‘Design for Hire’ event helps Arizona homes go from ‘Drab to Fab’

Does your bathroom have 1980’s brass light fixtures and cultured marble shell shaped sinks?

ASID logo 2Is your kitchen inefficient and drab?  Does the home you just bought still showcase the metallic, floral wallpaper picked out by the last owner in 1977?

The Arizona North Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has a solution, which benefits not only the homeowner, but a design education, as well.

The ASID “Design for Hire” program is under way through the end of April. The fundraising program matches a home owner with an Interior Designer, based on location, project specifications and other parameters.

The customer pays $75 an hour for up to a two-hour consultation and the designer donates their time, with all funds directed back to the organization for student design scholarships and educational programs that help further the profession of Interior Design.

Any additional hours of design service are billed separately, based upon each designer’s customary rate.

Bonnie and Art Cikins of Scottsdale recently retained ASID designer Cathy Kominsky to freshen up the home they’ve owned in Terravita for 16 years.

“I couldn’t have done it without her,” said Bonnie Cikins.  Ms. Kominsky helped the couple renovate two bathrooms and also selected a new interior paint color which changed the look. “She listened to us, understood what we wanted and had resources we never would have known about doing it on our own,” said Ms. Cikins.

Ms. Kominsky is chairing the 2015 spring Design for Hire outreach, and has participated in many Design for Hire consultations.

In a central Phoenix historic neighborhood, a home recently underwent a remodel to better accommodate aging in place.  Marge and Mary Bayless are mother and daughter, but also next-door neighbors.

Mary recently helped her mother renovate a new home that had been owned by the same people for 60 years. It was in dire need of updating.

Mary, a nurse, found ASID designer Jeanette Knudsen who specializing in creating beautiful home environments that allow people to remain living independently as they age.

“We did things like installing a curbless shower, and arranged new kitchen appliances in a way to offer landing place for hot dishes coming out of the oven,” said Mary Bayless.

Jeanette’s design niche is creating adaptable, comfortable, practical, beautiful and high quality for the expected and unexpected stages in our lives. She is one of many designers available through the Design for Hire outreach.

Mesa homeowner, Janet Euler participated in a recent Design for Hire initiative after reading about it. She wanted to downsize after her husband suffered from some health problems and became a resident of a directed care facility.

“I wanted some advice on how to maximize space,” said Ms. Euler.

“I spent some time in my home with the interior designer and she picked up a lot of information about my styles and possessions.  Then we went to the smaller house and she had a lot of suggestions to make.

“I was stymied by the new plank flooring I wanted to use.  It would have to turn a corner to go down the hall.  Which direction should it go?  She immediately had the solution.  On the diagonal!  The effect is amazing, providing a real Wow factor,” said Ms. Euler.

“Enlarging a closet in the hall would provide storage but access would be tricky. I engaged her for a second visit. Her solution was to divide the space in quarters and use four doors instead of the usual three.  Perfect!  Problem solved,” noted Ms. Euler.

Finally, Ms. Euler was struggling with a paint color choice, feeling it was necessary to make a change. What did the designer recommend? Do nothing!  The designer pointed out that Ms. Euler had been consistent with her palette over the years and that she would be most comfortable sticking with it.

“That made fitting things in so much easier.  She told me that if I used the things I loved they would work for me.  She gave me hope and confidence,” concluded Ms. Euler.

Go to www.asidaznorth.org.

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