Landscaping, Interior Design and Architecture

What is an Interior Designer?

When it comes time to decorate your new home there are only three options: interior decorator, interior designer, or on your own. While a growing number of young couples are choosing option c, most homeowners still hire a professional to do the job for them. In this article we will discuss the difference between these two professionals.

The most popular misconception when it comes to home decoration is that an interior designer and an interior decorator are kinda-sorta the same thing. Let's put that nasty rumour to rest, shall we? A designer and a decorator are not even remotely the same thing.

Professionally trained

To begin with, an interior designer is professionally-trained and educated. She must receive her four-year degree from an accredited school of design. At college she studies design and architecture, so that she has an intimate understanding of space and structure. After graduation, she must pass a licencing exam. No, this is not a job for the curtain shop, Essex.

By comparison, an interior decorator has no formal education and no licence. She need only complete a perfunctory certificate course and she is free to offer her services to the public. While her fees are more affordable, her services are quite limited. The designer is not trained to read blueprints and she will not be able to work with the architect.

It is also important to remember that an interior designer is a licenced professional and as such she must answer to a licencing board. So, if she messes something up terribly and refuses to fix it, the homeowner has a legal recourse. There is no such recourse when it comes to interior decorators.

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Landscaping, Interior Design and Architecture

Houses come in many different shapes and sizes. Some are made of wood and stone and others are made of mud and brick. Interior design and landscaping are a major part of the overall package of how a house looks and feels. For a rich family living in San Francisco their house will be full of small intricate details that increase its value and set it apart from the rest whereas a mud shack in Africa is built for survivability from the elements.

Window house shutters are merely one example of how a house can be different from one another. Some homes have elaborate window frames whereas others have none, it all depends on where you live and what you can afford.


Landscaping and interior design are big business in civilized countries with lots of money. People have nothing else to spend their money on so they will upgrade their homes and lawns with various things. Some people like to have luscious green grass and others like to have lots of flowers.

For perfectionists there is always something that can be done to enlighten their home. For some people it is almost like a hobby.

Landscaping can be fun too if you enjoy being outdoors and working with your hands. There is a sense of satisfaction when you have completed your task.

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