frequently asked interior design questions
Full-Service Interior Design
Q: Why hire an Interior Designer?
Working with an interior designer can help you avoid making costly mistakes during the construction or remodel process. Additionally, you get the benefit of their experience and knowledge as well as their access to the products and trades-people you need to get the best results for your project.
Q: When should I hire an Interior Designer?
The sooner the better. A designer can help at any stage of the design process, however, the best results are experienced when the designer is involved in the process from the beginning.
Q: What are the steps in the design process?
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Q: How do you charge for interior design service?
Our fees are based on the scope of work. Our contracts can be presented as a flat design fee or on an hourly basis. For clients engaged in our architectural services, interior design services are presented as an option in our contract and based on the total square footage of the project.
Q: Do you charge for procurement?
Yes. Our procurement fee is 25% plus the cost of the goods sold. This fee covers the time spent ensuring the accuracy of the product specified, preparing purchase orders, tracking and coordinating deliveries. In many cases we are purchasing from wholesale vendors and purchase at rates well below retail resulting in an overall saving to the client while giving them a unique product.
Q: How are frieght and delivery handled?
These apply when ordering furniture, fabrics and accessories. These fees are passed along to the client with no additional markup. Freight fees are billed by the weight of an item. Delivery is billed by the amount of time and manpower required for the particular delivery.
Q: Why is there an interior design fee and separate charge for project management?
The interior design fee is compensation for the development of creative concepts, such as space planning, detailed drawings, and selection of furniture and furnishings to be used in the interior design
Project management fees compensate us for managing the execution of the design, including supervision of contractors, purchasing, and generally overseeing the project.
Virtual Interior Design Makeover
Q: Who is e-design service for?
Anyone who wants a hand in creating a space they’ll love forever. E-design is a quick and fun way to get the look you want for a flat design fee.
It’s perfect for:
-Someone who is furnishing a new house and doesn’t know where to start.
-Someone who is tech-savvy and has no problem rolling up his or her sleeves and flexing their design muscle.
-A person who is ready to give a room a refresh, but is on a shoestring budget and wants to make their dollars go as far as possible.
-A person who is building a home and is overwhelmed by having to choose all the finishes, fixtures and furniture (so many decisions to make!) and wants some help narrowing down their choices.
Q: What is the Curated Design Box?
The Curated Design Box is a mail-order design service customized by Shea & Co. Design Studio filled with physical samples and/or fabric memos right at your finger tips.
Q: How long is the process?
5-6 weeks and 3-4 weeks for the smaller packages. Click here for all pricing tiers.
Q: Do I have to purchase all items on my shopping list?
There is no obligation to purchase items from your shopping list. You may select which items you would like to purchase and buy them all at once or over time as you continue to update your space.
Q: Where do you source from?
We source from a wide variety of high quality retailers, wholesalers, and trade-only vendors to find the perfect pieces for your space and budget. I only source from places I trust. My goal is always to get you the highest quality products for the best price.
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Q: Is my budget large enough for design services?
The answer is YES! I work with all budget levels. One of the many great things about e-design is that you work at your own pace, so if you need to work on purchasing your shopping list over the course of a couple of months or even longer, that is totally okay. I’m here to work with you and make sure your needs are met.
Q: What happens if my item is discontinued or out of stock when I’m ready to start purchasing?
No biggie! Just shoot me an email and we’ll work it out together.