Category Archives: design studio

our signature design service

Twelve Chairs | Portfolio | Lexington Farmhouse

Our Signature Design Service is a comprehensive full scale design option. Whether the scope of your project is a single room or your entire home, new construction or a renovation, we’ll guide your project each step of the way from its initial conception to the finishing touches of implementing the design.

Inclusive in our Signature Service are custom floor plans; the sourcing of all furniture, fabrics, art work, accessories and decor; custom millwork and bespoke one-of-a-kind pieces; the selection of finishes, fixtures and window treatments; as well as the hiring and managing of contractors and the coordination of deliveries and installations.

For an inside look at how it works, we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions below.

Q: What is the first step?
A: When considering our Signature Service, many clients first hire us for an At-Home Consultation, while others prefer to visit us at our studio for an informal meet and greet to discuss the details of their project. If a phone call is easiest, we can set that up too. After meeting or chatting we’ll send over a project proposal for your review and approval.

Q: What is your process?
A: We split up the design process into two phases:

  • Design Development:
    Once you’ve signed off on the proposal, we’ll start with an on-site meeting to establish the scope of the project and take measurements and photos of your space. We’ll talk in depth about your functional requirements and aesthetic preferences and then begin developing the design direction for your home. Our collaboration will continue through a series of in-person meetings and presentations where we’ll deliver floor plans and design concepts for all spaces, followed by selections for furniture and lighting as well as designs for custom millwork and window treatments. We’ll also propose a curated selection of new, vintage and uniquely sourced works of art and accessories to style your freshly designed space.
  • Design Execution:
    Once the design is approved, we’ll begin processing orders with our vendors and overseeing the logistics of shipping and receiving. We’ll also organize contracted labor and manage the on-site coordination of any work that will take place at your home. The final step is the install when the furniture is delivered, the art is hung and surfaces are thoughtfully styled.

Q: Can I incorporate existing pieces into the design?
A: Of course! We’re happy to incorporate existing furnishings or treasured family heirlooms into the design. During our first on-site meeting, let us know which pieces you would like to keep and we’ll take measurements and photos of each.

Q: What is the timeline?
A: Timelines vary depending upon the scope and complexity of each project. Design development is projected to take about 8 to 12 weeks while the design execution is dependent on lead times of products and contractor schedules.

Q: This sounds like the right fit. How do I start?
A: Contact us. We’d love to hear from you!

introducing the personalized design package

Twelve Chairs Boston | Portfolio | Fenway Condo

For years our clients have been requesting a design service option between our At Home Consultations and our Signature Design Services. We’re so thrilled to announce that it is here: introducing the Personalized Design Package, a new service, offering a customized design plan for single or multiple rooms. Available at a flat fee, we create unique and inspiring room designs and then provide you with the essentials to implement the design on your own. For an inside look at how it works, we’ve assembled a list of frequently asked questions.

Q: What does the design package include?
A: Here is everything you’ll receive in your Personalized Design Package:

  • Custom Floor Plan
  • Personalized Design Board illustrating all furniture, lighting, art, and decor
  • Sourcing List including all the details you’ll need to know about each item and vendor links where you’re able to purchase all the selected pieces

Q: What is the timeline?
A: From site visit to finalized design plan, the overall design process will take approximately 4 weeks.

Q: What is the process?
A: Below, we’ve outlined how you get from point A to point B:

  • STEP 1 – GET IN TOUCH: Contact us to schedule a time to chat and tell us about your project.
  • STEP 2 – SITE VISIT: During the visit we’ll take measurements and photos of your space and any existing pieces that you’d like to incorporate into the design. We’ll also discuss your aesthetic, the project scope and define the budget. 
  • STEP 3 – PRESENTATION CALL: Over the phone we’ll present your new room design, reviewing the details of the custom floor plans and your personalized design board.
  • STEP 4 – SHOP: We will email over a link to your personalized pin board so you can begin purchasing each product selected for your design. Typically, pieces will be a curated mix of new, vintage and uniquely sourced items. When woven and layered together, they’ll express your own personal style.
  • STEP 5 – SEND PICS: We love receiving emails from our clients with pictures of their new spaces!

Does this sound like a good fit for your project? Let’s chat! 

at-home consultations are back!

After a short summer break, our at-home consultations are back up and running! We have appointments available for the upcoming months, but Fall appointments are booking up quick. For more information on our design services, check out our studio page! Any other questions? Be sure to shoot us an e-mail or give us a call. We’re excited to help you spruce up your space for the holidays!

hot off the press: boston globe magazine

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We are beyond thrilled to be settling into our new shop in the South End and now that things have calmed down a bit are so happy to be getting back to the blog. During the craziness of renovating our new space/ moving, one of our favorite projects was featured in Boston Globe Magazine. Thanks so much to Marni Katz for the wonderful write-up! Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks for additional photos of the space and more info on the project.

at home with twelve chairs

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In addition to full service interior design, we also offer At-Home Consultations. For an inside look at how it works, we’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions.

Q: How much does a consultation cost?
A: At-Home Consultations are a flat rate of $300.

Q: How long do they last?
A: All consultations last an hour and a half.

Q: Where will you travel?
A: All consultations in Boston are included in the flat $300. We can arrange to travel outside of the city for a travel fee of $50 per hour.

Q: Who conducts the consultation?
A: All consultations are conducted by founders and owners, Miggy and Roisin. We believe two heads are better than one!

Q: What can I expect during the consultation?
A: We start with a tour of your space and then discuss the specific design challenges you’d like to focus on. We then take time to brainstorm ideas and come up with an action plan before calling you back into the space to present our worked-through solutions. Our suggestions include ideas for arranging furniture, creating a color story, displaying art, selecting window treatments, and discovering additional pieces for your space.

Q: What is your availability?
A: We typically conduct all consultations on Mondays.

Q: What do you need from me ahead of time?
A: It is always helpful to have a few images of the space you’d like to focus on, as well as a list of your priorities.

Q: What do you leave me with?
A: During our visit, we suggest having a notebook handy for suggestions we make regarding furniture and decor sources, paint ideas, floor plans, styling, etc. We aim to leave you with an action plan for creating a well-designed space.

Q: How do I know if a consultation is right for me?
A: At-Home Consultations are great for clients who would like insight and advice from interior designers, but are interested in executing the design on their own. Sometimes a fresh set of eyes and a proposed design direction is just what you need.

Q: Can I have you come back again?
A: Of course! We often return to clients’ homes for repeat visits. Whether it’s help with another room or assistance with making the final decisions on furniture and decor choices.

Q: How do I schedule an At-Home Consultation?
A: You can email us at hello@twelvechairsboston.com or call us at 617.982.6136.

Contact us. We’d love to hear from you!