I have been providing interior design and decoration for over twenty years. I work on projects of all sizes, from a color consultation to assisting clients with a full home or office. I believe that an interior should reflect the personality and style of my client.
I enjoy finding creative solutions that are functional as well as beautiful.
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The process of design requires an investment of time on both the client's part as well as the designer. An interview to discuss the scope of the project, design styles and preferences is the first step to any project. During that we also determine what the client's priorities, timing and general budget.
I completed Interior Design training at the University of Houston. I have passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification exam which has specific educational requirements and experience. I am a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and am required to take continuing education courses annually. I have taught interior design and decoration at the University of Houston and The Boston Architectural College.
Because each project is different there is no standard pricing system. After the scope of the project is established an estimate of the time required can be determined.
I have worked with commercial, residential and institutional (churches) clients over the years. The budgets have ranged from $300 to $2,000,000.
Depending on the type of job, determine the pro's level of education and experience. Interior Design is more that picking paint colors; there are many technical considerations including building codes, material suitability, and maintenance. Lighting is one of the most important and overlooked aspects of design.
A client should have an idea about:
1. The scope of the project - what rooms are involved, what changes, what stays.
2. Their design preferences - look at photographs either in magazines or online
3. Their budget - the pro should be able to provide guidance but we need a starting point.
5. Their level of involvement