What is the difference between an Interior Decorator and an Interior Designer?
You may have occasionally heard the terms for interior decorator and interior designer interchanged. However, there is a difference between the two titles. An interior decorator generally refers to someone who deals with finishes, surfaces, furniture, and wall coverings. Also, an interior decorator may work in a variety of venues from a design showroom to a remodeling retail store.
An interior designer is a more specialized career field, requiring a certain combined level of education, work experience, and licensing. An interior designer may create spaces for the inside of a commercial office building, design the lighting for a restaurant, or select the furnishings of a home. An interior designer may also deal with issues of safety like accessibility and building codes.
Why do I need an Interior Designer?
Whether you need a little help or a lot, from answers to a few questions on color selection or furniture layout to help on planning and completing a complicated remodel or new construction project, the advice and guidance of an Interior Designer is invaluable.
Having a professional Interior Designer on your team who has the knowledge and experience of countless similar projects as well as the information and expertise for finding the exact products and trades-people you need to get the best result for your project is priceless. Working with an Interior Designer will help you to move seamlessly and efficiently through the project, as well as help you prevent costly mistakes or side-steps along the way.
Why should I pay for a designer when some retail and builder supply stores offer “free design assistance?”
While it is true that many retail establishments may offer “free” advice and assistance, and that sometimes, though not always, those consultants may be very good at what they do, it is also true that although the advice they offer you is “free,” they definitely are not working for “free” and their primary allegiance and obligation is to their employer.
When do I need an Interior Designer?
While a good designer can help you at any stage of the design, it is most advantageous for you to begin your work with a designer at the earliest stages of the design. As with almost any process, a good plan in place as early as possible is the best route to success. Pink Door Designs can take your project from the initial point of gathering information on the requirements and needs that you have for your space, throughout conception, development, construction, purchasing and installation for every detail of your project – all the way to completion, the final result that shows the great result of a plan well thought out and well executed from the initial ideas to the final details.
What is your Fee Schedule?
Our fees are based off the scope of work and we charge a simple flat design fee when possible. However, sometimes smaller jobs will billed at an hourly rate depending on scope of work. Pink Door Designs also offers A-La-Carte Services that add flexibility for your needs and to fit your budget.
The design fee covers such actions as:
- Schematics, space planning, lighting design, renderings, working drawings and finish selections of new materials
- Design of custom window and bedding treatments, shades or blinds
- Preparation of estimates and purchasing
- Coordination with contractors, architects and installers
- Subsequent consultations with the client and suppliers
- Researching sources for materials or products
- Overall project management and overseeing installations
Why do you have a design fee and purchasing fee on the product?
The design fee is for design concepts, solutions to the problems, and advice on any purchases. When a product is ordered through the designer, there is a great deal of time spent on producing purchase orders, ordering cuttings of fabrics, and wall-coverings from current stock for approval. Our procurement fee is 25-30% plus the cost of goods sold.
As professionals we have access to wholesale vendors from whom we have built a relationship with over time to ensure over quality control of your purchased items before they arrive to you.
Additionally, time is spent on coordinating deliveries and generally ensuring that the whole process runs smoothly until the item is delivered to the client. The purchasing fee covers this entire process and assures the clients’ peace of mind. In addition, to having insider accesses to products you still save with designer discount and are typically not subject to full retail costs.
Freight and Delivery Fees:
Freight and delivery fees apply when ordering furnishings, fabrics and or accents. These fees are passed on to the client at no additional markup. Freight fees are billed by the weight and typically run on average .80-.95 cents per lbs. For example if you are ordering whole a living room set with sofa, loveseat, end tables, ottoman, entrainment center etc. expect to pay about $750.00 in freight. FYI- Retailers roll this cost into your purchase of your items and make it seam as if they giving you something for free when they really aren’t.
Delivery for the day of reveal or just getting your items sent to your home and allowing you to set up yourself. Typical hourly rate for this can be about $90 | hr. and can take anywhere from 3-6 hours depending on the size of the job.
What should I have at our first meeting for my project?
- Collect clippings from magazines and photos of items and decors that appeal to you. Or the link to your Pinterest Boards of your ideas
- Think about colors, styles and effects you like.
- Know what you want to accomplish, what the room or house should do for you when finished.
- Should it be formal or casual, traditional or contemporary?
- Know your objective and lifestyle needs.
- Establish a time frame in which you would like to work
- Have a budget in mind and be honest about it with your designer. Having a ball park figure is a good start.
Contact: Jamie Hernandez Owner Interior Designer