The Design Process Breakdown

Let's Talk Virtual Design

Virtual design, or e-design, has become a popular way for designers and clients to work together from anywhere in the world. In this type of design, project communication happens via emails, phone calls, and video calls. Here's what you can expect from me during the virtual design process:

  1. Determine your needs: First I'll send along my intake form so I can get to know you and your home a little better. We'll then connect quickly via email or phone so that I can better understand your design needs. From there I will make a package recommendation for you.

  2. Kick-Off: Once we've settled on the correct package, I'll ask that you share room photos and room dimensions. We'll also schedule a quick video call so we can chat more in-depth about your project. I'll then begin working on your design plan.

  3. Review design: Once I have completed your design, I will share it with you via email. At this point you can review and send over any follow-up questions you may have for me.

  4. Finalize design: At this point, any last tweaks will be made and then you're welcome to start purchasing from your shopping list and building your dream room!

How To Share Room Dimensions

Room measurements are probably the most important piece of information you'll need to send me in order for us to start working together. Detailed dimensions allow me to find pieces that maximize your space and are certain to fit properly once you get them home. That said, I always recommend you measure once more before making any purchases from the shopping list. It's always possible you could mis-measure a wall and I'm certain you don't want to deal with any returns. We're all only human! Here's what I need:

  • Total room length and width

  • Distance from floor to ceiling

  • Width, height and distance from floor on all windows

  • Width and height of door and/or openings

  • Distance between windows and doorways


Collecting and Sharing Room Photos

Room photos come second to dimensions. The goal is of course to rework your space, but photos help me understand how your space is being used now so I can better understand what isn't working. No matter your package type, this is a must! For the best photos try to take them during the day using only natural light (no lamps or overhead lighting). If the room is especially dark, you may need artificial light, but try your best to focus your camera so the light doesn't obscure the rest of the photo. This can be done on an iPhone by clicking on different areas of the photo on your screen before snapping the shot. Here's what I like to see:

  • Take a photo of each wall and corner of the room by standing in the center of the room and working your way around.

  • Snag another photo (or two) from each entrance to the room, whether that be a doorway or staircase.

  • Include up-close shots of any pieces you'd like to keep in the space or any interesting architectural details.

  • If you have any paint, fabric, or wallpaper swatches that should be considered please include a photo. If you can identify the finish and send a website URL, that's even better!

Filling Out the Intake Form

Your home is an incredibly personal space, so I need to be sure I understand your needs and preferences before we jump into the actual design work. On this form are a series of questions that aim to help me better understand you and your family. Some of them might seem odd at first glance, but I promise it's worth the time to complete!

Design Deliverables: What is a...

Floor Plan: A floor plan (first image below) is the view of your space from the top down (like if you were laying on your roof, but the roof was made of glass). The plan will show the general layout of your space and where each item of furniture is to be placed. As we designers like to say, the plan will be "to scale," meaning that the furniture shown will be in proportion to the walls, windows, etc., so you can see exactly how much space each item will take up. This is super helpful for laying out your new pieces once they've been ordered.

Concept Board: Concept boards (second image below) represent the design in a visual way. On the concept board you will see most, if not all, of the items selected for your room. Keep in mind that unlike the floor plan, the pieces shown won't necessarily be placed the way they're intended to fit into the space or be to scale with the other pieces. For instance, a throw pillow might be a third the size of the sofa so it's large enough for you to see the pattern. Don't worry, I'm not suggesting giant pillows! If you're concerned about dimensions, check out your shopping list and floor plan.

Shopping List: I create my shopping lists using Google Sheets. It will contain all the items I'm suggesting, links so you can purchase them, and any notes around styling or color ways. 

Room Rendering: If you so choose, you can also request a 2D rendering of your room (third image below). This is an image I create in Photoshop that shows how the items in your concept board will look actually styled in your space. I find that most clients don't require this step, but it can be handy to have if you're concerned about arranging items once they've arrived. An alternative? Ask me about my styling services! I can work with you in-person if you're local to me or we can arrange for a video call so I walk you through the vision.

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Feel like you're ready to get started? Head back to my services page to kick off your project!