How much will it cost to hire your services for our custom decorating project?
Your home and your project are one of a kind, just like you! The size of your project, the scope of work and how much you would like us to be involved will be key factors in determining the investment amount needed. If you refer to the services page of our website, you will see starting price points for each of our services.
For full custom furnishing projects, we tailor our design plans specifically to you and take care of every detail from start to finish. This means that we will procure items, place and track orders, arrange deliveries and be present for installations, to bring you a big reveal! On average, expect to invest 20% – 25% of the overall cost of the project. For example, if the cost of the project is estimated at $25,000, design services are estimated to be $5000 – $6250. Of course, this will depend on how swift you are at making decisions. It is also important to understand that each change or alteration may affect other aspects of the design, which in turn could increase the time needed to ensure the overall plans are not compromised. Clients who put their trust in us receive the best results at the most cost-effective price point.
Hiring a decorator is expensive, it’s a luxury, right?
If you value your time and want to avoid compromising the final result in the hopes of saving a few bucks, our service is well worth the investment. As Red Adair said, “If you think hiring a professional is expensive, wait until you hire an amateur.”
Are we involved in the design process or is it out of our control once we hire you for the project?
Design projects are very much a collaborative process. The ‘getting to know you’ phase at the start of the project allows us to understand your needs, your lifestyle & your investment amount. We ask a lot of questions and discuss in depth your requirements for each space. Our goal is to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible.
While working together, we build a partnership with you & establish trust. Our working relationship with you is extremely important to us. We ask that you kindly allow us to do what we do best and let us curate a design based on our detailed assessment of your needs & wants. You have the final say on decisions before any orders are placed or any work by trades gets underway.
Please remind me how the retainer works.
Invoices issued for products and services are to be paid in full at the time they are issued. The retainer is non-refundable and remains in our possession until such time that design services may no longer be required. It is at this time that these monies are applied to the final invoice for services only. The expectation is that design services are ongoing or used within 3 months of signing our Letter of Agreement, as we only take on a limited number of projects at a time. It is our intention to use our time efficiently and effectively. Should your project require more time, meaning that we exhaust the initial agreed upon time to complete your project due to unforeseen circumstances we will communicate that with you and upon agreement and receipt of a follow up retainer we will proceed with a new timeline in place.
Is my job too small for you?
No job is too small. We are happy to help you in any way that we can in helping you make your house a home that you fill will lasting memories. From one-time interior design consultations to comprehensive 3D designs for full floors and custom-tailored one room designs, and for anything in between, including paint colour selections, if you’re seeking guidance on anything related to your décor, please make us your first call.
I usually rely on trades to give me free advice, isn’t this good enough?
This ‘free advice’ can sometimes be the most costly. My trades prefer when we are on hand to make decisions pertaining to the design rather than advising on areas of a project that are not their area of expertise. Some trades may make a suggestion based on it being the easiest option for them to get the job done quicker, rather than actually having your best interests in mind. If you are really lucky, you may even get ‘leftovers’ from a previous project they worked on if you ask for suggestions of finishes and fixtures. (No we are not kidding, we have seen this happen!)