Decorating Den Interiors
About this pro
22 years in business
3 hires on Thumbtack
Having moved into a newly renovated home in Fort Lauderdale, I wanted to work with a designer to come up with a design plan for my new home. I needed all new furniture to decorate a great room that included seating for the living and conversation areas, an entertainment center, bar stools, and a dining set. I really like the Decorating Den Interiors system which allows Lance to bring samples and images of items into my home so I can see which of the options Lance suggests will work best. In just a few months, Lance implemented a contemporary design in a neutral palette that provides the perfect showcase for displaying my collections of photographs and art glass. Throughout the project, Lance's professionalism and communication assured me that the end result would exceed my hopes for what I was seeking for the right look for my new home. In fact, I'm now working with Lance to complete the design and installation of new furnishings for a sun room where I'm equally looking forward to another stunning room as a result of Lance's handiwork. Based on these experiences, I highly recommend Lance as both a designer and business professional." - Rob A.Feb 6, 2016
Lance seemed to know exactly what we wanted for a desired change in our family room. He was working with a husband and wife team who described things differently, but understood us well enough to be able to design and create a comfortable living space that was pleasing to us both. We wanted to take our time on the project and he didn't push, which we really appreciated, since we wanted to be sure of our choices. His pick for our color palette focused us into the shades we wanted and his suggestions helped us figure out the patterns and shades for a new couch, new recliner, reupholstered chair, new rug and new drapes that would all go together. We have oak paneling, so paint considerations were not applicable. We did not know how difficult it is to coordinate the different fabric, rug and drape samples. Lance expertly handled the job. We are very pleased with our "new" family room. We felt very comfortable working with Lance. Although he only designed one room, we'll ask for his help in 2015 for our next project.Sep 16, 2014
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Since I have access to over 130 home furnishings suppliers - who offer tens of thousands of items that align in quality and cost with our "Good, Better, Best" sales program - I typically do not charge separate design fees. Instead, my income comes from the sales of the unique and custom home furnishings I propose from which they purchase to decorate their homes and offices. That said, I do sometimes collect an hourly fee for independent design and consultations services.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?First, I conduct a phone interview seeking information about my potential client and their project to help one another determine whether we're a good "fit." Upon mutual agreement that we will likely work well together - and understand how we'll work together - I'll provide a complimentary 60-90 in-home consultation to further explore the potential project. At the end of the first meeting, if all parties are in agreement, I collect a retainer to cover my initial research (e.g., drafting floor plans and elevations, making initial product selections, preparing a presentation, etc.). Later, when my new client moves forward with a significant purchase of home furnishings, I'll apply the amount of the retainer to their first purchase of at least twice the amount of the retainer. As we move forward and further home furnishing selections are made and purchased, I over see the installation until the project is complete.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?As a student of the Boston Architectural College, I studied coursework toward a professional certification in interior design. I've also certificates in professional commercial photography and as a project management professional.