FAQ

Here a few of the more common questions we are asked:

How much will it cost?

As you would imagine, this varies widely based on the project. A single room usually requires about 10 hours of design time and will take 3‐6 months to execute.  Furniture cost depends largely on your needs, project scope and budget.

I stumbled on this online a while ago and it was so spot‐on I wanted to include it here too:

If you are thinking about hiring a designer, here are a few good things to know:

  • Some of our best projects come when we hear “do what you do.”
  • Patience is paramount. Good design takes time! Months and months. And sometimes more months.
  • Don’t worry too much! We won’t let you make a bad decision and we won’t show you any bad choices!
  • Have a budget, but be happy and willing to spend the money you have budgeted. It’s important to realize that with design, like sushi, you probably want to pay a little more and actually enjoy it.
  • Enjoy the process but let us drive.It’s why you hired professionals!
  • When things get stressful, have faith! It will work for you, and when it’s over it will make your life more calm, more fun, and immeasurably happier. Not to mention beautiful!
  • Hiring a designer is absolutely worth it in the end. And that is an unbiased opinion.

Designer Tricks

  • The bottom of a chandelier should be about 30” from the dining table (which usually ends up around 60” from the floor).
  • An 8×10 rug is perfect scale for a comfortable seating arrangement for hosting conversation. (And all four legs of sofas or chairs don’t have to be on the rug, at least two should be though)
  • Often art gets hung too high; a good ballpark location is for the center of the art to be about 60”‐65” off the ground. Example, if your piece is 36”x36”, the bottom of the frame would be at 42”‐47” from the ground.
  • Group things in odd numbers. Age‐old trick, but it works.
  • Always have something black in a room, I find myself using black lamp shades often. It ups the sophistication just a bit.
  • Don’t be afraid of mixing metals, just because the door knobs are brushed nickel doesn’t mean every light fixture has to be brushed nickel too.
  • Use caution with robotically putting furniture against the walls, you’ll find things might actually feel better if they’re not crowded against the walls too much.
  • Edit! It’s easy to forget what your space really looks like. Walk through your home and decide what’s seen better days and take it out. Nothing feels better.
  • You can change your whole house just by swapping your traditional light switches to dimmer switches. Controlling the dimness of light immediately impacts the mood. (PS:, CFL and LED light bulbs can’t be dimmed…  plus the light they offer still isn’t quite right, in a few years I’m sure they will master how to make the quality of the light better and softer, but for now they just haven’t mastered  it‐ stick with incandescent. You should never need more than 75W. I find myself happy with 60W for most uses.)