Wow Jen, It all looks gorgeous--the room is fabulous! Duvet cover is spectacular--pillows pull it together. Right down to the buttons on the bed and the spiral legs on the stands. You're great! We do really appreciate working with you!
A small residential interior design business in North Berkeley.
The typical process starts with an initial phone conversation regarding the scope of the work, timing, and a general understanding of what and who is involved in the project. If both parties agree, I then follow up with a complementary 1 hour meet and greet at the project site. From there, if the new customer wishes to hire me, I ask them to sign a simply agreement which basically outlines how I work and off we go!
I am a certified Interior Designer with the state of California. I earned this credential by attending design school (UC Berkeley Ext.), participating in internships and passing a certification test. I have worked in the advertising industry for many years, run my own business, and worked in the lighting design business as well.
Pricing depends on the scope of the project. Typically I charge for time and materials on an hourly basis -- $75. If the project is more complicated and layered, I am happy to put together a quote for the entire job.
I have always had a keen interest in design -- and business. As indicated, I have worked in the advertising industry and run my own business. I am happiest when I am creative, whether that's designing a bath, determing a tile layout, baking a cake or knitting a sweater. I also love solving problems and working with people. All of these interests and past experiences, led me to design school and from there, I launched my own business -- Jennifer Milliken Design, LLC.
All types! That's the joy and challenge of my work. I'm selling a process and a partnership with each new client. In fact, I find the client/designer relationship is the biggest consideration of the project, beyond the design aspect. I need to be a good listener and adjust my work style and involvement accordingly; my clients need to be responsive and involved. We're in this together!
I'm currently working with a lovely client who wanted a new bathroom vanity. We had a great time designing a vanity together that suited her needs and budget-- choosing fixtures and finishes, selecting a cabinetmaker and contractor, custom designing bun feet and 3D printing prototypes... but most importantly is the friendship and respect for each other that grew out of our exchange-- plus she's thrilled with the final product. That's a good day.
Be prepared for the process -- not just the final product.
Idenity the scope of your project in a priority list. Understand that in the Bay Area, construction costs are high and contractors are in demand. Be prepared with pictures/ideas and are they ready to put in the time and energy for a collaborative and exciting experience.