I was hopeful Brigid would be a good fit. It was definitely a wise decision. Brigid has been absolutely wonderful. I will admit, from the start I knew I was going to need alot of attention and luckily for me, Brigid was up for the challenge. She was extremely patient with all my questions and concerns. Brigid was spot on with all her designs from layout to furniture suggestions. I have to admit, with her help, my house looks fabulous! .Without hesitation, I would recommend B.Chic Interiors in a heartbeat. I look forward to working with Brigid in the future.Brigid - thank you!!!!
07/18/2012
By: mommade
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
First thing's first- I don't drive to Columbia for very many things. As a matter of fact, Aida Bistro is the only reason I ever go to Columbia. This gem of an Italian restaurant is tucked away, like most of Columbia, behind an office park. (Complete side note- why is it so hard to find gas station in Columbia- they keeps those things under wraps). Back to Aida, she of a beautiful wine list and generous bread offerings, had me at hello. The food reminds me of some of my favorite BYO restaurants in Philadelphia, especially with the attention they pay to seafood. Don't miss- the scallops, fresh pastas and if you are feeling like a carb binge- their flatbreads. Yum. Dessert is hit or miss, but everything else is wonderful. Truly.
11/08/2013
By: M P.
Long Reach Pizza, Indian Food & More
We were traveling to VA from NJ and for lunch used the yellow pages app to find an Indian place for lunch. A place called long reach pizza and Indian food showed up in search results. There were no reviews but we checked their web site it seemed organized so we went there. We had chana masala and navratan korma and naan. Although it seemed a place for take out only there was one table in the corner and not only they accommodated us they served us the food and gave us dishes etc with a smile and the food taste was really good. Thanks to the guy who helped us. I forgot to ask his name.
Tips & Advices
Interior designers can generally work on every type of room, but one should not assume that all of them can work on every type of space. More complicated projects--for example those in buildings with historic preservation strictures, or those that are going for sustainability certifications--will be suited to interior designers with specific expertise. Also, interior designers that have experience in a certain type of project may not want to take on projects that are outside their expertise. For example, an interior designer who has only worked on commercial projects may not want to do a small private home.
Every interior designer has their own style, but some designers are more versatile than others. Some really do specialize in functionality and code compliance, whereas others are more focused on aesthetics. Interior decorators are completely focused on visual impact, and therefore should be reviewed and selected based on how well their style is a match for the client’s tastes.
Full-service interior design starts with an assessment of a site and the client’s long-term needs for that space. It encompasses concept design, floor plans and lighting plans, providing project specifications to contractors, supervising  contractor negotiations and installations, applying for permits, and shopping for all the materials and pieces for the project. On top of this, there are the “decorator” deliverables, i.e. creating the aesthetic of the space, selecting wall colors/covers and furniture pieces, purchasing products and installing them.
An interior designer may come into a development project very early on, working with the developer and architect from the pre-construction phase. They may be the one to design floor plans, decide where to place interior walls, and supervise contractors that are installing elements of the build. They often work on commercial projects, although many of them work on residential projects. Interior designers can “switch hats” and do interior decoration, which means they are only focused on the aesthetic elements and visual components of a residence.
An interior designer or interior decorator should ask a potential client what the scope of the project is, what the projected budget is, what payment structure the client wants, and what the timeline for the project is. Also, they should be asking whether the client has any samples of other projects they like, and would like to use as a guideline. They could also ask what the client’s budget for furniture/accessories/art is, since that in many cases is a separate amount from the budget for the designer’s labor. If an interior designer is being interviewed early into a new build or a renovation project, they might ask questions to determine whether they can collaborate with architects and contractors from early on, to execute their vision for the space. If that is not in line with a client’s wishes, the client can then say that the project scope is for interior design only.

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