Full Service Interior Design
This service will include designing a cohesive, harmonised scheme for your interior: furniture sourcing, ordering merchandise, installation and the final styling of your rooms. We will work with you to achieve your desired look whilst maintaining control of the budget every step of the way. The typical steps included in our Full Service Interior Design package are as follows:
Step 1: Consultation
This is our first meeting and we have the lovely job of getting to know you and your home a bit better. We will talk about your family and lifestyle, learn about your likes/dislikes and find out what is and isn’t working for you in your space. During this meeting we will cover the following:
We’ll discuss each element of the project in detail and find out how you would like each space to function and flow. We will take on board your current ideas and your vision for the project.
You might not think you have a clear understanding of your own personal style, but there are a few handy techniques that we use to hone in on your style. We will talk about your tastes, your style influences, where you like to shop etc. This is what we will use as a foundation, to set the tone for a new scheme.
Some clients prefer to start with a fixed budget in mind, and working with clear parameters is a great way to focus the work quickly. If you’re not sure, we can talk through your options and help determine an initial budget for the space.
Step 2: On Site Measurement and Assessment
This on- site meeting generally occurs within two weeks, after the agreement has been signed and deposit is received. We will take detailed measurements and photographs of all the spaces involved in your project. Where appropriate, we will also arrange to have the trades people who will be working on your project come and take their own measurements for estimating purposes.
Step 3: Space Planning
Careful considered space planning is crucial to a well-designed space. After all the measurements have been taken we will develop floor plans for each room. Floor plans allow us to determine what pieces will best fit into the space, how it is arranged, and the scale of each piece. We will then schedule a meeting to review each floor plan and discuss the pros and cons of each.
At this stage we will usually provide some visual references so you can start to envisage the scheme.
Step 4: Design Concept
Once we have agreed on a layout, the next step is to create the scheme. This starts with developing a colour pallet and sourcing fabrics, furniture, fixtures and materials. Custom furniture and built-ins are designed and finishes chosen. Wall and floor coverings are considered. A lighting plan is developed. Quotes and pricing are researched. Every detail is covered.
Throughout this step there will be a fair amount of communication and there maybe intermediate meetings to discuss certain elements of the design. Creating the design concept is a multi-faceted process and generally requires several weeks, depending on the scope of your project.
Step 5: Concept Presentation and Approval
Once the design concept is ready to present, we will schedule a meeting. You will be presented with carefully edited selections that represent the best choices for your space. We will go through the design in detail and you will be presented with fabrics, drawings, photos and samples for each element in the design. For some elements you’ll be presented with a few options. During the meeting you’ll provide feedback and we’ll narrow down the options. If there are items that need to be re-sourced we’ll discuss the steps involved.
By the end of the meeting we should have a complete design concept that meets your approval. If you want to see, touch, feel or sit on some of the proposed furniture options, we can arrange a trip to the showroom where possible. Timely approval of the design concept is crucial for maintaining accurate pricing and ensuring the availability of some design pieces (fabrics or antiques, for example). Once the design has been approved and all elements are finalised we can begin executing the design.
Step 6: Ordering
Before any trades are hired or items purchased, you will receive a quote or purchase order for approval. This will outline the proposed work along with all known associated costs. Nothing will be purchased without your approval and payment in full is required before any items can be ordered.
Step 7: Design and Trades Implementation
If there is work to be done by tradespeople, we will need to schedule this as soon as possible. Throughout the design process, we will manage all the details. We will make sure work by tradespeople is underway or has been satisfactorily completed, all concerns have been addressed, furniture ordered, payments made, schedule on track, and no detail overlooked. We’ll schedule a brief meeting to review anything left outstanding or any changes that need to be made. * Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for further details.
Step 8: Installation and Styling
This is the best part! All work by tradespeople has been completed, the furniture is delivered, window treatments installed, rugs laid, accessories placed and art hung. If it can be arranged, we will have it all done on the same day so you get that “wow factor” when you come home.