Demystifying the Interior Design Process

 

Interior design can seem like a mysterious industry. It’s one of those services that sounds luxurious and fun, but there's not always a clear image in our minds of how it actually works. If this is how you feel about interior design, then you're in the right place! Many of our clients have never worked with a designer, and they step into working with us feeling the same way. Today, we’re going to take some of the mystery out of the industry and walk you through our design process.
 

At LFID, we take a 10 Step approach, broken into three phases. Depending on the type of project and the scope, our process may vary slightly, but the following outline will give you a good feel for what working with our firm looks like.

 

 

 

Process Overview: 

 

Phase 1: Project Initiation  

​Phase 2: Research | Design | Presentation

Phase 3: Purchasing | Construction | Installation

   

 

 

Project Initiation  

 

STEP ONE: Initial Project Consultation

 

This is where it all begins. The initial consultation is our chance to get to know each other, understand your project, and determine if we’ll be a good fit. This appointment is a two hour working meeting and takes place in the space to be designed (unless it it not yet existing).

 

During the consult, we’ll walk through the space, discuss goals, your style preferences, and budget----everything I need to know to get a sense of the scope of work and put together a proposal, which is step two. Together we’ll look at a handful of photos to see what colors and styles you’re drawn to, layout, function, mood, and overall feel.

 

 

STEP 2: Project Acceptance 

 

Next, we draft up a detailed project proposal based on what we discussed in our consultation. This is a proposal for our services only; no designing is included in the proposal. 

 

Our firm uses project based pricing, with Phase 2 and Phase 3 broken out into two separate amounts. Phase 2 (Reasearch, Design, Presentation) is due at the onset, and Phase 3 is due the date of our design presentation. 

 

Step 2 concludes by walking through our proposal and, if everything is acceptable, signing a letter of agreement.

 


 

Phase 2: Research | Design | Presentation

 

 

Step 3: Discovery

 

At this stage, LFID will take measurements of all spaces to be designed. We'll meet on site with any necessary trades, and get photos of all spaces. 

 

 

Step 4: Design Development

 

This next phase is entirely behind the scenes and gives you a chance to take a break! During this stage, we put our creative minds to work and draft a complete plan to execute in your space. This means developing mood boards (collages of images, colors, and textures), space planning, and pulling various finishes, fabrics, fixtures, and furniture pieces to help you visualize our plan for your space. We also collect estimates for all the products and services required for our space so that you have a full understanding of the cost implications to carry out your project. 

 

 

STEP 5: Presentation

 

Depending on the size of your project, this may be a rather long meeting (snacks are encouraged!). We'll present our floor plans, elevations, product selected for your space, fabrics, fixtures, the list goes on. EVERY single thing that goes into creating your dream space will be presented during this meeting. You'll receive a detailed estimate outlining all the goods and services we'll need to carry out the plan, and assuming everyone is happy with the plan, we'll request payment to begin placing orders, as well as your Phase 3 design fee. 


 


Phase 3: Purchasing | Construction | Installation

 

 

 

STEP 7: Order Placement 

 

Up to this point, everything has been conceptual. Nothing has been purchased, no construction has taken place, but you've seen numerous samples, made lots of decisions, and you're finally ready for this project to START! Now we order all your items. We keep track of product lead times and begin to plan for your installation and styling. As items arrive, we receive them at our warehouse where they are checked for damages, and then stored until all items have arrived.  

 

 

STEP 8: Initiation of Construction 

 

Fairly straight forward! If your project involves construction, we'll have our trades people start work on your project. If needed, we may schedule various site visits to be sure the vision of our design is coming through.

 

 

 

STEP 9: Furniture Installation + Styling

 

At LFID, we believe that holding one big installation day is this best way to implement a your furniture and decor. This prevents you from having your items show up one at a time at your door, and allows you to see our overall vision implemented ALL at once. It's also incredibly fun to see the space transformed in so short a time. Accessories (smaller items, such as throws, vases, bowls, etc.) are purchased in the weeks leading up to installation and are styled/placed among the furniture and decor at installation. 

 

On install day, we ask clients to give us the space for a day (or more, depending on the size of project!) so we can work our magic and reveal the completed space all at once. 

 

 

STEP 10: Project Closure

 

At this point the project is completed and YOU are one happy client :) Final invoices are issued, any additional documentation is provided, and we schedule a time to have your BEAUTIFUL new space photographed for our portfolio. 

 

 

 

Ready to Get Started? 

 

Our step-by-step process is designed to carry out your project efficiently and successfully. We find projects go most smoothly when clients are informed about our process and have realistic expectations. Schedule your free kick-off call today to see if your project is a good fit for our firm!

 

 

Helpful Links: 

 

FAQ

Project Presentation Example (video)

Portfolio

 

 

 

 

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