Frequently Asked Questions
We follow a concise system of steps and procedures to easily manage each and every one of our projects. Through this, the designer provides knowledge, expertise and guidance that help alleviate costly mistakes. We help you define your style and translate it into a pleasing and productive space to live and work. We know how to work with hired, skilled tradespeople and to ensure quality handiwork bringing your project to completion on schedule and on budget. With a full service installation of furniture, art and decor we are able to offer a true turn-key experience with no headache or time lost on your behalf.
Our design services are billed out at $138/hour and are invoiced to the client each month. An hourly fee ensures that only time required for your project is charged to you. The hourly fee covers duties such as:
+ Space planning, furniture layout, rendering, working drawings and concepts
+ Research, sourcing and selection of furnishings, accents, materials and products
+ Preparation of estimates, purchasing, tracking, handling claims and inevitable deficiencies
+ Coordination with contractors and specialty tradespeople
+ Subsequent consultations with the client and suppliers
*Administrative tasks are billed out at a lower rate than design tasks
This can vary greatly based on scope of work. To create a budget, think of the stores you like to shop for furniture and how much items would cost there. Also think about how much you’re willing to spend per piece. This can help set the tone for the quality of furniture you want to invest in for your home.
As involved as you want to be! As the client, you have the option to be as involved or hands off as you choose. If you are the personality type to just want to get. things. done. the goal is for you to be able to step back and trust our design process to bring your vision to life without lifting a finger. No research, no ordering, no tracking, no hiring movers, not even cleaning after the installation - and an important one - no more missing work or life waiting around for deliveries! This is the true benefit of hiring a designer - just approve selections, and the rest will be done for you.
Design Centers, Showrooms, Manufacturers and some Retail vendors offer merchandise to designers at discounted rates. These rates can vary anywhere from 5% to 60% and are awarded to designers as we are frequent, volume customers. We share our discounts with our clients which helps you benefit from purchases below retail. These savings can also help offset design fees - win/win!
Freight and delivery fees do apply when purchasing furniture, decor and some materials. These are passed directly to the client at no additional markup. Amounts can vary per item and are calculated by freight companies based on item weight - typically averaging $0.85 per lb. For example, when shipping a living room furniture set of a sofa, loveseat, side tables, ottoman and media cabinet you can estimate to pay around $750 in freight. Keep in mind that retailers have already rolled this cost into their furniture price (even if they advertise as “free shipping.”)
Delivery and set up of all items on Installation Day will vary based on scope of work, but we can provide estimates per project.
We coin our style Contemporary Eclectic - with emphasis on contemporary, clean lines, neutral colors and modern materials with character mixed in different ways - from texture, to ethnic patterns and materials, historical art, or pops of bright colors. Our expertise in many design styles allows us to really tap in to our client’s unique and personal design sense and bring their space up-to-date while staying true to who they are.
Great question. While many talented individuals will help you make beautiful selections at those retailers, a large part of their job is sales-based which means a background or education in design will likely com second to sales skills. There, you will be provided options from their showrooms only, which can result in a “big-box store” feeling. When you work with a professional designer, they are able to achieve an aesthetic to properly express the way you live - or work - in your space and appears organically collected over time. We have access to thousands of trade vendors in order to make this happen (and we also share our trade pricing with you which is a bonus)!
Your home is one of the biggest investments you will make. A well decorated home not only enhances that investment, but the quality of life spent in your home. If at some point you decide to sell your home, statistics show that a well decorated home will sell faster and command a higher sale price. The value you place on the interiors of your home, how you want to live in that space and how if effects your bottom line is a personal decision that only the homeowner can make.
Interiors are imperative to your brand. It are an absolute extension of your mission statement as a company - who you are, what you do, and what you aim to provide. The best way for any business to stand out is to be different. A qualified designer will understand your target market, your employee, your brand and translate that into a space with tells your story and sells itself. If you are business owner, you know very well how important branding is to your business success and the interiors of your office, showroom, retail storefront or restaurant cannot be left out of your brand strategy.
Absolutely! The consultation is a short, working agreement between us, the designer, and you the client. This is the time to ask all the questions you’ve been collecting in your mind and get all possible information and ideas from a design professional. Need paint colors? Having furniture layout issues? Not sure where the best place would be to have recessed lighting installed? The consultation is the time to hash out all of the above with no commitment to a full design project. While a design project cannot be completed in a short two hours, this tends to be more than enough time to hash out troubling questions, define a scope of work and direction for your project. We promptly follow up with a Design Summary detailing every point covered at the consultation. You can use this to move forward on your own, or hire us to implement if you realize you’re given more than you’re willing to take on and manage yourself.