Jennifer Milliken Design, LLC

Jennifer Milliken Design, LLC

Jennifer Milliken

Berkeley, CA

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8 years in business

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A small residential interior design business in North Berkeley.

Services

Interior Design, Home Staging, Kitchen Designers, Muralist


Location

Berkeley, CA 94707

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    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!

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

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!


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

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. 


Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

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. 


How did you get started in this business?

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.


What types of customers have you worked with?

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!


Describe a recent project you are fond of.

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. 


What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Be prepared for the process -- not just the final product. 


What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

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.