So, what’s our process?
We follow the same comprehensive steps for all of our projects – whether it is a full gut renovation design or turn-key interior furnishings project.
Read on to find out more about our 11-step process.
This over the phone consultation is complimentary and has to be scheduled in advance on our website. Please allocate at least 30 min for this meeting. During this call we will learn about your project and determine if this project is the right fit for all parties.
We will meet with you in your home or on the job site. At this time we will take a tour of your home, talk about your design goals and objectives. We provide you with design advice and recommendations, and a great direction for your project. We also discuss details such as your design aesthetic, how you will be using the space, what inspires you, your time-frame for completion, and your budget.
This meeting is approx. – 90 min and we charge $297 for the consultation in Monmouth county and $397 in all other areas.
Planning & Budget
We outline the scope of work for the entire project, Design fees are estimated and a retainer is required to start the design process.
Once the retainer is paid we start the first step of the design process. We create a floorpan, determine your budget and establish timeline.
Concept Development. Selections & Pricing
It will take us about 3-4 weeks to come up with a design concept for your space, select different furniture options, fabrics and all other materials for your approval. You will be given options and the opportunity to see how your project will look all together. Once you approve of your selections, we will provide you with pricing that aligns with your original budget.
Presentation, Budget, Revision (If Any) & Follow Up Presentation
This is where we meet with you to go over the details of your custom design plan. This includes all drawings, color scheme, mood board, fabric samples, furniture selections and budget breakdown including estimated costs for any work by our trades and artisans. This is when the Letter of Agreement is signed and the balance of our design fee, plus 60% of the furnishings budget is required. In some cases, 100% of the budget is required.
A follow up Presentation Meeting, also known as the (Final Presentation Meeting) is sometimes needed if revisions were requested. This involves all the approved elements from the original Design Presentation, plus any new elements that were agreed upon and any revisions requested. Because we believe in a collaboration between client and designer, as well as our trades and artisans, this presentation will address all of your wants and needs for your project, based on previous meetings and discussions. The Final Presentation includes working drawings, color scheme, all furnishings, fabric memos and detailed budget breakdown - item by item. It will all be laid out for you so that you will be able to visualize what the finished space will look like. Any adjustments to the budget due to revisions are agreed upon at this meeting
Initiation Of Construction/Procurement & Project Management
This step is where we initiate our agreed upon role in any construction or renovation included in your project. This usually means that we are collaborating with builders, vendors, fabricators and other contractors, and making the necessary site visits to ensure a successful process and completion.
In this step we also create all purchase orders, track orders, assess lead times, note any back-orders or discontinued items that may delay the project, and make decisions whether or not to re-select. During this time, we make sure that our projected timeline is adhered to by all vendors.
Budget Review (larger projects)
We sometimes call a second budget meeting on larger projects. This is especially true if change orders were created at the request of the client. This is where we ensure that we are on track with budget. This step is usually not required for smaller projects.
Receipt of Orders and scheduling all trades for the Installation
This is where all items we ordered are received at our warehouse, inspected for damages, tagged and stored for the big installation day. We coordinate all deliveries, schedule all trades that will be involved for the final installation.
Furniture Installation & Styling/Project Reveal/Walk Through
This is the big day where we install all window treatments, deliver and arrange all furniture, style and accessorize the space to perfection. Installation is typically done in one day.
This is also the exciting moment when we walk through the finished space and point out all the features and benefits of each item, discuss how to care for each piece and any warranties available (if any). There will be outstanding invoices from delivery companies, cleaning service, etc which we will present to you at the Client Closure Meeting.
We coordinate with the trade person, subcontractor, or vendor involved to cure any deficiencies within 14 business days. Thankfully, this step is not needed in most cases, but we make sure that you will be happy with your finished space.
The walk-through may happen on the same day of the reveal or on a separate day. Although we strive for perfection, mistakes can happen. The final walk through is where the client gets a chance to point out any deficiencies observed - Items like a small splash of paint on the floor, missing dresser knob, a small rip on a pillow etc. Items that could have easily been missed during the exciting moment of the reveal.
Client Closure Meeting & Photography
This is where we meet to close out the file for the project and where we present you with the final invoice. We make sure that you are fully satisfied with your new space.
We will also graciously ask for any feedback, reviews and referrals, and discuss any additional projects you would like to move forward with.
We will also discuss a convenient day for us to schedule a professional photographer to shoot pictures of the project. If we intend to have these pictures published in a local or national publication, we will discuss that with you and determine if you want your name disclosed or not.
so, let's get started!
We begin with a comprehensive 90 min consultation. During this time we are able to walk through your space, discuss with you each room’s function (or dysfunction), the current furniture layouts and areas where improvements can be made – whether through new furnishings, window treatments, lighting or styling tips – or if a whole design is in order. We will gather information on all of your desired interior wants and needs and we will provide you with solid design ideas and suggestions, leaving you with clarity and a good direction for where you want to go with your project
Our consultation is approximately 90 minutes and we charge $297 for the consultation in Monmouth County and $397 in all other areas.