Full-Service Interior Design
We at Stacy Nicole realize that our full service interior design are both major personal investments and a sizable financial investment. Each dollar invested with us is handled with only the utmost care. Our mission Design award-winning interiors that unite families and impress friends. Our 7-step design process gives you a clear view of our professionalism and organization throughout your client experience.
1. Interview Process – In this meeting, we discuss (in person) the rooms involved in the project, how you intend to use each room, your ideas and goals for each space. Since designing is a collaborative effort this phase is important when beginning a project.
2. Scope of Work – After we get an understanding of your style, we will work together to evaluate and outline the scope of your project. From there we will create a custom plan based on your objectives. Shortly after the initial consultation you will receive, a proposal and letter of agreement. The letter of agreement will detail the scope of the project, fee structure, policies and procedures, and designer and client responsibilities. Along with signing the letter you will be required to pay the retainer fee. If there are two decision-making adults in the household, both parties will be required to sign the letter. Once the signed proposal, letter of agreement, contract, and deposit are received by Stacy Nicole, Inc., we will move forward to the next step.
3. Design Scheme – Once we have decided on a floor plan, the next step is to create the design scheme. This starts with developing a color scheme and sourcing fabrics, furniture, fixtures, and materials. Custom furniture and built-ins are designed and finishes are, chosen. Materials for flooring, counters, and cabinetry are selected. Wall and floor coverings are considered. Window treatments are designed and fabrics, trims and hardware are, chosen. A lighting plan is developed. Drawings, samples, and pictures are gathered. Quotes and pricing are researched and cataloged. In other words, this is where it all comes together and every detail is considered. Throughout this step we will contact you at regularly scheduled intervals to discuss the different elements of the design. Clients will receive a weekly update via email on the status of their project.
At the end of this phase, you will be presented with carefully edited selections that represent the best choices for your space. Creating the design scheme is a time-consuming process and can require several weeks, depending on the scope of your project.
4. Presentation – Once the design scheme is ready, a presentation meeting will be scheduled. All decision-makers must be present for this meeting. We will go through the design in detail and you will be, presented with fabrics, drawings, photos, and samples for each element in the design. By this stage, we should have a complete design scheme that meets your approval. You will also be given a budget outlining the cost of each item, and work orders to sign off on where appropriate. The balance of the design service fee is due at the time of this meeting.
Timely approval of the design scheme is crucial for maintaining accurate pricing and ensuring the availability of some design elements (fabrics or antiques, for example). If the design is not approved in a timely manner, there may be additional costs associated with replacing items that are no longer available. Once the design has been approved and all elements are finalized, we can begin executing the design.
5. Proposals, Purchasing and Trade Proposals and Purchasing – Before any trades are hired or items are purchased on your behalf you will receive a proposal that details the work to be done or item to be purchased along with all known associated costs. (Freight and delivery are usually billed separately). Proposals are the safety net to make sure we stay on the same page throughout the design execution and nothing gets purchased without your approval. You will receive two copies of each proposal – one for your records, and one that you will sign and return to our office with payment for approved items. For fabric, furnishings, antiques and other off-the-shelf items, payment must be made in full when the proposal is approved. The balance on each order will be due when the merchandise is ready for delivery or when services provided by trades are substantially completed.
6. Collaboration – Throughout the design process we manage the project and stay on top of the details. We will crosscheck to make sure work by trades is underway or has been satisfactorily completed, all concerns have been addressed, furniture ordered, payments made, schedule on track, and no detail overlooked. We’ll schedule a brief meeting to review anything left outstanding or any changes that need to be made.
7. Install – This is where the vision becomes a reality. All work by trades has been completed. Now the furniture is delivered, window treatments are installed, rugs laid, accessories placed and art hung. Installation for a whole home usually requires one week, and we prefer clients remain off site until the last detail is in place. When you return, you will get the “WOW” effect! Our goal is to have projects professionally photographed before occupants return when possible.