Featured service from SHIREE HANSON SEGERSTROM
Writing my design columns and blog I usually approach them from an instructional, “how-to” standpoint. However, here I’m sharing some of the benefits of a service I provide: a basic design package that my clients find informational and beneficial. This is a great plan of information such as visual aids, CAD/floor plans, fabric swatches, written reports, and estimates of all proposed fabric treatments and furnishings. One of the best features is the price tag. It’s fixed so there are no surprises.
Designing and furnishing a home takes lots of planning so let’s talk about how these plans can help you freshen your presumably drab interior, protect your budget, and improve your home life in the process.
SHS Bespoke Design Schemes come in packages of two to three design schemes created especially for each client. It’s offered at a set price so there are no questions regarding the time I bill the client. All of the fabrics and furnishings I propose in my plans are available through me if they meet with your approval. However there is no obligation to purchase through me.
I take into account a number of important criteria when putting the plans together for you. I ask such questions as: Do you have children, grandchildren, or pets. What is the architectural style. Where is the home located. Is it a loft in the city or ranch in the country. Do you have special needs or physical limitations. Do you entertain. Is your lifestyle is casual, formal, or something in between. Is there anything we can work with as a starting point that you absolutely love, such as an oil painting, a family heirloom, or a special color. How do you use the home. Are there any rooms you don’t use.
I can tell somewhat by looking at their existing furnishings which style someone prefers. A good designer knows not to take a client 180 degrees from their current decor. I always try to keep some familiar elements in the overall scheme, especially if it’s something you love. It’s often a matter of determining what you like about your home, what really bothers you, and finding gorgeous fabrics and/or furnishings to pull the new and old elements together into striking combinations.
The process starts with a consultation, and takes sixty to ninety minutes to discuss your home and take measurements. In approximately two weeks I return with a presentation.
Each package includes some or all of the following: two to three custom design schemes with over sized fabric swatches, CAD/ drafted floor plans to determine the best, most anchoring furniture layouts; proposed budgets and scopes of work; paint or carpet chips as needed; written estimates for all proposed work; and a written plan explaining the design schemes. The fabric combinations and floor plans stand out as visually beautiful, comfortable and cozy schemes that work within your lifestyle.
Scopes of Work/Budgets
A scope of work and budget work hand in hand to determine how much money will need to be spent to accomplish what you wish to accomplish. There are a lot of loose ends when you start this process, a lot of uncertainties. But you’ll quickly see how to proceed and what is feasible once we get started. The plans help you prioritize and gain a clear idea of what your room will look like once it’s finished.
For instance I had two projects recently. The first was a fairly good sized project. The client wanted a new sofa, two new chairs, new window coverings, new area rugs and new upholstery on two existing chairs. She also wanted me to place accessories. I was given a fairly small budget to accomplish this and came in with three possible scenarios.
I gave her one plan under budget by $1,000, one $1,000 over budget, and one $2,000 over budget. Her actual budget wouldn’t allow new chairs and sofa so I proposed recovering them instead. In the last budget, the one that was $2,000 over budget, there was an allowance for the new sofa. So we were able to accomplish a very nice scope of work reasonably within budget and provide for many options within the plans: options on fabric combinations, options on floor plans, and options on budgetary allowance.
The second project was a client with hopes of accomplishing quite a bit for a fairly small budget. I wasn’t able to accomplish all she wanted but I did come up with two plans that were within $1,500 of her actual budget. She wanted her sofa, two chairs, and a settee recovered, and new throw pillows and curtains. Both plans I created for her had flexibility, just like the previous client. She has the option to purchase the fabric from me and do the work herself through less expensive work rooms to save money, or spend the extra $1500 and have the fabrication, order placement, order tracking, and deliveries arranged and overseen for her.
So scopes of work are important to determine just how much you need to accomplish. The budget acts as a balancing act to rein you in on unnecessary purchases. It keeps you realistic. The scope of work determines what needs to be done and the budget determines whether or not the scope of work is feasible.
With a professionally created design scheme, the hardest parts of the job are done for you enabling you to make the decision of whether to do the job yourself or through a professional. Either way is a win win when you have the plans done for you. Please feel free to email with any questions. I’m happy to explain how you can benefit from this service.
This wing back chair is actually slip covered. The fabric is a taupe linen with French script calligraphy. Welts are red velvet. It was done for a San Francisco client who asked me to work around her husband’s favorite silk Aubusson rug and the colors were taupe, cream and oxblood red.
It was part of a SHS Bespoke Design Scheme.