We work close with clients and try to re-purpose existing furniture and furnishing if possible to get to the aethetics that is desired. With over 40 years of international experience (Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and the U.S.) we offer a broader scope to design. Additionally, all clients get to see our purchase prices/invoices as we put a design fee on but do not mark up like many other designers do. We are always looking at ways to save our clients money to achieve their goal.
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We love to help people on a tight budget do what we call a "refreshing" through new colors, re-arrangment of furniture/accessories.
Additionally, if you want to remodel a kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, living room we are there to help with color selection, lighting, furniture and furnishings selections. We work very closely with our clients to achieve what they want with discussions and photos offered by us and/or provided by them from various websites like Houzz, HGTV, etc. We use a range of trusted sub-contractors with years of association so our clients get the best service for the best price.
We love giving our clients new excitement for their homes and/or space.
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Initial consultation to find out details of project and involvement level and to advise costs, method of payment, scheduling of payments.
We had our own business in Australia doing residential & commercial interiors for almost 30 years continuing here when we moved back to the U.S. for another 10 years including work in New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore and France.
We are also members of the San Francisco Design Center.
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Basically we charge for an initial (2 hour minimum) consultation of $300 for the first two hours and then $150/hour (in 15 minutes increments) afterwards for the initial consultation. This initial consultation amount is deducted from the total fee charged, too, if you decide to continue fee based (which most clients prefer).
We can be as much or as little involved as you wish. Our minimum fee based charge for project involvement is $2000. For larger projects with full involvement i.e. bathroom or kitchen renovations, full house, etc. we charge a minimum fee of $3000 and depending on the area. We do not charge for travel to and from the job site. As we are a professional member of the PPG Pittsburgh Paint "Voice of Color" Home Consultation Service (for the last 10 years) and can offer a $50 voucher towards your paint purchase (Warehouse Paints - 5 locations in the Sacramento Area) as a bonus to the initial consultation.
We worked in retail at an early age and started learning about merchandising and display. After managing stores for Pier 1 (in Australia) for several years I moved into wholesale sales and showroom display work after being offered a job by one of the major suppliers and jumped at it. I became National Sales Manager within a few months and continued working with not only retailers but interior designers and became very interested in that field. A few years later I left to work for a good friend that had acquired a very large wholesale agency and looking after almost all of Australia. After helping to increasing the sales in that company by three times in a very short time through showroom presentation and sales.
About 5 years later I started an interior design company geared initially at retail design and then many of the customers asked for me to help them in their homes. One thing led to another and I found that the interior design of residential homes was my ultimate direction and did that for another 10 years before returning to the U.S. to California.
I love doing interior design as it's a passion of mine. I love working with people and helping them achieve a look, a feel to have a pleasing environment to look forward to coming home to experience.
We have worked with professionals doing commercial interiors including retail stores, professional offices, etc. even a full gym which we recently completed in Auburn, CA. Additionally we work with the clients that are doing room renovations including kitchens and bathrooms, whole house renovations and what we call "refreshings" which we "tweek" a home with the use of new colors, feature walls, re-arrangment of furniture, accessories, art, etc.
I just recently attended the annual Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco (PCBC) at the Moscone Center which had 326 exhibitors with attendees from 25 countries and the U.S. This year marked the 60th Anniversary of this event. There one sees all the newest and latest in appliances, flooring, paints, windows, doors, fireplaces, lightig, tiles, etc. with local and head office representatives managing the exhibits. I look forward to this event each year.
It is helpful to know what you are wanting done, possibly through the use of magazines, online photos that reflect the look and style that you are wanting. Start a photo folder on your computer or device or with ideas and looks you've discovered a physical one with magazines that you've bookmarked pages to share your design wishes with the desiger is very helpful and saves time....."a picture is worth a thousand words" applies here big time! Are you wanting dramatic or subtle, modern or traditional, colorful or muted....these are considerations to take at hand and the more you know what you're wanting the better it can be to translate your desires to the designer. Do you want the designer to be only partially involved or fully involved?
Most of this covered in previous comments.