What is the first step to hiring you, how does the first meeting go?
I like to get a little bit of information about you before we meet. What is your home and lifestyle like, what are you hoping to achieve, when, and what is your budget. When we meet it’s important to have a rapport and connection. You need to feel comfortable with me and I with you. I deeply understand that everyone is different – different colors, spaces and landscapes affect everyone differently. What appeals to me might not appeal to you and what appeals to you might not appeal to your significant other. As long as we all understand each other I can visualize and create a space that makes you happy in your home.
What is your design style?
I create timeless, classic interiors. I wouldn’t call that a style, they can be traditional, transitional or modern. If you want colorful, themed or super trendy I’m not your gal. I like to bring in at least one important piece. I like to bring in something personal to you. I like to bring in one or more interesting objects that spark conversation and make you smile. I’m into texture and soul and quality and beauty and interesting and calm and relaxed and comfortable and special and chic and good design.
What trends do you object to working with?
I stopped using Edison bulbs about 6 years ago. And as much as I love the idea of reusing, reclaiming, and recycling I feel like these projects belong in the craft room, or possibly a child’s bedroom. I will also steer you away from certain light fixtures and patterns that are overdone. Some trends are timeless, like Carrara marble, white subway tiles, organic matter like antlers or nests or taxidermy if that’s your thing.
How do you charge for your work?
Great question. Difficult answer. I charge retail pricing on anything to the trade only that I source for you. I won’t add extra fees on top of those items. For consulting – whether in your home or out searching for the perfect light fixture, meeting you at the tile or flooring showroom, answering emails or urgent texts about very important details in the design process, meeting with your contractor, etc. my fee is $125 per hour, travel time is billed at 25%. Do not be afraid – my clients are appreciative that I am there for them at all hours of the day and they sometimes ask me to make sure I’m billing them enough.
What is your favorite part about your job?
I love choosing paint colors, it comes naturally to me, I can see and visualize color. When you let me know how much you love it and it’s changed the whole feel of the room in a great way, that very gratifying. That’s often the beginning to a beautiful design relationship. I love when a client is really excited about every detail, whether I am choosing everything or we are deciding together. I work so differently with every client but I do love when we really mesh and understand each other.
Tell me more about how color consulting works.
After a phone consultation to discuss what the client needs, I visit the home with my color kit, which includes fan decks from several paint companies and larger samples. The process usually takes about an hour, but can take up to three, depending on the size of the job and the client. I specify colors and sheen for every surface to be painted. After I leave, the client will get samples from the paint store and test the colors. I can come back to take care of this task, and am always available for any follow-up questions. I estimate that about 75% of clients do not test the colors, and it always works out, of course I don’t recommend this.
What can I do to make the process easier on both of us?
If you are on Pinterest or Houzz, you can make a note on your saved images that let me know what you like, what you’re interested in and what you don’t care for. I also make a board for you, you can tell me how you feel about images, it saves both of us time and extra meetings. If you like to do your own sourcing and shopping I can give parameters to guide you. I ask that you run anything by me before you make a purchase you may regret. There are so many details that you may not consider.
Any last thoughts you’d like clients to know?
I must preface by saying I have been blessed, all of my clients are incredible people.