As I have said before, there is no perfect home, only the perfect home for you. While I love to be responsible for the progression of the project, as a client, you play an important role in getting the design process started. Prepared clients allow for better communication, efficiency, lower costs, and ultimately, a well designed home that you enjoy.
Click on the steps below for a walkthrough of the process:
The Client’s Role
Review What Needs to Be Done
Do you need to re-do your entire home or just one or two rooms? Are you going to start from scratch or will you keep certain pieces and color schemes?
Determining how big the project is and how much help you need is the first and one of the most important steps.
Collect Your Thoughts
It’s always extremely helpful for you and for the designer to begin compiling an idea notebook to develop an awareness of your personal style and preferences.This can be as tangible and low-tech as tearing out magazine photos of everything you like or that feels good to you, or as etherial high tech as creating a well organized Pinterest or Houzz board. Just be sure to include interesting rooms, examples of colors, fabrics, carpets, light fixtures and objects d’art, etc. These will be used in the initial meeting to stimulate our conversation.
Formulate Your Budget
Be honest about what you can afford to spend. Your designer needs to know and respect your financial limits so they can help you establish and keep to your priorities.
The Designers Role
Consultation with the client to develop an understanding of the character and scope of the overall design requirements.We will discuss in detail the function of each room in the house you want to work on and your “way of life”. We will determine any requirements that are unique to you or your family.
The Design Development
We will inspect and review all areas and rooms to be included in the project and create a style or look that is unique to you and your lifestyle.The design phase requires floor plans to be drawn up with furniture layouts and possible suggestions for architectural changes that may enhance your lifestyle or the overall look of your home.Preliminary color schemes, fabric and furniture selections, along with flooring, countertop, paint colors, and other material and finish selections will be gathered. These items, along with the furniture layout, provide a preliminary visual presentation for us to review so that you can understand the design concept being created.If necessary, we will make the appropriate alterations or adjustments for a revised presentation, to assure your satisfaction before continuing.
Once the above has been completed and approved by you, the designer shall prepare specification documents and price all furniture, window treatments, and custom designed items.
During this phase the design details are created and specified in detail on paper.
A proposal will be prepared for you listing each room and all the items designed for the room. A detailed description of each item including size, finish, and fabric specified, along with the price will be listed. This will be reviewed with the client in the presentation.
The Final Phase
Purchasing & Job Inspection Phase
The designer will place all orders on behalf of the client for merchandise, materials, and labor, and endeavor to achieve a timely delivery and installation.The final phase includes inspecting each item ordered as well as the job site to ensure the level of quality and attention to the design details are being met.Scheduling of deliveries and installation of floor coverings, furniture, window treatments, etc., is also a part of the designer’s job.Through our coordinated efforts, an interior environment reflecting the project’s specific functions and aesthetics is created.
“We were thrilled to work with Vinni on remodeling our new kitchen and bathroom! We had some ideas of what we liked but had no idea how to get started or pull all the pieces together. Vinni patiently listened to us and guided us through the whole process, from picking color palettes to designing the floor plans and creating our own style. Vinni provided the vision and added so many special design touches that made a huge difference in how everything tied together. She a real pro, a delight to work with, and we highly recommend her!” -Marie S.