What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Due to the varied nature of interior design projects, my fees will be determined by the scale and scope of project. Factors such as time, project budget, and how involved I will be will help determine a cost. It could range from an hourly rate to a flat fee dependent on the project specifics.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I always do a meet and greet with the client in their space to get a sense of who they are, what their home is like and find out what may or may not be working for them. I provide some homework at the initial meeting to help get me started. Once I have some basic information, I will develop the concept and bring it back to the client for a second meeting which is the formal proposal. At this time the client would sign a contract and we would get started!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I received my bachelor of science in interior design in December of 2010. I have been working as a concept's store designer for Starbucks Coffee Seattle for the past two + years and have been doing residential kitchen, bath and remodels for the past five.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've always had an interest in design and architecture. Growing up I played with Legos, built intricate forts in the woods and started doing basic perspective drawings at a young age. I've always been enamored with beautiful architecture and design and decided to make a career out of it.
What types of customers have you worked with?
All types. I've worked with non-profits such as the Thurston County Food Bank, done set design for Lakewood Playhouse, and taken on an array of various size residential projects from master bathrooms to kitchens and full home remodels.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I'm currently working on my favorite project to date. We started developing the concept in early June. Currently wrapping up design intent drawings and getting bids. We are targeting to be completed by Christmas.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Do your research. Make sure whomever you decide to work with meshes with your personality and style. Working with an interior designer should be a painless, easy process and should feel like working with a friend.