Full Service Interior Design Process

Full Service Interior Design Process​

Are you wondering how the Full Service Interior Design Process works?  I’ve broken it down into 16 steps.

Full Service Interior Design Process


  1. Phone Call

We’ll start off with a free phone interview to discuss:

  1. General scope of your project
  2. Your goals
  3. The design process
  4. Your style
  5. Your investment plans
  6. Desired Timeframe
  7. General pricing
  8. Book your in person consulatation


  1. Consultation

I meet with you in your home (or via Skype for remote work) for a collaborative client & designer work session. This is a working appointment where I provide you with valuable information, tips, advice, resources, and a solid direction for your design project.  We will take a tour of the spaces to be designed, either in real life or on paper &  go into details for your vision, investment, time frame & expectations. From this, we will land on a specific scope and level of service to fit your needs.  We will also review the terms of my Letter of Agreement which you will sign later.  2 hour meeting, $300.

  1. Proposal Outlining Project Scope and Estimated Design Fees

I outline the scope of work for the entire project, the design intent and goals, the estimated design fee, the required deposit to get started, the estimated timeline, and the terms and conditions. The Fee Proposal is approved and the design fee deposit is received to signal the start of the project. Please note that the Fee Proposal is not the same as the Design Plan or Design Presentation. The Fee Proposal needs to be approved and fee advance received before I begin your Design Plan. This is when the Letter of Agreement is signed and 50% deposit collected.

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 4. Site Measure And Planning 

I will measure, document and photograph.  This may happen during the first consultation, if you decide at that time to officially start the project.


 5. Concept Development, Sourcing, Researching, Quotes + Estimates

The design concept is developed through a similar process as building design.  Plans, style boards, budget sheets and renderings, are produced, if requested, and depending on the complexity of the project. I begin to source all materials, fixtures and furnishings. I work closely with my trades people who provide estimates and quotes for their scope of work. They will each provide a written estimate outlining their scope of work and the cost for labor and/or materials. (These estimates will be presented to you in the Presentation Meeting.)  I generally allocate your budget, based on these estimates, product prices, and allowances for unknown items.

6. Presentation

This is where I meet with you to go over the details of your custom design plan. This includes all drawings, color scheme, mood board, fabric samples, furniture selections and budget breakdown including estimated costs for any work by our trades and artisans. One revision is included and must be requested at this meeting. the balance of our design fee, plus 100% of the furnishings budget is required.



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​7.  Purchasing

In this step, I create all purchase orders, track orders, assess lead times, note any back-orders or discontinued items that may delay the project, and make decisions whether or not to re-select. Delivery will be coordinated for either the project location, or receiving company.


​8. Construction & Renovation

In this step the contractors you choose will begin construction of your project. I collaborate with builders, vendors and fabricators and make site visits as necessary.


​9. Budget Review

I sometimes call a second budget meeting on larger projects. This is especially true if change orders were created at the request of the client. This is where I ensure that I are on track with budget. This step is usually not required for smaller projects.


10. Receipt of Orders and Initial Installations

Items ordered are received, inspected for damages, tagged and stored. Claims and reorders are made for any items that arrive damaged.  I prefer to install on one day instead of several different deliveries arriving onsite.


​11. Furniture Installation and Styling

This is the big step when items are installed and styled for a beautiful and inspiring finish.

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​12. Project Reveal

This is the exciting moment when I walk through the finished space and point out all the features and benefits of each item, discuss how to care for each piece and any warranties available (if any). There will be outstanding invoices from delivery companies, cleaning service, etc which I will present to you at the Client Closure Meeting.


​13. Final Walk Through

This may happen on the same day of the reveal or on a separate day.  Although I strive for perfection, mistakes can happen. The final walk through is where the client gets a chance to point out any deficiencies observed. Items that could have easily been missed during the exciting moment of the reveal

 14. Resolving Deficiencies

I coordinate with the trade person, subcontractor, or vendor involved to cure any deficiencies. Thankfully, this step is not needed in most cases, but I make sure that you will be happy with your finished space

​15. Client Closure Meeting

This is where we meet to close out the file for the project and where I present you with the final invoice. I make sure that you are fully satisfied with your new space. I will also graciously ask for any feedback, reviews and referrals, and discuss any additional projects you would like to move forward with.


​16. Professional Photography

I will schedule a professional photographer to shoot pictures of the project, which I will also share with you. If I intend to have these pictures published in a local or national publication, I will discuss that with you and determine if you want your name disclosed or not.


Let’s Get Started, Book Now!




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