How can I get to know you so I can decide if you're the right designer for me?
The best way to see examples of my work is right here on my website. Then head over to my reviews page to see what past clients have to say. If you think you may want to work together the best way for us to get to know each other is to have a phone conversation. This is a personal business so you need to be comfortable with your interior designer.
Most of my clients make their hiring decision after we speak on the phone. If you'd like to meet face-to-face I can come to your home or meet you at a coffee shop. I don't charge for this initial meeting and we won't get into any specifics on your project, but we can see if we're a good fit for working together.
Can you tell me about your process when designing a whole room?
The process may seem complicated but I guide you every step of the way for as long as you need my help. Here's a simplified version:
The first thing we'll do is talk about your design goals. I'll ask you many, many questions about how you live and what you want to accomplish. I'll ask about who uses the room and how it's used. Does the room need to seat 2 or maybe 12 on a regular basis? Do you watch TV in the room or read.....books or on an electronic device? I ask you about styles you like and what you don't.
If you've gathered images to show, this is the time for us to take a look at that. As you show me around your existing home I ask what you like and what you don't. All of your answers give me insight into how your home should be designed.
The second step is to take an "inventory". I measure your rooms including windows, doors and other relevant architectural details, and the furniture that's staying.
After I have the measurements and I understand more about you and your needs I develop a design plan. I'll do a 2D floor plan and a 3D rendering that will show you room layout, what pieces I recommend for the space, and what style will work in the space. If contractors will be required and they have not yet been hired this is the time to bring them into the project.
Once we agree on the plan, we have our roadmap and we begin finding the furniture, fabrics, window treatments, rugs, lighting and any custom pieces that are needed.
It's actually a lot of fun, especially as we see the pieces coming in and the room starts coming together.
I'm not sure how to set a budget. Can you help with that?
I can! This would be one of the first things we would do when we begin the project. I have lots of questions that will help me understand your goals so that I can guide you on this.
What's a design consultation?
Many people want a little help with a design project but are happy to do most of the work themselves. Maybe they're doing a kitchen and need advice about the lighting or the tile work. Or maybe they've purchased furniture but the room still feels unwelcoming and they want some advice on how to warm it up.
I can do a consultation for as few as 2 hours.
Where do you buy your furnishings?
I have many sources. Some are retail sources that you may have access to and some are designer only showrooms or services. Once we begin working together we'll determine which sources make the most sense for you.
How much does this cost?
The easy answer is that it can cost as much or as little as you want it to. You're going to set your budget and I can work with any budget you set. I have some great tricks for working with smaller budgets and can help you understand where you may want to invest in some key pieces. I also have access to resources for fine furnishings and custom pieces for clients who desire that.
There are 3 parts to your budget, the cost of the pieces you purchase, the labor costs for contractors, electricians, painters..., and the design fee. During the project you will be kept informed of costs along the way so that you can determine how you would like your budget to be spent. I see it as my job to bring you suggestions and to share my thoughts and experience with you so that you can make the best decisions possible, but your budget will be within your control.
I have no idea what style I like and I've been avoiding this project, how can you help?
You'd be surprised how many of my clients say that. I've found that I can always figure out what style will work for the client and fit their home. If you don't like interior design you can leave much of it to me and I promise to make it bearable. If you like interior design we're going to have a great time together!
My spouse and I don't agree on a style, how do you handle that?
It's rare that spouses agree on everything in home design. With my design training (and my first college degree in psychology) not only can I advise you on what works in a space, but I can also explain why it works. That is probably the single best way to settle differences of opinion that come up along the way.
I don't have a big budget, can you still help me?
Of course I can help you. Let's have a conversation about your needs and your budget. I'll give you my thoughts and let you know if your goals sound realistic. Sometimes some good design advice can help you achieve a dramatic change.
I only need advice on what colors to paint my house, how does that work?
I'm happy to do a color consultation with you. I can look at what you already have in your spaces and give you suggestions on how to pull it together with your paint colors. Most likely I can give you some ideas at that initial meeting.
This meeting can be as few as 2 hours and for smaller jobs sometimes that's all it takes.