With 39 years of professional design experience, I can provide a lengthy list of what I bring to the table. But, that could be boring. Better that you go to my Services page and check out some of those. Instead, let me mention just a few values that I think will be important to you.
You, you, you. It’s all about you!
It’s not about me, it’s about YOU, because you are the one who will live or work in your home or office every day. I see myself as the professional catalyst that allows you to achieve exactly what you want for your project. As a client, sometimes it is hard for you to articulate what you want, which means that I have to listen very deeply to what you are trying to convey to me. This includes your design vision, your budget, and your timeline. It’s my job to make sure you are delighted with the end product. I tell my clients that my goal is that their expectations are not only met, but exceeded. Period.
Professional work ethic.
As much as I hate to relate this back to you, I have heard from other clients that they hesitated to hire an Interior Designer. “Why is that?”, I ask them. They may answer with responses like these:
“My last designer didn’t listen to me.”
If I do not listen to your design issues, you may shoot me at the end of your project. See above
as to why I am confident that this will not happen. When your project is completed, I want you to look it over and say "WOW! This looks fantastic. I love it."
“I’m afraid you will charge too much.”
After our initial meeting, I will provide you with a proposal that outlines the scope of work we have discussed. I mostly use a Value Based Fee structure, which is a fixed fee based on the value of services you receive. You will know up front what my design fees are based on the service level you choose.
“My last designer used my entire budget and we only got half of my project done."
What about your budget? You can not hit the target if there is not one. Therefore, I encourage you to have your budget in mind up front. If not, I can work with you to create a budget. Let's work together to meet the financial goals for your project.
Avoid costly mistakes.
A client hired me to help her with ideas for a small remodel she had just started. She wanted me to review the selections of finishes she was considering, to affirm that her choices were going to have the result she wanted. Immediately I saw that she had selected some products that would eat up her budget very quickly. I made suggestions for other products that were less expensive but would achieve the look she desired. Those selections had three effects for her:
First, the money she saved paid my fees altogether.
Second, from the product savings, she was able to stretch her budget even further and proceed with purchasing art and accessories to beautifully finish her project.
Third, the look we achieved was much more custom tailored to her and not something that everyone else had.
Think about how this example of savings can apply to an even larger project. A good builder is an important asset but a builder, even one who is brimming with good ideas, is still not an Interior Designer. They do not see the overall vision of the end product. This includes things like: how will your furniture be arranged, or is that west facing window a shape that will allow you to put window coverings in so that you can reduce heat and U.V. damage. They might recommend paint colors that looked great on their last project, but how do those colors look with your furniture, bedding, art, towels, etc. ?
Finally, I think projects should be enjoyable for both of us, and ... dare I say it... fun!
These are just a few of the values that I bring to your project. If you are interested in partnering with me to discuss your unique project, please contact me. I would love to hear from you!