The Interior Design Process with DS
Maybe you’re thinking about hiring an interior designer, but you’re not quite sure what we do. First and foremost, as a designer, my job is to make your life easier. So let me ease your mind and break down what the interior design process looks like when you hire Design Solutions!
Step 1: Getting to know you…
We always kick off the relationship with a complimentary phone consultation. It is important for us to get to know you and your project, and relay to you what it is like to work with Design Solutions. By the end of the call, we will decide together if we are the right fit for your project, and then we will book our first in-person meeting.
Step 2: In-Person Discovery Meeting
Relationship people at our core, we’re always excited about the first in-person meeting with a new client. Yes, we discuss what you like and don’t like, of course; but more importantly, we capture your story. Where has your life and travels taken you? How do you want to feel in your home? Do you read in an overstuffed chair while sipping red wine? We will think of the table your glass will sit on, the space needed to secure this sacred moment, and even the drool-worthy fabric you can luxuriously enjoy and never worry about staining.
We obsess over the details of your lifestyle, and all the things that are important to you and your family, so you do not have to.
Step 3: We Discuss the Numbers
With vast experience and all the right vendor relationships, we confidently approach your dream design with both shared hope and realistic expectations. Integrity is the cornerstone of our business, and your happiness is our priority, so we talk openly and honestly about the cost of your project and the many paths we can lead you on to arrive at your “wow.” Throughout your project, we will keep an eye on your ideal design and your ideal budget. Here is more information on how much an interior designer can cost.
Step 4: We Create A Plan
Whether you are redesigning your home or leaning on us to help you design your home from the ground up, we will stay on task and make the design transition process as easy as possible for you and your family. We keep an eye on the big picture and every single detail because that’s where your story lives…in the details. And when you start to panic because you can’t “see” it all coming together, we will be there to help you envision by always coming back to the plan.
Step 5: And So it Begins…
Throughout this step of the interior design process, we present design ideas, fabric selections, structural options, furniture choices, art inspiration and more, putting everything into one easy visual scope for you to glimpse into the future. This is also where you get your goody bag of samples. (Exciting!) Of course, as we collaborate to create your dream project that fits your lifestyle. We will touch textiles, visit lighting and furniture showrooms, experience textures, discover your reaction to a great patina, hear what you love or dislike, and watch for the moment when you fall in love with that special piece. Our goal is to create a space that is not only beautiful but solves your problems beautifully.
Step 6: Managing the Details
Most importantly, Design Solutions acts as your liaison and advocate and, of course, the keeper of your timeline. You continue to live your busy life, and we oversee all the construction communication, attend meetings, drive the results you desire, and manage deliveries and installation. We’ve even been told we’ve helped keep the peace on the homefront. (Weekend getaways are highly recommended, by the way!) Yes, building or renovating can be stressful, but you can lean on our experience as your trusted partner to calm the chaos, act as a neutral, unbiased, and professional opinion…and ultimately transform your home in a way that everyone loves.
You’ll know when we have reached the installation phase because you’ll find us lighting a celebratory candle, placing fresh flowers throughout your home, and ensuring all is tidy and reveal-worthy.
Step 7: It’s Time for the Grand Reveal (Our Favorite! )
The installation is complete, and it’s time to share your newly designed home with your loved ones. We can even help you plan your fabulous reveal party, where you will showcase your sanctuary to your friends and family. We will elegantly celebrate your lifestyle, your impeccable taste…and, most importantly, your story.
Check out some of our recently completed projects to see how they came out.