Giselle Ulmo Design

Giselle Ulmo Design

1 employee
12 years in business

About this pro

For me is the personal attention that I give every client. I am a small firm that likes to work with each client individually. Is important that each clients has the best experience and that we are able to meet their goals for their space.  I have been designing for many years first in fashion then interior design.  I was so passionated about interior design while designing fashion that I decided to go back to school and get my interior design degree and have been designing interiors ever since.  

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There is a lot I like about my work. I think I am very lucky to do the kind of work I love. I enjoy working with clients by far and helping them achieve their goals for their space. I love working with materials and figuring out a solution for a space. Another thing I love is that every day is different, one day I can be managing a project on location and another I am selecting products for my clients. I get a great satisfaction when I see that my clients are thrill with the results of a room. 

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New York, NY 10010
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

I first have a conversation over the phone with the client to best understand what they are trying to achieve. We set up the initial design home consultation. We start with a tour of your entire home and discuss the needs and goals for each room. You can expect recommendations for improving each area as we walk through. During the tour, we will also be identifying the areas of your home that you want to address first (The priority areas). We will then sit down to formulate a plan for improving the priority areas. 

We cater each client consultation based on their needs an we have many services to suite all kinds of interior design, renovation and home styling needs.  

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

I have an Interior Design Degree from The Fashion Institute of New York. Fashion Design Degree from Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and a Millinery Certificate. 

I started my career in fashion industry as an accessory designer for many years in New York then returned to the university and received my interior design degree in which at that time established my firm and have been designing and helping clients ever since.

My passion for designing started as long as I can remember when I was a child when I would make clothing and curtains for my dolls houses.Designing is in my blood. 

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

I have many ways to make the process affordable for my clients. I have hourly rates, design hourly blocks packages and by room design options. So there is something for everyone.

How did you get started in this business?

I was in the fashion industry for many years designing in New York and then when my husband and I purchased our home that is when my passion shifted to interior design. I worked in my home then my friends asked for help in their home then I started getting referrals and clients. It was a natural progression as spend working more on projects the business grew. 

What types of customers have you worked with?

I have worked with clients in project renovations such as kitchens and bathrooms, interior design, furniture selection and layout. Home staging project for clients looking to sell their home fast and even small jobs such as redesigning a room with the homeowners furniture and accessories.  We are interior design firm that offers many interior design services that fit different budgets and styles. 

Describe a recent project you are fond of.

One of the projects that is close to my heart is from a lovely couple I know for years. They commission me to redo their kitchen after theirs had to be regutted after a frozen pipe situation while being on vacation. They had to replace all the plumbing,walls, flooring and they lost the whole kitchen. So to say the least they had a small budget to replace the kitchen. We put in our thinking cap and really get creative. We found a company that sells kitchens cabinets and countertops from homeowners looking to sell their kitchen for a tax write off. We where able to buy a bigger kitchen and retrofit it to their space. They got the kitchen with all the bells and wistle ( cabinets, countertops and appliances ). Not only is the kitchen better than they envision they got to stay close to the budget. They love to use the kitchen and can't believe they have a kitchen that is so much better than the one they had before. 

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

Customer should do their research and look at the designers website and reviews. Most importantly talk to the designer prior to initial consultation. These should give you an idea if the designer is a good fit prior to committing. We offer all our clients a complimentary phone design consultation prior to any in home consultations. We have a discussion and answer any questions a client might have about our services. I think a client should have a comfortable dialog with the designer. Remember that the designer is going to spend much time inside your home so hiring someone you trust is a big deal and a homeowner should feel comfortable with the process. 

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

They should make a list of any concerns they might have about working with a designer and personally ask the designer about their design process.  Every designer works differently so is important to understand that particular designer process and fee structure. I always tell me clients to make a list of anything they might have questions on so that nothing is miss during our consultation. The customer should be clear about the process and the designer responsiblity to make it clear. Open dialog is key.