You may wonder why you might need to hire an interior decorator when you are building a new home or moving into an existing home. Or maybe you just want to change some things in your current home that have been "bugging you" but you're not sure where to start. You may just not like how a room feels or feel that it is "missing something." You may say "Well, I like to decorate and have a good eye... can't I do this myself?"
We are not saying that you couldn't do it yourself but you may not have the time, energy, or experience to anticipate all of the details that need to be managed and the decisions that need to be made to pull it all together. You may live out of town and be in the process of buying a second home and do not have the time to get away to plan and manage the project. Or you may need a fresh eye to look at your home objectively. It is very difficult to really "see" your own home.
Executive Designs' full time business is interior decorating and we have the knowledge, experience and resources to complete your project successfully. By working closely with you, we can identify your personality, lifestyles and needs as well as your likes and dislikes to create a space that is uniquely yours. The experience we bring to the table can mean the difference between a frustrating, tedious process or one that is seamless and comes together beautifully.
Professional interior decorators have extensive knowledge and experience working with products. We can steer you towards appropriate materials, products and finishes that have the servicability and function that you need and help you avoid costly mistakes. We also have a much greater access and selection of product to work with than the average homeowner.
People who have never worked with an interior decorator may not understand the design process and all of the steps involved. To help you understand the process involved in bringing a project from conception to completion, here is an outline of the scope of work involved in the design process. All items may not be applicable to your project, but it gives you an overview of the overall process we use to complete a project.
Scope of Work
Interviewing Measuring Inventoring and measuring existing items to be used Determining space and equipment requirements Determining environmental and/or security needs Obtaining any architectural plans Determining any special needs Determining lighting or audiovisual needs
Conceptual Design Work/Drafting
Preliminary drafting Preliminary selection of finishes Preliminary selection of furniture Preliminary selection of window treatments Preliminary pricing estimates Preliminary selection of art and accessories Preliminary furniture layout Preliminary cabinet design Preliminary selection of materials Preliminary selection of all colors Preliminary selection of lighting Preliminary conceptual plans Preparation of client presentation for approval
Research and Development
Finalize drafting Finalize cabinetry design and selections Finalize all materials and finishes Finalize all colors Finalize all lighting Finalize all concepts Finalize furniture layout Finalize all furniture and fabrics Finalize all window treatments Finalize all pricing Finalize all art and accessories
Prepare presentation boards or mailing materials Prepare schedule for work Prepare construction bid specifications Evaluate and negotiate bidding documents Review and accept submittals from other trades
Schedule installation and delivery of items purchased Coordinate scheduling of work done by other trades/consultatns Supervise other trades for compliance with design concept Handle change orders or revisions Review any shop/work drawings done by other trades Complete final walk through and punch list of incomplete items Coordinate and supervise final move in