First of all, sorry if you saw a quick flash of this post yesterday! A couple of publishing snafus…I blame the snow 🙂 Anyway, I met up with Summer last night to prep little for our upcoming Style Session and I am so pumped! Last year a couple of the people I met with ended up requesting follow-up help in the form of design boards. It was an easy next step after our meeting. Since e-design seems to be such an accessible way to get design help I thought I would shed a little more light on the subject today.
A couple of weeks ago I asked for feedback on the whole e-design process and you guys shared some really helpful stuff. Here are a couple of common questions I received:
Can you incorporate existing pieces?
Yes! In fact, I am pretty sure I have incorporated existing pieces in every e-design on which I have ever worked. E-design is meant to serve as a detailed tool kit so you can take the sources and advice and finish on your own timeline. It is certainly not a “room in a box” where nothing can be swapped out or tweaked. Here is a current one which I am working and I am incorporating my client’s exisiting dining room table and chairs as well as her curtains.
Do you only do e-design for full-scale projects?
No! To me, “full-scale” means a full service design project and those usually include layout assistance, furniture selection, paint color consultation, styling, and installing. I have created boards that do include all of that (minus the install) but e-design certainly does not have to include all of those aspects. The board above is a good representation of me just helping fill in the gaps. e-design is a great way to help you get a handle on those last few details that can sometimes stall a room for years!
How does e-design work?
Once we connect my first step is to have you complete a questionnaire. This provides me with a better sense of what you would like for the space. This is also where I get the important details on room dimensions/measurements. I also like to see pictures of the space and any other areas of your house you’re willing to share. That, along with your Pinterest boards, Houzz account or magazine clippings helps me understand your aethestic. For local clients I sometimes come out and gather this information in person- it just depends on what seems best to get a sense of your space and needs.
Once I have all the preliminary details I get to work on your design boards. I source all of the products from furniture to accessories and give you a detailed overview of the room. I like to provide one overall view of the room and then a detailed board for each wall. Dividing the room into quadrants helps encure that you can confidently address each area.
Once you have reviewed the boards we can do a bit of tweaking. I try to limit tweaks to about 3 so that we don’t get lost in an endless back and forth. In my experience, we are usually able to find an option that works within those three tweaks. I also include alterantes when I can, meaning that if I suggest a lamp I usually have my two runners-up included. Everyone likes options!
Once you have your finalized boards in hand along with the detailed resource/purchasing guide, the rest is up to you. You determine when to buy the pieces and at what pace to complete the room!
e-design really is a great option if you are just entertaining the thought of hiring an interior decorator. Especially if you feel pretty confident in your own decorating skills. For more information or to get started contact me:
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