12-Step Process

My process ensures that things run as smoothly as possible, with very little impact on your family’s time and your home. You’re welcome to be involved in the process, or I can take care of every detail, for a turn-key design.

Step 1: Consultation with Melissa Peretti

We will meet in your home and get down to figuring out all the potential for your spaces. We’ll discuss the details of your space, function and use, your goals, frustrations, timeframe, budget and of course inspiration! Finally, we will determine the scope of your proposed project.

Step 2: Project Proposal

Project scope defined and design fees quoted.

In the following days I’ll send along the Design Consultation Summary which will outline the scope of work for the entire project, the design intent and goals, estimated timeline, plus all my preliminary ideas and notes from the consultation. I will quote you the Design Phase fee based on this scope.

Step 3: Project Commencement

Signing of Agreement, collection of design phase fees, set up of collaborative softwares.

We will review the process of working together and the terms of my Designer Client Agreement. The Designer Client Agreement details the scope of the project, fee structure, policies and procedures.

Once the Agreement has been signed and the Design Phase fees have been collected, the project will commence. With the paperwork out of the way, the fun starts!

I will create a Pinterest board for us to share and collaborate on with inspirational images and ideas. This is also when you’ll gain access to your Mydoma Project Suite where you can watch your design come together.

Phase 1: Research, Design and Presentation Phase

Step 4: Project Kick-Off

On-site measurements, photos and final criterion meeting and trade day (if applicable).

My team and I will return to your home to take all the necessary measurements and photos to create the renders and space plans of your space(s). If we foresee the need for trade work we will arrange a Trade Day when all the trades will be invited to visit to inspect and quote the project. Their estimates will be presented to you along with your design plan at the Final Presentation.

Step 5: Preliminary Design

Execution of floor plans and renderings, sourcing goods and furnishings, procuring estimates.

The Preliminary Design Concept will include floor plans, rendering space ideas, colour scheme and a concept board. The concept will also include floor coverings, a lighting plan, furniture and accessory selections, and budget estimates for trade work and/or artisans. In other words, this is where it all comes together, every detail considered and where the magic begins!

While I work on your Preliminary Design, there will be ongoing communication to discuss different elements of the design. You’ll be presented with carefully edited selections, representing the best choices for your space.I will incorporate any feedback and preferences you may have. This is a time-consuming process and will likely require several weeks, depending on the scope of your project.

Step 6: Final Presentation

Visual presentation of furnishings and materials, presentation of estimates; Phase 2 fees are determined. Collection of Phase 2 fees and of furnishings deposit.

Once I’ve finalized your Preliminary Design Concept we will schedule a presentation meeting with all the decision makers. We will review the design in detail and you will be presented with renders, photos and samples for each element of the design. You will be able to visualize what the finished space will look like. We will talk through each feature of the design and why these choices are the best for your project and address all of your wants and needs for your project based on previous meetings and discussions. You’ll be given a budget outlining the cost of each item, and work orders to sign off on where necessary. If changes need to be made to the plan, the scope, or to individual items, we’ll make those adjustments at this time.

Timely approval of the design scheme is crucial in order to maintain accurate pricing and ensure the availability of some design elements (custom work or vintage pieces, for example).

Once the design has been approved and all elements are finalized, the fee for the Project Oversight and Installation Phase will be quoted and collected, along with the deposit for purchase expenses. Now the plan becomes reality!

Phase 2:Project Oversight and Installation Phase

Step 7: Initiation of Trade Work or Client-Implemented Projects

Construction and the execution of your project begins. Every detail will be managed to ensure a timely and successful completion, and I’ll collaborate with builders, vendors and fabricators, making site visits as necessary. If trades are not being used, we’ll create a schedule for you to execute any projects that you’ve decided to tackle yourself.

Step 8: Placement of Orders

Assessment of delivery and lead times.

Purchases will be made and orders tracked. I will create a purchasing timeline to ensure everything arrives in time for installation. On occasion items are back-ordered or discontinued and we’ll decide if we need to reselect or adjust the work schedule to accommodate.

Once the design has been approved and all elements are finalized, the fee for the Project Oversight and Installation Phase will be quoted and collected, along with the deposit for purchase expenses. Now the plan becomes reality!

Step 9: Budget and Process Review

We’ll schedule a brief meeting to review outstanding issues or any changes that need to be made. This meeting will ensure that all work is on track and to our mutual satisfaction. We’ll review the status of your orders and address any concerns or questions you may have.

For larger projects a second budget meeting will occur to ensure we are on track and budget.

Step 10: Gathering and Installation Period Continues
Finishing and Accessories Budget is Established, Accessories are Purchased

This is where the vision becomes reality. All work by trades­­—or by the client—has been completed. Furniture is delivered, window treatments and lighting are installed, and rugs laid. It’s all coming together here!

Styling is what elevates your space to magazine (or HGTV!) quality status. It refers to adding those finishing touches and follows a different process than the rest of the design. We will discuss, and set a budget for, what is needed to finish off your space and make it sing. Before the final installation and styling I will go to a variety of stores and online sources (like Etsy), to select accessories like art, photography, “objet d’art” and other finishing touches for your space.

Step 11: Final Styling + Professional Photography

On the Final Styling day I’ll add all those finishing accessories and install your art, arrange the furniture perfectly and fluff all the pillows. 😉 If possible, I’ll do this all in one day so you get that “wow” effect when you return home. You’ll have a few days to decide which of these finishing items you would like to keep and I’ll return the rest.

Finally, your made-over space is photographed. These images will be shared with you and online, via my website and social media. Any publication of these images in local or national media will be discussed with you first.

Step 12: Client Reveal + Project Completion
Client Closure Meeting – Presentation of Final Invoices. Additional Documentation is Provided

Although I strive for perfection, tweaks and touch-ups are sometimes necessary. We will walk through your newly designed space and create a list of anything outstanding or in need of attention, then I will arrange to have each item on the list addressed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

We’ll close out the project at this final Client Closure Meeting and review the entire project and experience. We will rectify your purchasing and contingency budgets and I will present you with the final invoices from delivery companies, for styling items, and the balance of my service fees. There won’t be any surprises, you’ll be in the loop throughout the whole journey so you will have an idea of what to expect. I will ensure you are fully satisfied and loving your new space! It’s always a joy to leave my clients living in their uniquely beautiful, and perfectly practical homes.

Working Together

Good, thoughtful design is a collaborative process between designer and client., I know the right questions to ask to uncover your goals, ideas and design style.

We will first get to know each other first through our Discovery Call. Then before the consultation, we will delve deeper with a detailed design questionnaire: this is a valuable tool I use to understand how you live, what you like and your style preferences. While each space is created unique to each client I utilize Pinterest, Houzz, magazine photos and other media as inspiration and to help us communicate visually. We will also collaborate through my design software Mydoma (think of it as a modern designer’s binder) where you can have access to renders and floor plans and see real time product suggestions that you can approve or comment on.

I’ll keep you informed throughout the process by providing you with updates and project summaries and timeline milestone lists. I strive to make this process a great experience for you. I do all the heavy lifting and take care of the tiniest details so you don’t have to. If you ever have ideas to add, questions or concerns about any part of the project, process or product, let me know! I want your input. Communication and collaboration keeps us connected, and ensures everything included in your Final Design Presentation is something you love and your spaces will be gorgeous and comfortable for you to live in everyday.

Modern. Comfortable. Quirky. Wonderful.