The Cottage Door Interiors Process

by Sally McFalls on January 12, 2012

We know how much commitment it takes on the part of a client to undertake a project like interior design – and thus we want to work with customers in a way that makes the design process go as smoothly as possible.

When a customer comes to me, we usually start with a discussion about their vision and expectations, whether it’s a window treatment, one room or an entire building project that a customer is looking to redefine.

It is important to share common design goals and priorities. I try to discover their dream of home, their lifestyles, their color preferences and their passions. One tool I use is having them bring magazine pictures of their favorite rooms. I tell them not to analyze but just to gather those that touch a cord in them.

It is always amazing how style and color preferences typically emerge. Once this process has taken place, we begin with measurements and floor planning. The arrangement of furniture is a vital component to any room and sets the stage for your style story. Thus, the process begins.

Clients sometimes come to me because they have seen my work in a show house, or they have been to a friend’s home that I had the privilege to decorate. The store showroom often captivates them too when they visit. I love when customers tell me “I always love your rooms,” or they just come to visit the store because it makes them feel happy. This gives me some assurance of a good fit for both my client and myself.

Of course, not every home I design is French Country; however, there is always a bountiful blending of all that is beautiful and tasteful. French as well as English Country influences are ever present in my designs. It has become my signature.

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