Behind Design for Me



My name’s Emily Barnes and I’m the founder of Design for Me. I’m a qualified architect and have worked in residential architecture for a number of years. I’ve found that many people simply don’t know where to start looking for an architect or designer and there is common preconception that any designer would be too expensive or dismissive of private/small residential jobs.


A home project can be a huge emotional and financial decision so finding the right designer early on can save time and money. They can offer reassurance and guidance throughout the whole process, including appointing a builder and managing the construction. This can save a great deal of time, money and heartache in the long run. It also ensures that budgets are spent in the best way – whether the brief is to add your personal touch, adapt a home to a family’s growing needs, or add value to your home (or all of these) the right designer will help achieve the best solution.

I’m passionate about good design and think it should be accessible to everyone, so wanted Design for Me to be approachable and simple to use. There are a range of designers on the site with varying degrees of experience, design styles and expertise. From freelance students to large established practices, the aim is to find the right fit for the project and your individual design and budget aspirations.

I also know first hand that there are many designers who are eager to find new work. Design for Me provides an effective portal to find projects suitable for their specific business. Whether they are established practices looking to broaden their client base; young practices looking to build a reputation; students wanting to take on small projects for practical experience; or freelance designers. Design for Me helps them find regular projects as and when they need them.


Emily  Design for Me