The process begins with a simple consultation where I will visit your space to get an idea of the type of design you want and how I can help.
This would be an ideal time to provide any key design points to me such as types of furnishing , colors etc. If you are providing me a blank canvas that even the more to explain what your vision is for each space. If you have completely no idea that's where I come in to pull that creativity out of you.
Together we will find your style
During our consultation we will talk carefully about your style again if you just have no idea what you like or what your style is , don't worry I will assist you. I will assist you by providing examples of the many design styles . You will walk away feeling confident that your space will fit your needs.
After we find your style, we’ll visit each room
After the style is decided we will visit each room to begin visualizing the completed work. This will help you paint the picture and get the creative juices moving in myself.
I will prepare your estimates and send via email
This email will be sent within 48 hours of the consultation. The email will include a summary of our consultation , including a estimate of the cost of furniture and the estimated amount of hours it will take me to work on your project. The total amount of hours will determine the cost of labor which is not the same as the cost of furniture.
Once you've had 48 hours to read over the estimate and have decided to move forward I will then email you our agreement which includes all the numbers from the estimates ,which rooms are being completed description of service and other important factors to satisfy the project. Once the agreement is signed and submitted by both parties I will begin your design package which include a lengthier summary of the entire project, mood board for each room , blueprint layout for each room, I’ll go away and get started on your concept document. Now, this is where I take all of the things we discussed in the 90-minute consultation and start to work my design magic on a document I’ll present to you during a return visit to your home. The concept is the design blueprint for your home and takes a few weeks for me to complete. It takes that long because it contains a lot of detail about what we’ll do in each room.
The entire design package includes:
A mood board of every room to give you a feel of how each room will look based on the conversation we had during our first walk through
Confirmation on the color palette, textures and patterns
A floor plan of each room
My personal design ideas for each room
Detailed explanation of changes we’ll be making to each room
Trade information if needed .
I will ask for your approval and feedback
This is your time to tell me everything you love and everything you hate. You must approve the design package before we move forward. please be honest and upfront because if you don't speck now you will forever hold your piece. Once the paint is on the wall there's no turning back unless you don't mind paying the extra money for the additional time it takes please tell me the truth. I will send you the entire package for your approval via email. Once approved I will move on to the step. If you forget to include a change make it quick before I move along. One simple change in color, texture or style can push the process back as far as 5 days to a week depending on how much needs to be changed , designing isn't easy.
The Specify stage is the third part of the interior design process. It’s where I go away and start putting a list of products together for you to review and agree to purchase. This can take a few weeks to complete. As you can imagine, there are a tone of products to include in this list and we specify right down to the cushions we’ll karate chop on your sofa. If we’re doing any work where a trade is involved (like window treatments, paint, flooring, joinery) we’ll also organize a trade day at this point. This is where I’ll come to your home for a third time with my trades and get measure and quotes carried out.
You do not need to organize any trades
I have my own team of trades who I work with all the time and they’ll meet me at your property on a nominated trade day. You will be there, of course, but I take the headache away from you by managing this process end to end. Ideally all of the trades are available to come on the one day. If this needs to be split over multiple days, we’ll simply check your availability to give us access. The idea is to make this entire process as seamless as possible for you, so we do try to minimize time off work for you, and to reduce any inconvenience. Once trades have come back to me with their quotes, these will be added to the product list and you will be notified when the list is ready for you to review.
We use an online portal to present the product list
This system works really well for us and the client. The program we use allows you to access each room we’re making over in the online portal. You’ll review each product in the room and approve it, or mark it for revision if you don’t like it. When you’re accessing your product list and reviewing what’s been recommended, there should be no surprises because we’ve discussed the rooms and products in great detail during the concept meeting. Most clients breeze through this part of the process. It would be concerning if you’re declining a lot of products at this point. If this is happening, something has gone wrong during the concept meeting. The concept is our blueprint for the home. Once that’s locked in, it’s in everyone’s best interests to stick to the agreed game plan. This is why it’s always best to be honest about what you do and don’t like during the concept meeting.
