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Designer Focus

Choosing an interior designer may be as simple as opting to work with a design professional recommended by your builder or contractor, or utilizing the services of a designer who works in conjunction with your builder or contractor. If you’re looking for ideas on how to go about hiring a designer to work with you independently, a good starting point is to decide what style of design you are intending to achieve in your home.

Educating yourself about fine design will give you a foundation for both refining your vision and speaking with more authority about your desired outcomes when interviewing designers. You can learn an enormous amount by taking advantage of decades of expertise in the interior design field – the editors of two of the best interior design magazines available.

ADs Paige Rense

Paige Rense, Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest (also referred to as AD by those in the biz), has been at the helm of the magazine for 37 years. An article about her on 1stDibs.com describes her accomplishments as “synonymous with innovation.” She continues to bring interior design to the forefront of our national mindset, the article says.

Paige Rense has created an incredible resource for fine design, featuring the best of the best in luscious photographic spreads. Much of this material is available for review at the magazine’s website.

The AD website also features a directory called The AD 100, which represents their “selection of the top architects and interior designers whose work has been featured in Architectural Digest over the past several years. This special section gives readers a chance to explore a richly varied landscape of styles. It also offers personal profiles of the figures behind the work, shedding light on their individual approaches and philosophies.”

Veranda’s Lisa Newsom

Lisa Newsom is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Veranda. She launched the magazine in 1987, and prior to that, she’d been editor-in-chief of Southern Accents. She brings the graciousness of southern living to new heights, giving it a universal appeal.

Her biography on Hearst.com says, “Stunning covers are a Newsom hallmark, as is an emphasis on flowers. Her discerning eye also influences the style, quality and diversity of articles on architecture, design trends, decorative arts, museum exhibitions, gardens and entertaining.”

Veranda‘s website presents a wealth of visuals and features about designers. While not as extensive as AD‘s listing of designers and architects, the serious aficionado of interior design will want to stay abreast of Veranda‘s presentations.


Another excellent and practical source for discovering which interior designer is best suited to working with you is the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Here you can search for designers in your area, knowing that all ASID-member designers “have the training and expertise to manage all the details of your project. They know the importance of listening to your ideas and understanding your needs. From consultation to planning to the finishing touches, they can help you every step of the way, explaining your choices and adding value to your budget.”

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