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Old 29th July 2010, 16:57   #1 (permalink)
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Is there a need for American Interior Designers in Turkey?

Hello all,

We are very excited about the possibility of our move to Turkey from the Boston / Northeast coast area of the U.S..
Everyone seems so friendly and it looks incredibly gorgeous! Yes?!

My question that hopefully someone will have some input on is whether or not the other expats on this forum are finding a need for an english speaking interior designer/ decorator for their homes. I ask because here in the U.S. this has been my profession for the past 20+ years and I'd love to continue it in Turkey.

We're tentatively planning on moving to the Bodrum area, but nothing has been decided yet, as this move may be a couple of years away still, so I'm not promoting my business. This is just a general inquiry as to the feasibility of continuing my career abroad.

I've Google searched Interior Designers and Decorators in Turkey and find little coming up. Perhaps that is a good sign that it's a needed service?

Additionally, for those of you who live in the general Bodrum area(s) are there good resources for furnishings, high quality paint stores, lighting stores, etc.

Basically the things that decorators would need to do their work?

Many thanks to you all!

Truly,
Priscilla
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Re: Is there a need for American Interior Designers in Turkey?

I think your first problem will be that you will need a work permit.

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Work permits are hard to get so working legally is near immpossible.
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Re: Is there a need for American Interior Designers in Turkey?

A work permit. Good to know. I've read a bit on them, but not much so far.
Thanks for pointing that out to me.
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Re: Is there a need for American Interior Designers in Turkey?

I have been on here nearly 5 years and one of the biggest problems for expats seems to be getting work in Turkey LEGALLY with a high risk of deportation if you try ILLEGALLY without a work permit!!
I understand getting a work permit if you are not Turkish is extremely rare and was told not to consider moving there if I needed income from work to survive.
Almost all non Turks that move to Turkey seem to live off the interest from lump sum investments due to sale of foreign property etc
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Re: Is there a need for American Interior Designers in Turkey?

Hi there you will find IF and WHEN you arrive in turkey that paint, furnishings and lighting are bountiful in turkey BUT you may have to decide on whether to buy crap or bad then make the most of covering up shoddy building work!!! SORRY!!!
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Re: Is there a need for American Interior Designers in Turkey?

Maineiacexpat,

I'm afraid assumptions are only part of this. What is your legal status when you move to Turkey? Is your interest in Turkey due to marriage to a Turkish citizen? Or is it for other reasons? If you're married to A Turk and your move is still a few years off, perhaps you should consider applying for Turkish citizenship? The process should take less than 12 months. There will be no need for a work visa after that.

An idea that a friend of mine has mentioned is to ally yourself with agents and/or idividuals (pending your legal status) wanting to sell as a "Staging Agent". In these times, many people are hard pressed to sell and sell quickly. Staging a property professionally should add value and lessen the time on the market. Labor is cheap in Turkey and realize that your services can and most likely will be low-balled by a Turk more familiar with the market and has cheap local contacts at his/her disposal. Think carefully before you fantasize about warm summers in Turquoise waters without a care in the world. It's never as easy as we planned.

Otherwise, I would suggest reading through other threads in the forum regarding furninshings. Do as much research as possible prior to any move. As you read through TLF, notice that most people here come for summer holiday and want practical summer living; I doubt many deep pockets here to hire an interior designer for a 2bed 1-2bath condo that owners hope to furnish "on the cheap" as they rent their properties out much of the year and an investment in furnishings may seem a waste of beer money.
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