What To Expect When Working With an Interior Designer. At least this one.

Hey. I thought it might be handy to put together a document that explains in detail the process of working with me. Intrigued? Read on. Maybe we can team up and create spaces that will blow minds.

Keep in mind that this is a general idea of the steps we might take – in reality, each project is specific to a clients needs.

JULIE MAIGRET DESIGN / DESIGN PROCESS

CONSULTATION

  • The first step in the design process is to have an initial phone conversation to see if we might be a good match, design-wise and personality-wise, and if we would like to move ahead by meeting in person. The fee for an in person/on-site design consultation is $95. It can be paid via PayPal prior to our meeting. The initial meet & greet allows us to discuss the scope of your project and to further explore if we would make a good team.
  • For this consultation, I will tour your space and we will discuss how you would like each room to function, the general look/feel you are going for, your time frame, and your budget.
  • We will also discuss your likes and dislikes, general style preferences, and, if pertinent, your brand. I will touch on some basic ideas for the space and see if our visions line up.
  • The consultation typically last 1 hour, maximum. 

LETTER OF AGREEMENT

  • After our initial meeting, upon deciding we would like to partner, I will send you a Letter of Agreement detailing the services I will be providing, as well as the hourly rate for my services, which is $95. I work strictly on an hourly fee basis, versus a fixed fee basis. Any Trade Discounts I am able to secure on furniture, artwork and accessories for your project will be passed on to you, and not marked up as commission. Once the LOA is signed, we can officially begin your project.
  • The Hourly Fee includes time spent:
    • commuting to job site; commute time will be predetermined in Letter of Agreement
    • in face-to-face meetings
    • at job site measuring, photographing, installing, etc
    • in phone conversation and correspondence, including emails and texts
    • drafting Furniture Plans, Concept Boards, Status Updates and Budgets
    • on-line researching and shopping
    • traveling to, and shopping in, stores

STAGE 1

  • Next, I will make an on-site visit to take detailed measurements and photographs of the rooms being included in the project. If you have existing architectural plans you can provide, this is much preferred and can save a lot of time in the design process.
  • I will also request from you a detailed budget, which must be provided before concepting begins.
  • After the measurements have been secured, Furniture Plans will be drafted for each room; these will give an idea of the size, type and placement of furniture that will best fit into each room. Furniture Plans will also assure that there is ample space between each piece of furniture to allow foot traffic to easily flow through the room. Unless otherwise discussed, 2 options for Furniture Plans will be provided and the one of your choosing will represent the Final Furniture Plan.
  • Furniture Plans will be emailed for your review, or, if you prefer, we can review them in person.
  • After a Furniture Plan has been selected, I will begin developing Concept Boards that will show options for the theme and color scheme for each room, and show individual selections for furniture, art, and lighting that fit within your budget.  Unless otherwise discussed, 3-4 options for Concept Boards will be provided for each room, and the one of your choosing will be developed into the Final Concept Board for that room. The Final Concept Board will depict either the exact or similar furniture, art, and lighting that will be purchased for the room. It will also include accessories that complement the furniture chosen.
  • The creation of Concept Boards is an involved process that requires a solid amount of research, as your tastes, lifestyle, needs and budget are all considered for every item presented. This process can take up to 4-5 hours for each Concept Board provided.
  • Please keep in mind that any changes in the design direction that occur after the Concept Boards are presented will result in a redesign of the Concept Boards, and occur additional hours of concepting.
  • Concept Boards can be emailed for your review, but it’s preferable that they be presented in person so the thought process behind each Board can be best explained.
  • The Final Concept Board will represent a complete design concept that you have approved for execution, and will take us to Stage 2.

STAGE 2

  • Now it is time to start purchasing approved items for installation. Before I purchase any items on your behalf, you will receive an email confirmation, requesting your approval. The email will detail the item(s) to be purchased along with all known additional costs such as tax and shipping. No items will be purchased without your written approval.

STAGE 3

  • It is now time to start the installation process; this is where all our planning is put into action.
  • The furnishings and accessories are being delivered and placed, lighting is being installed, and art is being hung – bringing the Final Concept Boards to life.
  • Once we have completed the purchase and installation of all items, the project will come to a close.

PHOTOGRAPHING THE SPACE

  • Once the space is completed, I may request to have it photographed for my portfolio. This is covered under the Letter of Agreement presented at the beginning of the project.
  • Some additional accessories such as flowers and plants may be temporarily brought in for the shoot to make the space optimally photogenic. 
  • I will, of course, schedule the shoot for a time that is convenient to you and will make every attempt to make the process as seamless and non-invasive as possible.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Billing for hours and items purchased on your behalf will occur on a monthly basis; payment for all invoices are due within 30 days.
  • Please be aware that, depending on the size and scope of the design, and the clients’ decision-making process, most projects take a few to several months to install and complete.

I hope this helps provide some enlightenment on the design process. Please reach out with any questions.

Julie Townsend Maigret is a Los Angeles-based interior designer focused on creating distinct, modern, livable spaces for her clients. She started her business in 2007 after attending UCLA’s interior design program. She has since developed a portfolio of thoughtful, comfortable, and often quirky residential and commercial interiors.

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