Why should I hire an interior designer?
An educated AND certified interior designer has the skills to not only provide stylish decor, but to create
strategic plans for a specific space. This can include consultation in reconfiguring an existing interior, adding square footage to a home, and the development of lighting and electrical plans.
How do we get started?
Typically, our introductory communication is a brief phone conversation to determine if collaboration is in the best interest of both parties. After filling out a new client questionnaire, we’ll schedule an initial in-home consultation to gauge the scope of the project, as well as finalize the details of the design agreement. Client’s will be left with homework, usually gathering of images that reflect the design style you want to achieve, in order to insure we are on the same page.
How do you charge for your services?
Urban 1111 Design maintains industry competitive design fees, billed at our designers’ hourly rate. Hourly billing means you are charged an hourly fee for the time it takes to complete your project. Projects more than 30 mins away from Design Studio will be charged at 1/2 of my hourly rate.
Is any project too small?
Traditionally, a 20-hour minimum is required for any client’s first design project but we also do hourly consultation of 2 hour minimum.
Am I expected to find my own contractors?
We maintain excellent relationships with some of the industry’s most talented professionals and are able to recommend services for any interior design project. If you prefer to work with your own contractors, we are also open to collaborating with new friends as well!
How often should I expect communication with you?
Weekly check-ins can be expected in order to provide status updates on your project, or to schedule appointments as needed through-out the process. I’m flexible and can be easily reached by email, phone or text.
What does NCIDQ after the designer’s name mean?
NCIDQ stands for National Council of Interior Designer Qualification. NCIDQ Certified interior designers have distinguished themselves by demonstrating a specific set of core interior design competencies, supported by verified work experience and a college degree. They have proven their knowledge of current standards established to protect public health, safety and welfare, as well as mastery of aesthetic considerations. They have earned the industry’s highest standard of proficiency in interior design principles by successfully passing the NCIDQ Examination.
How do I know for sure an Interior Designer is certified?
To verify that a designer is NCIDQ Certified, regardless of active status, go to the VERIFY NCIDQ CERTIFIED INTERIOR DESIGNER webpage. Verification will require the designer's name, certification number and certification expiration date. (The certified interior designer you are searching for can provide you with this information.)
What is the difference between "Interior Designer" and "Interior Decorator”?
Great question! Many people use the terms "interior design" and "interior decorating" interchangeably, but these professions differ in critical ways.
Interior design is the art and science of understanding people's behavior to create functional spaces within a building. Decoration is the furnishing or adorning of a space with fashionable or beautiful things. In short, interior designers may decorate, but decorators do not design.
Interior designers apply creative and technical solutions within a structure that are functional, attractive and beneficial to the occupants' quality of life and culture. Designs respond to and coordinate with the building shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability.
The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology -- including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process — to satisfy the client’s needs and resources.
U.S. states and Canadian provinces have passed laws requiring interior designers to be licensed or registered and to document their formal education and training. Many states and provinces also specifically require all practicing interior designers to earn the NCIDQ Certification to demonstrate their experience and qualifications.
By contrast, interior decorators require no formal training or licensure.