Hi guys. I have updated my services page to list my pricing. Over the years I’ve noticed some designers are transparent with pricing on their website and others are not. Well, this gal’s letting you know upfront —
So the breakdown is as such:
By the Hour
$700 per room + fees (email for details)
$350 per room
Send yo money to email@example.com on Paypal. 😀 Now that money talk is over, let’s talk e-design!
So, a client not so far away sent in images for an e-design project. I have listed out everything you’d get in your e-design package here, but thought it’d be fun to discuss the final project with you in more detail!
The client stated some parts of her house are 100 years old, some renovated in the 50s, early 90s, and mid-00s. She said she always wanted a jungle-themed sitting room. In the last reno, this room was never fully completed thus we have a bad paint job and an incomplete look/design. It’s more of a pass through from the hallway to her bedroom and does not get sat in really at all.
The following are the images she sent in. An example of what you might send.
Here we see outdated furniture. I really don’t like this furniture for indoors. I can’t not read it as patio furniture. Especially those cushions. Nowadays we like rattan (cyclical furniture style, just like fashion) and not this wicker stuff.
What is going on with the seahorses on the wall? Are we in the jungle or in the ocean? Why is that air vent blaringly white if the walls are green?
Her one request was that the fish tank stay.
A slatted door? Oh my dear no.
Is that cabinet a fish tank cabinet contender? I do not care for the one in the room.
We end on Asian decor. Way too many mismatched ideas going on here. I’m all for a mix but this isn’t working!!
We hopped on Pinterest and these are the images that inspired our Jungle. A more British Colonial/African vibe. It is a style that vibes with the rest of her traditional house — feel free to send supporting images too!
Creating a pinterest board allowed her to realize what looks she was really drawn to. I helped narrow it down to these inspirational images. Solid dark woods, animal prints, rattan, African masks and baskets, blue and white prints, color, and plants.
I knew right away that that green paint HAD TO GO. My go-to white is Benjamin Moore’s Simply White. Of course the client will have to test a few whites on her walls before committing to a paint color. The room has only 1 window and gets very little sunlight. The dark green wasn’t doing anyone any favors in lighting up the place. So white walls will add some bright and cheer! I also wanted to add the idea of windows with the window mirrors. We will be able to bounce light around the room and open up the space.
Speaking of light, the ceiling fan has got to go. While the client does live in Alabama and it does get hot here, she does not need a ceiling fan in this room. It wasn’t installed until the 00 reno. Get rid of it! Instead, we’ll add a wicker rattan pendant light and add in more ambient task lights with lamps (which there are none of now). The geometric lamp adds a bit of a tribal look and the floor lamp stays Traditional for the British Colonial effect.
You can see bits of the inspiration images represented here. Image #4 really stood out to me with that burl wood cabinet. Love that! When I came across this blue and white settee on Wayfair, I thought, how perfect!! The daybed is One Kings Lane. She can have a lie down in her jungle or have several loved ones over for a sit fest! The goal in mind was to make this a place she and guests would want to sit.
The rattan coffee table is vintage to pull some of the darker colors together. She told me she wanted animals in the room. This giant leather tiger is from Chairish (I really dig it). It was very interesting researching the African baskets (these are from Etsy) and masks (so many tribes with different styles!).
A jute rug, with a crisscross woven pattern, from Ballard Designs anchors the space.
I asked if we could get rid of the faux palm trees. I’m not a fan of fake plants at all, but she was worried she wouldn’t be able to find/afford large palms at this time. There are 3 of these in the space. I think we can get away with 2 flanking the daybed. Accessorizing wasn’t huge on her list, so I’ve done some inspirational placement and noted to her she can add African inspired art all over the walls for a real layered look!
Her curio cabinet really led the British Colonial idea. It will no longer be diagonal across both walls, but sit on the opposite wall from the window (see floor plan). I’m so stinking in love with these Ficks Reed leather/rattan lounge chairs! Soooo good. Here I’ve covered them in a velvet leopard fabric from a local source. A bit of mid-century funk. Her curtains and old blinds will go away and in will come bamboo roller shades. These blinds from The Shade Store come in 3 levels — light filtering, black out, and uv protecting.
There’s our other palm! And the requested fish tank. With a 1970s tiger painting. I recommended she get a new fish cabinet (this is from Pier 1 in an Asian style — a bit of something she loves), but the cabinet in the room (mentioned above) would work well too. Another alternative is to paint her current cabinet and replace the hardware. Right now it really looks like some bathroom vanity or kitchen counter remnant. :\
Not on her list but something I proposed, getting rid of those slat doors! They have built-in door stops! I just don’t get it. Please don’t put these in your house 🙁 So get rid of those and get real doors. A glass-paned/French door would be perfect leading in from the hallway. And a solid wood door leading to the bedroom. I’d also like to see crown moulding installed at the ceiling.
She has agreed to send photos of her completed room. I am excited to see it all fall into place!
What are your thoughts on this e-design? This is the process/delivery you can expect to see if you buy this service. 🙂