The Process of Working with an Interior Designer

So you are thinking of hiring an interior designer but curious what the process may look like… let me break it down for you. 

The Initial Consultation

The initial consultation is a free meeting with the interior designer to better understand the specifics of the job and for the designer and client to meet and greet one another. The designer may lend some initial ideas and then both parties decide whether or not it would be a good fit. If it is a good fit, the designer will send a proposal to the new client to look over and sign.

The Design Process

If the designer is hired, the client will receive some initial homework including filling out an in-depth questionnaire and sending over some inspirational photos. 

A follow-up meeting is scheduled where the design team comes to photograph the rooms and measure the space. At this time, the designer and client will have a dialogue back and forth about some design ideas for the space.

After the initial collaboration is underway, a designer will come to the home with any additional sub-contractors to discuss any building, painting, wallpapering, window treatments, custom furniture, etc. Any outside workers who are needed to fulfill the vision are present so once the plan is identified, quotes are established for their piece of the design.

Design Boards

The Designer will then spend some time putting together a design board for the project. This will include fixtures and furnishings, cabinetry, paint colors, fabrics, tile, and so much more. These design boards may also include 3D renderings to help you visualize the space. 

Design Presentation

Once the design concept is determined and pricing is gathered, it’s time to build the presentation for our clients. This is one of the most exciting times for the client in the design process. Not only will you get to see your project unfold but will also be able to touch and feel samples of tile, fabric, rugs, and more. 

After the presentation, if adjustments need to be made this will ensue. The updates are then sent to the client for approval. Once approved, the ordering begins and the contract work is put on the calendar for completion before any furniture installations.

Once the ordering and contract work begins, it is our job as designers to keep an eye on the entire lifecycle of the design plan, shipping logistics, and management, as well as manage other professionals on the job. This is the beauty of hiring a designer. 

Installation

This day is like Christmas for Clients (a bit more stressful for the designer). While the work in the home is being completed, all the goods are typically sent to a commercial receiver where they are held until the spaces are ready for installation. On installation day, all of those pieces are delivered to your space and the magic happens. 

My absolute favorite time is to see the look on clients’ faces! We celebrate together and take it all in! 

Not quite sure where to start… connect with us! We would love to bring your vision to fruition. 

Taryn

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