Originally Posted by habitant
might be a bit off topic.. but is there a site like styleforum for interior design?
I'm not sure such a thing exists. There are probably forums for architecture with subforums dealing with it, and there are some housewife forums that do a lot of discussion about it but its probably hard to have the whole SF experience with interior design.
SF is easy...you show up because you don't know what shoes or suit to buy for an interview. After that, it is easy to play the game. You may already own the right parts and just need help on how to work them together, or how to improve them with a few minor alterations. Some of the easiest suggestions don't cost much money (plain simple basics that fit right) and you get to keep trying and tweaking every day. For the price of a sofa, you can have picked up and received feedback on a ton of pieces and created several weeks worth of mixed and matched outfits.
Interior design is hard to get right via trial and error. Things cost a lot more and you can't just take a picture, decide it would look better with a more minimalist coffee table, and then go into your closet and flip through racks of tables until you find the right one. There are little tweaks like adjusting the positioning, switching up things like pillows or artwork, doing some painting, but everything else turns into a pretty major production.
Since its valuable to get things right (or close to) on the first try, I would probably be willing to consult with a professional if I had a budget and was furnishing a new space. Probably not have them do it all, but at least have a brainstorming session....while I don't think I will ever hire a professional "image consultant" or whatever.