As the first step in the decorating process, the initial consultation is usually a one to two hour meeting with you and the decorator. The decorator will come to your home and discuss with you the overall goal of the project, as well as gather information about your lifestyle and personality. It is our priority that the decorator understands your taste and style, as well as the functionality of the space. We desire for your home or workplace to feel like a sanctuary and not a showroom.
The decorator will come prepared to the initial consultation with tools to help in determining the ultimate color scheme and style of the project. This generally includes: photos of various styles/themes, color wheels, samples of flooring or tiles, and fabric swatches. This is a perfect time for you to share any ideas, photos, or samples you may have collected as well. As collaboration takes place, the general direction of the project will take root, and you will get a good sense of what to expect.
The initial consultation is also a good time to discuss or set a budget for the project. That way, the decorator has a better understanding of how to meet your expectations.
Before proceeding to the next step, you should ask any questions or voice any concerns that you may have. It is important that you feel confident and comfortable with your decorator before moving forward.
The next step is putting together a design plan. This may vary in formality depending on your preference, budget, and what service you select.
Most often it includes a presentation board. This will display photos of chosen furniture and decorative accessories, paint chips, fabric swatches, and typically have a hand drawn or computerized layout of the room. The presentation board is a visual tool that allows you to have a better understanding of what the room or space will look like put together.
Or you may be the do it yourself type and just want some fresh ideas. In this case, the decorator would provide a list of suggestions or recommendations for your space, and if needed, locate products.
After you have approved the design plan, it is time for the implementation process. This begins by contacting and arranging for contractors if there are any structural or cosmetic changes. This can include: electricians, carpenters, plumbers, flooring experts, and painters. Reupholstered items and custom drapes are also completed at this time. The final step is to implement and arrange rugs, window treatments, furniture, and decorative accessories.