What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Initial consultations are for 90 minutes and cost $175. In that initial meeting, we review the scope of work you are contemplating and I give you verbal ideas and concepts to implement. After the initial meeting, we can talk about any steps you would like to take moving forward in helping you achieve the home/office environment you desire. I work on a hourly basis of $100. If the scope is large I can come up with a estimated flat fee.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
In our first consultation, I review your home and take notes on what you like and don’t like about your space. This way I can start to focus in on how you would like your home look and function. After the first meeting, we discuss how you want to move forward and what to focus on. I can give you a game plan to implement on your own or assist all the way through the process.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), which is a national organization of interiors designers that have been accredited though education and work experience. ASID requires continuing educational courses to be taken throughout the year.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
As of a very young age, I would walk construction sites with my dad who was a commercial real estate developer of old mills in New England that were rehab into offices, stores, restaurants and all types of housing. Also, my grandmother owned her own drapery workroom in the Boston area and worked with many interior designers.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I work with residential and small commercial clients. It is a personal endeavor bringing an interior designer into your space to assist in creating an environment you want to thrive in. We build a lot of trust in our relationship, so the end result is more than you thought you could have ever achieved. Most of my client I have for many years.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I love designing bathrooms! Typically, I gut the entire bathroom, usually; I keep the plumbing fixture in the same place to keep the budget down. I am always looking to make a bathroom aesthetically pleasing as well as functional, using each inch of space! I measure and layout the bathroom, create idea boards, make all the cabinet, tile and plumbing selections. Then I coordinate with the general contractor who does all the labor and installation of everything. The client is involved at all phases of the project. From design concept to new bathroom completion takes approximately 6-8 weeks.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
There is a difference in hiring an interior decorator and an interior designer that many people do not know. An interior decorator is someone who does it as a hobby or has a talent with putting fabrics and colors together. They have no official training in the interior design field. An interior designer has gone to an accredited school for 2-4 years and has studied interior space planning, electrical, lighting, ADA codes and many more studies. Also, being a member of ASID, American Society of Interior Designers, you also are required to take continuing education course in codes and regulations, as well as new design elements the keep emerging in our design field.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Write down the items in your home that do not flow well for you. Examine how you and your family use each of the common rooms in your home. And, if you have a chance go on Pinterest and put a picture board together of rooms and themes that you like to share with your interior designer.
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