Designing a home (or even just rooms) interiors requires an open, honest and lasting relationship between client and designer. If you don't feel the chemistry is right from the very 1st meeting,do yourself and the designer both a favor: Find someone else.
Some designer's "recommedations" are dogmatic and inflexible. Other's ideas are presented as suggestions for discussion, a starting point to further adjustments to better fit the client's own taste and comfort level.Decide what you want from your designer:guidance or gospel.
Be honest about your budget.......
If you have a limit on how much you want to spend on the entire project, including the designer's fee's, don't be embarrassed to say so up front. Most designer's are used to working within a budget. An honest designer will tell you if they can do the job with the money available. You want to be sure you spend your time together discussing design not dollars.
I hope you find this helpful when you are choosing a designer. I will share part 2 with you tomorrow.