What Is the Interior Design Procurement Process? Behind the Scenes Series

This post is cross-published and updated at: What Is the Interior Design Procurement Process? Behind the Scenes Series. To learn more about the Behind the Scenes of running a successful interior design business, check out Designed for the Creative Mind.

As we continue through the Behind The Scene series, let’s address the What the Procurement Phase of an interior design project actually is. It is a complicated step, but as with any professional, it appears seamless to anybody outside looking in.

I wrote a blog about what the actual Interior Design Fee includes HERE, and walked through the design process, but left off when we got to the Procurement Process as it relates to interior design.

Procurement is a very detailed and key step in the interior design process

Procurement

The actual procurement (purchasing) of the items happens after the custom design is created, presented, and approved by the client. This is a very time-intensive step in the process – often filled with many obstacles.

Here is a summary of what the interior design procurement process entails:
Detailed price requests to the supplier.
    • Each detail of the item must be specified and priced. For example, a simple throw pillow will include:
      • The pillow insert (from one vendor) – what size and what fill (down, polyester, a blend). And if you do want the blend, do you want 50/50 or 60/40 or 90/10. There are a LOT of decisions for just a pillow insert.
      • The pillow fabric (from a second vendor) – and how much, based on the pattern and repeat of the pattern, and size of the pillow.
      • The trim (from potentially a third vendor) – unless we specify a knife edge or self cording (using the pillow fabric itself)
      • The labor (from a fourth vendor)
    • Another example is for drapery components, as you see in this image below.

      • From the top and moving from left to right, you must specify what type of finial, rings, and color of the hardware. The second row from left to right, what type of bracket do you want, and do you need a rod connector; most of these we source at a single vendor. And the final row, from left to right, you must select your fabric, confirm the yardage necessary – which will vary dependent on the height of the window and what type of top pleat you want (if any), factor in the labor – also determined by size and style – and finally, whether or not you want the drapery panels lined.

        And this is just if you’re doing simple panels!

        Drapery components to specify for interior design project

        Drapery Components

Creation of an accurate purchase order (PO) for each vendor.

You can see that a simple pillow requires up to four PO’s – the drapery panels at least three.

Ordering a Cutting For Approval (CFA), and then approving.

This is when you get a sample of the actual fabric you’ll be ordering. Sometimes it is not the same as the sample you originally had, because of the different dye lots. So it gives you the chance to confirm what you want is what you get.

Reviewing the acknowledgment.

Every single email and attachment must be 100% confirmed to ensure the vendor understood our order and is placing it correctly with their people.

Arranging for the receiver.

This is a third party service that professionally receives, inspects, stores, catalogs and delivers the items. Most freight companies will only deliver to a facility that has a bay door or dock. We have to provide them with a list of what is going to be arriving and who it is for.

Receiving photos for every.single.item the receiver receives and inspects.

It is imperative to confirm every single item is received in good condition (and is the right item!). If it shows up damaged, we must determine if it can be repaired professionally or if it needs to be sent back to the vendor.

There is bookkeeping associated with each of these steps:
    • Creating an accurate invoice.
    • Deposit the client pays for the items.
    • Post and reconcile.
    • Pay the vendors, the freight companies, the receiving company, and any separate installations.
    • Track items, orders, receipts, invoices, and PO’s and reconcile.
Project Binder | MLInteriorsGroup.com

Project Binder

Problem resolution.

Of course, there are always problems to resolve. Maybe the fabric specified for the aforementioned pillow is no longer in stock – do you wait until it is back in stock? Or replace it immediately? Maybe the fabric is discontinued between when you originally sourced it for the design and when you are actually ordering. Thankfully, we have exceptional relationships with our product representatives and they can assist in finding a solution (this is a huge benefit of working with a reputable interior designer).

Document Everything.

And finally, every single step of the interior design procurement process is documented with the dates…date ordered, date shipped, date received, and finally – date delivered and installed!

