- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
We do have a difficult pricing system as each job is unique. We try to save our client's money so they can spend on tangible things. Our base rate if $100 per hour, but if someone is afraid that the hours may not be int their best interest, we will give them a flat fee to do an area. In addition we charge a percentage on all the things we order and purchase. We add that to the bill at the end. So lets say a $2,000.00 sofa at retail may cost us $1,500.00. We add 20% to that and that makes the cost of the sofa $ 1,800.00, a savings of $200.00 for the client. Each situation is unique but we do our best to work within a client's budget at all times.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
We are constantly being educated in our field and we learn of new products almost every week. Trends, products, and new innovation is constant in our field.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?
My father owned a carpet store. I remember as a young girl sitting in his showroom and putting carpet samples together to make a pretend color pallet. I would dream about how I would do my own home someday. I loved every aspect of the business from the texture, design and style of carpet to the colorful designs in the vinyl patterns of the 1970's. I took in every thing like a sponge and knew that color could transform mood's, make people feel better and give them pride in their homes. I worked in my father's business as a young woman, establishing an Interior Design department in the store with wall coverings, fabrics, & upholstery. I was their for years before starting my own business in the 1980's.