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04/25/2017
By: Clem B.
Greenway Home Services
I've been in TN 7 years now. Used AHS as my warranty co and they sent out the worst of the worst for repairs. I complained and they sent out Greenway. They were efficient, proficient and caring. A pleasure to deal with for HVAC and Appliances. Until, I had a plumbing problem. My outside hose bibb was leaking. They came quickly and plugged it up but then no word for two months. After several calls, someone came out and put the handle back on. I didn't use it for a while, but when I did... It was leaking like crazy. Calls to customer service have gone unanswered(?) My first bad experience with an otherwise good company. Maybe they just suck at plumbing?
04/28/2016
By: Bailey K.
White's Mercantile
Walking into White's Mercantile, you can feel your mood change as the environment does. They've truly created a lifestyle and vibe that is fantastic. I would buy the whole store if I could afford it (a little pricey). Great for those walking around 12 south and looking for somewhere to pop their head in!
04/07/2016
By: Bailey K.
Cost Plus World Market
I have been to World Market on many occasions, and I always leave very pleased with my purchases! In April, I was able to get 50% off patio furniture during a store wide sale. Their rewards program is also worth joining. You can quickly get $10 off, and they send many 15% off emails!
09/14/2016
By: M E.
Kirkland's
What a pleasant little decorating store in 100 Oaks Mall! Artful displays, decent prices on decor and small furniture, lots of accessories. Not all to my taste, but I will definitely look here next time I need a lamp or bedside table. Helpful staff.
06/06/2014
By: Denise D.
Starbuck Designer Inc
John Starbuck is one of the most honest and conscientious designers in the business. Not only that, but he also has an incredible knack for designing as well as choosing colors and furnishings. Will be using his services again in the near future.
04/20/2016
By: Anita R.
Cost Plus World Market
Great place to try things from around the world. We like the food selection during the different seasons. Perfect place for Christmas stocking stuffer and ornaments. We are always finding new things to try. Great beer and coffee selection as well.
05/04/2016
By: Bailey K.
Kirkland's
Decent selection of home goods. I purchased a bench here that I always get compliments on. Some products seem of a slightly lower quality, but there are items that stand out above the rest.
10/27/2016
By: Katie T.
Cadeau
Cadeau is such a neat little store with home and gift items I have not seen other places. They have some very expensive things, but also lots of great gift items and reasonable prices.
11/15/2016
By: Mariska V.
Ten Thousand Villages
We spent one morning and a whole lot of money here. The selection (and the stories behind it - happily shared by the staff members) is impressive, beautiful and oh so tempting.
11/30/2015
By: Denise W.
Kirkland's
This is a great place to shop for seasonal décor as well as lamps, mirrors and other house décor. Get the spin and win app. Savings every time you purchase.
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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