Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why hire an Interior Designer ?

    • It helps owners/renters to avoid making unwise decisions and chaos when it comes to purchasing materials, furniture, lights, etc.
    • You can be confident and proud to show off your property or home! Particularly if yours is a shop or restaurant where first impressions matter.
    • A professional interior designer sees and conceptualizes the BIG picture, whereas owners/renters more often than not, merely focus on individual issues / materials / colors, etc. A professional interior designer can help to advise on an appropriate scheme to suit your lifestyle and budget.
    • Property owners doing their own interior design will usually end up with a “miss-match” or somewhat “chaotic” interior; especially by neglecting consideration of color, lighting, furniture and soft furnishings and other crucial details that “completes” the whole interior.
    • A professional interior designer will help to ensure and co-ordinate all the above for you!
    • Owners may feel the pinch when incurring cost on the professional fee. However, just imagine for a moment how much more you will have lost (in terms of money and time) when you make the wrong commitments due to inexperience of choosing fixtures and inaccurate measurements.
    • For a fraction of the cost of your property, is it not wise to leverage the knowledge and experience of those who know best and to free yourself to do the things that you do best?
    • Design Matters! A good design truly improves the way you live as seen from the many examples around us (e.g., electricity, computers, escalators, airplanes, etc.
2. When should I use a design professional ?

  • When you are contemplating buying or building a new house…
  • When you plan a major addition to your home…
  • When you consider restoring an old manor…
  • When you want to renovate or remodel your living space…
  • Whenever you need to relate interior design considerations to an existing or as yet to be formulated architectural plan.
  • When your lifestyle is about to change, such as working from your home…
  • When your residence will be used for Occasional Social Functions…
  • When your Expanding Family needs to “Reorganize” space allocations…
  • Whenever you need full Project Coordination.
  • When you like a Variety of Styles but are not sure how to Group them together…
  • When your Current Furniture Arrangement requires an Infusion of Inspiration…
  • When you feel the collectibles you Own and Love require more attention…
  • When your rooms needs new Drapes, Floor coverings, Furniture & Accessories…
  • Whenever you feel that you need professional guidance.
3. What should you know before contacting an Interiors ?

  • Collect clippings from Magazines and Photos of items and Decors that appeal to you.
  • Think about Colors, Styles and Effects you like.
  • Know what you want to accomplish, what the Room/House should do for you when finished.
  • Should it be Formal/Casual, Traditional/Contemporary ?
  • Know your Objective and Lifestyle needs.
  • Establish a Time frame in which you would like to work.
4. What should I budget ?

  • Letting the designer know what you can afford will help achieve what you want to meet your budget. Interior Era will try to get a beautiful look for you, for as little as possible.
  • For a New (empty) House/Condominium you should Calculate about 25% approx., of its total purchase price.
  • For Existing space, Consult an Interior Designer for a fair Budget estimate.
5. What should I ask at the first meeting ?

  • Ask to see the Interior Designer’s Portfolio, but remember that the Illustrations reflect other people’s tastes NOT the Designer’s, and probably not your own.
  • Ask what size projects the Interior Designer has worked on, where, and what the Budget range was.
  • Ask how the Established Budget will be handled, and the kind of Payment Schedules the Designer requires.
  • Ask about the Types of Service the Designer can provide.
  • Ask for a List of References.
6. Why should I seek the service of an Interior Designer ?

  • Because their Knowledge, Expertise, and Guidance can help prevent Costly Mistakes.
  • Because they know how to work with Architects and Contractors…
  • They have Established contact with Skilled trades people, and…
  • They Supervise your project to Completion, Smoothly and On-time.
  • Because a Professional will save you countless hours of shopping, after all… they have access to a Wide range of Domestic and Foreign Resources.
  • Because they can help you Define and Enhance your Own Distinctive Style.
  • Because Interior Designers can make the most of what you have and do the required research to find what you need.
  • Because they are trained to make the most of available spaces and to create the traffic patterns and Furniture arrangements that make daily living functional, safe, comfortable and easy.
7. What happens at the first consultation ?

  • Our initial consultation brings you a highly qualified Interior Designer to your home or office for an in-depth interview to identify your design objectives and outline the steps needed to accomplish them. This first meeting usually lasts one to two hours.
    At the first meeting we will:

      • Measure and photograph areas to be Designed.
      • Create a room by room list of necessary Construction, Furniture, Colors and Accessory needs.
      • Compile client’s existing Materials that will not change.
8. What if the Designer imposes their Ideas instead of getting my Personal Taste ?

Consulting with an Interior Designer is not about Imposing Ideas/Personal Taste onto a client, but rather how a Client and Designer come together to create a unique Interior just for you. It’s about helping the client develop their vision while analyzing their design requirements, and in the end, creating a space that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Together with Interior Era, you can create the dream you have always wanted.
9. What is your Fee Schedule ?

