When beginning an interior design project, you first need to decide if you need an interior designer. If you ask me, you always need a designer, but we know I’m biased.
You know you need to hire and interior designer if;
Of course, there are a million more examples of people and situations that will need an interior designer, but these are a few to get us started. Some people come to me because they love design, but don’t have time to execute a project on their own.
“Be The One Who Decided to Just Go For It”– Stephanie Stuart
Others know they need to level up their space so they can level up their performance in other areas of their life.
Regardless of why you come to work with a designer, here’s the process to help you understand what the initial contact and consultation look like with us at Stuart Design Co.
A Discovery Call is a 30-minute, commitment-free call with me, Stephanie. You can book a Discovery Call directly on our website, or by connecting directly with me and scheduling. Tell us a little about yourself on our contact page and we’ll email you a link to our scheduler. We ask a few questions such as;
Once you select a time for your call, we’ll send you a confirmation email where you can add it to your calendar.
Guess, what? Sometimes, people just call without scheduling and we chat right there. Kind of like the olden days when phones were the main method of communication! We love a good phone call, so don’t hesitate to just call, seriously.
When we get to chat, we learn so much about you, your hopes and dreams, and how we can help make them a reality! We have one type of consultation that unfolds in 1 of 3 ways; consultation that leads to a project, a consultation that sets you on your way to a do-it-yourself (DIY) project and a virtual consultation of a construction project yet to be built.
All the consultations are up to two (2) hours and are pre-paid (we’ll get to the cost in a minute). We used to do 90 minute consultations, but there was never enough time. Two (2) hours is perfect and it might even seem like a long time to chat when we haven’t embarked on a project together (yet). But we promise, it’ll fly by.
When we schedule the Consultation, we’ll ask that all decision-makers are present. Sometimes, we have one partner more interested in design than the other. Other times, one partner is the design decision-maker and the other is the financial decision-maker.
There are many ways to split the responsibilities and we firmly believe you-do-you. And with that, it is our experience that if the ground-rules are set TOGETHER at the consultation, we can work within them toward a successful project.
Ask and you shall receive! Our consultation fee is $250 + $50/ hour travel time outside of our zip code, 85083. The consultation fee is prepaid and part of the booking process to confirm the appointment.
We charge for our consultation because it is an actual working session where we begin the design process.
At our two hour working session, we are invested in learning about the project and how we can support you in it. Yes, support YOU in IT. Remember when we mentioned that some consultations are the end of our time together and we set you on a do-it-yourself path? The goal of the Design Consultation is to set the project up for success, whether it is executed by you or us.
Once we begin the consultation, we get to work developing a Project Plan that is the foundation of every project.
If you’ve worked with an interior designer before, or you’re new to the scene, we know it can be uncharted territory. Inviting a professional into your home, such a personal space, you may worry about being judged. We can’t speak for all designers, but we are happy to be of service and that you had the courage to reach out. Knowing when you need help, again, whether you have an eye for design and just need an extra pair of hands to do the work, or that you recognize this isn’t your zone of genius, it’s all the same to us. We love what we do and are grateful to do it for you!
We prefer to call it “Getting to Know Each Other” instead of a questionnaire, it’s the zhuzh in us, we can’t help being bougie. All. The. Time. Sorry (not sorry).
We’ll ask who lives with you and what you like about your current design. If you live with a toddler, we’ll make a note that the fabric needs to be washable. If you love the olive green walls in the entry, we’ll make sure not to suggest you change them. Believe it or not, we even want to know what color your dog is and if they shed or not. You may love curtains that pool at the floor, but if your dog is white with long hair, you won’t want dark pooling drapes – amiright? Unless your housekeeper is amazing, which can remove a number of design challenges in itself. We love housekeepers!
If you can arrange for childcare, you’ll be more available to focus. We may also take some before pictures during our visit. Although we love a good and very messy before picture, you may not. We don’t need you to tidy up for us, but if it’s your thing, you’re welcome to straighten any areas you’d like us to look at.
If you are scheduled for a virtual consultation of a pre-build space, we’ll be reviewing your hopes and dreams and how you will interact with the planned space. We’ll need the drawings or floor plans ahead of time and that is how we will “walk-thru” the space. In addition to the questionnaire, we’ll need the plans sent to us at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.
We are so excited this day has arrived. We’ve chatted, questioned & answered and made it to the consultation, hooray!
For the in-home consultation we’ll arrive at your home with a tape measure, paint deck, your questionnaire, inspiration images you’ve sent and the tablet. We’ll be ready to take notes and gather information.
At the virtual consultation we’ll be online with you and share a screen to walk-thru the floor plans as if we are in the space. Discussing how you will live, interact, and be in the new spaces, room-by-room.
With both we will review the questionnaire and inspiration images you’ve shared.
We’ll be taking feverish notes and developing a Project Plan to take us into the next phase of the process.
After the consultation we’ll send you the Project Plan and vision board. We’ll also include a proposal on how we can best support your design needs based on the information we learned at the consultation.
The proposal will include a link to select a package, see the contract and submit a retainer to begin working with us. We would love to be a part of your interior design project and help bring your new space to life!
Yes, if we are working on a 1-2 room project, we can certainly select colors on the spot. For larger projects, we take it back to the studio to select during later phases of the process.
We may select inspiration images at the consultation and include in a vision board you receive with the Project Plan, post-consultation. However, in the 2 hour time span, we will not have an opportunity to source each individual item taking into account the proper specifications, colors, dimensions, budget, etc.
We’d love to provide on-going support. We’re happy to answer basic questions related to your project plan once you receive it. However, If you’d like help making selections beyond the consultation, you can purchase another package such as another 2 hour consultation or the Designer for a Day package.