Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know you are the right designer for me?

Take a look at the examples of our work on the portfolio page, read reviews from our past clients, then schedule a phone call so we can get to know each other. Design is a personal business, so we offer intro calls free of charge to ensure we’re a good fit.

Can you tell me about your process when designing a whole room?

Can you tell me about your process when designing a whole room? The process may seem complicated, but we will guide you every step of the way for as long as you need our help. Here's a simplified breakdown of how we’ll work together. First, we’ll get to know you and your design goals through a questionnaire about how you live and what you want to accomplish. I'll ask questions like, who uses the room and how is it used? Does the room need to seat two, or maybe 12, on a regular basis? Do you watch TV in the room or do you read? You might also share any inspiration images you have gathered or show us around your house and explain what you like, and don’t like, about the design. Next, we’ll take an “inventory” of your current home, measuring all relevant details in the room, like windows, doors, furniture and architecture. After collecting measurements and learning about your needs, we’ll create a design plan. We’ll create 2D floor plans and 3D renderings to show you the layout, the pieces we recommend, and the style that works best within the space. Once we review and finalize a plan together we are ready to get started!

I'm not sure how to set a budget. Can you help with that?

We can! This will be one of the first items we discuss when we begin the project. We are super flexible, realistic, and creative throughout the process to keep you comfortable and guide you along the way.

I just need a little design advice, do you do small projects or consultations?

Whether you’re redesigning a room or just changing some of your finishes, we are
happy to assist with a little design help on an hourly basis. We’re available for
consultation for as few as two hours.

Where do you buy your furnishings?

We source from many different locations—some of which are retail sources and others 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?

Throughout the process we’ll keep you updated and provide guidance. You’re in control of your budget and we’re here to help you make the best decisions possible.

I have no idea what design or styles I like, how can you help me with my project?

You are not alone! Many of our clients feel this way, and we pride ourselves on getting to know you and what design will work best for you and your space. We are in this together and we can ensure you we will have fun along the way!

My partner and I don’t have the same style, can you help?

Of course. It’s rare to find a partner who agrees on every single thing, so we’re here to make that process easier. First we’ll advise what works in a space to you and your partner, and then we’ll explain WHY it works. Through our years of experience we have found this to be the most successful way to settle differences of opinions about a space. All opinions matter to us and we want to assure you that we are in this together.

I need to paint and want some advice on colors, can you help with that?

Yes, we are more than happy to! We can look at your existing furnishings and fixtures and give you suggestions on how to pull it together with your paint colors.

What Our Clients Are Saying…

Alisa got me the room I had dreamed of. She was easy to work with, flexible, a good listener, and a calming personality. Alisa is really talented and I enjoyed working with her.  

Diane R. Northbrook, IL

Alisa never forgets who's home she's working in. She has an ability to weave her own ideas within the pre-existing fabric of her client's personal preferences.

Matt Kustusch, MKA Architectural Design Group, Deerfield, IL

My experience with A. Klein Interior Design was phenomenal. My kitchen has been transformed. I highly recommend Alisa for her superior service, attention to detail and creative vision.

A.H. Deerfield, IL