Anyone ever hired an interior designer? How much does such a service cost? Will they help to put together a plan that involves buying pieces over time, or is it expected to do the whole job at once, including buying all the furniture through the designer? Anything you particularly liked/disliked about the process? Would you do it again? Was it worth the expense? What questions should I ask prospective designers? Any tips for finding good designers? Situation: Buying first "real" house, currently living in a loft condo where I've been slowly acquiring nice vintage modern pieces and some rather cliched modern/contemporary furniture I am already bored of. New house has some lovely early modern/art deco features that with the right eye could look great, or look terrible if done wrong. Looking more for someone to provide an overall plan for the space and provide advice. I don't really care about impressing people or spending a fortune, but I do plan on living there for a while (5-10 years) and want the place to be somewhere I enjoy being.