Ann Coplen-Harold, ASID

Ann Coplen-Harold, ASID

27 years in business

About this pro

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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Austin, TX 78731
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

What types of customers have you worked with?

I have worked with commercial, residential and institutional (churches) clients over the years. The budgets have ranged from $300 to $2,000,000.

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

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.

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

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.

4. Timeline

5. Their level of involvement