In this instalment of Design Files, we discuss misconceptions about interior design with Tracey Lamoureux, Founder and Interior Designer at Spaciz Design Company Inc. Spruce’s Design Files series brings local Victoria home experts and their insights on trends, investments, and design to Victoria locals looking to refresh and spruce up their home.
Meet Tracey Lamoureux, Principal Designer and Founder of Spaciz Design. Tracey has 25 years of Interior Design experience and is well-versed in construction, millwork, and cabinetry. Spaciz has designed local spaces including Faro in the Oak Bay Beach Hotel and Bolen Books at Hillside Shopping Centre.
“I want everyone to know that Designers are not just decorators. Designers are educated and highly informed about project logistics, budget management, scheduling, material costs, and drafting. Designers also have their finger on the pulse of building codes, municipal regulations, and new to market products. They can support and manage both projects and client stress through all aspects of the project. ”
Q & A with Tracey: Spaciz Interior Design
How would you describe your interior design approach?
My approach is simple, organized, and efficient. It starts with a face-to-face meeting so we can get to know one another, establish a scope of work, the budget, and review our client’s wish list. Details start to work their way onto paper until a complete and comprehensive package can be passed onto contractors, suppliers, and trades. That package then becomes the road map to the design.
If you could give one REALLY amazing piece of interior design advice to someone who doesn’t know where to start, what would it be?
Invest in a couple brainstorming sessions with an experienced designer. They will help you see your space through a new filter to help expand your own vision. They will help you see the magic and possibilities that can unfold. You can then decide – based on your budget and your own abilities – what sort of assistance will serve you best moving forward.
What is something few people understand about interior design?
I Feel that there are three major misconceptions that stand out to me…
First that the Interior Designer will take over your project rather than working with you side by side. We always focus on helping our clients create their own distinctive spaces. Make sure you check and see if your designer’s portfolio is diversified in style and sensibilities.
Secondly, that hiring a Designer is a big investment. Certainly at our firm, we work on both very large and very small projects – so never be shy about hiring a designer to help you brainstorm ideas and design a small detail. Our designers at Spaciz can be “parachuted” into any scenario to unhinge a roadblock or to help find a solution.
Thirdly, I want everyone to know that Designers are not just decorators. Designers are educated and highly informed about project logistics, budget management, scheduling, material costs, and drafting. Designers also have their finger on the pulse of building codes, municipal regulations, and new to market products. They can support and manage both projects and client stress through all aspects of a project.
What is something you think is really worth investing in when it comes to designing your home?
Vast amounts of perfectly placed windows and a well curated architectural lighting plan.
What’s the most important factor in choosing an interior designer to renovate your space?
Checking a Designer’s experience (portfolio) is a must, and certainly cost is a factor, but it’s equally important that you feel they are the right “fit” for you, your personality, and your style.
Learn more about Spaciz Design Company Inc here: www.spaciz.com