Services

* Residential design and decorating
* Decluttering and organization
* Problem solving
* Space planning
* Colour consulting
* Furniture layout
* Specification research
* Product sourcing and purchasing
* Material recommendations
* Lighting design
* Home staging/prepping for sale
* Organizing closets, kitchen cupboards, just about anything
* Removal of small items; Coordinating larger donation pick-ups to Salvation Army, etc.
* Listing items for sale on Craigslist, Kijiji, Ebay, etc.
* Finding better ways to display collections/collectibles
* Wardrobe organization
* Event preparation entertaining
* Unpacking/packing
* Style conflict resolutions. Discussion with you and your significant other or co-habitants about what your combined ideas look like, and deciphering how best to incorporate the different visions
* Have media or tech set-up/maintenance issues? Ask me. I may be able to help, as I can consult with a tech expert I know

Details

Small jobs welcome.
No long term commitments.
Flexible schedule.
Just need advice and no purchasing? No problem.
Sensitivity to people with specific physical and mental health issues. No judgement!
Utmost discretion and confidentiality guaranteed. Integrity is very important to me. {I don’t take that lightly. I have exercised discretion and tact in handling of highly confidential and sensitive patient information as the Medical Secretary of a private psychiatric practice. I have handled, and never shared, personal and professional photographs of film and television high-profile actors. I have gathered a forensic accounting and life’s history of finances for a woman going through a bitter divorce. Your private information is safe with me.}
From concept to completion, I won’t stop until you’re happy.
Receive a surprise gift for any paying customer referral.

Driver’s license and insured vehicle (SUV).
Email communication, texting, secure file sharing via Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon Drive, iCloud, etc.

Letter Q: “What does a Designer do? Why work with an Interior Designer?”

  • Designers are up on changes in the market, comparisons and appropriate value, and an understanding of how that item fits in context amongst other items, your home, and the world climate in general
  • Makes a home environment more beautiful, comfortable and functional
  • Working with a professional designer turns inspiration into reality
  • Creates the stage setting for clients to act out their lives. – Mario Buatta
  • Translates specific client needs into efficient, functional spaces
  • Ensures the best choices are made for lifestyle, home value, and budget
  • Knows how to assess and maximize a home’s hidden potential. Discerns what’s good about a home’s preexisting architecture and coaxes out, emphasizes, and refines its best details
  • Makes relationships to objects in the home deeper and more considered
  • Has aesthetic knowledge and product knowledge that is constantly being honed, and an up-to-date knowledge of trend trajectory and changes in the market which makes a home look fresh and current, yet also have lasting appeal
  • Manages projects so that they run smoothly and are more likely to stay on budget and time
  • What people need and buy are sometimes two different things. A designer helps differentiate between the two
  • There are hundreds of small decisions that go into designing a space. Even a misjudgement such as selecting the wrong sofa seat cushions, or the wrong fabric on an often-used chair, hanging artwork too high, or choosing paint in a gloss rather than flat finish, can have a surprising effect on a room. A designer helps avoid these mistakes. They put together elements of a project thoughtfully and saves the client from making unforeseen errors and costly mistakes in contractor change orders. The long-term value of professional guidance outweighs the initial costs and adds value to the investment, resulting in a better quality of life and in higher home value numbers
  • Gives the client confidence and encourages bolder choices which showcase their personalities
  • You have spent a considerable amount of money and time purchasing your home, and you would like to make sure the interior matches your needs, lifestyle, and will endure for many years to come
  • Or you are not wanting to or are unable to purchase a home at this time, and you’d like to make the current space more liveable and enjoyable
  • We are in a time of too much information and not knowing what to do with it. People are overwhelmed with choices. A designer will narrow down and focus the options.  It’s not about ‘this chair with that sofa’.  Design has become so democratized.  We are in a time of instant gratification.  There needs to be long term thinking.  Homeowners have the idea design can be done overnight.  Good design takes time and preparation and planning and the best designs incorporate items that have been acquired over time

Letter Q: “Why get organized?”

