about "finishing" their spaces after they have selected sofas and chairs that I must write about it from a designer's point of view.
It's not that we want or need control of
the project from start to finish. In fact, often times I will create a concept board for a client and they are free to shop around for items at their leisure. It's up to them to hunt for those bargains. However, there is a difference between shopping from a set guideline like a concept board with a furniture plan OR shopping blind.
As a professional, it's my job to determine
the scale of a piece. The overall dimensions. What type of arm or back height it needs. Will it block a view? Does it block circulation around the space or a even worse a doorway? These are the functioning details that go into my decision making when I select upholstered pieces. They are concepts beyond color or texture that affect the overall balance in the room.
Thus, when a new client says "I just need you to finish what I have started", it's a statement that would be equal to me
saying to my dentist, "I just started this filling at home, now I just need you to finish it". He or she may then reply, "Well we'll need to take it all out because you missed a fundamental step in prepping the tooth".
A designer is not able to fix a costly mistake made months in advance of being hired. With that clear, we ARE able to
minimize a bad choice or enhance a room in other ways. Just keep in mind the average cost of a good sofa is $1,500-$2,500+ dollars and if you add two $800+ chairs, that's a $4,000-$6,000 decision you're making without professional advice.
It's much better to pay a professional designer a few hundred dollars for a concept board and furniture plan (with dimensions). It will save you from making costly mistakes right from the start!