Having a new house to transform into a home is a huge project to take on by yourself. Just like you hire an architect for a new build and a contractor for a kitchen renovation I believe that a decorator and designer is just as crucial. They will help you figure out your design style, keep you on budget, are a wealth of knowledge with getting the best deal and knowing the best vendors. Purchasing items for a home is big expense regardless of budget. It’s amazing to have a professional working with you and knowing you are making the right decisions. Working with a decorator/designer means that you have a great sounding board to talk thru design ideas and not have to continually second guess yourself. I have never had a client regret the process. They have all loved having a professional to help make their house a home.
If you are outfitting a room from scratch then a good budget number is around $14,000 for a living room with mid range items, which means some items might be from Pottery Barn, a couple of to the trade specialty items and probably a small dose of Target or Ikea. If you want all high end products then that number jumps to around $49,000. This is just for the physical items in the room. The numbers may seem high, but when you break down all of the items in a room and start adding up all of the items it all makes sense.
Whenever I meet with a client we always discuss budget for all of the items in a room. That way I know what is important to the client like original art or a well-made piece of furniture. They may want to sacrifice more of their budget for certain things and then go with ready-made pillows instead of custom. It’s also a good time for me to educate the client and let them know that they can’t possible get a rug that will stand the test of time for $300.
The design fee for a room is separate and the cost depends on the amount of hours, amount of changes, if I’m project managing the ordering and installation. Many different factors go into it so, it’s difficult to give an exact amount here without knowing the client/project.
For e-decorating services there are flat rates depending on the room.
For Full Service design I charge hourly at $150 an hour and bill once a month. An estimate of hours is provided after the at home consultation.
If you just want to have pillows or window treatments made then there is no design fee if you are coming in with your own fabric. If you want help selecting fabrics than my hourly rate is billed.
Of course, not! I think everyone deserves a beautiful home to call their own which is why I offer flat rate packages for e-decorating and hourly design help thru my Decorator on Call program. If you want Full Service Design then, I will say that you should expect to pay at least $10, 000 in product for a mostly blank slate.
With Full service design I’m with you the entire process. We will nail down your style and work together to figure out an inspiration piece that speaks to your personal style. It starts with a studio meeting and then an in-home consultation. From there we’ll evaluate what the space needs, your goals for the room(s), etc. I will put together an estimate based on the scope of work and then we get started making it all come together. We continuously check in on large purchases, budget and over all vibe. Changes can be made if needed. If you need custom cabinetry, painters, wallpaper hangers, upholstery work then I provide you with my sub-contractors that are vetted and licensed.
For e-decorating you still get a beautifully designed room, but I’m not there with you for the entire process. So, if you second guess someone and want a change I’m not there for you. Clients that tackle e-decorating typically have a love for design and I’m certain you will be able to make tweaks on your own if needed.
For e-decorating we try and stay in a time-frame of 3 weeks for a final design plan once we receive your photos and measurements. If there is going to be a delay we tell you in the beginning.
For Full Service design say hello to your new best friend. Interior design is an intimate process and you will see me frequently. It’s one of my favorite parts of the job. I get to know your family and your likes/dislikes in person. It’s a true collaboration to ensure your space is a reflection of your style and every detail is taken into account. Also with custom pieces and to the trade ordering things take a lot longer. These items are not mass produced and won’t be able to be ship on an Amazon Prime schedule. Something to take into a account if you are looking into having your home finished for a holiday.
Decorator on Call is a service for clients that need something small. Perhaps you just want custom window treatments made to finish up a room or you need help styling a bookcase or swapping out your pillows on your sofa? It’s the perfect service for a design lover that just needs to get things fabricated or wants a second pair of eyes for styling.