Monday, March 25, 2013

How a Consultation Works

You've had glimpses of this room previously, but today I thought we'd put a different spin on things and discuss the consultation process as I show you the rest of this precious room.

Not everyone has the budget to hire a designer to pull together a room 100%. Let's be honest, most of us don't. That's why hiring a designer for a consultation is a great alternative. 

Consultations give me the opportunity to come in and give you a brain dump of ideas, then you decide what you're willing to tackle and how you want to interpret the ideas.

My sweet client came to me wanting to redo her kiddos' bedrooms. She needed guidance but was willing to do all the legwork. She simply wanted me to spend some time with her brainstorming and providing guidance for the overall look.

She shared info with me like a Pottery Barn inspiration photo her daughter fell in love with. She also identified pieces of furniture that could go and ones that needed to stay. We discussed the function of the room and the fact that this room needed to carry her daughter through many years to come.

We discussed the DIY projects she was willing to tackle, like repainting the dresser. She showed me bedding and accessories she currently owned, like these cute zebra sheets and the pink pom poms.

I gave her a verbal plan and she ran with it. Along the way, I sent a few links her way for additional bedding and paint colors. Armed with our ideas, she set off shopping and pulled the room together on her own. Then, she invited me back over to do a little tweaking. (Just fyi, tweaking happens at an hourly rate in addition to the consultation fee.)

She found this cute wooden letter but felt it was blah.  We decided to wrap it in lights for a little pizzaz.

One more project in the works...adding a sliding door to the fun little nook. We tossed around the idea of covering one side of the door in chalkboard paint and the other in cork. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

She told me this piece isn't her favorite but her daughter "loved" it. And, guess what?'s her daughter's room so that's what matters!

Highlights of the consultation: (Since you're wondering...$150 for 1.5 to 2 hours)

  • Brainstorming
  • Verbal plan
  • Suggestions of stores to shop for specific accessories
  • Paint color suggestions

Client's responsibilities:
  • Shopping
  • Following general guidelines
  • Implementing the plan
  • DIY projects

Together we created a great room with designer touches that her daughter loves. The best part? Momma gets to feel the satisfaction of knowing she used her God-given talents to give her daughter a space she's proud of.

Ready for your own consultation? Do you have a space that you look at daily and wonder what you should do? Sometimes a fresh set of eyes and a few ideas is all you need to get your own creative juices flowing. Contact me if you'd like to work together:


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love it! love the marquis letter!

Whitney @ Drab to Fab Design said...

It turned out sooo cute!! I love the little nook with the polka dots and hanging chair!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Dana, that is a great service. To get the ideas of a designer and then be able to implement them yourself - so smart and more affordable. The room is adorable - I love that nook!

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