She said "I am so glad you mentioned that, because my countertop guy said that my walls were crooked and I had to have it but I don't like the look at all".
"The combination of finishes (tile/countertops/floors/stone fireplace) in 99% of the homes we have seen are so ugly and so bad, it amazes me that it doesn't occur to people to hire a designer even to consult on what they are ABOUT to install. They would save all kinds of money because they'd be doing it right the first time and actually be happy with the result instead of upset once they see how it all looks together.
" In all fairness, a good designer is hard to find but once you actually find one, hire them, if even for a single consultation.
The person selling you a product should be relied upon for their expertise regarding quality and availability.
Conducting a poll with anyone who does not have the design plan for your home is simply foolish.
I recently had a client who purchased all new living room furniture from a high-end furniture store. 'The designer was free', she said. What she ended up with was a sofa that was the wrong scale for her living room, chairs that did not coordinate, clashing undertones, the list goes on. The designers job in a furniture store is to specify the furniture, in their store, not anyone else's (maybe).