By Sandy Kozar

That is a great question, and I am glad you asked! To put it simply, hiring a professional interior designer allows clients peace of mind by bringing their aesthetics and needs together in a way that is convenient, curated, and fun.

There are many misconceptions about what an interior designer does. Many assume that the role of a designer is just to make a room pretty, and while that is a part of it, working with an interior designer has many additional benefits.

“They made the process of furnishing several rooms painless. Everything came together and was installed right on time, and I absolutely love coming home. So thankful for their hard work!” – Laura, Knoxville

Experienced and Trained – With a combined 25 years of experience and degrees in interior design, as well as being Decorating Den Certified Designers, we have the experience and training to make rooms functional and aesthetically pleasing. Oftentimes we do this by creating a different layout, changing the traffic flow, and/or using the proper amount and scale of furniture. We also coordinate fabrics, furniture, flooring, window treatments, artwork, lighting, wallpaper, and wall color by using the elements and principals of design. Our aim is to create visual interest, along with adding comfort and style. Is there enough variety and texture? Does the space require more lighting? Will additional seating be needed? Should the window treatments provide sun protection or privacy? Would the room need to be easily cleanable because of children and pets? These are some of the many questions we ask when pulling together a design.

Uniquely Curated – We also make sure that every design matches the lifestyle preferences and functional needs of each client. In-depth interviews during our complimentary consultation with the homeowner allows us to create and implement a unique personalized design plan. We strive to understand the overall impression or mood they would like their home to evoke, the characteristics the specific room should have, and their precise needs. We then sculpt their ideas into their customized design. From the thousands of design alternatives available to us, we narrow the scope to two or three perfectly curated design options for their home, making sure that it fits all of their requirements and desires. Since all of the choices we present will be perfect for the finished room, clients can easily select their favorites. We eliminate the stress and wasted time of considering solutions that will not work or endless shopping at retail locations trying to bring it all together.

“I have been working with Sandy and Rachael since September of 2019, and they have done a wonderful job. They truly put the customer’s needs first, and I can trust that every detail is a well-thought-out process, things that the non-decorator in me would have never thought of. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a decorator.” – Judy, Lenoir City

Set Your Investment – Oftentimes when homeowners are furnishing their home by themselves, it is done piece by piece over long periods of time. After it is all said and done, they might be surprised at just how much they have spent on their room. When we work with clients, we design within an investment range. Once this range is set, it allows us to determine which of our vendors (from good, better, best, and luxury lines) is best suited for the design project. We can work room by room, entire homes, or bits at a time, but the project will be within the agreed upon investment range. Not sure what things cost at the moment? That’s okay, during our complimentary consultations, we walk through what items typically cost and work with our clients to find a comfortable expenditure range. When clients give us an investment amount, we are respectful of that.

Avoiding Costly Mistakes – One of the best benefits to hiring a designer is that we save homeowners costly mistakes, as well as the hassle of returning or repairing those mistakes. By using our photo realistic 3D renderings, scaled sketches, physical fabric, wood, and rug swatches, we are able to show each client exactly how their new room will look. We analyze all of the pros and cons of each option. Our clients can feel confident their new room will be exactly as it was envisioned for them!

Professional Results – Another benefit of hiring professionals – professional results! We help clients from the beginning of their project to the end and beyond. Our professional design services are all inclusive: all plans, drawings, conceptual sketches, and renderings, all presentations, project sourcing of all materials, all finish and fixture selections throughout, all selections to ensure both function and aesthetic fit for all furniture, rugs, lighting, window treatments, art accessories, and more selections.

Throughout the project management aspect, we are responsible for purchasing of all goods approved, tracking and shipping management, professional receiving, inspection of all goods, coordinate schedule with installers, delivery, and professional installation of all goods. We also update clients throughout the process to ensure all progress stays on track to meet expected deadlines.

We are there for every installation, guiding our professional installers to ensure that everything is placed in the perfect spot. We strive for excellence in all that we do, and by doing all of this, we give our clients the reassurance that everything will be handled with dedication and our high-quality standards.

“Sandy Kozar and Rachael helped us to redecorate our ‘new’ home. They listened to our vision and then helped us create a beautiful home that we will enjoy for years to come. They helped us with furniture, lamps, rugs, draperies, and accessories – a lot! A very positive experience from start to finish. We highly recommend them!!” – Melissa, Vonore

Ready to see the difference that hiring a professional can bring? Let’s chat about your next project! We can’t wait to hear from you! Give us a call at 865-392-6222 or visit our website at to get started today! Remember, the sooner you get started, the sooner you will be enjoying your beautiful new room!

Decorating Den Interiors
Kozar Design Team