I’m sure I forgot something. Thankfully, we have everything pre-programmed into our project management software, so we are not relying solely on our memory. Plus, we have about 99 checklists for each project.

Contact Us

Are you ready to discuss your own interior design or renovation project? Let’s schedule a time to “interview us”!  We have years of experience in creating happier and more efficient homes. We begin every project with a (free) in studio Meet & Greet. Contact the team at ML Interiors Group today at 972-248-4733 or via the website contact form. We offer interior design services in all of DFW and beyond.

This post first published HERE.

What Does An Interior Design Fee Include? Behind the Scenes Series

This post is cross-published and updated at: What Does An Interior Design Fee Include? Behind the Scenes Series. To learn more about the Behind the Scenes of running a successful interior design business, check out Designed for the Creative Mind.

Have you ever wanted to hire an interior designer or decorator to come over and “just take care of everything”? But did you ever think about what the “everything” really is? And what that interior design fee really includes? In our Behind the Scenes Series (so far HERE and HERE, you can rest assured I will spill all the beans and share the details with you. Read on, my friend:
A home should tell a love story about the people who live there | Interior Design Quote | Michelle Lynne, Dallas' premier interior designer

A home should tell a love story….

So many people think that an interior designer’s job is to just “make things pretty”. And while the end result IS very pretty, there is so much that goes into the overall project. The interior design fee includes not just the time it takes, but the intellectual property and design genius a good design firm brings to the table.

But our job goes way beyond that. A good interior designer learns all about their client’s wants, needs, and how they live. The designer has the vision for the space, tailors it to the clients’ needs – and then plans and implements that vision so that the room(s) are both functional AND beautiful. It’s not unlike a pair of shoes – they may LOOK good, but if they are not comfortable, you won’t enjoy them.

A designer will balance the client’s aesthetic style with their lifestyle – while also working with the home’s architectural features (including where to hide the electrical outlets or cords). Keep in mind, that while juggling these details a good designer works closely with a handful of trusted artisans, vendors, and contractors who fulfill the design.

Here is the short version of what our Concierge Design service fee will get you:

Budget Analysis

Budget analysis & adjustment – because most clients do not have a money tree growing in the backyard, we advise on what sort of financial investment is realistic and adjust accordingly. The interior design fee is not allocated towards the purchases or renovation costs.

Initial Design Kick Off

This is where our team runs through all of the “big picture” ideas and hones in on the final vision. This includes creating custom solutions the layout of the furniture, general color palette, unique features, furniture pieces, and how the room(s) will flow.

Interior design is not just about selecting fabric, although that is a key component to a beautiful room | The team at ML Interiors Group, Dallas interior designers

We operate as a team and joke that you “buy one, get three free” because we collaborate and share so many ideas. We all have unique perspectives and experiences, and that combination benefits our clients.

Trade Day

Once we have the general vision, it’s time to make sure that vision is viable. We meet with contractors on the project site to discuss the details so they can start pulling together a bid. This is necessary whether it is a full remodel or simply having the drapery workroom measure the windows accurately.

Space Planning

Have you ever “eyeballed” a piece of furniture at the store, purchased it, and found it was the wrong size when you got it home? Yah. Me neither. haha. So instead, we ensure all rooms are measured accurately so we can select and deliver the right size furnishings the first time. Avoiding this headache alone, not to mention restocking fees – is worth the design fee alone. You can rest assured your furniture will be the appropriate size.

Finish Selections

Once we have the basic color palette selected, we begin ordering fabrics, rug samples, tile and such – where needed. It is not unheard of to order up to 500 fabric samples to edit down to 25 – 50 for a full house design. Yah, you read that correctly: 500 fabrics samples. It’s not a good day to wear black clothing, because the amount of lint is ridiculous!

Selecting fabric can entail hundreds of samples | Interior design fee includes | ML Interiors Group

 

Product sourcing.

