What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
One-time design consultation fee (no more than 2 hours): $250
Hourly rate: May vary depending on scope of work
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I typically provide my initial consultations free of charge so that I am able to properly discuss the scope of work involved with your design project. If you only desire a one-time consultation, then I will charge a one-time consultation fee.
Once I understand the overall scope of work, I will prepare a contract for your review and approval. Upon final approval of the terms of our agreement, we will begin the design process.
Every design project is tailored to my customer's specific needs. However, I will typically do the initial "legwork" to create the design palette for your space(s). I will present the design palette to you for further discussion/selection. If needed, we will iterate on this process until you approve a final design palette.
Then, implementation of your selected design(s) will begin! This typically involves purchase orders and waiting times for selected items to arrive. If it is just color selections, then you can proceed with your painter on the selected colors. I like to be involved with your painter to ensure the paint colors are "true" to what we selected. Same for fabric selections in terms of assuring "true" colors as dye lots can vary.
At the end, we will step back together and reflect on "befores" and "afters" before I depart the scene.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Residential Design diploma from the Art Institute of Seattle.
I have been working in residential design since 2007.
I am a Master Home Environmentalist.
I am a Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP).
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I remodeled my own home back in 2001, and really enjoyed the design aspects of this project. So, in 2003 I went back to school to gain training and education in residential design.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked primarily with residential home owners, but have also worked on small, commercial office projects as well.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I created darling spaces for a client who wanted her interior gathering spaces to remind her of pictures she cut out of a Home & Garden magazine. Her colors were fuschia pink and lime green - loved it! And her home is an adorable cottage which made my work that much easier!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Hire an interior designer who focuses on customer service first and foremost. Your designer should integrate your style preferences with his/her design sensibilities. A designer should provide "value-added" services (e.g., Feng Shui, home environmentalist, color specialist). Look for a designer who has strong design resources for desired services such as custom fabrics, furnishings, upholstery, window treatments, lighting, softgoods (such as pillows, slipcovers). Most of all, your designer should "resonate" with you as their customer. Your personal energies should integrate with his/her professional energies so that the final "look and feel" is exactly what you were looking for!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What colors do you like? Not like?
What type of "look and feel" do you want?
What style(s) do you most prefer in home décor?
How long do you plan to stay in your home?
What health and safety needs to you and your family members have, if any?