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.