The Design Process: Tips for Getting Started


Renovating, remodeling, redecorating, even just a refresh. Regardless of the end goal, the design process at any scale can be daunting. We so often have clients coming to us, totally overwhelmed by where to start. Luckily, if you work with an interior designer, they should help you navigate the wheres and hows to begin. And if you’re going on your own, we’ve put together our top tips for getting started. Design 101.

  1. Know Your Budget - This is the first place you should start. Determining your budget, and putting together a plan to work within that budget, should be step one of any design process.

  2. Get to know the Floor Plan - And we mean, intimately. Make sure you know the dimensions and details of the space you’re working with. Don’t forget windowsills, molding or ceiling details!

  3. Old Vs. New - Take an inventory. What do you already own that can work in your new space? Repurposing furniture and accessories you already own, and mixing with new pieces, can help keep you on budget and infuse the room with warmth and character.

  4. Inspiration - The first time we sit down with a client, we ask them one pivotal question: '“What inspires you?” We love getting a sense of what the client is drawn to before starting a project. Now is the time to scour Pinterest and Houzz. Pay attention to both the specific pieces you love, and the overall look and feel of the rooms you are drawn to. See what moves you and seek to make it your own.

Ready to get started? Contact us today. We’d love to chat!