Strang, interior designers offer decorating help at annual remodeling program

Updating and redesigning a home is a natural skill for a Scottsdale resident, who shares her decorating talents with the community.

Amy Strang, Arizona North chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers president, spearheads the 10th annual Interior Designer for Hire event slated to run Feb. 1 through April 30, facilitating designer consultations Valleywide and in northern Arizona, according to a press release.

Amy Strang (Submitted photo)

Homeowners can consult with a professional interior designer, at a reduced rate, during the Interior Designer for Hire program. The annual event showcases how personal space can be enhanced through remodeling projects that are challenging for individuals.

Working with a professional interior designer can help solve design dilemmas and ease the process, according to a release. It also noted designers volunteer their time and contribute the collected, discounted fees to assist with local student scholarships and educational programs.

The Interior Designer for Hire program matches homeowners with local ASID designers for a one- or two-hour consultation where advice is given from an interior designer demonstrating the benefits of working with a professional in creating and revamping the client’s personal environment.

“We love providing this program to local residents,” said Ms. Strang in a prepared statement. “Interior Designer for Hire gives homeowners a unique one-on-one, in-home opportunity with a professional interior designer on refreshing or updating their home or office.”

The McCormick Ranch resident sought to remodel her home when she and her husband moved to Scottsdale in 2014. Ms. Strang said, in a recent interview, she has been in the industry as an interior designer for nine years.

Recently celebrating her 14th wedding anniversary with her husband, Skip, Ms. Strang opens the blinds to her personal life as she shares about having a blended family, consisting of seven children, one of which lives with her; six grandchildren; three cats and two dogs.

How long have you served in your current role as president of the Arizona North chapter of ASID?

I became the president of the Arizona North Chapter of ASID in October 2018. It is a one year position. Prior to that, I spent one year as president-elect, and before that, was finance director for two years.

What made you interested in the organization?

When I became a design student about 12 years ago, I started attending chapter events. I learned that it was a great trade organization that helped me network as well as provide volunteer and leadership opportunities. It also provides professional skills through continuing education units that members are required to attend. Before I became a board member, I served on committees as well as chairing some of them.

Why is it important to have the Interior Designer for Hire event?

This event gives people the opportunity to meet with a designer as a kind of interview while having a one- or two hour consultation. This amount of time is not a big financial investment and it goes to a great cause, supporting student scholarships and chapter educational programming.

Many designers charge much more for a first time consultation. The cost of the Interior Designer for Hire consultation is typically far less than what they would pay to interview a designer and decide if they want to hire them. It is so important to make sure personalities work well together. To make the most of this initial consultation, the homeowner should be prepared with a list of questions so that they can make the best use of the time.

Many clients use it when they are thinking of hiring a designer for a bigger project such as kitchen or bathroom remodel, or purchasing furniture, or other costly and long term changes. Many of our Interior Designer for Hire designer volunteers have formed long term relationships that started this way.

How popular is this event as it is in its 10th year?

Very popular. Many people who know about this program wait for the season, and we get many referrals and repeats from happy clients; repeats from people who are looking for ongoing consulting. Homeowners enjoy helping students in the Valley with scholarship funds, a way of paying it forward. All designers can be hired after the event for future work.

What are you looking forward to with the upcoming event?

We are looking forward to sharing our skilled interior designers with the community. It is such a great cause and it brings designers and clients together in such a beautiful way.

Any interesting experiences you have had in the industry?

Yes, many. I have re-worked floor plans and updated color schemes and furniture designs that have really improved the quality of life for my projects. I am currently working on a kitchen remodel that I am really excited about. We are just getting in to the construction phase, and it is exciting to see all the preliminary planning start to come together.

What is your background?

I have a CIDA accredited degree from Scottsdale Community College. Last year, I earned a bachelor degree from Brigham Young University Idaho in applied business management.

What are your personal and professional interests?

I love Interior Design — Eat it, sleep it, watch it — I love it! I also love to read and learn more about effective business strategies, which is great since I own my own company, Amy Strang Interiors LLC, where we focus on residential and office design.

Independent Newsmedia News Services Specialist Delarita Ford can be reached by e-mail at dford@newszap.com.

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