Why hire an interior designer?
Interior designers can help at any stage of life in your home. You may have just moved in and need initial ideas. You may feel overwhelmed with an empty home you know needs work but don’t know where to start. You may not know how to position your furniture. You may have lived in your home for years and need a facelift- a re-working of space you’ve looked at for years.
An interior designer can visualize the end product and lead you to that. A designer can see both the big picture and the tiny details that bring the design together to create a space and a feel.
An interior designer can also help you when you get stuck. You may have started to design yourself but feel that something is “off” in your space and cannot figure out what the problem is. A good designer can instantly help you find the problem and come up with a solution. A designer has the experience to enter a space with a fresh eye and creatively offer alternatives.
You offer interior designing and styling, what is the difference?
Designing and styling both utilize my abilities to balance color, texture, size and relationship of objects. Whether I’m creating a new kitchen or decorating the house for a party, the skills of good design are at work. If you have the eye, you can create.
What “style” do you specialize in?
A good designer should be flexible and adhere to the needs and tastes of a variety of clients. When a design project is complete, it should reflect a client’s preferences, not just the designer’s.
Do you offer free consultations?
You will most likely get what you pay for. Free service may not be a comprehensive assessment of your needs. A 1.5 hour consultation allows me to take photos of your space, interview you about your design needs, tastes and lifestyle, choose preliminary paint colors, suggest design resources, and offer some design suggestions. You will get something out of the consultation- ideas that may lead you to take the next step.
Do you come up with the design, or am I part of the creation?
I consider design a collaborative process. I want to hear what energizes you, what elements in a home feel good to you, what colors and textures feel right. Before I do anything, I listen. I’m here to help you develop and execute your vision by offering my experience in design.
Isn’t it expensive to work with a designer?
We spend most of our time in our homes- investing in making it a comfortable place for YOU is important. Designing doesn’t have to be expensive. I pride myself on creating the feel you want for your home on a budget. I look for alternatives to ‘the look’ that you want. I can help you with as much or as little as you’d like.
How do your services work?
During the initial consultation, we will decide exactly what services need to be provided for your project. Once we have decided what services you need, and your overall budget, you will receive a Client Agreement. After this form is signed and returned to me, we can get started!
Do you hire subcontractors?
I prefer to let my clients have complete freedom in choosing who they would like to work with. If you need suggestions, I have a list of subcontractors I think are some of the best in the area.
Can you get me discounts?
Absolutely. As a designer, I have access to stores not open to the public. I’d be happy to shop for you, or have you accompany me. I also will extend trade discounts with you as a thank you for working with me.
How does furniture purchasing work?
You, or I, can do the purchasing, either on-line or in stores. If on-line, I’m happy to send you the link. If I do the shopping, I will submit receipts for reimbursement, along with my hourly rate.