What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I charge $75 an hour for consultation, but if we get the job, I waive that fee. The different styles and techniques used to design a home vary a great deal and each job is totally unique in itself. The price depends on the size of the job, how much detail goes into the job, and how elaborate the customer would like to be. I have a set price list for window treatments on my website: www.astartesdraperyworkroom.com and the price of anything else would have to be quoted upon viewing it.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I try to keep as current as I possibly have time for. I take a few classes in the spring each year and network with a lot of professional women. I touch base with other designers frequently to discuss what's hot and what's not. I read a lot of magazines and resource books from the library.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My Father could craft any design by looking at it and invented his own on a regular basis. I have my Father's talent, but took it to another level by going to college and perfecting it. I have always loved to sew as my Mother taught me at a very early age. I love being creative.
I am now expanding and my brother-in-law does all the carpentry and remodeling for the company.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I think each person has a different taste of what they like and pretty much know what they want prior to seeking a professional to do the job. Magazines are a good resource. As far as window treatments go, cornice boards and grommet drapes are the most common, but that is always changing. Giving a house an interior facelift allows you to add your own style to the existing home.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I have a friend in Illinois that I have known 38 years and I promised her I would do her house one day. We finally done it this past year and the pictures I have on this site are some from her project. We were very proud of the design, fabric choices, color combinations and the treatments when we finished. We love this house!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Always choose someone who meets their deadlines and doesn't have excuses for delays. Always look for someone who is willing to compromise, give factual advice and know the business through and through.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
How detailed each and every project is and how much experience and knowledge goes into the design to get the fabulous result for the customer. Because we would like you, the client, to be excited about your new living space.