The Process of Home Interior Design

Lisa Scheff Designs is a comprehensive home interior design firm located in Longmeadow, MA.  Our firm manages projects on any scale from a new home to a single room makeover.  No matter the size of your project, our skilled staff will be there to exceed your expectations and dress your home beautifully.

Whether you want every last detailed handled for you or you just need some help executing a design plan, we make it easy and fun for you.

The Process of Home Interior Design

The first step is for you to call and tell us about your project. Some projects are small and quick and others take many months. When we book you an appointment, we will establish what type of project it is.

Comprehensive Interior Design Project 

Many clients are looking for help on a large scale project such as putting an addition on their home, building a new house, or remodeling a kitchen, bathroom or other space. These projects are comprehensive and involve a lot of detailed decisions. These projects usually take at least six months to complete, and the larger the scope of the project, the longer the time frame will be.

  • Initial Consultation
    • We will provide you with a welcome packet explaining our services, products and procedures.
    • The purpose of this meeting is to establish the scope of the project and to discover your personal style.
    • This process involves asking a million questions in order to learn more about you, your wants and needs, your loves and hates and your lifestyle. We want to learn what’s meaningful to you; what you want your home to say about you; and how you want your home to feel.
    • After establishing the scope of the project and your personal style, we will develop a plan together.
  • Back in the office, we will write up a proposed Scope of Work. This document will outline a budget for the project (both for product and design time) based on your goals for the renovation/redesign.
    • We will email you the Scope of Work so that you can review it; feel free to call us to ask any questions.
    • Once we have agreed on a plan and budget, you will sign and return the Scope of Work.
  • At this point, we begin our design process
    • First we develop your initial schematic designs including floor plans and design boards. (Occasionally, drawing floor plans has to happen before the Scope of Work, so that we can determine what your project needs.) These will help you visualize the plan.
    • Through this process, we design your palette which will give you a glimpse of: your materials, finishes and colors, your millwork, custom cabinetry and much more. We will provide fabric, wood and paint samples as well as pictures of furniture and sketches of custom items.
    • We will meet to review these initial plans and make revisions. We plan for two rounds of revisions within our estimated time budget.
    • We finalize all the drawings, all the layouts, all the custom finishes and all the details.
  • Once you approve the design plan and layout, we move to purchasing, ordering, shipping, receiving…and inspecting. Because when something arrives broken (and something always does), we’re there to take care of it.
  • Concurrent to items being ordered, received and inspected, is construction. During this phase, we are your project manager.
    • We oversee and coordinate your process from construction, electrical, plumbing, lighting installation and every other imaginable facet of construction.
    • From the ground up, we’re keeping an eye on your “punch list,” constantly reviewing and updating it, always ensuring that everything is being done correctly and beautifully.
  • As pieces arrive, we are gathering them at our receiving house to make sure that it is all inspected, organized, and ready for installation.
  • When it is time for installation, we show up with truckloads of your goodies.  We take care of all the big heavy lifting. (Well, we have fabulous strong guys who take care of all the big heavy lifting).
  • The Big Reveal. Time to come back into the space and see the concept come to life.

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Quick and Dirty Project 

If you are only looking for a few key products (window treatments, a sofa, a rug, a paint consultation, etc.), we fondly refer to that type of project as a “quick and dirty” because it will only take 1-3 appointments, and will usually be installed and completed within 10 weeks of the appointment.

  • In order to make the first appointment most productive, we often ask that clients send us pictures of the window or space so that we can pull some initial fabrics if custom fabrics will be part of the project.
  • Consultation
    • We will provide you with a welcome packet explaining our services, products and procedures.
    • The purpose of this meeting is to establish the scope of the project and to discover your personal style.
    • This process involves asking a million questions in order to learn more about you, your wants and needs, your loves and hates and your lifestyle. We want to learn what’s meaningful to you; what you want your home to say about you; and how you want your home to feel.
    • For small projects, product decisions can be made in this first appointment, but sometimes, we need to pull more options back in the office and meet again. If this is the case, there may be a 2nd or 3rd appointment to finalize items before they are ordered.
  • Once decisions are made and a deposit is placed, product is ordered.
  • When your product arrives, our professional installers and receiving house deliver and install your products so that you don’t need to do anything but enjoy the space.

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We absolutely love our living room and have truly enjoyed working with you. You’ve made things so easy for us, and I know we would not have nearly as pleasing a result without your involvement.

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 Why Buy from an Interior Designer?

  • Design advice with every purchase
  • Ensure each element will fit the overall concept of the room and home with the appropriate scale, color and function
  • Save time with selections, fabric samples, and design boards brought to you

Call today to book your in-home design consultation.

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