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WE HAVE WORKED DILIGENTLY TO MAKE THE INTERIOR DESIGN PROCESS APPROACHABLE AND LESS INTIMIDATING, BUT EVERY NEW PROJECT HOLDS ITS OWN SET OF QUESTIONS.
Interior design is the combination of art and science used to improve the aesthetic and functionality of an interior space. Our interior designers work with you to understand your needs and preferences, then use their creativity and technical skills to develop a design plan that meets those needs while also considering factors such as space planning and budget constraints. Interior design requires knowledge of architecture, engineering, and psychology (sometimes “marriage counselor” should be added to our titles), as well as an understanding of design principles, color theory, and lighting design.
An interior designer helps transform your living space into a functional and aesthetically pleasing environment. An interior designer’s role is to understand your vision and pain points then develop a design plan that improves functionality and specify materials and finishes that support your vision. Once the design work is completed, some interior designers will manage the construction phase of your project (we do!). Overall, an interior designer provides you with the expertise, creativity, and resources necessary to create a beautiful and functional environment that reflects your unique style and meets your specific needs.
We love what we do and that comes through in how we work. Waking up each day with the opportunity to meet new people and create beautiful spaces is a blessing we don’t take for granted. Our love of design and people drive us. We’re fun and creative and don’t take ourselves too seriously. We’re a team of problem solvers who want to create spaces our clients love and, in the end, hope to call those clients friends.
Yes, you can order all your materials through us – cabinetry, flooring, tile, lighting, wall coverings, decorative plumbing, electrical fixtures, etc.
Before we begin working together, we will provide you with an estimate of hours for the design portion of your project (everything to the point of starting construction). It is a detailed estimate, but you will be billed for actual time spent on your project. We have invested heavily in technology and continuing education so we can work as efficiently as possible. Sometimes the scope of work changes as the project progresses that may cause the amount of hours to increase. We are sure to communicate if it appears the hours will exceed the estimate and pause until we get your approval to continue. If it ends up being less, again, you are only charged for the hours actually worked.
In general, an interior designer is a professional who is trained in the art and science of enhancing the interior of a building or space to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing environment. Our design team here at SDG works with you to understand your needs, preferences, and budget constraints, then they use their creativity and technical skills to develop a design plan that alleviates your pain points, improves functionality, and endures the test of time.
Our interior designers have knowledge of design principles, color theory, and spatial relationships. Overall, an interior designer is a professional who can help you create a beautiful and functional living or working environment that reflects your unique style and meets your specific needs.
You are always welcome to stop by our studio. We know your time is valuable, so it’s best to let us know you’re coming. We often work remotely, are in meetings, or on a jobsite, so an appointment will ensure somebody is there to meet you and have what you need ready to go.
We occasionally will have clients who want to execute certain portions of their construction project on their own. We don’t prohibit it, but it is something we will want to talk through. Depending on what portion you want to take on, it usually adds to the project timeline and does not save as much cost as you may think.
Interior decoration is usually not a standalone service we provide – it is included as part of a larger design project. However, we do offer consultations to answer questions about feasiblity or to help with furniture layout or choose paint colors. If decoration is indeed the type of service you need, we are happy to refer you to decorators who will do an excellent job.
The differences between an interior designer and an interior decorator are their education, training, and scope of work. While both strive to make living spaces more aesthetically pleasing, interior designers typically have formal education in interior design, architecture, or a related field, which gives them a broad understanding of design principles, construction techniques, computer aided drafting (CAD), architecture, and color theory. Interior decorators, on the other hand, may have some formal training in design or art, but it is not typically required.
Interior designers work on a wide range of projects and can handle everything from space planning and structural changes to selecting finishes and lighting. Interior decorators, focus primarily on the aesthetics of a space, such as selecting colors, fabrics, furniture, and décor.
Interior design is the art and science of enhancing the interior of a building to create a more functional and beautiful environment. However, it’s about more than just aesthetics. While interior design certainly focuses on making a space beautiful, it’s also about creating a functional and efficient space that meets your needs. One of the most important aspects of interior design is space planning, which involves creating a layout that maximizes the functionality and flow of a space. Color is also important as it can affect mood and set the tone for a space. It’s important to choose colors that complement each other and fit the style and purpose of the room. Lighting is another crucial aspect of interior design, as it creates ambiance, highlights design elements, and affects how colors and textures are perceived.
Interior design requires attention to a lot of small details, from selecting the right hardware for cabinets to choosing the perfect decorative accessories. Every detail counts when it comes to creating a cohesive and beautiful environment.
Overall, interior design is about creating an area that is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and reflective of the people who will be using it. It requires a blend of creativity, technical skills, and attention to detail to create a beautiful and functional space.
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