A fancy term for shopping. This is much more detailed than you can imagine. We have to confirm the dimensions, color, finish, availability, pricing and shipping terms for every single piece. And if we are creating a custom anything, we have to make sure the item is fully specified for the artisan to create. For example, a custom pillow should be simple, right? Well, we have to confirm the fabric selection not only works with the design, but will withstand the use, determine what size pillow is necessary, confirm whether we want the pillow form to be a polyester fill, down filled, or a blend, and of course we must choose a trim for the pillow (self corded, knife edge, or a decorative trim) and whether it should close with a zipper or a button fold. You cannot imagine the number of phone calls and emails between us and the vendors…and if one thing changes (i.e. is discontinued or not available in the finish we want), it can change the whole room’s selections / color palette or even the design.

Elevation & Rendering creation.

These images will help us confirm or revise our initial design details. This feature also helps the client visualize the concept we have planned for them.

 

 

#ProjectSouthcrest Formal Dining and Living 3D Rendering | Dallas Interior Design | Michelle Lynne Interiors Group | ML

3D Rendering presented as final design

 

Formal dining never looked so good. Live edged table, oversized Palacek chandelier and comfortable and stylish chairs welcome guests to stay and enjoy a meal. | Midway Hollow | Interior Design firm ML Interiors Group

Actual design installed

Want to see more of this project? See some before and after HERE and check it out in our PORTFOLIO.

In addition to the renderings & elevations, when a remodel is involved, we provide the full construction documents, including the electrical plan in the design fee. But we will leave those details for another blog post.

Samples.

We collect as many samples of the selections we will be suggesting to our client so they can touch and feel the items in our studio before giving approval to purchase. Samples include fabric, trim, paint colors, wood stains, area rugs, hardware, stone and tile, linens, wallpaper, furniture samples (as available) and anything else that is applicable to the design that we can get our hands on to convey our vision. Again, a ton of phone calls and emails to coordinate any items that the vendor lends us temporarily.

The Design Presentation.

This presentation is usually delivered in our design studio and will last 1 – 4 hours, depending on the size of the project. This presentation includes EV.ER.Y.THING regarding the design. It’s so much fun! It also includes food – and if it’s Happy Hour, we serve cocktails. This is a great time for our clients because we are unveiling what has been developing for months and answers all of the design challenges they brought to us to solve.

Yah, but what does all of this cost?

There is no industry standard. Interior design fees have a wide variety of structures. Some designers charge an hourly rate ($75 – $500). Some designers work based on a flat fee, which will vary depending on the size of the project but can range from a few thousand dollars to a hefty 6-figures. The calculation of the flat fee may be based on hours estimated, square footage, level of detail – or a combination. Most designers will require a deposit or retainer before beginning the design. Some designers don’t give the whole presentation as part of their service, but rather do the shopping for you as a piece by piece solution. This is an industry that can vary widely – but like anything, you get what you pay for.

The interior design fee does not just pay for the actual service, but also for the expertise and talent the designer brings to the table. Solving problems, creative ideas, beautiful rooms and the FEELING of happiness each time you enter the room is what you’re paying for.

Interior design is not just about making rooms pretty, it's about designing happiness. | ML Interiors Group | Interior Designers in Dallas, Texas

So there you have it in a nutshell. What does the interior design fee include? A LOT, my friend. A LOT.

Originally published HERE.

What Does An Interior Design Fee Include? Behind the Scenes Series

This post is cross-published and updated at: What Does An Interior Design Fee Include? Behind the Scenes Series. To learn more about the Behind the Scenes of running a successful interior design business, check out Designed for the Creative Mind.

Have you ever wanted to hire an interior designer or decorator to come over and “just take care of everything”? But did you ever think about what the “everything” really is? And what that interior design fee really includes? In our Behind the Scenes Series (so far HERE and HERE, you can rest assured I will spill all the beans and share the details with you. Read on, my friend:
A home should tell a love story about the people who live there | Interior Design Quote | Michelle Lynne, Dallas' premier interior designer

A home should tell a love story….

