- When should I use a design professional?
- What should I know before contacting you?
- How long does a consultation take?
- Will I be able to stay within my budget?
- Can I keep some of my existing furniture?
- What if I have my own design ideas?
- What is your timeline for delivery?
- What is the difference between Traditional, Country, Contemporary and Eclectic style?
When should I use a design professional?
Before you make a mistake… A professional designer should be there to assist you even if you are just starting the thoughts of a decoration project. I like to work with the client from the very beginning. It is a lot easier, and less expensive to correct a mistake on paper than after is has been ordered or built.
What should I know before contacting you?
I think it is always best if you are able to drive to the showroom and see what we have to offer and what we can do for you. Some people like to check references and look at examples of work. If you do this, please keep in mind that a designer designs for the client and not all clients will have the same taste you have.
How long does a consultation take?
On the first visit to someone’s home, without even looking at my watch, it takes one hour to the minute. Remember the consultation is a time for both the client and designer to get to know each other. I am not there at that time to give you ideas, but to gather information and to give you information about how the design process works. The first meeting is always a “no charge” visit.
Will I be able to stay within my budget?
There are times when a client wants a lot more than they can afford at the time I come into a project. Sometimes choices do need to be made, an as a professional I try to advise you on what to start with, and what to add as time goes by. If clients choose to follow a well developed plan for their interior then they will purchase as money is available and always stay within budget.
Can I keep some of my existing furniture?
There are very few times when a client wants to get rid of everything. However, I would encourage you to keep some older pieces because they often give the room a sense of heritage therefore giving a room a very personal look. Naturally there are times when all you need from a designer are ideas on where to put what you already have. Let us hope that the pieces are not so awful that the answer would be, “On the street.”
What if I have my own design ideas?
A well developed plan would always consist of ideas from the client. In fact, the entire plan should be based on the lifestyle of the people using the room. What works for me with my needs are certainly not going to work for everyone. Of course, I think all designers have special things they find that work and that they like to use over and over again. This might be a certain paint color or a really comfy chair or a special fabric but no two clients are exactly alike and therefore no two design plans are either.
What is your timeline for delivery?
At the moment, draperies are taking the longest taking the longest amount of time… approximately 12 weeks. Furniture is 3 – 8, depending upon the company. Allow 3 months for a fairly good size project to be completed. If you decide to buy from stock (we have over 6,000 square feet of beautiful stuff) you could have it in a few days.
What is the difference between Traditional, Country, Contemporary and Eclectic style?
People have certainly latched on to the Eclectic way of decorating. This would not necessarily be a style but a blend of several different looks. It makes life a little more interesting to have a mix of things. A modern painting over a Camelback 18th century sofa or a very ornate mirror in a simple, unadorned foyer is a way to have the best of all worlds.
Traditional could be country and actually country could be contemporary… very much depending upon how things are done. Traditional generally means what we hove become accustomed to. What was traditional for your mother might not be what you call traditional. The best way to come up with what style is your choice would be to look at pictures of rooms in magazines or visit show houses and model homes. You might also simply look through your closet. How you dress will tell you a lot about how you want to live from both your color choices as well as your style. Working with the right designer, who takes the time to ask you questions will certainly help you to develop your own sense of style and comfort in your interior selections.