What is the initial design consultation?
Nearly every project begins with a consultation in your home. Generally, the consultation will last about two hours. I’ve found that two hours gives us ample time to get to know one another, address any questions you may have about the design process as well as tour your home and address solutions for your pain points. Often, I’ll be able to offer design advice right then and there. But sometimes I’ll take photos and notes to review on my own after our meeting. I may do some research, mull over paints and fabrics, draw a simple floor sketch or just let things “marinate.” It all depends on the individual project and what you’d like to accomplish. Sometimes the design solution is relatively simple but often a unique approach is needed which requires more thought and planning.
Within 2-5 days after our meeting (again, depending on your unique needs) you’ll receive a detailed presentation that includes a summary of our conversation and notes, any resources we discussed, inspiration photos and/or products, and a general proposal for moving ahead with professional design services.
If you choose to implement the suggestions on your own, you’ll have an organized presentation with solid ideas and advice to refer to whenever you want.
What is discussed during the initial design consultation?
Whatever you need! I’ve consulted with clients on floor plans for open concept living, whole home paint palettes, turning unused rooms into music rooms, and creating hangout rooms for teens. Some clients then go on to launch a full service project with my firm. Others garner advice and inspiration from our time together and choose to implement the changes on their own. Here are some other things we can discuss during the consult:
- draperies and window coverings
- styling existing furnishings and accessories
- how to budget adequately for the changes you’d like to make
- artwork and other ways to “dress your walls”
- making a room more functional for your needs
- helping a dated space feel more stylish and current
How can I prepare for a design consultation?
There are several things you can do to prepare for our in-home meeting and make sure you get the most out of our time together.
- Write down all of your concerns ahead of time so you don’t forget a thing
- Clip magazine photos or create a Pinterest board with images that appeal to you
- Prioritize your rooms and design dilemmas. This will allow us to “dig deep” and focus on your most important concern and problem areas. I’m happy to discuss more as time permits!
- Think about the mood and the feeling you’d like the space to evoke. Relaxed? Sophisticated? Soothing? Welcoming? Energetic and fun?
- Think about function as well as decor. Who uses the room? Would you like a cozy corner for reading? Do you have pets? Do your children need a convenient spot for homework? Do you entertain in the space?
Ready to start? Email me or give me a call to set up your appointment. To learn more about my services go here.
I look forward to working together!