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Top 10 Apartment Interior Designers near Waukegan, IL

9. Fusion Interior Design Inc.
from 2 reviews
5.0 (2)
  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Serves Waukegan, IL
"Please accept my highest recommendation, without reservation, of Krista Boersma of Fusion Interior Design, Inc. I interviewed Krista in 2016 to assist me with my condo renovation. A major aspect of that renovation was new construction of my master bathroom. The renovation also included a complete electrical upgrade, new custom buffets for the dining room, upgrade guest bathroom, crown molding throughout, painting throughout, new construction of a fireplace built-out in the living room, new furniture and textiles, and placement of artwork. I had no prior relationship with Krista, nor have I ever interviewed or hired an interior designer. From our first meeting, I could see that Krista was a consummate professional with great design vision. I informed Krista that my budget was tight and she was forthcoming with ways in which to stay within my budget. More importantly, she was honest in letting me know in order to meet my design goals, the budget might have to increase and she was mindful every step of the way how and where to cut costs without diminishing the look of the design. Krista's services as an interior designer were invaluable. An important reason for hiring a designer is that I did not want to interview and/or deal with contractors. She has strong organizational skills and her commitment to follow-through are assets which enabled her to graciously juggle the extensive details involved in my project. Moreover, the contractors Krista assigned to my project were knowledgeable, skilled, and competent in their respective trades. Always professional and offered useful suggestions where needed. Krista's quality of work, the management and coordination of her crew, the management of my project and her attention to detail has far surpassed my expectations. Her work ethic was evident at our first meeting and I was comfortable allowing Krista and her crew access to my home while I was at the office. Krista kept me informed of work crew schedules, delivery dates, and projected completion dates of different phases of my project. Whether by phone or email, she was always clear, informative, helpful and easily accessible. If I had a question or needed an opinion or a suggestion, she would respond to my inquiries right away. During my project, a few unforeseen issues arose and Krista took the lead and resolved them prior to contacting me. Krista's commitment to homeowner satisfaction was evident in her actions. Simply put, I could not have proceeded with my condo renovation without her. Oftentimes during the construction I became overwhelmed and it was Krista who kept me steady and told me it would be okay. To quote her directly she would say, "I'll handle it" and she always came through. She is a wonderful, funny, interesting, very smart individual with great vision and it was my pleasure to work with her. The final result of my condo renovation is much more than I expected! I remember saying to Krista at our first meeting that I wanted a style different than I currently had and it would be okay to take me out of my comfort zone. She did just that and I love it!"
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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

What does it mean to stage a home?

Home staging is the real estate strategy of decorating your home to be as marketable as possible to your target demographic. Home staging is done by interior decorators and other design pros hired by the homeowner or realtor, prior to putting a house on the market. Think of it as setting the stage for potential buyers to fall more easily in love with their future homes — and to spend top dollar to get them. It’s likely to be worth the investment: The Real Estate Staging Association reports that staged homes spend 90 percent less time on the market than those that are not staged. Home stagers can also be hired even if you’re not going anywhere. Stagers can consult on new layouts for your current home, much like an interior decorator.

Home staging can take place while you still occupy the house you plan to sell, or when the home is vacant. For an occupied home, the home stager will clear out clutter, rearrange furniture, and bring in decor and furniture as needed to create the perfect environment. Usually an occupied home has far too much of the current owner’s personality stamped on it, which makes it hard for prospective buyers to envision themselves living there. A home stager should neutralize and beautify the space. In vacant homes, a home stager will bring in furniture and decor so that potential buyers don’t walk into an empty house, which can be equally hard to imagine living in as a cluttered, occupied home.


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.

How much does it cost to stage a home for sale?

Nationally, the price for home staging ranges between $750 and $1,500. The price varies based on how many rooms in the house need staging, whether furniture and decor are needed or the stager can work with the client’s belongings, whether the home is occupied or vacant, and the sale price of the home. Occupied homes typically cost less to stage as they are already furnished, and can require less time and resources than staging an empty house. The main tasks when staging an occupied home are rearranging and decluttering. Staging an empty house can be more expensive as furniture and decor need to be trucked in, requiring transportation, physical labor and potential rental fees. Here are some examples of average home staging costs:

  • 2-hour consultation: $200, includes DIY tips and guidance.
  • 1- to 2-hour consultation and design session: $250, including written report.
    • Additional design consulting: $65 per hour.
  • 8 hours of staging an occupied home: $800.
    • Hands-on staging involving moving furniture, hanging and moving art, and decluttering.
  • Starting price for staging a vacant home could be $2,200.
  • A home stager may charge 1 percent of the home’s selling price.
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