I prefer to work with clients that don't have an unlimited supply of money to achieve their interior design goals. I try my best to honor each client's budget while helping them create the look/design they are craving.
Another way my services differ from most designers is that I do not up-charge any purchases. I feel my job is to search for the best possible price on furniture, contractors, etc. and I pass along to my clients.
I love the before and afters. The day it all comes together and we stand back and smile at what we've created. That's my best day!
I had an outstanding experience working with Julie at Simple-Habitat. She has a gift for understanding your vision combined with good taste and a sense of practicality. The result for me was a complete update of my home to a stylish, comfortable sanctuary. I found working with Julie to be pleasant, affordable and fun...so much so, that now I have hired her to help me transform my back yard into a comfortable, casual outdoor living space. If you need help with decorating, organizing, downsizing, repurposing your space, or updating your entire home, Julie at Simple-Habitat can do it all!
We have hired Julie for multiple projects including a very complex kitchen and home remodel down to re-staging rental properties. We have also referred her to multiple friends and colleagues. The consistent feedback we hear from people that we have referred her to is that Julie is wonderful to work with in every sense of the word! She listens to her clients, and is very creative in terms of cost saving to get the look one desires. She has great connections with all sorts of vendors and Suppliers and is always there 100% to oversee projects from start to finish. On a personal note she is an absolute pleasure to work with. Very reliable, positive, honest, inviting and calming-even on very complex projects. Would highly recommend Julie for whatever your needs are, big or small. She will go the extra mile and treat you like family!
We talk on the phone first. I need to get a feel for what the client is looking to achieve. If it's in my wheelhouse, we usually make an appointment for me to come see the proposed project - no charge. I generally spend about 45 minutes talking with the homeowner, getting a visual of the space and then discuss their budget and vision if they have one. If the client feels comfortable with me taking photos I'll take a handful to refresh my memory later. Once at home, I go over the photos and try to give the client a general idea of how much of my time they'd need to hire me for, and an idea of the scope of work to be done to achieve their goals. I email this to the potential client and if both we agree to work together, I have them write it in an email and send it back to me. I believe both the homeowner and the designer need to make sure they are on the same page design-wise, otherwise it's a waste of time for both parties. It should be a solid collaboration.
I'm actually a retired RN but I've spent many years doing interior design work, first for myself, friends and family, (I've had several homes on Home & Garden Tours) then I was hired to join the design team that built the Loma Linda University Medical Center in Murrieta. Once that project was completed, it lead to me being asked to run the remodel department for Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda. I was living in San Diego and commuting to the Inland Empire which wasn't optimal. I decided to start my own design company - Simple-Habitat emerged!
My hourly rate is $100. I work quickly and always keep my clients up to date on the hours I've spent working on their projects. Plus, I try to estimate how many hours of my time will be required up front.