FAQ

For more answers on what you can expect when working with me, please take a look at this guide.

1. I don’t see what I need in your services. Can we still work together?

For sure! Through my À La Carte service, I can help with everything from picking the perfect paint colour to pulling together the look of your whole home. I’m also 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.

2. What can I expect on a ‘discovery call’?

The discovery call is a free 15-minute no-obligation call, where we discuss what you’d like to do with your home. If we think we’re a good fit, we can schedule an in-home design consultation to get started on a project or just to explore some of your ideas. You can book a call here ;)

The discovery call is a 15-minute no-obligation call, where discuss what you’d like to do with your home. If we think we’re a good fit, we can schedule a 1.5-hour In-Home Design Consultation. You can book a call here ;)

3. 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.

4. How long does a typical project take? What’s your process?

Depending on the scope and scale of the project, anywhere from 4 to 12 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.

5. 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.

6. Can you work with the furniture I already own?

Absolutely! I don’t believe in throwing the good out with the bad, and love coming up with clever and beautiful ways to remix, reuse, and re-purpose what you already have. Designing with objects that have significance, meaning, and history is a cornerstone of my approach. That said, I’ll be honest and let you know if something just won’t work.

7. 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 $395 for 90 minutes. Following the consultation, I’ll put together a proposal outlining the initial ideas for your space, potential project scope, an estimated timeline and quote the design fees.

8. 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.

9. 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. If you are even farther away, check out my distance design service, which offers the same results as my in-person services.

10. How do I get started?

The first step is to book your 15-minute discovery call so we can chat about your project and discuss next steps. Easy peasy!

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