Woo hoo! The Style part of the journey is the last and most exciting component of the entire interior design process. This is where we come to your home and put all the furniture in its place as per the layout we provided in the concept document. Understandably, items may have arrived at different stages due to stock availability and some large pieces of furniture might already be unpacked (like a sofa or bed). That’s OK. We’ll still come to unpack everything else and move it into place. At this stage, we’ll also line up trades to install the various items they need to install, if required. Our window people will come and install your curtains. Our electricians will come and install pendant lights if we’ve specified them. Our hangers will come to fix art and mirrors to the walls. This installation day might also be spread out over a few days due to availability of the trades, so again we just need some flexibility on your part here.
The final decor shop
Once all the furniture is in place, we’ll put a list together of smaller decor items that need to be purchased to finish off the rooms. This decor shop is done by me, in-person, in stores across Melbourne. I shop for smaller items like trays, ornaments, candles etc. You know, those finishing touches for tabletops, bedsides, sideboards and more. Because of the ever-changing stock levels at retailers it’s impossible to include these smaller items in your product list during the Specify stage. So I’ll go off and do a shop and then return to your home one last time to pop in all the decor, and hopefully photograph the spaces for my portfolio.
My Rate is $110.00 per hour
Phone consult: Free
In-home consult: $250.00
Hourly service fee: $110.00 hour
After our initial consultation I will provide an estimate of how many hours it will take for me to work on your space. For example lets say 40 hours that's $4,000.00 for labor. This includes every step of the process beginning at concept. This means if I made a house consultation visit instead of phone the $250.00 fee will be applied bringing the total to $4,250.00. Now if this seems jaw dropping this may not be what your looking for. It takes a lot to bring design together including researching , driving around for hours , and thinking about just your project every second of the day.
Additional hours will be added if you the client ask for extras after my estimate is provided that causes more work therefore more hours spent on the entire project. For this reason I will update the contract as needed to ensure a clean process. However if additional hours have been added by myself you will not be responsible for the time and this will be stated clearly in the agreement.
After 20 hours have been reached I will begin sending you an invoice every week until the remaining balance has been fully paid.
Separate from the designers fee you pay for Products and Trades
Yes , sorry but the furniture and other labor isn't free ,that would be amazing. On top of the fee I ask for you will neeed to purchase all furniture based on what you have approved. Also, whatever additional labor cost is needed to complete the design ,for example structural changes , painting , wall paper or wall murals.
HIGH-END BUDGET LOW-END BUDGET
WHAT KIND OF BUDGET IS BEST?
To better understand a decent project let's look into a situation I was recently in. One of my very first client had very expensive taste however had a very tight budget of $3,000.00. He asked me to complete his living room , bedroom,
dining room , kitchen and bathroom inside of his one bedroom condo. Well to most people they may look at a one bedroom condo as small and easy to furnish. Yes, possibly at Ikea and that's if you don't mind your home looking like an Ikea showroom.
Not only did he have a tight budget but he had his mind made up on a $2000,00 sofa which left me with only $2,000.00 to spend on 4 rooms. I was seriously considering Ikea for a while until I had the talk with him that no client want's to hear. I told him he has to bring his budget up if we are going to play on the same team. Ultimately he agreed after I showed him not only how empty his place would look on $2000.00 but also how cheap it would look and I don't design cheap.
Make sure you consider the level of furniture you want whether its actual high-end . For example if you want a bed that cost $5k-$10k vs a bed that cost $1k-$2k your budget is high-end. If you want a high-end look but don't have the budget I can still work with you but think about how much you want to spend on the main furniture pieces and that will set you in the right direction. These include :
2. Living Room Sofa
3. Dinning Table
4. Dinning Chairs
Once, you budget how much you are willing to spend on each of these write them all down and add up the total cost.
This is an example of a customer who wants a high end look but does not have a high end budget.
Now add another $5,000.00 to that to leave room for decorations like plants and painting .Smaller tables ,and accent chairs. Some clients ask to add basic household supplies such as silver wear, wash towels etc to compliment the new style of the home. Thos makes sense you woundmt bring farm house to a minimalist design . Some client just need my help on evrything so if this sounds like you consider the extra cost for these.