“I’d love to employ an interior designer, but it’s so expensive
and I’d worry about losing control”

This is a common perception amongst people who’ve never before engaged an interior designer. Whilst it no doubt makes good TV to watch extrovert designers with grandiose ideas that conflict with the tastes and ideas of the client, in the real world, with real clients who expect good value from their designer, things are rather different.

So let me talk you through the way the design process normally works…

Initial consultation

In the majority of cases, provided free of charge as described here, the initial consultation is about us getting to know each other.
I have to understand your tastes, the way you use your property (or the way your guests use your property) and what it is you want to achieve with the decorations/alterations you have in mind.
You will want to gain confidence in me, to be sure I’m ‘on your wavelength’, and you will be comfortable with the way I work.
We will discuss thoughts – mine and yours, even if yours is, “I don’t know where the to start” – things you like, things you want to avoid and, of course, budget.
Together we will establish how the design can improve both the way you feel about
your home or business and how it can improve the way you or your guests will live in the property.
We will also establish the level of involvement you would like me to have…

Creating the design

Based upon our initial meeting and agreed design fee, the next stage is for me to produce a mood board – this can either be an e-board that can be emailed to you, or it can be a traditional mood board with samples for wall colours, fabrics, furniture, and flooring for each room of the project.
This stage will also include inspirational images that convey the feel and atmosphere of the design.
These resources are the key to furthering the design, based on your feedback and responses.
The completion of this stage is the most basic service I offer – you can, if you choose, take the mood board and complete the project sourcing all the materials and the tradesmen yourself – or of course take the mood board as the basis for a DIY project.

Finalising the details

Once we have agreed the mood, colours and tone of the design, I progress with a detailed specification, which might include exact paint codes, specific wallpapers detailed drawings for a kitchen, exact specification for a bathroom, joinery details and lighting specification.
This is where the design really comes together and you start to benefit from the bank of resources I have built up of the years. I have a varied list of suppliers, many of whom you would never find.
Often I can arrange discounts that would not be available to the general public.
Again, you can take the project on at this stage with your own skills or by finding your own team of craftsmen.

Full project management

On finalising all the details, with your agreement on both specification and budget, I can then manage the complete project. Many clients decide on this option especially if time or distance constraints mean they can’t schedule regular visits to monitor and manage the project.
I can find appropriate craftsmen with proven track records, and I will work with them to ensure that the project is detail perfect and to a quality which represents the investment you have made. I will liaise with suppliers to ensure everything arrives on time, and finally I will dress each room.
And I can even manage that all important ‘reveal moment’.Spacer

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