So many people think that an interior designer’s job is to just “make things pretty”. And while the end result IS very pretty, there is so much that goes into the overall project. The interior design fee includes not just the time it takes, but the intellectual property and design genius a good design firm brings to the table.

But our job goes way beyond that. A good interior designer learns all about their client’s wants, needs, and how they live. The designer has the vision for the space, tailors it to the clients’ needs – and then plans and implements that vision so that the room(s) are both functional AND beautiful. It’s not unlike a pair of shoes – they may LOOK good, but if they are not comfortable, you won’t enjoy them.

A designer will balance the client’s aesthetic style with their lifestyle – while also working with the home’s architectural features (including where to hide the electrical outlets or cords). Keep in mind, that while juggling these details a good designer works closely with a handful of trusted artisans, vendors, and contractors who fulfill the design.

Here is the short version of what our Concierge Design service fee will get you:

Budget Analysis

Budget analysis & adjustment – because most clients do not have a money tree growing in the backyard, we advise on what sort of financial investment is realistic and adjust accordingly. The interior design fee is not allocated towards the purchases or renovation costs.

Initial Design Kick Off

This is where our team runs through all of the “big picture” ideas and hones in on the final vision. This includes creating custom solutions the layout of the furniture, general color palette, unique features, furniture pieces, and how the room(s) will flow.

Interior design is not just about selecting fabric, although that is a key component to a beautiful room | The team at ML Interiors Group, Dallas interior designers

We operate as a team and joke that you “buy one, get three free” because we collaborate and share so many ideas. We all have unique perspectives and experiences, and that combination benefits our clients.

Trade Day

Once we have the general vision, it’s time to make sure that vision is viable. We meet with contractors on the project site to discuss the details so they can start pulling together a bid. This is necessary whether it is a full remodel or simply having the drapery workroom measure the windows accurately.

Space Planning

Have you ever “eyeballed” a piece of furniture at the store, purchased it, and found it was the wrong size when you got it home? Yah. Me neither. haha. So instead, we ensure all rooms are measured accurately so we can select and deliver the right size furnishings the first time. Avoiding this headache alone, not to mention restocking fees – is worth the design fee alone. You can rest assured your furniture will be the appropriate size.

Finish Selections

Once we have the basic color palette selected, we begin ordering fabrics, rug samples, tile and such – where needed. It is not unheard of to order up to 500 fabric samples to edit down to 25 – 50 for a full house design. Yah, you read that correctly: 500 fabrics samples. It’s not a good day to wear black clothing, because the amount of lint is ridiculous!

Selecting fabric can entail hundreds of samples | Interior design fee includes | ML Interiors Group

 

Product sourcing.

A fancy term for shopping. This is much more detailed than you can imagine. We have to confirm the dimensions, color, finish, availability, pricing and shipping terms for every single piece. And if we are creating a custom anything, we have to make sure the item is fully specified for the artisan to create. For example, a custom pillow should be simple, right? Well, we have to confirm the fabric selection not only works with the design, but will withstand the use, determine what size pillow is necessary, confirm whether we want the pillow form to be a polyester fill, down filled, or a blend, and of course we must choose a trim for the pillow (self corded, knife edge, or a decorative trim) and whether it should close with a zipper or a button fold. You cannot imagine the number of phone calls and emails between us and the vendors…and if one thing changes (i.e. is discontinued or not available in the finish we want), it can change the whole room’s selections / color palette or even the design.

Elevation & Rendering creation.

These images will help us confirm or revise our initial design details. This feature also helps the client visualize the concept we have planned for them.

 

 

#ProjectSouthcrest Formal Dining and Living 3D Rendering | Dallas Interior Design | Michelle Lynne Interiors Group | ML

3D Rendering presented as final design

 

Formal dining never looked so good. Live edged table, oversized Palacek chandelier and comfortable and stylish chairs welcome guests to stay and enjoy a meal. | Midway Hollow | Interior Design firm ML Interiors Group

Actual design installed

Want to see more of this project? See some before and after HERE and check it out in our PORTFOLIO.

