Our Interior Design Process

A great project involves hundreds of details

…and a lot of follow up. Here’s how the process works:

1. Programming

This is where we do the work to understand your motivations for the project, your likes, dislikes, and priorities. We work to uncover any issues or unspoken concerns so you achieve the desired result. As designers, we look at the flow and use of your spaces and brainstorm ideas that maximize their function and use through creative layouts.

2. Conceptual Design and Schematics

This is where our creativity and experience come into play. We think, sketch, draw and redraw the first concepts of your space. We research options, talk to our vendors, create a palette for your space and review any applicable codes. We might bring in our contractor or subcontractors to make sure our vision can be implemented, or to get initial estimates. At this point, we come back to you with our preliminary suggestions, materials, finishes, budgets and concepts for your input and approval. Depending on the complexity of the project, this process could take several meetings.

3. Design Development

At this point we are designing the details of the project. We draw elevations, complete 3D renderings if requested, complete detailed drawings of specific design elements like cabinetry and millwork (architectural details) and finalize floor plans. During this phase of design, we finalize selections for your materials and finishes, write specifications and finalize details. We meet with the contractor or subcontractors to review the drawings and to ensure we answer their questions and concerns before they complete their pricing. If we are managing the purchasing process for your project, we request and confirm final pricing from all of the vendors and create proposals for the furnishings, window treatments and other items we are coordinating on your behalf. Once the revised budget, drawings, selections and proposals meet with your approval, we proceed to the next step.

4. Contract Documents and Specifications

If the scope of work includes construction, we review the bids to ensure the bidders read the scope of work and details completely. In some cases, we may act as your agent and oversee the process and assist with scheduling. If desired, we can manage and coordinate the entire project management process. If it is included in your scope of work, we execute purchasing on your behalf and continue to monitor purchases to ensure everything remains on schedule. We keep you informed throughout the process should there be any delays or complications. We inspect products prior to delivery and resolve any problems before installation.

5. Installation

What we’ve all been waiting for! Our team meets the delivery from the receivers and ensures every item is placed exactly where it was intended.

6. Job Finalization

We help you create a punch list of repairs and deficiencies and make sure everything is completed to our specifications and your satisfaction. At this point we add the jewelry with accessories and art if that is included in the scope of the project.

7. Wine Time

Sit back and enjoy your new space and start dreaming about the next project!