In a recent interview with The Globe and Mail, Peter Bissonnette, the head of interior design at the prestigious boutique boutique boutique Avant Garde, shared his advice on how to make the best use of your cabinetry budget, and how he can help you find your dream home decorator.
Here are his five tips to get you started.
Get a few hours to research a new company or a company that has a strong following, like a designer.
Bissonette recommends checking out an online job board, or contacting an agency with a niche or boutique clientele.
“You can’t just jump in and get a job and see what happens,” he said.
“Once you get into the market, the opportunities are endless.
If you can’t find an agency, or you don’t know what you want, then you need to go to a specialist.”
Bissonettes recommendation: If you donít have time to research, Bissonéres advice is to start with a few designers that youíve liked over the years, then start looking for the most experienced and respected ones, and then choose from the few that fit your aesthetic and budget.
You will probably be disappointed, but it will be worth it.
If there is a large gap in the market that suits you, or if you feel that the designerís design is not up to par, then go with an agency that you have been working with for a long time.
Choose a style you love, and find a cabinetist who can work with you.
“I think that cabinetry should be done in the style that you want,” Bisson, a master cabinetrist, said.
For instance, if you want a flat, minimalist style, look to designers like Jean-Luc Melanchol, and for a more dramatic look, look for a designer who works with furniture.
If that doesnít work, consider doing a traditional look, or the more contemporary, functional, and formal look, like an elegant chandelier or a fireplace mantel.
“If you find a design that you like, and youíre looking for someone who can do it, then it is very important that you choose the style youíll be working with,” he added.
Choose one of the following styles: The classic, the contemporary, the minimalist, or something else.
Biscuit, a modern house, a classic house, and the modern, contemporary and contemporary house are all examples of minimalist designs, he said, but if you have a favorite design, pick that.
The classic and contemporary styles are both great for modern houses.
But if you donīt have a preference, then Bisson recommends working with a contemporary house, or perhaps a modern one.
If it doesníre fit your personality, or for any other reason, Bison recommends working on a project that is something you would like to have and something you can enjoy.
“But if you find that you love something that is classic or modern, then that is a great choice,” he explained.
Go with someone who is experienced in the business.
“A lot of cabinetry shops have an experienced person in charge of the shop, who is going to work with a lot of different clients,” Bison said.
Bismal’s experience in the industry, as well as the fact that he is based in Vancouver, has helped him to navigate the business, and ensure that his clientsí interests are protected, he added, and to make sure that the work is done right.
For example, he can always refer to his staff for help with projects and make sure everything is working correctly, he explained, which is essential when you are starting out.
The most important thing is that you get the job done right, and that the quality of the work and the attention to detail that you pay is not lacking, he stressed.
Make sure that your cabinetists is trained to do the work.
“Your work needs to be done well and professionally,” Biscette said.
It can be a challenge, especially if youve never been involved in the craft before.
You need to know what the work entails, how itís supposed to look, and whether you can handle it.
“Be prepared for this kind of challenge,” he advised.
“There are a lot more things that go into it than just how you will look.
Make the best of it.”
This is an edited transcript of an interview with Peter Biscot, the Head of Interior Design at the acclaimed boutique boutique Bisson et Gallic, on the top tips for buying cabinetry online, plus his advice for finding a quality company.