When we decided to remodel the kitchen and floor of our home, a main consideration was whether to work with an interior designer or not. The main reason was the budget. We had worked with an interior designer in the past and were familiar with the process. The key for us was to find someone that would understand the vision and concept of our plans and have the ability to integrate these plans with their professional expertise and resources.
After researching and interviewing various interior designers and we finally found Darla Powell of Darla Powell Interiors. We liked Darla because she listened carefully and understood what we were trying to accomplish while being and personable and genuine. She was sensitive to our needs and was able to translate our ideas and budget into a realistic plan. The saying “you don’t know what you don’t know” describes what a person begins to realize when encountering the extent and complexity of an interior decorating project performed correctly. Murphy’s Law figures greatly in these situations also. We realized that having a person we could trust and depend on was key to the overall success. After lengthy discussions with Darla regarding everything involved in the project, we realized that Darla Powell Interiors was the one for us.
Darla has excellent taste and resources. She knows where to find the right products and materials. She led us in new and different directions that provided beautiful solutions. The skilled workers and subcontractors she works with are first rate and artists at their craft. They are a pleasure to work with. Darla takes great care to select only the best. She has great rapport with them and they are very responsive to her. When issues and questions come up, as they always will in a job like this, Darla is very accessible and addresses them quickly and effectively. She becomes your ally, always checking with you to make sure you are happy and satisfied with the progress and the product as well as staying within budget. Anyone that has embarked on similar projects with contractors can attest to the need for a qualified professional when things don’t go as expected or proposed. As a business, Darla Powell Interiors is well organized and runs very efficiently. Her website provides a dashboard where you can easily review and pay open invoices and keep track of the expenses among other things.
Overall we are extremely pleased with the service and expertise provided by Darla Powell Interiors. We would recommend Darla Powell without the slightest hesitation. The kitchen was totally transformed into a beautiful space, taking on the look of something 2-3 times the actual cost. The craftsmanship along with Darla’s choice of design, materials and color schemes are outstanding. The floor design and layout was also transformational giving the home a completely new and refreshing look. The porcelain wood like tile Darla helped pick required an excellent installer and she had just the right one. Everyone that has seen the floor has commented on the beauty of the shape and color, in addition to asking if it is real wood. Darla is a truly gifted interior designer who has helped us realize our aspirations and has exceeded all of our expectations while at the same time helping us stay on budget. We truly could not have accomplished this without Darla’s help. So in retrospect, we view the hiring of an interior designer such as DPI, an investment rather than an additional cost.