1. Guidance- Buying a new home and deciding on furnishings can be an overwhelming process. There are so many decisions to make especially in the “New Build” process. Designers are trained on form and function. They can determine if a sofa is too small or too large for a space. They can guide you through paint colors while considering how much natural lighting you have in a space.

2. Budgeting- Did you know designers could save you money? Designers have trade secrets and resources that could allow you big savings. Designers also have industry relationships with contractors, builders, and makers. They can help you avoid making the mistake of buying something that really doesn’t work in your space. Designers also work as project managers so they can manage your overall budget. They are conscious of areas where you may be able to save money.

3. Vision- Designers conceptualize your design. A designer may ask for inspiration photos or for things that inspire you to gain clarity on who you are. They are always seeking to learn who their clients are, so the space reflects the client.

4.Relationships-Designers and clients spent a lot of time together, so it’s and its no surprise that long-term relationships are built. In doing so, you’re sure to gain a viable partnership as your life changes and your family grows. It’s very common for clients to move from one house to the next one, while utilizing the same designer.

5. Project Management- Hiring contractors can be scary. Designers can help vet contractors and ensure installations are conforming to the design.

We recently interviewed Crystal Jackson, an entrepreneur and 8 year veteran in the property management business. She has 8 years of experience and received her licensure from a local real estate institute in the Upstate. She got her start in the property management business after graduating college with a B.A. Degree in English. As we spoke with Crystal, she was able to shed some light on the major differences between renting and buying. She also explained that renters can have just as much freedom as homeowners when decorating their apartment. Here's our Q&A session!

Why do most people choose apartment living over homeownership?

It is more convenient and flexible. The biggest benefit of apartment living is that you have the ability to choose the length of time you want to live in a specific location, and they can buy-out if necessary without damaging their credit or the need to find a buyer before moving.

What advice would you give to first time renters or first time homeowners?

Rent or buy in a location that will provide you with a live, work, play environment. It is smart to choose a location that adds variety to your life and options without a lot of travel. For homeowners, this can help with your re-sale value and for renter's, it limits your work and activity commute.

What is the most sought after feature in apartment living?

Space is the most asked about feature.

What rights does a renter have as far as designing/decorating his or her own apartment?

It really depends on the community's rules. Most places allow renters to decorate their home as they choose as long as they are not making any structural changes or make changes that would interfere or alter the look of the community.

Share any advice or expertise on choosing the best community to live in?

Find something that is right for your budget and close to all the things you love. It is also important to find a community that fits your lifestyle. If you like the outdoors, find a place with nature trails!

Share any little known renting guidelines, or information on renters' insurance.

Renter's insurance is very important. It can cover things such as carpet replacement if needed once you vacate the apartment, pet issues inside of your apartment, damage caused by flooding. It is definitely worth the price, and the inexpensive cost makes it a necessity. Whether your community requires it or not, you should invest in protecting your living space and your personal belongings.

I don't think anyone could have predicted the pandemic of 2020 and I'm sure many of you have had to adjust your daily routines, as have I. Although its been a rough adjustment, I welcome the change. I've enjoyed spending more time with my family. With the extra time, I've also been able to create a newsletter. Hooray! I've met so many amazing clients and friends in doing business, I thought the newsletter would be a great way to stay connected as well as share some tips for home. This month I want to talk about organization.


Now is the perfect time to organize those closets, kitchen cabinets, and drawers. And you can't organize without purging first. It's easy to hold on to things, in fear that you will need it someday. One golden rule to apply, is to have nothing your home that you do not find to be useful or beautiful.


Sounds easy right? Well there has to be a method to your madness. Whether its more storage containers or more hangers, you need to develop a plan for how you will organize. You can start by doing something easy like organizing your kitchen drawers. Here's one storage solution I love.

This Multi-Use Insert Drawer Organizer,

is retractable and works for closet and kitchen organization. It can be installed permanently or kept as a removable piece.


Through purging and organization comes simplification. Whether its doing your make up or helping the kids with homework, things should be easy to find and clean.


Organizing your home can reap major benefits. It can reduce stress, increase your engery level, as well as allow you to achieve more in less time.