The diversity in the operational approaches of interior designers often leads to many questions from clients. Given the varying design philosophies, collaboration styles, and project scopes, clients may have queries about where to start, how to express their preferences effectively, and what to expect throughout the design journey. Additionally, budget considerations and the range of specializations contribute to client uncertainty, prompting questions about the financial aspects of the project and whether a designer’s expertise aligns with their specific needs.
In this blog post, we aim to alleviate confusion by addressing frequently asked questions we commonly receive.
1. What does a typical investment look like?
There is no such thing as a typical project cost, as the investment amount varies from project to project. Various factors determine the investment. Factors include project scope (scale and complexity), the level of customization, additional details, and desired product price range. Ultimately, we focus on the client’s vision and the quality they expect.
Smaller projects, like redecorating a single room, may have a more modest investment. A small project may range from a few thousand to tens of thousands of dollars. On the other hand, more extensive projects involving multiple rooms or structural changes can incur higher costs. These larger projects range from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Ultimately, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. The investment depends on your specific needs and preferences, as well as the scope of the design project.
2. How do you determine what projects are the right fit for your firm?
Our clients, often busy professionals, value the beauty and functionality of a well-designed home. However, they need more time or expertise to bring their vision to life. We specialize in full-service projects covering everything from concept to completion, typically within a mid-to-high investment range.
These comprehensive projects, spanning multiple spaces within a home, allow us to deliver optimal results. It’s important to note that our commitment isn’t exclusive to large projects. We also offer consultations and other services tailored to specific needs. During initial conversations with potential clients, we explore their goals, timeline expectations, and budget considerations. This helps us understand their expectations and allows us to recommend the most suitable services, even if it’s not a full-service engagement. Our first phone call consultation serves as a mutual qualification process, ensuring the fit is right for our firm and the potential client.
3. How do you capture my design style?
In any design project involving more than one person, there are typically multiple personalities and styles at play—unless it’s a home used by a single individual. Our mission is to capture these diverse elements and craft a space that seamlessly blends different styles, elevating it to a point where both partners are thrilled with the end product that truly tells their unique story.
We follow a thorough intake process to achieve this, conducting multiple client interviews and utilizing a comprehensive questionnaire. These steps allow us to dive deep into the clients’ preferences, ensuring we ask the right questions to unveil the answers needed to conceptualize and articulate a creative vision for the space. Check out our post: A Designer’s Guide to Determining Your Interior Design Style.
4. Where do you source products?
We serve as the retailers of the products we supply to a project. We have curated a collection of preferred vendors, manufacturers, and resources who are reliable and trustworthy. Our in-depth knowledge of these manufacturers, including their capabilities and product lines, empowers us to make informed selections tailored to each project. This ensures the quality of the end result and allows us better control over the workflow.
Our strong relationships with vendors are built on mutual support because our volume of sales and investments in promoting their products create a partnership that benefits everyone. We pride ourselves on offering fair and competitive prices to our clients. We do this by managing all logistics, including purchase orders, regular follow-ups, receiving, troubleshooting, and handling claims, to provide a seamless experience.
If you would like to discuss the design of your home, we would love to help! Reach out, and let’s get to know each other.