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Design related Frequently Asked Questions
Why do you ask about my budget?
My interest is keeping your budget in mind and not developing a design that is below your expectations or not financially feasible for you. It does not make a difference to me how much your overall project cost is. My design fee is the same either way, so rest assured that I am designing your space to be tailored to you (your style, your budget, your timeline, etc).
What are your qualifications?
I graduated from the Academy of Art University with a bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture and Design and worked with several well-known luxury design firms including one of Interior Design Magazine's top 100 Designers, and a design firm that was featured on the TV show Property Ladder, in addition to working as a kitchen & bath designer, as well as Model Homes and even Hotel & Commercial Design. Essentially, I’ve done it all! I am even a certified interior designer and a RESA (Real Estate Staging Association) member.
Why should I hire a designer?
By hiring a designer, you are essentially hiring a project manager. Designers control the chaos that often ensues when a house is being remodeled. I have often talked to homeowners after they remodeled their home and they all say “I wish I would have hired someone to manage all of the work for me, it was so stressful!” which it certainly can be stressful at times having to manage different contractors, vendors, and keeping track of different purchases, so why not hire someone to take care of all that for you, and you can focus on what you do best, or better yet, spend time with the people you love?
What is the difference between an interior decorator and an interior designer?
Ultimately it comes down to education. Interior Designers can only call themselves “Designers” if they are accredited (meaning they graduated from school in this field) otherwise some people believe they have a “knack” for this type of work and decide to go into business for themselves without getting an education first- these are Interior decorators. They typically focus on the decorative elements of a home, such as: paint color, furniture, décor, window treatments, bedding etc. Interior Designers do this, and more- they have a knowledge of interior architecture principals, drafting skills, space planning, general building code guidelines and so much more.
How involved in the process will I need to be?
I find that the most successful projects have a good balance where you consistently contribute your ideas and suggestions, but allow me to act as the professional. Ultimately, you always get the final say, so you can be as involved as much or as little as you would like to be.
Are you the only one working on my project?
I do have interior design freelancers that I hire from time to time to help with the workload. However all of their work is approved and reviewed by me before submitting to you. So the answer is sometimes; yes, sometimes; no.
Can I purchase on my own?
Absolutely! During our consultation, I will take measurements of your space, write down a list of items and sizes needed, and note where they should go, then you can pick the furnishings that you like for your space. However if you want me to select the furniture in addition to the consultation, you will need to purchase the items through myself. As a professional designer I have access to exclusive vendors and manufacturers, which you most likely will not have access to. But don’t worry! My prices are very fair and usually less than you would find in a retail shop anyway. I will work within your budget to bring you the best design for your space!
I am afraid to hire a designer because I do not want them to impose their style.
An important part of being a designer is listening and appreciating your personal style. We will work to develop your dream space with our design skills. Now, that said… there are some things that we would not recommend. We want to make sure your space is pleasing, comfortable, and functional. Sometimes I have suggested alternatives to homeowners. However, if you really have your heart set on something- it is you that makes the ultimate decision, I am just here to guide you through the process and make your space feel comfortable to/for you. On the other hand, if I find that a homeowner is questioning and altering every aspect of the design, it may be time to discuss whether we are a good fit. But first, I’d suggest taking a look at my work and my style and decide for yourself if you think we would be a good fit.
What is your style?
I love figuring out how to combine different designs into one cohesive whole. The generic answer that you will hear from most designers is “We don’t have a style”, but after looking through their portfolio, it is easy to pin down a style. So, the honest answer to this is that I can work with Mid-Century Modern, Rustic, Modern, Industrial, Contemporary, etc. But, I have a tendency to simplify. I work with minimalism well, and create spaces with clean lines and generally a more contemporary approach. I like eclectic styles at heart with an eye towards integrating more modern looks. I prefer to mix and match different styles, but I often like to use the clean, more modern pieces. To see more of my work, check out my portfolio page (tab at the top).