Essense Interior Design

Essense Interior Design

1 employee
14 years in business

About this pro

Essense Interior Design provides sustainable interior home design services which extend beyond the surface.  My designs are holistic.  Aesthetics alone don't necessarily make for a happy home.  Good design needs to work for you and your family beyond today especially as you grow and advance in life. 

My past experience in the health care industry within the information management and technology arena has allowed me to create a unique business model that integrates beautiful design with my clients' personal home needs across multiple levels - aesthetically, organizationally and informationally.  Technology and information in the home can be as overwhelming as an outdated kitchen. 

My services start with an exploration as we move towards discovery to the final creation of that unique design for you and your family.  No one design is ever the same, nor should it be...because each client has unique personal home needs. 

I love helping people.  I love thinking "outside the box", especially the box called "today".  Interior design is a long-term investment.  Styles change.  Colors change.  Trends change.  But for most, REAL home design needs to cut across multiple facets of your life both for today and, as importantly, for the future.  What will your home needs be in 10 years?  20 years?  Longer? I like to explore those needs with you so that the designs we implement can grow with you and your family.

Ultimately, I love being able to bring ALL of my skills and knowledge in my "toolkit" to my clients.  It's gratifying beyond words!

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Seattle, WA 98118
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

I typically provide an initial "Meet and Greet" for 30 minutes, free of charge so that I am able to properly discuss the scope of work involved with your design project. If you only desire a one-time consultation, then I charge a one-time consultation fee of $250.

If you want to work together beyond just a one-time design consultation, I prepare a specific contract tailored to your design needs that you can review and approve before we proceed.

Upon final approval of the terms of our agreement, we will begin the design process. While every design project is tailored to my customer's specific needs, I will typically do the initial "legwork" to create an overall design concept for your space(s). I will present the design concepts to you with further discussion and or material selections. 

As needed, we will iterate through design concepts until we reach a final overall design that fits your home completely. From here, the design implementation phase begins! Design implementation can sometimes involve purchase and delivery of selected design elements.  In the case of color consultations, it's just a matter of  working with your paint contractor on the selected color palette for your home.  I like to be involved with your painter to ensure the paint colors stay "true" to the overall design concepts. Same goes for fabric selections to ensure colors patterns and/or textures are "true" to the overall design concepts we've agreed on.  At the end, we will step back together to reflect on the overall design results to ensure that you are my happiest customer before I depart the scene.

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

I have worked in the residential design arena since 2007. 

I have a Residential Design diploma from the Art Institute of Seattle. I am a Master Home Environmentalist and this past year became a Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP).

Both of these two additional credentials allow me to ensure that my clients have healthy, safe, and environmentally-friendly homes.

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

Typically I bill on an hourly basis, and my professional fees range from $95 to $115 per hour.  The size and scope of your project determines where my hourly fee lands.  Typically, the larger the design project, the lower my hourly fees.

With enough information about your project, I am also open to estimating my interior design fees on a fixed fee basis with a "not to exceed" number of professional design hours.

How did you get started in this business?

I already had worked as an independent business owner in the healthcare market for many years.  So, when I decided to move into the interior design area, I wanted to keep my design business focused on healthy homes for my clients. 

It's not a huge leap really.  So, I hung out my interior design shingle in 2007, and have been helping clients design healthy(ier) homes ever since!

What types of customers have you worked with?

Mostly with residential clients though I have also worked with a few small office projects as well.  I enjoy the one-on-one aspect of the residential design market, and helping my clients create wonderful interior spaces that are sustainable and livable well into the future.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently repurposed a Victorian writing desk (see my blog post at:  It really represents one of my core principles regarding home design - sustainability.  I didn't want to add to Seattle's landfills, so reclaimed an old desk, and updated it for today.  It was great fun and served a great purpose!

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