Readymade Decorating ™
I love making a home feel truly personal and unique to each client.
Sometimes a space just needs a tweak to feel current and complete.
Whether you're moving and making a fresh start, or fed up with tired furnishings,
here's how decorating projects work and what to budget:
Decorating projects start with a review and measurement of the space, and the creation of a shopping list with size parameters. We'll assess if any of your current pieces can be reused, and if they support the cost of refinishing. Floor plans and drawings may be needed.
Budget 5-50 hours for this phase.
Finding the perfect pieces takes the most time in any decorating project, but if you've spent a few Saturdays scouting showrooms, you probably know that already.
Scroll for sourcing options to fit your budget.
The designer does not believe in the old-fashioned mark-up system. The trade discount is extended to the client wherever available. The time required to set up and track orders is billed by the hour. The trade savings is a great way to offset design hours.
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Once everything is delivered, we'll oversee the placement, installation of window treatments and artwork, and choose the perfect accents like pillows and decorative objects to make the whole space photo shoot worthy!
Budget 10-50 hours for this phase.
SOURCING: Choose the option that fits your budget
1) INDEPENDENT STUDY
A good fit if you like your furnishings well enough, but the house still doesn't feel pulled together; or if you started a decorating project that fizzled. A little pro guidance can get you across the finish line.
You will be guided to do your own searches, based on a defined shopping list and suggested vendors. Then present your favorites back to me to check if they are a good fit in the overall scheme. This uses the least amount of design hours possible, since you do the legwork.
Budget 10-30 hours.
2) MULTIPLE CHOICE
I will suggest 1-3 sets of options for big ticket items (furniture / rugs / lighting). After those pieces are delivered, I will stage it with smaller accents of my choosing (pillows / decorative objects etc).
Budget 15-60 hours.
Most people believe they fall into this group, and find this an easy and efficient way to decorate. Just be aware of accidentally making the leap into the next group because of *
3) DEEP DIVE
Some clients want to see every available option for each piece, big or small, and take their choices into unexpected and bespoke territory. This requires considerable back and forth and refined sourcing. The results are always fabulous.
Budget 50-300+ hours.
Whichever sourcing option you choose, be careful not to go too far down the internet rabbit hole. It's easy to "lose the track" of the intended design and can be costly for the designer to cull through the resulting choices.
FURNISHINGS: High, Low, Sweet Spot?
To establish a furnishings budget we want to look at style, expected wear, and longevity goals: Is this a heritage purchase or an "until the kids are grown" placeholder? Are there dogs or cats to consider? Will you be moving in two, five or 10 years? Will the kid's bedroom convert to a guest room after the kid goes off to college? Does the space call for a sleek modern showstopper or a lovingly worn antique? The right answer might be an Ikea cabinet or a rosewood console. We usually do a mix of high and low, where a splurge or two elevates less expensive pieces. The prices below should be considered a range of good/better/best but not by any means the most or least you may spend on any particular item.
New sofa $4,000 - $10,000
New sectional $5,000- $14,000
New arm chair $600- $1,800
Reupholstery add $2,000-4,000 to above prices
Coffee table $600-$2,000
Side tables $400-$1,200
Media cabinet $1,500- $8,000
8x10 Rug $800 - $8,000
Window treatments $800-$3000 per window
Queen bed $1,500-$8,000
Quality linens $500-$3,000
8x10 Rug $800 - $5,000
Window treatments $800-$3000 per window
Desk $800 - $2,500
Desk chair $700- $3,000
Sofabed $4,000- $10,000
Lounge chair $1,200-$4,000
Readymade frames $50-$200 each
Table lamps $100 - $700 each
Floor lamps $400-$1,800 each
Throw pillows $40-$200 each
Professional framing $200-$1,500 per frame
Decorative objects $5-$500
Wallpaper $300-$3,000 per wall
Budget $2K-$15K per room