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8. Virtual Interior Design by Alyssa Beth Interiors
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**Note: The rate of $50/hour is my adjusted rate for a Virtual Design service. My name is Alyssa Ray and I'm an interior designer that does Residential and Commercial design. I received my training from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and also have a background as a jewelry designer/metalsmith. This is what to expect when working with me as a Virtual Interior Designer: 1. Virtual Consultation (free) As we will be working virtually we will have our consultation via video. This will not only allow us to get to know one another but you will give me a virtual tour of your space. We will discuss your design goals and go over images that reflect your personal taste. 2. Proposal As a proposal, I will create mood boards for each space. This will include a color palette and imagery that is reflective of you and your vision for your home or commercial space. If you decide to move forward, I will send you a contract agreement. 3. Photos I will eventually create a 3D model of your space (assuming we move forward) so I will need three things: (1) Clear photos of the rooms to be designed. (2) Clear photos of the furniture you will be keeping. (3) Official floor plan (if available). 3. Payment I charge for a block of 10 hours at a time in advance. I keep a detailed log of time spent and will share those details with you as the project progresses. As I get near the end of the 10 hours, I will notify you and you can decide if you want to continue at the current pace or slow down the progress. This will allow you to monitor your budget. Tasks will include, creating a 3D model (or a rendering) for your space, sourcing furnishings, sourcing inspiration and images, custom art, meeting with contractors, phone and in-person meetings with you, shopping and the like. I do offer a discounted rate of $48/hour if you choose to pay for 20 hours of work in advance. I accept Venmo, Cash App, Zelle & Stripe (if you want to use your credit card). I will provide an invoice for you for each payment. 4. Measurements I will need accurate measurements of your place and the furniture you will be keeping in order to make the 3D model. If you have an iPhone, the Measure App can be used to do this. If you have an Android, 3D Measurement App is helpful. I also recommend using a measuring tape and/or a laser measure. 5. Design work Should you choose to move forward, once I receive the first payment for a block of 10 hours—along with the signed contract and all of the measurements—I will get to work. I will recreate your space using 3D modeling and will convey my plans and ideas using that format. We will work together via two separate platforms: Pinterest (for imagery) and Trello (for project management). These are both apps that you can easily install on your phone. If this sounds appealing to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me! I look forward to speaking with you! AlyssaSee more

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What do interior designers do?

Interior designers do much more than pick complementary paint colors and choose matching furniture — although those tasks are important parts of the job. Unlike decorators, interior designers usually have an associate of science degree or certificate of achievement in interior design from an accredited program. They’re trained in drafting, lighting and computer aided design (CAD), and are experts in room-specific design and residential space planning. Interior designers use these skills to plan and design safe, highly functional and beautiful interior spaces, from kitchens and bathrooms to family rooms and bedrooms. They determine space requirements, work within building codes and inspection regulations, and meet accessibility standards. An interior designer’s day-to-day job includes creative and technical tasks, both of which often require great communication skills:

  • Creating model rooms and visuals using design software.
  • Researching different textiles, materials, finishes, lighting and furniture.
  • Hiring suppliers, vendors, and contractors.
  • Estimating costs and making bids on potential jobs.

How do you find a good interior designer?

For many homeowners, the difference between a good interior designer and a bad one is simply a matter of taste — but all good designers have similar skill sets. Interior designers usually have a degree or certificate in interior design, with training in design principles and lighting, drafting, and computer aided design (CAD) software. Good interior designers have strong color balancing skills and understand how different colors influence spatial perception and moods. They know the building and electrical codes in the areas where they practice, and they make sure that any contractors they hire also work to those codes. They are knowledgeable about different upholstery fabrics and draperies, stay ahead of residential design trends, and maintain their own individual creativity. Also, good interior designers have excellent space designing skills, so they can arrange a space efficiently and with ideal traffic flow. Ultimately, hiring a good interior designer means pinpointing one whose signature style is complementary to your personal style — so checking out many designers’ portfolios is a must — and whose communication methods match yours.

How much do interior designers charge?

You can hire an interior design for a job as basic as a one-room consultation or as complex as supervising the design of an entire new home, helping with space planning, choosing color palettes, and shopping for furniture, flooring and artwork. The size and scope of the job will determine how much an interior designer charges; the average national cost for an interior designer ranges from $75 to $100 or more per hour. Other cost factors include the person’s reputation — interior designers to the stars are usually more expensive — and region. Most interior designers charge an average of $100-$225 for an initial consultation, but some will charge an hourly rate, usually starting at an average of $50, for larger projects that require extensive consultations. Hourly rates may be available for smaller projects, such as redecorating a living room or staging a home for sale; for instance, shopping and consulting can cost an average of $75 to $100 per hour, while staging costs and average $95 per hour. For many homeowners, a percentage of an interior designer’s cost is recouped through the professional discounts they receive from their vendors.

How do you choose an interior designer?

Choosing an interior designer is all about finding one whose signature style fits well with your tastes and who can work within your budget. To choose the right professional for your interior design project, ask yourself these five questions:

  • What is your signature style? Good interior designers can both describe their personal aesthetic and demonstrate their signature style through their portfolios. Make sure it appeals to you.
  • How will you make sure the design fits my lifestyle? Good designers understand that the interior design must improve a homeowner’s experience in their home and fit into their lifestyle; for example, a white suede sofa is a poor choice for a family with large dogs and small children.
  • How much do you charge? Depending on the project, an interior designer may charge an hourly rate, a flat fee or a percentage of the project’s total cost.
  • How will you stick to my budget? An interior designer should have a plan for staying within your budget, which includes full transparency of costs and flexibility when choosing materials and furnishings.  

Because an interior design project is highly collaborative and based on hard-to-define personal preferences, it’s most important to choose a designer who communicates clearly and listens closely to you.

What’s the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator?

Interior designers operate more on the architectural side of building projects. In conjunction with architects, they work on the design of a building or home to best suit the needs of the users or residents. Interior designers are generally experienced in construction and understand how architectural planning works, according to NewSchool of Architecture & Design. And some interior designers will perform the duties of an interior decorator.

Interior decorators, on the other hand, work with fabrics, accessories, furniture, art, colors, textures and materials to make the inside look fashionable and pleasant.

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