I create imaginative, innovative designs, and I’m always sensitive to my client needs. With an eye to function and design I create a timeless look. Whether its rearranging furniture, accessorizing items you already own, or purchasing entirely new décor for the home; my designs always reflect the personalities of my clients while meeting their budgetary needs.
I enjoy creating a unique ambience, where you, as a client can take a leave of absence from the stresses of everyday life and enter a place of peace and comfort.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
When working with a new client, whether I meet them in the design center, through a referral or a request to work with me via a different website, I start with a phone call. This enables me to gather some information about the design needs. I also send an email of introduction. Within that email I attach a copy of the Design Project Questionnaire. The purpose of the Design Project Questionnaire is to guide me when putting together their design presentation.
I schedule a time with them to see and measure the space. If this is a new build, I communicate to them that my design service also allows me to work with detailed drawings and get things started for them. Depending on the client, I even show them a couple of my projects from construction to finish so they can see for themselves that I am more than capable of completing the job as their designer. I ask for the design questionnaire form to be completed and returned to me when I visit their home or via email. While I’m in their home I measure, go over the questionnaire, answer any questions the client may have and schedule a time for them to come to the Ethan Allen Design center for the design presentation to see the design selection of furniture, fabrics and accessories. Usually my turn around time after visiting the home for the design presentation can vary from 3 days to a week. This depends on how many rooms there are to design and present.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design from Newbury College in Boston. I have been a designer for 11 years and have been working for Ethan Allen for 7 years.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.
At Ethan Allen, our design services are free based on the interest in Ethan Allen products. I suggest you visit the website so you could get a better idea on the pricing, our product assortment and determine if our offerings, as well as price point, meet your design needs.
There is no obligation to a specific dollar amount, but as an Ethan Allen designer, my design recommendations will be based accordingly. My design services are commission based, thus your timeframe, sense of urgency and spending plan, determine the time spent designing and needed for your project.
With this type of design service, it is important I am transparent and together we determine if Ethan Allen is the best fit for your project – ultimately, this allows us both to work smarter and maximize our time together.
How did you get started in this business?
I used to be a civil engineering major in college for two years, and space planning and functionally of a room was always something that I was good at. I was always changing the configuration to my dorm room or my friend’s apartment. That’s how I knew I was in the wrong field and decided to transfer from UMASS Dartmouth to Newbury college.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with all type of clients. Some with a big budget, some with a specific budget and also others that have a set plan but require more than one or two stages to finish the work. At the end of the day you “as my client” are in control on how you want to move forward with your project.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I got married a year ago and being a newlywed has been an adventure.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?
Do your research, check out their work, read their reviews and always go with your gut feeling, it never disappoints.
What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?
Have I done my research on what I’m looking for? Such as explore different design websites for ideas, determine sense of style, inspirational pictures, style of furniture I may like extra…
What’s my spending plan for the project?
What am I looking for in my Design Pro?
What’s my time frame?