Being a good listener is hard work. There is no way around it. It takes more concentration and discipline than most things in life. When it comes time to hire an interior decorator/designer, one of the most important things you should be looking for is someone who can listen well.
I know many of you want to do some updating of your home but are afraid you will have to spend a lot of money! Many of these items can be done by you if you have the time and are handy with tools, paint brush and etc. Some items are beyond the scope of what many of us can do so we must rely on professionals. A good way to work with costs is to set a plan of action and prioritize your list to do the most needed things first and on down the list as you can afford.