  • Organizing your life is therapeutic.  Achieving these small goals at home makes you feel capable and ready for other things that life may bring
  • Organization improves time management
  • You are holding onto stuff which you have negative associations with.  This creates psychic drag
  • You don’t want to get rid of things because you spent money on them.  But consider that it costs ~ $10/sq ft to store things in your home
  • Broken things suck energy out of you. Repair them or get rid of them. They’re not worth the negative effect they have
  • Chisel away the excess and within it you will find the ideal
  • Chaos increases levels of cortisol and stress hormones.  Stress is decreased when surfaces are clear.  Better organization brings down the stress level in a household
  • An organized life is a more peaceful life
  • Clutter is an energy vamp – unfinished rooms, rooms that are catchalls for junk, and tasks left undone, weigh on the unconscious and zap energy
  • There’s nothing like having a place for everything, and everything in its place
  • An organized space feels larger
  • It’s easier to live in a house with less visual noise
  • It makes it easier to find things
  • It turns everyday objects into artful arrangements
  • It makes it easier to find things
  • It makes household chores more manageable
  • Clutter is a tell-tale sign, to yourself and others, that your life is out of control
  • Out with the old, means you make room for the new.  This can be very motivating
  • Being organized is not counter to creativity – it enhances it.  By carefully editing items and surrounding yourself with what makes you happy, creativity is heightened
  • Organization prevents duplicates, which waste money and space
  • Don’t pay for outside storage!  Storage is a $2.2 billion industry (in the U.S.)  If you really needed the items, you’d already have them in your home.  There are better ways of preserving your identity.  Paying for outside storage, or burdening other loved ones with stuff, is unnecessarily costly and unfair

Letter Q: “What am I getting when I hire you as my designer?”

Letter A: You are getting one-on-one, direct, personalized service, where I come to your home, at your convenience, and through collaborative discussion about your specific needs, issues, and desires for your space, provide ideas and suggestions, and ultimately, if you choose, a design plan going forward.  My knowledge and expertise accumulated over 10+ yrs of working in, and intensive study of, design and home renovations. I have direct, first hand experience with doing the work, hiring and working with tradesmen, and with material differences and qualities. I have high-end taste, a discerning eye, and focus on what is the correct value, not just price points. You are in good hands. Your life is busy. This is what I do. Shaping and refining the home is my life’s work.

 

Letter Q: “Why am I paying for time and mark-up on goods?”

Letter A: This is a standard fee structure. There are many ways to charge and this is one of them. My hourly fee is much less than most designers (who charge $75 and up/hr, with no upper limit maximum). My mark-up is also on the low end.
Another designer might not charge you mark-up, but instead will charge a large lump sum, thousands to tens of thousands of dollars per room or per job. If the agreement was to omit the design fee and charge only on goods purchased, that mark-up would be substantially higher, and the product suggestions you would be offered would be at much higher price points. That designer is working on commission only, and you would likely be constantly questioning why they were choosing those particular items and if there were less expensive options available.
Designers narrow items down from an infinite number of choices and curate specific items for, and specific to, you. Objects come and go (the existence of trends can be both positive and negative), so suggesting the same objects over and over is both uncreative and impractical to impossible. Also being aware of where to find similar pieces but at different price points is a challenge. Not everything is available at every price, and the lower the budget, the harder it can be to find great pieces. A designer does their best to seek out conscious, thoughtful, well-designed pieces, for everyone. It is about function, reliability, comfort, longevity, and I hope, beauty. Good design should not be limited to high price tags. So, given all this, sourcing objects can sometimes take a great deal of time. And everyone should be paid for their time. You honour the knowledge and expertise in doing so. The designer feels respected and in turn they pass on those feelings of goodwill to the client. The designer wants you to feel happy with the process and the final product, and you want to also feel good, that you were treated fairly, especially financially, and in the end you have a tangibly different, better environment in which to live – more beautiful, serene, organized, or whatever goal you have set for the project. The project is completed when you are happy, and I will always strive to make that process rewarding, enjoyable, and fun.

 

Letter Q: “Why is it beneficial to the client to share their budget amount?”

Letter A:  When you don’t share upfront what you really want to spend, designers have to make guesses and assumptions in the concept phase, which will have a significant impact on the overall cost of materials and labour. If the designer makes selections based on incorrect budgeting assumptions then finds out this is completely out of budget, the designer will have to go back to the drawing board all over again, and that means that money that would have spent on materials and finishes will now be spent on re-design time.

 

Letter Q: “Why don’t designers reveal their sources on the products in their work?”

Letter A: One of the best reasons to hire a designer in the first place is that we maintain vast lists of resources, and know which ones to draw on for which purposes. It takes years and constant, unending research, to find the best resources to build the list we draw on, to keep it current, and to develop and maintain the personal and professional relationships that lead to the best outcomes. I have thousands of images recorded, filed, and referenced. That resource base is of absolutely incalculable value to me. You wouldn’t give away the trade secrets of how you do whatever you do professionally, would you? Or provide all or a substantive amount of your services for free? Or honestly expect your doctor, lawyer, accountant, plumber, gardener, dog groomer, or car mechanic to work for free, or to provide parts or training in how to do it yourself, especially for nothing? Designers everywhere thank you for understanding why we won’t do it either.
Credit: Hoechstetter Interiors
(https://hoechstetterinteriors.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/7-reasons-interior-designers-wont-disclose-resources/)