The Interior Design Process

With this month’s Design promotion going on, I thought I’d touch upon what’s involved with the overall design process when you hire an interior designer. Our current promo gives you the opportunity to receive a complimentary consultation with our design team. At your convenience, we are always available to walk you through a wide range of upscale furnishings and accessories.

Aside from our own design services, working with local interior designers at Gardenology is also a big part of our daily routine. Designers come through and utilize our space to source or view goods with clients. 

One of my favorite vignettes we did in Newport Beach featuring the Parisian Sofa by Klaene Gray, our exclusive in-house label.

One of my favorite vignettes we did in Newport Beach featuring the Parisian Sofa by Klaene Gray, our exclusive in-house label.

Whatever route you choose, the point of the overall process is to provide you with a design that is tailored to your personal taste, not just what is currently on trend and retailing. Below, I’ve listed the steps that make up the interior design process- read on for a better understanding of what goes into the development of a design project.

The Klaene Gray Axel chairs work well with the round Alexander pedestal table. A clam shell and beaded chandelier add to the coastal look while a Dash and Albert striped rug tie it together.

The Klaene Gray Axel chairs work well with the round Alexander pedestal table. A clam shell and beaded chandelier add to the coastal look while a Dash and Albert striped rug tie it together.

THE CONSULTATION

This is the meet and greet phase. A designer will come to your home to discuss the project requirements, your overall budget, your wants/needs and time frames. During this initial interview, major objectives will be identified such as the scope of the project and the intended outcome. This is a chance for you to get an idea of what the designer can offer you, but also to make sure that you work well together. This overall analysis will be used to determine what the project will look like within your given parameters.

You may think this is all you need, sometimes it just helps to talk things over with someone and get some general ideas and directions. But if you are looking for a more hands on experience that allows you to sit back and let someone else do the work, then enter the first stage listed below. In most cases, it’s a wise and sensible choice- it helps you keep within budget and avoid costly mistakes.

Vintage wood doors create a backdrop for the contemporary Rustica dining table with mismatched chairs.

Vintage wood doors create a backdrop for the contemporary Rustica dining table with mismatched chairs.

STAGE 1 : THE PROPOSAL

This is the first stage towards a working relationship - it defines the scope of the project and the estimated cost. The proposal details the deliverables such as room concepts, floor plans, etc. It also contains the information regarding how you will work together so you know what to expect. Once an agreement is reached on all the details, this becomes a working agreement/contract for your project.

Outdoors don't look outdoors with our resin outdoor table and Lee Mimosa slipcovered chairs and Janus et Cie Chee chair. And yes, we love our coastal stripes.

Outdoors don't look outdoors with our resin outdoor table and Lee Mimosa slipcovered chairs and Janus et Cie Chee chair. And yes, we love our coastal stripes.

STAGE 2 : THE IMPLEMENTATION

At this stage, the creative team prepares an overall design concept/solution utilizing your input as they go, to bring your vision to fruition. Once you have reviewed the options available to you, it’s time to delve a little deeper into the fun stuff. At this point the designer will gather fabric samples, color swatches and other finishes and fixtures that support the overall concept so that you can picture the outcome. Meetings will be conducted on site from time to time.

The Janus et Cie Lucy chair works indoor or out. Lucy gets cozy with a glass top side table.

The Janus et Cie Lucy chair works indoor or out. Lucy gets cozy with a glass top side table.

STAGE 3 : INSTALLATION

The goods and services that were agreed upon are ordered and purchased. Lead times are accounted for and installation begins. This is the final phase of the design process- after all the good stuff is installed, styled and accessorized- you should feel like your house is now a home. Now you can kick back and relax in your own personalized space- or start entertaining and showing it off!

What is your experience with the interior design process?