For more answers on what you can expect when working with me, please take a look at this guide.
I don’t see what I need in your services. Can we still work together?
For sure! I’m happy to take on custom projects that are outside the scope of my set services. The best way to get the ball rolling on any custom project is to schedule a discovery call so we can talk about your needs and create a plan together.
What can I expect on a ‘discovery call’?
What’s included in the in-home consultation?
We’ll take a tour of your space, and will discuss your vision, needs, budget, and time frame. I’ll make lots of recommendations for improving the space on the spot, and—if desired— will present you after with a proposal outlining the scope of the project and the related fees.
How long does a typical project take? What’s your process?
Depending on the scope and scale of the project, anywhere from 6 to 18 weeks. I have a clear 12-step process that I follow for projects that include both interior design and implementation. For smaller projects, not all the steps will apply, but the process remains the same.
Should we do one room at a time or tackle everything we want to do at once?
It is always best to tackle all the rooms you would like to improve at once. Generally speaking, it makes for a more cohesive space and decisions made in one room can affect another. Considering the layout and design of an entire home, or floor, at a time leads to the most advantageous outcome (like removing a wall or borrowing furniture or artwork from one room for another, for example).
There are also efficiencies and time savings relating to duplications of tasks when doing multiple rooms at once which I apply discounts for. However, I know it’s not always possible to do this. A good solution is to design everything at once, but implement in phases as your budget allows.
Can you work with the furniture I already own?
What are your design fees?
I create custom design proposals for each individual project and unique scope of work (as no two projects are the same!) and provide an estimated fee proposal for Phase 1 which is inclusive of the estimated time (hours) needed to create your design plan for your project.
I quote the estimated total cost for each phase in the beginning of each as I find it provides peace-of-mind and helps clients budget more effectively. All of my design services are customizable and scalable to your individual needs, and savings are available for multiple-room design.
I start every project with a discovery call followed by an initial design consultation in order to really understand the goals and scope. Consultations are $495 for 90 minutes. Following the consultation, I’ll put together a proposal summarizing everything we talked about, outline the initial ideas for your space, potential project scope, an estimated timeline and quote the design fees. We’ll book a call to review the proposal and all the exciting ideas for your space.
What’s a typical amount to spend for a living room or bedroom, assuming that you already have some basics?
There’s really no standard amount, but I always recommend being thoughtful when it comes to planning your spending. It makes sense to invest in well-made, frequently-used items— like sofas, bed frames, and desks—and spend less on those smaller items or accessories you may want to switch out in a few years.
I believe strongly that good design doesn’t have to cost a fortune and love finding ways to repurpose, refresh, and DIY because that’s often where the personality comes in. I’d love to help you create a space you can enjoy for years to come. I have made a free cost guide you can download to help when budgeting to decorate your space.
I love your style but I’m not in Toronto. Can we still work together?
You bet. I’m delighted to travel and work with clients outside of the immediate Toronto area for an additional fee.