Our fees are charged by the hour to assure that only the time required by your project results in charges to you. The hourly fee covers such actions as:

  • Space planning, Rendering, Concepts and Working drawings.
  • Design of custom Window Treatments, Shades/Blinds.
  • Preparation of Estimates and Purchasing.
  • Coordination with Contractors.
  • Subsequent consultations with the Client and Suppliers.
  • Researching sources for Materials/Products.
10. What do I have to do to work with a designer ?

Think about what your likes and dislikes are. Look through Magazines/Books and ear mark them. Have them ready to show the Designer at the first consultation. This will give the designer your personal taste so they can help you achieve exactly what you want.
Consider the following:
FOCUS: Within each Room, pick one/two of your favorite Pieces/Room “Elements.” These pieces may be Furniture, Lamps, Artwork, Rugs, or maybe it’s the Wall Color. Once you know what your focus will be for each room, you can begin adding Complimentary Pieces.
It’s important to keep your rooms free from Clutter. Keep the pieces that really mean something to you, and discard the rest.
Go beyond your Comfort Level when putting pieces together. The idea is to create an environment where pieces complement each other, not necessarily match one another.
FUNCTION: When planning each room, determine how the room is used. This will help determine Furniture placement and where lighting would be best for Individual Activities and help determine just what is needed for the update.
FRESHNESS: Keep your eyes open to new ideas of your own in Stores, Catalogs, Art shows, or maybe something your Neighbor/Relative tried that you liked. There are a lot of creative ideas available and they are just waiting for you to bring them home.What are your goals for the space ? What are your Furniture and Decorating needs ? How many people will use this space ? What Activities will take place in this space ? These are just a few of the Questions we ask, then we listen actively and intently. By understanding your basic needs and desires, we begin the process of building a one-on-one relationship with you, one that we work to sustain throughout the design and building process. It’s how we succeed in bringing your Dreams to Reality.
11. What are the next steps after hiring an Interior Designer ?

Once you have made the decision to hire an Interior Designer, the following steps usually take place :

  • In-depth interview by interior designer with the client to determine lifestyle needs.
  • Meeting with Architect, if using one for this sample project.
  • Room by Room list of items to be completed both for Furniture and Construction. Approval of list.
  • Measure and Photograph the Room/Rooms.
  • Design and Drawing of Floor plans showing new Furniture with Sizes, Design Custom Pieces. Approval of plans.
  • Design and Drawing of new cabinets for Kitchen, Bathroom, Entertainment, Closet. Approval of plans.
  • Lighting plan showing new Lighting with Specifications for Contractor.
  • If construction is a part of the plan, Selection of all items that will be needed – Floors, Counters, Faucets, Fixtures, Lights, Doors, etc.,
  • Give construction plans to Contractors for bids, if needed. (May be done by the Architect).
  • Review bids and assist in choosing a Contractor. (May be done by the Architect).
  • Begin construction.
  • Observation of construction.
  • Interior Designer shops for non-construction items – Furniture, Fabrics, Rugs, Wall coverings, and any other items that need to be purchased for the project.
  • Presentation of Furniture ideas, Fabrics, and Accessories to client.
  • Shopping trip to see the Furniture.
  • Paint selection to go with the Flooring and Fabrics that have been selected.
  • Approval of Furniture, Fabric, Wallpaper, Draperies, Blinds, and Prices, etc.
  • Purchase items Agreed upon.
  • Completion of work by Contractors.
  • Carpet, Furniture delivery, Drapery installations, etc.
  • Accessories added with approvals.
12.What are the Final Selections ?

The Final Selections are Color, Furniture, Lighting, Flooring, Wall coverings, Window treatments, Accessories, brings all of these elements together, with your finalized plan, with an extensive supply of resources from around the world, we select the materials and finishes that best represent you.
The work does not end when the last piece of Furniture has been placed. The final walk through with you to check for any deviations in the plans, and a follow-up after the project is over.
1. Have specified products held up well ?
2. Does the Lighting fit your needs ?
3. Are you happy with the completion of the project?
13. What does Implementation mean ?

As soon as we have your Approval, we prepare purchase orders for required Items and Services. We select the best price from a variety of Reputable sources. Although your Interior was designed for construction efficiency, it’s no secret that building projects can be Time-Consuming and Stressful. As your concept comes to life, count on us to assist you in Managing Contractors, Architects and Building officials. On your behalf, we’ll work with all Parties to ensure that your Design is executed with the least amount of Stress and Hassles.
14. What is the Meaning of “To The Trade” ?

The phrase “To the Trade” means that Design Centers/Show Rooms distribute their products Exclusively through the services of Interior Design Professionals, rather then selling directly to the public.