You'll be able to sleep at night, knowing it's all covered.
Material samples and swatches, sent directly to you.
Two opportunities to review the project with me after you make your final selections.
A page with links to your final selections to complete your purchases.
An easy spreadsheet to keep your budget on track.
Access to my trusted sources and recommended trades for your area.
A list of everything you need to do, and when you need to do it.
A video explaining both proposals, side by side, for a no-pressure review.
See multiple options for your space, to help you make your decision.
A chat about your needs and desires before the project starts.
"Mel has helped me on several projects from across the country. The most recent project has been on the purchase of our first home in Texas. She has been a lifesaver! She did so much to understand my design style and made it fit so perfectly in to my new home. I had no idea what my design style was or what I wanted and Mel made all of those worries go away and gave me a house that I can be proud of in return! "
We meet again, and discuss what you liked, and what you didn't. If you want more options, this is when I'll go back and find other solutions.
After we've reviewed your final selections, and you have a design you're completely excited about, I'll send you easy to follow tools to bring the design to life. You'll have everything you need to make your purchases.
If you need help after the final decisions, we'll have two additional opportunities to meet and discuss.
Once you've reserved my services by paying the design fee, you can relax while I design and plan for you. We'll discuss how long this phase will take during your design chat.
When your design proposals are complete, you'll get an email with a link to your video presentation. If your project requires samples or swatches, I'll send those directly to you in the mail.
Then, you can watch the presentation video as many times as you'd like. Take as long as you need to make your decisions before you schedule your next review, and share what you've picked.
During your free online design chat, we'll discuss everything about your project. You'll tell me what you need, when you need it, and how much you want to spend. You can ask me any questions, too.
I'll also help you decide what level of design service will work best for your project.
Afterwards, I'll hold a spot on my schedule for you for 48hrs. You will be my only Interiors client while I'm designing your project. This way I can fully focus on your needs all the way through.
And you can rest easy, knowing it's all covered.
You will have someone who will listen to what you want,
make sure you have what you need, and
show you how to get it done.
EMPOWERED to make it happen.
You can stop feeling overwhelmed with that big project, and instead feel
regardless of how much time or money you have.
you deserve a well-designed life
Detailed planner, seasoned shopper, & thoughtful creator of easy solutions for the overwhelming design projects in your busy life.
And I've been helping people just like you for over 20 years.
You'll not only save time in the beginning, while I'm doing the research and legwork for you, but at the end, too, when the things you order for your project are right the first time.
And my experience has taught me which areas need more focus, and what's not a relevant to spend precious time on.
Will this really save me time?
Aside from the fee for design services, the rest of your budget is entirely up to you - there is no minimum you need to spend.
I don't subscribe to the theory that only the rich deserve the services of a designer or even fantastic personalized service.
So no matter what your budget is, you can expect your desires & requests to be the most important part of the project.
Is there a minimum budget?
I understand that you are an individual, with individual tastes.
Also, when you work with me, you can have pieces from any and everywhere - not just a specific group of stores or a tiny group of pre-approved vendors. Your project will reflect you and your style.
And I don't receive commission on pieces, so you can trust that what I propose for your is what I think you'll love, and not what I profit most from.
Will you work with any style?
I'll be there for you!
Each service level gets you two revision cycles during Phase 1, to make sure your design is absolutely right for you.
But, after final delivery of the project to you, if you ever need a question answered, clarification on an installation note, or sadly, a replacement for something that has been discontinued before you order, I'm available for quick messages, then, too.
What if I need help after i make my final choices?
FIRST, you CLICK HERE to schedule your free design chat, and answer a few questions about your project. I'll email you back within 24hrs to confirm the meeting.
NEXT, we 'meet' via FaceTime, Skype or Google Hangout. We talk about your answers to the questions, and your thoughts about the project. After, I'll send you a recap email and a secure link to pay the service fee. I will hold a spot for you on my schedule for 48hrs.
THEN, once I've received the fee, I'll review everything we've discussed, and all the things you send me, and create a plan to implement your project. When your design is ready, you'll receive an email with a link to your presentation video. The video will walk you thorough both options, side by side and explain everything you see. You'll also receive a PDF of each option. You can review the proposals at your own pace and not feel pressured to make decisions on the spot. The email will also have a link to schedule your next consultation so you can tell me what you're liking and get your questions answered in person.
LAST, we meet to go over your final decisions. If there are any changes requested, I'll make those updates we'll review again. Once you're excited about you're excited about what you've chosen, I will send all final plans, schedules and shopping lists to you via email.
How does the process work?
I also work locally, but the rates and timing are a little different. I've also travelled to clients, if they're willing to cover the costs of the trip.
Set up a free consultation to discuss local service rates, non-digital work or other special rates.
Do you only offer online design services?
If you want to, you absolutely should!
I love to DIY myself, and have been helping my father with construction & carpentry projects since I was tall enough reach the workbench and hold the end of the tape measure.
That being said, there are some things that I will always recommend to be contracted out, sometimes for sake of safety, sometimes for the sake of time or complication. Every project is a little different.
We'll discuss your needs, skills and level of involvement during your free design chat.
What if i want to DIY?
That's okay, because that is exactly what I'm here for.
We'll talk about it during the free design chat, but I can help you to discover not only what you want, but what will work best for your home.
I also love to research things on Pinterest, but I know how overwhelming that can get if you're not into pinning. In that case, I can email you images and color combos specific to your tastes after we talk about your likes and dislikes during the chat.
What if I don't know what I want?
WHERE CAN I FIND SOME GREAT THROW PILLOWS?
Etsy is my secret source!
You can find literally any size, shape, color or style if you know where to look!
My favorite shops are:
FOR TRADITIONAL GLAMOUR - Willa Skye
FOR HIP MIDWEST STYLE - Colin + Fin
FOR INCREDIBLE GLOBAL TEXTILES - PillowMe
FOR HANDCRAFTED VINTAGE FABRICS - Morrissey Fabric
FOR DESIGNER FABRICS - Pop O Color
FOR CALIFORNIA COOL - California Living Home
World Market makes the best priced Velvet Pillow Covers I've used.
And for fills, I like Ikea's down inserts. (Buy 2" larger than your cover for a 'designer' look.)
Now you know my secrets!
"I highly recommend you hire Mel. She has a beautiful aesthetic with an incredible talent for sourcing products. My kitchen is now my favorite room in the house, thanks to the beauty of the design. There is no way I would have been able to pull the look together the way Mel did. And she made it so simple. Whether you just need the finishing touches or have no idea where to start - West-South is the perfect solution for your project."