In addition to the renderings & elevations, when a remodel is involved, we provide the full construction documents, including the electrical plan in the design fee. But we will leave those details for another blog post.

Samples.

We collect as many samples of the selections we will be suggesting to our client so they can touch and feel the items in our studio before giving approval to purchase. Samples include fabric, trim, paint colors, wood stains, area rugs, hardware, stone and tile, linens, wallpaper, furniture samples (as available) and anything else that is applicable to the design that we can get our hands on to convey our vision. Again, a ton of phone calls and emails to coordinate any items that the vendor lends us temporarily.

The Design Presentation.

This presentation is usually delivered in our design studio and will last 1 – 4 hours, depending on the size of the project. This presentation includes EV.ER.Y.THING regarding the design. It’s so much fun! It also includes food – and if it’s Happy Hour, we serve cocktails. This is a great time for our clients because we are unveiling what has been developing for months and answers all of the design challenges they brought to us to solve.

Yah, but what does all of this cost?

There is no industry standard. Interior design fees have a wide variety of structures. Some designers charge an hourly rate ($75 – $500). Some designers work based on a flat fee, which will vary depending on the size of the project but can range from a few thousand dollars to a hefty 6-figures. The calculation of the flat fee may be based on hours estimated, square footage, level of detail – or a combination. Most designers will require a deposit or retainer before beginning the design. Some designers don’t give the whole presentation as part of their service, but rather do the shopping for you as a piece by piece solution. This is an industry that can vary widely – but like anything, you get what you pay for.

The interior design fee does not just pay for the actual service, but also for the expertise and talent the designer brings to the table. Solving problems, creative ideas, beautiful rooms and the FEELING of happiness each time you enter the room is what you’re paying for.

Interior design is not just about making rooms pretty, it's about designing happiness. | ML Interiors Group | Interior Designers in Dallas, Texas

So there you have it in a nutshell. What does the interior design fee include? A LOT, my friend. A LOT.

Originally published HERE.

Questions To Ask An Interior Designer – Behind the Scenes Series, Part II

This post is cross-published and updated at: Questions To Ask An Interior Designer – Behind the Scenes Series, Part II. To learn more about the Behind the Scenes of running a successful interior design business, check out Designed for the Creative Mind.

Last week, I posted my suggestions about How Do You Pick An Interior Designer? (CLICK HERE) but did not really go into the detailed questions to ask an interior designer. So let’s dig into that just a bit here as we continue our Behind the Scenes Series.

Going through the process of selecting a professional with whom you will be working for an extended period of time can sometimes feel like dating. “Is s/he the right one for me? Do we have the same long term goals? What if it doesn’t work out?” I’m only partially kidding. It’s a good analogy though. So here are a few opening questions to as an interior designer as you meet with them:

What sort of projects are a good fit for your firm?

Posing this question, you are looking for a little bit of discrimination. Not every project is a good fit for every firm.(Just like dating, right?) Even if the designer does not have years of experience, the designer should be able to narrow down where their “lane” is. Whether it is a particular style of design and/or a client’s personality fit, they should not be “right” for everyone and be able to explain to you who they are right for.

Sophisticated boho inspired family room in Dallas, Texas includes tribal rug, wooden dice style wall art, select pillows and custom accessories | ML Interiors Group

For more images of this project follow #ProjectSouthcrest on Instagram

What is your design process?

Interior design is not fairy dust and rainbows and POOF your design is delivered. And even though this is a creative process, there should be a process. You should be looking for how the designer learns about you and your preferences, how they work with outside contractors that may be needed for your project, and whether or not they provide any communication – or collaboration – throughout the development of the design. We have a 16 step “experience” that we introduce to our clients during our first meeting and explain it acts as our roadmap through each project.

Can you work within my budget?

