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Hired 5 times
2 years in business
(Mountain Time Zone)
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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Craftsman / Farmhouse,
Rustic / Southwestern,
Gentle1 Interior Designs can make the following improvements in the near future: 1. Listen to what the client wants 2. Not get upset if the client doesn't approve of every single detail of the design planned for them 3. Not send rude text messages that includes words in quotation marks, capital letters, and making comments like "I don't have time to run all around town looking for "cheap" stuff 4. Speak to customers in a professional manner 5. Come prepared to work and leave the small talk for elsewhere 6. Be willing to work with the customers budget and work around what they have in addition to recommendations, i.e. telling them that their paint is dated or distasteful 7. Give a design layout done via computer and not by a kindergarten poster board. In closing, although I didn't like the communication style and lack of professionalism, I was still willing to work with her because I am a woman of my word. Hence, it's not that I dislike her as a person in any means. However, she decided to terminate the agreement without letting me know. I was informed that an email was sent but I never received it. A phone call would have been nice. Sometimes when things doesn't work out, it's a blessing in disguise and I take this as a blessing. I'd much rather work with someone who will listen to my wants while making recommendations. I am eager to start a new search...May 1, 2018VerifiedGentle 1 Interior Designs's reply
It was immediately apparent to me that this would be a difficult relationship. She was unhappy with all of my actions and suggestions. Two days into our contract I decided that it was best to end the relationship and she was refunded all monies paid. I wish her the best in her continued search for a designer that can please her.
Gentle 1 provided recommendations on interior design factors, like color schemes, layout and utilization of furnishings, space planning, and color coordination. Using my style, preferences and budget, she helped me select end tables, pictures, lamps, accent pieces, furniture, bedding and window treatments. I stayed within my budget and visitors continue to give compliments on the 3 rooms she decorated (bedroom, living room and dining room). My home is cozy and inviting, a reflection of my authentic expression.May 25, 2017
If you are serious about hiring an interior designer....yet skeptical...then you are like me. I had never taken the leap to hire someone to help me with room design and decorating thinking that was way beyond something I could even afford. After relocating to Arizona and purchasing my home I began to search for help after realizing that I didn't know where to start. Every time I went to shop I was overwhelmed as I really didn't have any idea what I wanted to do .....I loved so many things but knew I had to have a plan and a budget. I met Lora in the Drs office and we started up a conversation while waiting our turn. The rest is history. She listens, asks what you like, tells you what she would suggest, honest, doesn't beat around the bush, stays within your budget and makes it very affordable. She also,is fun, funny, and will tell you exactly what she thinks. Those are all the qualities that I have loved while working with her. After all, that's why I hired her.....not to insist I do it my way, but to be open minded to fresh, new ideas like wall paper and drapes. I never dreamed I would love those two things as much as I do. Give her the opportunity to help you create rooms you will love. She will definitely not disappoint you!! Thank you Lora!!!!!Dec 12, 2017
My vacation house is being transformed into a cozy winter getaway with a polish I could never have achieved on my own. I appreciated Lori's clear and professional business and design procedures. She listened to me, adapted my input into her plans, and worked with my budget. I will definitely contact Gentle 1 for future projects.Jul 29, 2018
Lora was absolutely wonderful to work with! She has a great eye for design, she's aggressive to meet timelines and very reasonably priced. Lora staged 2 homes that I was selling and both sold very quickly and people were constantly commenting on the design selections. I'm excited for the next opportunity to work with her team!Aug 5, 2017
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My overall goal is to keep interior designing affordable for everyone, including the the client working with a budget. I ensure that there is an initial understanding of what your overall budget is and I work within those bounds to ensure we maximize your ultimate design without going over established budget.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Typically I will spend sometime talking to a new customer by telephone to better understand what they are looking for a designer or stager to do. I spend no less than 3 hours upon the first meeting to understand the client's likes and dislikes. My ultimate goal is to create an environment in which the client feels that their space represents their personal style.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have two bachelor degrees and a Master degree. All are related to Human Resources. My degrees are from Michigan State University, where I minored in Fine Arts. Upon graduation I worked in management, Human Resources until leaving corporate America. Even after graduation from Michigan State I continued to practice my fine arts talent by designing and staging homes as a side occupation. I attended the American Institute of Interior Design and graduated with Honors prior to opening my own business for Interior Designing and Staging.