We offer four main types of design services: design consultations | design plans | design plans + implementation | decorating chats. We also have additional services listed below. If the service you are looking for isn’t listed, contact us! We are happy to provide references, other sources, and generally help you get where you need to go.
1 Design Consultations
These are the services we have found to be the most valuable to our clients. We look forward to working with you on any of these projects!
Decorating Budget Prep
Each session generally lasts 2 hours.
Have you just purchased a new home, or are you finally embarking on decorating your current home? And, when you started to think about all the things you need, realized you have no idea how much all of this will cost or where to start? We help determine a realistic budget for the project, what to prioritize and where to start looking to determine where to purchase items that fit your design style.
Kitchen Lite Updates
A Kitchen Lite project is generally between 2-20 hours.
Is your kitchen looking worn out or dated? But you don’t want or need to have the budget for a full kitchen remodel? We love recommending cosmetic, non-structural changes to kitchens that will breathe new life into your space. This could be as simple as changing the lighting, cabinet doors and countertops.
Paint Color and Wallpaper Selection
To get to the right paint colors and/or wallpaper takes 1-3 hours depending on the scope of the project.
Do you have 10 squares of different gray paint colors on your walls? Tired of testing paint colors? Want to find a fun wallpaper for your powder room? We come to your home with recommendations for paint colors and/or wallpaper that meet your design goals and are just the right color, shade and vibe for your space!
Renovation and Building Materials Selection
Sometimes just one 2-hour meeting is all you need; other times it may take several sessions throughout the renovation period.
Renovating your home and feeling overwhelmed? Need to select doorknobs, paint colors, trim, lighting etc. and suffering from decision fatique? We step in and help you make the decisions you need to make based on your style, functional, timeline and budget parameters.
Picture Framing and Hanging
Each session can last up to 2 hours and can include a mix of consultation, framing and hanging work.
Need to decorate your walls but don't know how to make sense of all of the random art you have? Or you can't bring yourself to put nails in your wall? And, maybe you are ready to purchase "real" art? Let’s inventory the art you have, frame or reframe the pieces you want to use, make a plan for where to hang them, look at sourcing new art and then, finally, hang it all up!
Style Your Space
It generally takes about 10 hours to source for and style your space.
Do you have all of the main pieces selected for your home, but it still doesn’t feel like “home?" A “styling layer” is what you need! We first work with what you have – antiques you have inherited, travel mementos, treasures your kids made you – and then, if needed, bring in new pieces (art, books, plants, pillows) to enhance the pieces that have personal meaning to you and avoid making your home feel staged or like you just went out and bought things for things sake.
Decorate Your Rental
These projects generally take between 2-10 hours.
Do you feel like just because you are renting you shouldn’t decorate your space but know that you can’t keep living like this anymore? We feel strongly that decorating your home doesn’t mean you have to own it! It’s true though that decorating a rental requires a little bit different thinking than decorating a home you own. We consult with you to recommend options that are cost effective, can be taken with you to a new space and add a lot more enjoyment of your temporary space.
Nursery Design Recommendations
These take between 2-8 hours.
Are you so excited to decorate your baby's room, but as as you get into shopping for the space are finding yourself overwhelmed and that you have no idea what to buy or how to layout the space and are running out of time to make decisions and purchases? We come in and make recommendations that are functional; stylish but not too sweet, babyish or gender specific; cost-effective; right-sized for the space and available quickly. After we meet, you can place the orders and then focus on the rest of your list of things to get ready before your sweet baby arrives!
2 Design Plan
When you are decorating a full room from scratch, we find that creating and working from a design plan is the best option. For this service, we take into account the function of your space, your budget, your style and the layout of the space and prepare a design binder with the recommended design plan. The binder includes a design board with the specific pieces we are recommending, an Excel file to show you all of the costs and details for the space and a layout. We can then make a few tweaks to the plan before you start implementing the design on your own with your plan in hand.
It’s crucial to understand that each element of your design plan is carefully selected to work with the others, both from a stylistic and budget perspective. You should only choose the Design Plan service if you’re attracted to the idea of working from a singular custom plan. Said another way, you should relish the chance to trust in our team’s recommendation and avoid an extended process of trying this piece, or that one… There’s nothing wrong with pursuing a more involved, iterative process – but from our perspective, it’s less efficient, and there are other firms who are better suited to that approach.
Consistent with this philosophy, each design plan is charged as a flat fee and includes a maximum of 3 hours of editing time after our presentation of the plan. If you’d like to see a sample Design Plan, send us an email and we’d be happy to send one your way.
- Separate Living Room or Family Room —
- Separate Dining Room —
- Open Plan Living and Dining Space —
- Master Bedroom —
- Nursery —
- Child’s Room —
- Guest Bedroom —
- Home Office —
- Basement Space —
- Bathroom —
- Add On Space —
This is a space that is not a stand alone space but connects to one of the above spaces and is best to be designed with the connecting space. For example, an Entryway (lighting, rug, paint, mirror, accent furniture), Kitchen area (barstools, lighting, paint), Hallway (lighting, paint, small furniture, rug), Half Bathroom (faucet, mirror, light, paint/wallpaper, accessories).
3 Design Plan and Implementation
If you like our style and are looking for more than just a consultation or a design plan, this is the service for you. We love these projects so much that we only take on about 6 per year so that we can provide the attention to detail that your project requires. The pricing for this service includes the above cost of the design plan for the room or rooms involved and then a $250/hour implementation fee to handle all aspects of the implementation of the project. We provide you with an estimate of the implementation time required based on the scope of work and charge a 50% retainer amount at the start of the implementation once the design plan has been signed off. We pass on any trade discounts we receive to you and do all of the purchasing for you either using your credit card where we can or invoicing you for purchases we have made directly.
If you’d like to see a sample Design Plan, send us an email and we’d be happy to send one your way.
4 Decorating Chats
I love to connect with as many homeowners as I can to help them make what can be paralyzing design decisions. Money and time are limited for you and the desire to feel great at home and get this thing done is high. You might not need a full decorating consultation, but just a little nudge to get you to pull the trigger on a purchase or make a decision. This is a great way to learn more about how to decorate your own home and bring specific questions that we’ll address in person. We’ll cover a variety of topics and leave plenty of time to talk about your specific questions. Come with your tear sheets, magazines, samples, questions, tears – we’ll get through it all together!
$75 per class. Limited to 10 people per class. Each class will last up to 2 hours. Refreshments provided. Topics, location and schedule to be provided via Eventbrite with Chats happening ideally six times a year.
Corporate-to-Creative Coffee Consultation
I receive several emails a month asking me how I transitioned from my career in corporate law to owning my own creative business. Each person’s situation is so different that I started meeting with individuals for coffee to listen to what you would like to do, offer concrete suggestions and help you take concrete steps to make your career dreams a reality.
$150 per consultation session (usually lasts 1 – 2 hours. No clock watching here, just listening and offering advice).
Design Office Hours™
COMING SOON! We know you are limited on time. But want to have your home be organized and look cool so you can enjoy your space. And, maybe a little tired of spending another weekend dragging your partner or kiddos to a store to sit on sofas.
And, maybe you’re afraid of hiring a designer or think they will cost a fortune?
We are here to talk about it all to help you streamline the process of decorating and make it more accessible, easier and more fun. Starting with the ability to just drop in during our office hours, when it works with your schedule!
So, come on in! We will be hosting Design Office Hours at various times in different locations around DC, VA and MD (Yes! We love all neighborhoods equally in the DMV.)