Getting all of the nuances of money out of the way early in the relationship is key to a good relationship. And, just like dating, it’s important that these big details are 100% understood by all parties before proceeding together. You don’t want to be so invested in the project and find out halfway to completion that your budget is spent. So you need to be upfront with how much you have earmarked for the project. Don’t play coy and say you have $150,o00, when really you’re willing to spend $175,000. You should be able to share those details with the designer and let them know that you WANT to spend $150K, but are WILLING to spend $175K if it makes sense and trust she won’t go all willy nilly spending that extra money if it’s not necessary.

Bold wallpaper, tile on the wall and a custom, lacquered vanity make a bold statement in this powder bath remodel | Interior design by ML Interiors Group | Dallas interior designer

For more images of this project, follow #ProjectBuckinghamDrive on Instagram

How do you charge?

This question should be in line with the overall budget question. Did you know there is no single way to charge within the interior design industry? Yah. We are literally all over the place. Some designers charge by the hour, some by the square foot, some charge a markup on the furnishings. It’s important that you understand how your money is being spent and what value you are getting for it each step along the way. It has taken my firm a long time and quite a few years of data to really dial in our pricing structure. And although interior design is a luxury service, our goal is to be good stewards of our clients’ money, providing a good return on their investment, while also creating a solid profit for the business. At the end of the project, everybody should feel like they were treated fairly and respectfully.

What are my responsibilities during this process?

Yes, you do have responsibilities throughout the project. If nothing else, your promise to provide honest feedback and prompt responses is key. Some designers work in a very collaborative manner and you’re along each step of the way, possibly pre-approving items prior to them working the piece into the design. Other designers enjoy the freedom to explore options and present you with the final selections all at once. In most instances, we work somewhere in the middle of those two extremes, depending upon the client’s preferences. But we do require our clients make decisions within a specified timeframe, or run the risk of delaying the project.

Tips for working with an interior designer | avoid disaster | ML Interiors Group | Dallas Interior Design

For more images of this project, follow #ProjectMockingbirdLane on Instagram

(More) questions to ask an interior designer:

Those are the most important questions to ask an interior designer as you interview. Here are few more to consider within your conversation(s):

  • How many projects do you work on at a time?
  • How long would you anticipate my project to take? And does our availability align?
  • How do you resolve problems during the project? (Furniture arrives damaged, wrong piece was received, etc.)
  • Do you track price differences / refunds / etc.? And if so, how?
  • May I have a client reference?
Entry Way Design | Dallas Interior Designer | ML Interiors Group

For more images of this project, follow #ProjectRevere on Instagram

Whew! That is a LOT! Right? But so many details to consider as you enter this exciting time. And keep in mind, that throughout this whole process YOU are also being interviewed. Ideally, you want to date work with a designer who is not “desperate” for design projects. This can often lead to misrepresentation in order to secure the job, and then disappointment as the project unfolds.

And if you would like to discuss your own interior design or renovation project and “interview us”, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We have years of experience creating happier and more efficient homes and begin our process with a (free) in studio Meet & Greet. Contact the team at ML Interiors Group today at 972-248-4733 or via the website contact form. We offer interior design services in all of DFW and beyond.

How Do You Pick An Interior Designer? (Part I In a Behind the Scenes Series)

This post is cross-published and updated at: How Do You Pick An Interior Designer? (Part I In a Behind the Scenes Series). To learn more about the Behind the Scenes of running a successful interior design business, check out Designed for the Creative Mind.

Have you ever considered hiring an interior designer or decorator but had no idea where to start? I mean, just Google “Dallas Interior Designer” and you’ll come up with pages and pages of options. So HOW do you pick an interior designer? This is the first in a series of Behind The Scenes articles I’ll be sharing.

First of all, interior design is a very personal service. One that requires quite a bit of trust – from both parties. When exploring how to pick an interior designer that is right for YOU, all of the following points are moot if there is no trust. The client must trust the designer will be able to interpret their style and translate it within budget – and the promised timeframe. And the designer needs to trust the client to speak up, share their honest thoughts, likes, dislikes, budget, and so forth – and then allow the designer to express creativity in the design delivered.

