decorating / home furnishing
Interior design is, in many ways, an art form that feels very accessible. Everyone can read blogs, surf Pinterest, watch HGTV and it seems like the entire world can be shopped from your phone. However there remains an art and a science to designing and furnishing a space. Often clients will come to us having tried the DIY route and failed to get the design outcome they want. What's often missing are the more formal and critical elements of design: developing and holding true to a single design concept, managing and mixing scale and proportion, repetition of form and pattern, contrast, etc. Therefore we offer decorating and home furnishing services. And to manage these projects we following the phases below.
fees for design services
First, and often for many clients, let’s start with how we charge our services. At Westward Foundry we charge for two things:
$150 per hour for design services during the course of the project
$75 per hour for travel, but only if the project is outside of the Boulder/Denver area
PHASE I: Programming (aka the Get to Know You Phase)
If based on our initial consultation, we decided to dive into the project together, we then start digging in.
The first step is to dive deeper into a discuss your personal style, your detailed design goals for the project and to share/review inspiration images. We usually use private Pinterest boards as a way to easily gather images and ideas that are in line with your desired style and end goals.
Meet with the Surround team to gather the original guiding principles for the project and all of the background conversations, ideas, discussions, etc, had to-date.
With the Surround team, define roles, deadlines, tasks, and coordination of efforts so there is no duplication of effort/cost and to clarify how best to collective serve the client.
PHASE II: Conceptual Design (aka the What Are We Trying to Achieve Phase)
Westward Foundry leads with the client the concept development process to determine the design direction for all areas of the home that need to be addressed/included.
This includes determining the project scope, e.g. what pieces need to be selected, what pieces might be coming from the clients current home, what are the specific functional needs to be considered (e.g. discuss kids rooms and their needs now vs. as they get older, etc),.
This step will include the creation of design concept boards for each room/area to be furnished. This is the step where we go back and forth with the client to land on the right overall aesthetic, the right look, feel and function for each space which we will then use as the design direction for the next steps.
PHASE III: Design Development (aka the Pick the Exact Items Phase)
Building from the chosen design concept for each area of the home, specifically build out each space including final design layout and selections of all furniture and/or fixtures, decorative lighting, accessories, etc, that may be required:
Research best sources, work with vendors to pick out exact finish materials and/or fabrics.
Order samples, check pricing, availability and delivery timelines.
Ship to/share samples with the client for review.
Create, when necessary, drawings (plan view, 3D view and/or full renderings of spaces) including the exact selected pieces with their selected finishes/fabrics to enable client to visual final result.
Create detailed furnishings proposals for all proposed pieces with pricing, dimensions and material selections for client approval.
And ultimately gain client approval on each and every piece proposed.
PHASE IV: Project Management (aka the Order and Receive It Phase)
Once all items have been specified and approved in the phase above, we turn to ordering, shipping, receiving, inspecting and warehousing all items on behalf of the client:
Invoice client for all items to be purchased on their behalf as specified in Phase III.
Once payment has been received, place all orders.
Work with vendors to gain order confirmation and/or confirm any customization required on a piece by piece basis.
Track freight/shipping progress.
Receive all goods on clients’ behalf. We work with independent/3rd party receiving warehouses in the Denver area that specialize in supporting the interior design community to receive, inspect and work with us through any damage claims which might result from damage which occurred during shipment (unfortunately damage is still a reality we deal with and we typically see damage to 5-10% of all items we receive. For these claims are made on the clients’ behalf and replacement orders are made with the vendor in question).
Warehouse all goods until the installation is scheduled.
PHASE V: Installation and Wrap Up (aka the Move-in and Finish It Phase)
Based on the construction completion process and client’s schedule, we collectively pick an installation date where our team will arrive with movers and all of your goods and management the move-in and placement of everything (note: we also often do this in phases if some goods like decorative lighting, wallpaper, etc, need to be onsite for installation prior to furniture). At the clients’ desire, we try to do this while they are away and have everything perfect before they return. Whereas some clients like to play an active role in this step. We absolutely welcome either approach.
Based on the conversations had to-date and the clients’ desire, this step can be as involved and complete as to include items like making all the beds in the house with the clients’ new (and freshly laundered) bed linens.
We also can also be available to assist with the move-in of the clients’ own furnishings when they arrive from their current home. If desired, we also have resources we can recommend of home organizers who can assist in unpacking the clients’ possessions and organizing them in the space.
Additionally, during Installation, we also bring a selection of styling items from our own Westward Foundry inventory to place throughout the home. These can include but aren’t limited to: planters and plants/succulents, vases and flowers, coffee table books, pillows, blankets, small object d’art for bookcase or mantles, etc. We find these items are what can make the space feel fully complete and special. We typically leave these with the client for 1-2 days and then return to discuss which (if any) the client wishes to keep. Whatever is kept we add to a final invoice.