Design & Decor Consultation
We offer one-time consultations for a $250 flat fee, due in advance of the meeting. The consult lasts from ninety minutes to two hours and can be used to discuss future projects, paint colors, light fixtures, furniture placement, art, finishes, etc. All new projects begin with this standalone consultation.
Kitchen & Bathroom Design
Kitchen and bathroom design is our specialty and our niche. We provide design services for kitchen and bathroom remodels and new construction projects, which includes everything required to create a completely designed space, including the following:
Measuring and documenting existing conditions
Fixture and finish specification
Custom cabinetry design
Coordination of vendors and contractors
Lighting design and fixture selection
Ongoing support through construction phase
We offer full-service interior design services to clients residing in the great Des Moines metro as well as Ames, Iowa. In addition, we can provide drawings, cabinetry design, and finish selections for clients anywhere in the US and Canada. In the past year, we have designed projects in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Vancouver, Canada.
We have extensive experience designing IKEA kitchens and can provide specialized support for IKEA projects, including input of the plan into the IKEA system. You can read more about our tips for designing an IKEA kitchen in this post.
How We Work
If you are interested in hiring us for a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project, we will schedule an initial consultation for a $200 fee. At that meeting, we will get to know each other and discuss the scope of the project.
We will send you a proposal for our services that will outline the scope involved in the project. We break the project down into phases and estimate the number of hours involved in each phase.
Phase One typically involves measuring and documenting your existing space, developing an overall concept for the design, generating options for the new space plan, and rough budget estimating. At the end of Phase One, the client should be able to take the concept imagery and space plans to a contractor or cabinet showroom for a basic estimate.
Phase Two dives into the details of the project. We specify all of the required elements including cabinetry, paint, plumbing, lighting, tile, hardware, etc. We also create detailed design drawings that show the plan and elevations of cabinetry. We often provide three-dimensional perspective drawings so that the client can envision the volume of their room. Photo-realistic renderings may be supplied upon special request.
Fees & Pricing
Phase One can range in price from $500 to $1000, depending on the size of the project. Phase Two ranges from $1000 to $3000, which is dependent on the scope, size, and complexity of the project as well as the client.
We require a minimum retainer of $500 (five hours) to begin Phase One and $1000 or ten hours to begin Phase Two.
If we are hired to design a remodeling or new construction project, we can provide consultations throughout the construction process. By visiting the project site on a weekly basis, we are able to stay engaged with the contractors, provide clarification on design intent, and identify potential issues. This service is customizable and billed on an hourly basis.
Decorating & Design Services
In addition to kitchen and bathroom design, we also offer a full range of interior design services that can be completely customized to your individual needs. After our initial consultation, we will create a very specific proposal for your design project, which may incorporate one or more of the following elements:
Concept Development. We listen carefully to your needs and desires for your home, analyze your style preferences, and create a design plan that addresses both aesthetics and functionality.
Furniture Space Planning. We measure each room and create options for furniture layouts with suggested sizes.
Budget Development. Based on our furniture floor plans, we help you create a budget for each room and prioritize your spending. You may choose to execute the plan all at once or over time.
Furniture Selection & Specification. We research top quality brands and provide you with options for each piece of upholstery, case good, and accent furniture in the space, always keeping your budget and design preferences in mind.
Finish Selections. We carefully consider the design concept, architecture of your space, and any existing elements to provide suggestions for flooring, tile, paint colors, wallpaper, and other interior finishes.
Lighting. An often overlooked or underappreciated design element, lighting is the jewelry of the room. We thoughtfully consider style, scale, and lighting output to make recommendations for decorative fixtures and architectural lighting. We will meet with your electrician on site to develop an appropriate lighting solution for your space.
Window Treatments. Much like lighting, window treatments are sometimes an afterthought when designing a room. We consider window treatments to be a major element of your space. They can provide light control and acoustical management, and they should look beautiful as well! We have access to a number of custom window treatment options at all price points, including woven wood shades, roller shades, fabric shades, custom draperies, and motorized options.
Accessories & Artwork. The finishing touches make a room really come to life. If your current home feels unfinished or under-decorated, the right accessories and artwork can make a huge difference. We can source accessories like ceramics, decorative objects, and pillows from a variety of sources and love incorporating vintage and handmade elements into our designs. There are many options for artwork at a variety of price points. There is no need to suffer from bare walls!