So, without further ado, here are a few key points to remember when you’re considering hiring an interior designer.

The proof is in the portfolio.

Confirm the designer’s aesthetic lines up with what you want. Does the designer specialize in one specific style? If that style isn’t what you want in your house, even if the photos are beautiful, the designer is not the best one for you. AND – key point – make sure the photos in the portfolio are actually the work of the designer. Yes, some designers use stock photos (or other designers’ work downloaded from the internet) to begin or expand their portfolio.

The designer isn’t afraid to discuss budget.

Did you know that budgeting is not a subject taught within the interior design degree? Yah. Me neither until I hired a degreed designer and had to teach her what the word meant. haha. Seriously though, unless you have a money tree growing in the backyard (and if you do, pssst…please call me), it’s imperative that your designer be able to advise and approve your budget for the deliverables you are asking for. Otherwise, the experience is going to be very uncomfortable when you have to tell your designer to make different selections because you’re not willing to pay for what was presented, no matter how much you love it.

Business Model.

The topic of the budget is a great segue to learning how the designer’s business model is basically set up.  Yes, this is a business for most of us and not a hobby, so we are here to make a profit. But you should understand where your money is going. Maybe not to the nickel, per se, but general transparency is key. The business of interior design is not regulated, so we all run our businesses differently.

In general, there is a design fee – this is the cost to receive the design genius solutions to your space.

There is a Procurement Fee, which is applied to the actual order placement and tracking. I’ll be writing a blog on that step soon because there is a LOT that goes into this step. Creating custom designs entails more than just clicking on an item, dropping it into a virtual shopping cart and checking out.

Finally, most designers and decorators receive discounts from vendors who sell “To the Trade”. This means our access to unique furnishings, art and accessories create a design that will be unique to you, and probably not including pieces that your neighbor purchased at Nebraska Furniture Mart.  We pass on some of our discounts to our clients, and depending on the size and scope of the project, we have often seen that the amount of savings for our clients off of the MSRP is substantial enough to offset the actual design fee. More on this in a future post too. (Whew, I just created a lot of content I need to create!)

Organization.

The amount of detail that goes into a single room is astounding (do you KNOW how many details go into a single custom pillow? If not, stay tuned, I’ll put that into my Procurement Blog). Not only the actual design selections, but tracking invoices received, payments made, shipments, tracking damages and so forth. And not to forget, coordinating the trades, AND keeping you apprised each week is a huge endeavor that one must be well organized and prepared for. We manage our details both online and within project and order binders.

The amount of detail that goes into a project is overwhelming. Without strong organizational skills, projects can fall off of budget or timeline easily. | ML Interiors Group manages their organization online and with project binders.

Personality.

Of course, at the end of the day, how to pick an interior designer, the personality match is HUGE. Do you believe you will enjoy working with this person (or team) for an extended duration? Do you believe he / she will listen to you and treat you respectfully when you request changes? Are they fun? Or do they take themselves very seriously? (And which of those personalities are more appealing to you?)

Consider “interviewing” 2 -3 designers and see who you “click” with. They may cost a little more. They may cost a little less. But consider the overall package of what they are promising, how they promise to deliver and how you feel when you’re in their presence. Do you feel intimated? Or welcomed? Judged? Or understood? Intuition will generally lead you accurately if you listen to your gut.

How to pick an interior designer is a very personal service | Dallas based, Michelle Lynne, shares her suggestions on how to narrow down the best fit for you.

This “how to pick an interior designer” post is a great start to the Behind the Scenes details in a Design Studio Series. I’ll share some specific questions you should ask when you’re interviewing designers that you can add to your ideas.

And if you would like to discuss your own project and “interview us”, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We have years of experience creating happier and more efficient homes and begin our process with a (free) in studio Meet & Greet. Contact the team at ML Interiors Group today at 972-248-4733 or via the website contact form. We offer interior design services in all of DFW and beyond.