Working with an Interior Designer

Working with Us

"This was my first experience working with a designer and I was a bit nervous at first. Jennifer put me completely at ease immediately. She designed a breakfast room for our kitchen that completely exceeded my expectations...She is very creative and really listened to what we wanted in this project. Now every time I walk into this room I can't help but smile."

This is a Houzz review from one of our clients who share the hesitation most people have about working with an interior designer.  Some of you may be worried that we will want to get rid of everything you already have or that it's too expensive.  You may also think that it's too time consuming.  I'm going to address each one of these for you.

First, we almost always have clients who have items they want to incorporate into a design.  Whether that's an entire bedroom set or just a rug.  We love it when clients bing their own things to a project.  It personalizes their space and gives us a place to start with the design.  I'll be honest, sometimes incorporating existing pieces makes it a little harder for us, but we will always be honest in the best way to use them.

Hiring a professional to do a job that you can't do isn't cheap.  And like other professionals, you get what you pay for at Jennifer Taylor Design.  Our clients are busy and just don't have the time (or desire) to dedicate to their project.  We have a set design process that allows us and our clients to achieve great results in a set amount of time.  Budgets are discussed very early on so that expectations can be set before any selections are made.  Most of our projects that involve designing an entire room has an average investment of $15,000, but we've done projects for less and for more!  

Finally, we make the entire design process super easy for our clients.  The most work you will ever have to do is the initial client questionnaire!  Once the contract is signed, we do all the rest.  Our presentations are fun and exciting.  We work with reliable trades to deliver a quality product.  And the installations are the best!  

I encourage you to view the video about "Our Design Process" to learn more.  We would love to work with you!  850.264.6920 or jennifer@jennifertaylordesign.com

Trusting the Process

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I've been an interior designer for 21 years!  And for 16 of those years I've worked for myself and for that I am so thankful.  It's taken me about 15 years to finally put together a {process} that works for my business, my clients and me.  I've read a lot of books, attended countless seminars and have made a lot of mistakes to get to this point, but it was all part of the journey. My biggest piece of advice, when working with any interior designer, is to trust their process.  A good designer will be up front about how they work and will explain it during your initial meeting, as well as in their design agreement.  This should include how the selection process works, what to expect during presentations and how much their services will cost.  Following the process will result in exactly what you hired your designer to do - create a beautiful space that reflects you!

Good design is truly multi-faceted.  Of course there is the room design, but there's also all the behind-the-scenes work a client doesn't see.  Putting together a workable budget, placing all the orders, working with the seamstress to make sure your window treatments are the perfect size, keeping the warehouse updated on what's arriving, making sure the table that arrived broken is replaced, scheduling the painter, picking the perfect wood stain color for the sofa legs and keeping those hundreds of notes they have taken organized.  All of these "details" are an important part of the process.

My other recommendation is that you let the designer do what you paid them to do.  Trust that they understand your vision and will bring it to life.  Trust that they will only suggest good quality products that fit in your budget.  Trust they will deliver a room you will be be proud of.

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

Jennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, FloridaJennifer Taylor Design; Tallahassee, Florida

 

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You Can Be a VIP!

  All of my clients are important, but last week I had a meeting with what I call a VIP client.  I really like having these meetings as I feel the client gets a lot of information, in a short amount of time, and it's instant gratification.

This particular client bought a true FIXER UPPER and mainly needed my advice on how to create storage.  It's a small place on a lake, built in the 50's and it didn't have one closet.  3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and no closets.  We walked through each room and figured out ways to create storage for clothes, linens and everything else you need to hide.  We picked out colors for the outside, we talked about where they should put their deck, we picked out a front door, we even decided where the television will go and how to create a place for a desk in the tiny family room.  All of this was done in just 3 hours!  The next day, I emailed the client a copy of all the notes I made, as well as a few inspiration photos of some of the storage ideas we had talked about.  Now she has everything she needs to implement all the changes we talked about.  And as you can see from this photo, she has lots to do!

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VIP meetings are great for people who just need a "jump start" on designing a room, or the whole house.  Creating a design plan can be overwhelming, so these meetings are designed to give my client a good place to start.  Another VIP client called me as she needed advice on how to pull her room together.  She had a sofa and chair she really wanted to work around - so we sat down at her kitchen table and came up with a complete plan for the room.  I even brought my laptop and shared my favorite source for rugs.  Then, after our meeting she got two pages of notes, links and inspiration photos to recap everything we talked about.

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If you are interested in speaking to me about scheduling a VIP meeting for yourself, please call or email me.  I'd love to talk to you about it.

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