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What Are The Steps in the Interior Design Process?

While filled with many important decisions, the interior design process should be a fun and enjoyable experience for you. We’ll guide you through the many steps and commit to providing regular communications on our progress. A typical design process includes the following steps:

Initial In-Home Consultation – This complimentary visit to your home allows us to explain our services and how we work with clients, take an initial assessment of your design needs and offer some practical advice based upon our years of experience. We’ll prioritize your design needs, talk timeline and identify a budget for the project. At this point, you’ll sign on for Fringe design services.

Creative Design Stage – Based upon your needs and budget, we’ll assemble initial options and review them with you in your home or in our Oak Park studio to narrow the choices. We’ll work together to confirm the design direction in terms of styles and pieces and review an initial room layout space plan to confirm the appropriate scale of all recommendations. We’ll pull together fabric options, custom furniture options, wood finishes and drawings for you to review.

Design Sign Off – After one to two in-person presentations you should be in good shape to make final decisions on all elements of your design project. Pieces are selected and prices for each individual piece outlined against your approved budget. Once finalized, we’ll collect 50% deposit on the order.

Order Stage– Once the project is agreed to and initial deposit paid, we go to work ordering all the individual pieces so that they can be custom fabricated at the furniture factory or in our workroom. This process can often take 8-10 weeks for completion because items are not sitting available in a warehouse but being custom produced just for you. We’ll provide updates on the process during this wait time to keep your excitement high on your beautiful new room design.

Installation – Once items have arrived in our warehouse we’ll schedule a delivery/installation time and your interior designer will be on hand to put items in place, double checked for perfection, install draperies if ordered and complete any finishing touches. Balance due on the contract is collected at this time. Occasionally not all pieces have arrived at the warehouse in time and we’ll need to schedule a second delivery of any remaining pieces.

Lovin’ It Stage – Now it is time to love the home you’ve created and share it with your family and friends!

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