Biggest Interior Design Fails Revealed

We always talk about the top ten things to complete in your home, the best design choices, the latest trends, and how to how to make the most out of your interior design, but what about what not to do?!

The “Do Nots” are just as important as the “Dos” (even if I teeter between real examples and general grievances).

As a Pasadena interior designer for the past 8 years, I’ve worked on a variety of homes in the local community as well as in neighboring communities like La Canada and San Marino. Looking back, I’ve made tons of design mistakes along the way, and that’s exactly what I want to share with you today! 

Don’t Stop at Furniture — Accessorize Too!

Have you ever picked up a Pottery Barn catalogue or Shelter magazine and seen a picture of a room with no accessories?  No, you haven’t.  That’s because picking, buying and placing the furniture pieces is just half the battle.  The other half is how you finish it.  Your room will always look empty and unfinished if it doesn’t have accessories and if you can’t do that yourself (because most people can’t) then call a designer.

Re-Think Contractor Timelines

Controversial opinion alert! 

Don’t believe your contractor when they give you a timeline. 

Yes, you read that right. 


I’m not at all knocking contractors. I love them! And, I definitely can’t do my job without them. But, when a contractor tells you it will take 8 weeks to complete your kitchen, please know it will actually take 10 weeks.

My rule of thumb: add two weeks. You’ll thank me for it.

Of course, the worst thing that can happen is that your kitchen is finished in 8 weeks and you’re even happier with the project and the outcome! 

Planning is Critical

Starting a new project is so exciting, but please don’t skip the planning stage!

You should spend as much time as you need setting the vision, creating floor plans, developing your budgets, and picking selections. There’s no perfect amount of time here, every project will be different, but go at your own pace.

When planning any project, it can be tempting to get carried away with all the fancy upgrades and options out there, but usually your budget guides your design choices. 

Instead, create your budget and let a professional design team help you make your choices.  You paint the big picture and your budget will guide your decisions on where you should splurge and where you should save.

The best part?

Your splurges will leave you feeling completely guilt-free. Instead, you’ll save on other areas of the project without sacrificing the overall design.

Once your project is planned and selected, then and only then is it time to call contractors for a bid and begin the project. Not a second before!

Stay Zen

Skip the stress! While the design process is fun, it can also be overwhelming. Although the amount of money being spent on your home might feel shocking, go into the design project with a positive outlook and your problem-solving cap on. There WILL be hiccups, address them head-on and know that every problem has a solution!


Still nervous about completing your design project? 

Call us to see how we can help. We design for busy people letting you enjoy the fun parts while we take care of the rest.


Client Love
“Amy spent a lot of time getting to know us, our style and comfort level. We felt that we could totally trust that she would design something that was unique to our family, and she did just that.”
A. W. — Pasadena, CA

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