The Recycled Design

Philadelphia, PA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I'm a designer who believes cookie cutter design is out! I design thinking outside the box, incorporating found objects and pieces that look like you've had them for years. It's my passion and my hard work ethic that makes my clients happy every time!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love the challenge of finding the perfect piece, the hunt and the thrill when you find it. Design is so flexible, but its about having a gut feeling about a piece of furniture, artwork, or just a color that makes design personal! It's also such an emotional experience. Having a well designed and well organized space helps you live a better life. It can take away stress, it can make it easier to spend time with friends and family, and just give you joy. It's not all throw pillows and great colors, its actually really emotional!

Location

Philadelphia, PA 19146

Background check

Complete

Years in business

9

Number of employees

1

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I price by the hour. I have a lot of available skills as a designer, and each project can take a different amount of time. If you're working with a budget, it's important that we discuss that ahead of time to determine what we can accomplish in that time.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I think it's important to talk about the project needs, then determine a time frame to complete the project. If it's something small, we start as soon as we can. If it's a bit more complicated, I believe a game plan with time and budgeting is important so that everyone is on the same page. Also, I enjoy coffee, so starting over a cup of coffee always works for me :)
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a degree in Interior Design, and years in the field.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've always had a creative passion. My mother is an artist and has been sewing quilts and making primitive Christmas ornaments since I was little, while my dad works in high end construction and is a real craftsman. The passion they both had for their work directly translated to me, and when I was young I learned how to do everything creative that I could. In high school, I had a passion for painting and architecture, and until my senior year thought I would be an architect. Soon I realized it wasn't the structure of the building that interested me, but how it functions and is laid out which brought me to study interior design in college. I should have known that would be my direction, with all my best paintings being interiors of homes with a focus on color and textiles!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I think its important that the person you hire wants to know all they can about you. If they're working on your home, a designer should make a great connection with you and understand YOUR needs. Nothing is worse than allowing someone into your home who is only designing for themselves.