Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. ~Interior re-design; working with furnishings, accessories and artwork that are already present and moving them around to create the space you have been envisioning but just couldn't quite get a handle on it!
~Organization to clear clutter and create better timeanagement!
~Outdoor Living Spaces albeit Meditation Gardens, Entertainment area for bbqs or an area for relaxing and sun bathing
~Staging your home for sale with your own furniture or just art on the wall or plants strategically placed
~Consults for one or two rooms
~Accessorizing your whole home with existing pieces or adding 1 or 2 specific new items
~Designing an Art gallery style wall
~Helping you shop at retail stores
~Theme designs for special events; dinner parties, birthdays, anniversaries, showers
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Communicating is essential, in order to fully understand what you are trying to achieve, I have a series of questions I like to ask pertaining to your project such as how do you utilize your space presently and what can we do to make it how you are envisioning it with your family and friends in it?
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. How 'EZ' it is to work with a designer and professional organizer.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. I always suggest to my clients to browse through the latest issues of magazines such as Architectural Digest, Veranda, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Coastal Living, Metropolitan Home or Martha Stewart Living to name a few, to get ideas for Color schemes, furniture styles, accessories and art. Having a maximum budget in mind and a time frame for completion are always a plus but not always easy to figure out. I can help with those details on the first meeting or consultation. Also how involved do you need your designer to be? What areas do you desire help from a designer? Is it furniture layout, color coordination, window treatments, home organization, accessorizing, lighting or simply a room makeover?
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. My passion is to design for you with your likes and dislikes, not for my reputation. You tell me what you want and It is my job to go above and beyond the call of duty so to speak to get you to the ultimate goal you have chosen. I will guide you through the entire design process offering suggestions to make sure what you like flows and creates the look you are trying to achieve. I am an Artist, Florist, Party Planner, Event Designer, Art Installer, Antique Aficionado as well as a friend who will tell you when something is not right!
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Helping people to love their homes and want to share it with their friends. It is very rewarding to see the look on my clients face when a room comes together and they see it for the first time.
My days vary from shopping at the design centers, perusing our local antique stores, flea markets, consignment shops to framing your Grandma and Grandpas wedding picture or doing home or office organization.
I am always meeting new people and so enjoy getting to know them and spending time utilizing the gifts God gave me to create their dream space!
Planning and coordinating Special Events is always a happy time and I really get to be creative with ideas, props and flowers
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How do we get started?
I suggest you peruse through magazines or catalogs to find pictures of your desired look or style or ones that evoke a feeling you wish to experience in your room or home. It you also use the internet and print off pictures or e-mail them to me before we meet!
Can we design in phases as the budget allows?
Of course. At the initial consultation we'll figure out what is most important for you to accomplish first and then prioritize accordingly.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. My client is in the commercial building industry and studied architecture in collage. He tore down and rebuilt his house to utilize the space more to his liking. This was over 5 years ago. He called for help with selecting artwork for the entire 2500 sq ft place. I started with my $250.00 consult and together we came up with a plan and budget for each room. He hired me to select art for the most prominent rooms, foyer, stairwell, his office, livingroom, familyroom, guest bed and bath, powder room, master bed and bath and the great room. During this time he took a trip with his wife overseas and found some fabulous pieces, which he sent pictures to make sure they would fit in our overall design and budget...well you might have guessed, although they really made our spaces come together, it took a toll on the budget. So I texted him
options we could consider when they got back so they could still enjoy the rest of their trip and come home to solutions. While they were gone I was having closets organized and came across a box filled with college work, books, drawings, sketches, basically a goldmine in my book! He had architectural sketches, renderings and drawings from his 4 years at the University. I was able to frame enough of his works for the entire foyer and stairwell leading to his office and complete his office, incorporating the 2 new pieces from their trip. By utilizing these treasures they both loved and had not considered we were back on track with the budget and had a few presents for his parents 50th wedding anniversary which I was in charge of also!
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. It doesn't have to be expensive to hire a designer or professional organizer to help you! We are here to make it easier on you to create the space of your dreams. I personally prefer to design for each client and their respective taste. I don't have to like a particular style or piece of Art to know if it works in your space within the design you have chosen. You ultimately are the one living in your home day after day and need to feel comfortable with your selections. I am Herr to guide you in the right direction.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I was always the one to ask about design and organizing by friends and and family. I took it a step further by getting my degree and organization credentials to do this for a living. I receive a tremendous amount of satisfaction when I reveal the final design or get a clients home organized for better time managent thus allowing them to enjoy this process.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Yes! I attend continuing design educating seminars to keep up with the latest trends and enable me to create new ones.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. I offer a one time consultation fee of $195.00 to get you started with color schemes, furniture selection, flooring choices, window treatments, accessorizing, purchasing artwork and creating an art wall or photo gallery complete with lighting as well as an entire lighting plan. If you need additional assistance an hourly rate can be worked out depending upon the scope of work!
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. I am studying to get my General Contractors license. Also taking courses in lighting design.