Online Interior Design
A way to work with an interior designer from anywhere, online design occurs 100% online. Although it requires more work on your part, this service let’s you collaborate with a designer at a more affordable rate. This is for the client who is happy to order and install their items but would like professional advice and a fully designed space.
This is when your home design is complete! All custom work and remodeling has been finished, furniture and accessories are in place down to the last candle on your coffee table. Usually items are delivered and installed over time, but there is always a final styling where I ensure every detail has been considered.
This file contains a line item list of the furniture selections for your project including pictures of the items, fabrics and wood or metal finishes. All costs associated with the items are included as well as the details of each item. It’s presented to you at the final design meeting for review and approval. Total costs are shown and payment is due in full to proceed with all orders.
In the design industry this is the warehouse where our furniture deliveries are sent. The receiver I work with caters to the design industry. When a project’s items are shipped to them, I provide an itemized list of all pieces on order so they know what to expect and from which vendors. The receiver opens and inspects each piece and contacts me immediately if there’s a problem with a piece. Often we can fix the problem and keep the project on track without the client having to worry about anything. They are a trusted vendor that delivers all of my items to my clients’ home for their one day installation.
Fabric workroom where custom fabric treatments or furniture items are made. This may include draperies, roman shades, pillows or bedding. This enables me to provide great custom fabric treatments to my clients.
A change order happens when we’ve already decided on the details of a specific item and later choose to alter it in some way. Maybe we chose a fabric for your window treatments in July, but in September the new line is released and you fall in love with a different pattern. If the window treatments are not yet in production then a change order would be submitted, specifying the new fabric choice. If the fabric has not yet been ordered then this isn’t really a big deal. However, if the fabric is on order then it likely cannot be returned and you would pay for both the original fabric as well as your new choice.
In the design industry, the word “vendor” means a supplier of an item. This could be a manufacturer or a seller. Vendors offer fabrics, furniture, art, materials, paints and accessories. The relationship between a designer and a vendor requires great communication. Designers work to build great vendor relationships so when challenges come up they are handled quickly. Many vendors are “to the trade” only, which means they offer competitive rates to vetted designers only, which translates to better value for my clients.
A lot of high end furniture and accessory makers sell to the trade only. This means that only licensed designers who are registered with that company can purchase their goods. Typically, the most unique items and highest quality custom work is sold to the trade only. By hiring most interior designers, you gain access to all of these items.
Purchase order (PO)
In order to purchase each item, a PO is created for each vendor on your proposal. The PO is sent electronically to the vendor from our purchase management software and they must acknowledge receipt and send us an invoice for the items. The PO contains the details of each item and the ship to address for our receiver. This is our paper trail for each item we purchase and is a key part of our purchase management service. This ensures all items are tracked with the goal of reducing errors and surprises.
Customer’s Own Material (COM)
When we select an upholstered piece of furniture we often select a fabric from that furniture vendor. The cost of the item includes their fabric. If we don’t like their fabric selections, most companies will allow you to use another company’s material — known as customer’s own material. The cost of the item itself is usually slightly less if you use COM, but you have to purchase the fabric and have it shipped to the vendor so there are additional costs to this option. When working with custom furniture companies that don’t have their own fabrics we only use COM and it allows us to pull from a wide range of vendors to create a unique look for our clients.
A memo is a sample of a fabric. When a designer is selecting fabrics for a design project he/she collects memos of each fabric to present to the client. It’s always important to see a sample versus selecting a fabric from a website. This enables a designer to know how the fabric is made and really see the color and texture. These are collected to present to a client at the final design presentation.
Cuttings for Approval
Once a piece of furniture has been approved for purchase by the client the designer places a hold on the fabric needed to upholster that furniture and requests a cutting of the fabric held. This is important because the color of fabric can vary from bolt to bolt. Once the cutting is received approval is sent to the vendor and the fabric is ordered. The cutting is held in the file to confirm the proper fabric is placed on the item. This can add more time to the ordering process, but saves in headaches down the road.