What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Consultation to meet.. Discuss what the scope of the project is and if I am available to help them within their time frame, and discuss all options that I can provide to the customer to try and help them with their design work.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
BS and AS from The Fashion Institute of Technology NYC and Certificate of Interior Design Parsons NYC
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
There are hourly rates and set job rates, for different jobs, depending on the work involved. Hourly rates are available (also depends on if travel is involved outside of my area /50 miles) $65 - $125.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
It was a natural progression, from love of hobby work, designing ideas shared with friends. Deciding to go back to school to get a degree so I could offer my services professionally. In College, I worked in a Kitchen and Bath showroom.....
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have clients whom have become my regulars. Like family. I did work for them and they each have had me back, multiple times for future projects, CT, RI and LI. NYC.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Late summer 2016 - Present. A home built in 1865 Warwick , RI. The treasures we have uncovered... The Original wood floors, Brick chimney...The out back screened porch, won't be finished this year ( 2017) but we started removing the vinyl siding to find BEAUTIFUL Cedar Shingles, yes, from the 1800's. A name carved in one was 1876, what a Wild feeling! It has taken me most of the last 8 months ( unusual for a normal Renovation), we pretty much ended up with nearly renovating the complete interior... which was not initially expected. The outer structure of the home, was in great shape,very sturdy.Homes built back in 1865, not like a home built today.
Watch as the renovation, the floors, the Kitchen( was updated in the1980's) a new custom bathroom. You become part of the family, when a project runs this long. A Mystic Ct, job is waiting in the wings, Finish one, and begin the next. I like to have two jobs, start them a few weeks apart... and its manageable that way. I am hoping to find another. Thumbtack has been good to my business. I have met, and worked with very nice clients from Connecticut and Rhode Island. I feel very fortunate.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Meet with me, Do you feel comfortable with me? Do you like my ideas? Make sure you and I are on the same vision page. There are some designers, who's only vision is their own. I do not work like that. I will, If I know, something to be the correct way/version, will try to make you understand why. Ultimately, the decision is yours, its your project and you have the final say.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Time involved, What about set backs and obstacles? What if an order is back ordered? How long will it take approximately to complete, knowing, there will always be a set back.? I feel this is a issue that comes up, most often.