Last fall we launched the Personalized Design Package and it has quickly become one of our most asked about services. We thought it would be fun (and helpful!) to walk through an actual project.
STEP 1: GETTING IN TOUCH A wonderful young family with two active boys reached out to us for help designing their living room. They had tried tackling the project on their own, but were getting frustrated finding the perfect pieces. They wanted a comprehensive design plan with all the furniture, lighting, art and decor sourced along with the flexibility of ordering the items on their own. They were the perfect candidates for our Personalized Design Package.
STEP 2: SITE VISIT We started with a site visit to talk about their vision for the room functionally, aesthetically and financially. We chatted about the layout of the space – what was working in the space for them and what was presenting a challenge. We discussed budget – what pieces they wanted to invest in and which items weren’t as important to them. We looked at images of interiors they liked – what colors did they love and what furniture styles did they hate. During the site visit we also documented existing pieces they wanted to incorporate into the new design and took dimensions and photos of the space.STEP 3: FLOOR PLAN With a clear vision of the family’s functional requirements, an understanding of how they wanted the space to look and feel, and their budget defined, we jumped into the design. For us, the first step is the floor plan. A little behind the design fact: in our studio, either Miggy or I (Roisin) will draw up a floor plan (or multiple depending on the complexity of the space) and present it to the other for feedback and critique. It is the resulting “two designers are better than one” floor plan that is ultimately presented to the client.
STEP 4: SOURCING With the floor plan as our guide, we moved into the sourcing phase. One of the most frequently asked questions by prospective clients is: “Where do you source furniture and accessories from?” It’s a great question and the answer is everywhere. We have our tried and true “go to” lines that we love for their consistent quality and style. We also love mixing local and one of a kind finds into our designs. We sourced the vintage kilim rug from a Turkish etsy shop, coffee tables from one of our favorite neighborhood shops Lekker, and abstract prints from an art studio in Australia.
STEP 5: PREPARING THE PRESENTATION Once we have all the pieces sourced we put together presentation boards to share with our client. Above, you’ll see the main board that shows the entire design. We also put together boards for individual pieces so that our clients can see each item in more detail.
STEP 6: PRESENTATION CALL Over the phone we presented the living room design to our clients. We walked them through the floor plan, discussed details for each individual piece, and answered all of their questions. They loved the design!
STEP 7: SHOPPING LIST After the call we compiled an exceptionally detailed shopping list with all the information they needed to purchase and execute the design on their own. Sent over via Pinterest, it included all of the direct purchasing links, dimensions, and specs for every single product featured in the design. If there are any special instructions (for example where to hang art) we include that guidance too.
STEP 8: BRINGING THE DESIGN TO LIFE Over the course of the next few weeks our clients implemented the design, e-mailing us progress photos along the way (our favorite part!).