How does the process of working with an interior designer begin?
The first step is to have an “information exchange” consultation - a meeting to discuss all aspects of the project:: client plans, likes, dislikes, existing furniture or art to be used, etc. As much information as possible is exchanged on how the clients use a space, their lifestyle, what they’d like to add or change to the space, what some of the elements they would like to see incorporated, favored styles and colors, any special considerations, etc.

How do you begin decorating a room?
The first step includes a lay-out of the plan for the room. All of the proposed furniture and items to be specified for the space are outlined – a “road map” of the design. . This is essential so that if decorating over time, no mistakes will be made such as buying something that won’t fit or work with the other planned furniture in the room. This is one of the many important cost-saving benefits in using a designer.

How long does it take?
The timing is completely up to the client’s needs and budgeting schedule. All of the items can be planned and specified on paper, and then acquired as is comfortable. Or everything can be specified and purchased within a relatively short time, several months or so.

What are the various elements specified when designing a room?
Furniture – both antique, new, upholstered or case goods; carpeting or rugs, lamps, wall treatments, window treatments, lighting, accessories, art work, paint colors, trims, artwork, hardware, millwork, cabinetry, faux finish painting, murals, etc. Essentially, anything and everything that can be found in an interior!

How can I use antiques in a new interior?   
It is the unique piece or antique that makes an interior special and truly individual. Although the exact item may not be specified until found, it can be drawn into a plan with the outline of dimensions and size as a guide, this way planning it into the overall design. The “ah-ha!” moment of finding that perfect piece will inevitably happen!

Are there any rules of decorating?
The only rule is that there are no rules: having said that, I enjoy a balance and symmetry, incorporating art, comfortable and accessible use of all furniture, with the unusual and eclectic item in each room adding interest and a sense of surprise for the eye and mind..