Design Process

Step 1: Discovery Call

We start with an initial 30-minute call where we discuss your project needs and goals and why you want to do it now. I will take notes of your goals, and then send you an invite to create your account on the project management software where all our communication will take place.

Step 2: Consultation with Farha Syed

At this consultation meeting, we will be discussing your project needs, make note of all your requirements for your space and build a checklist of procedures and an action plan to implement the design. We also go over the terms of the Letter of Agreement and answer any questions that you may have and clarify our process.

Step 3: Fee Proposal on the scope of work and estimated design fee and timeline.

An outline of the scope of work and a break down of my services to complete the project by defining the challenges, and then providing the solutions for them. The payment schedule, and timeline and other important matters will be highlighted. Once all details are discussed and are agreed upon both the client and designer will sign off on the contract with the first installment (50%) of the design fee to begin the work.

Step 4: On-site measurements, photos, and final criteria meeting

Here, I as well as all the trades who will be working on site, will discuss the scope of work. All measurements will be taken, photographs and any known obstacles that may need to be taken into account when designing the space plans.

Step 5:  Execution of floor plans and elevations, sourcing fabrics and furnishings

In this step, we are collecting and curating all the components for the presentation so that the client at the presentation can see the complete vision the designer has created for the space based on the information given to complete the project. It’s a cost-effective and thorough systematic process.

Step 6: Presentation of estimates, and furnishings/materials. a collection of deposit

In this meeting, the complete design will be presented with all the finishes, color schemes, furnishings, samples of fabrics for drapes or upholstery along with quotes received from the trades to complete the project. You will have the complete investment amount required to complete the project with everything on your wish list. Once you approve all the parts of the presentation and sign invoices for each of the items with the deposit check in the full amount for all approved merchandise as well as the final installment of the design fee (the last 50%).

Step 7: Placement of orders and delivery lead time assessment

Orders will be placed and lead times will be assessed on all orders, tracking orders, notifying you of any backorders on items that were approved at the presentation.

Step 8: Initiation of construction and renovation

The construction and renovation begin.  I make site visits as necessary and ensure that all the details are implemented to get the desired finished look.

Step 9: Budget Review

In this step, we meet to discuss and make sure all the large items are ordered and are on the way, and if there were any change orders, they are also taken care of with/without affecting the budget.

Step 10: Installation period continues and receipt of orders

All installations of any custom items, and or drapery hardware, fixtures happen at this stage. The ordered products and furnishings are being received.

Step 11: Furniture installation and styling

In this step, all furniture is arranged in the spaces with white glove delivery and styled and given the finishing touches with styling the space for a completed look.

Step 12: Photography  

The photography of the entire project would be before the client reveal but will not be published until after the reveal.

Step 13: Client reveal

This is the most fun part of the project as we walk through with the client throughout the space talking about each and everything that is installed, and all the instructions are presented for caring for the items that require care along with any warranties.

Step 14: Project Closure & Thanking Clients

In this step, mostly happens with the closure of the project that we present the clients with a binder with the all of the materials samples, invoices and complete costs associated with the project. We thank our clients choosing to work with us on their projects.

Clients’ Essential Role

Clients have an important task of identifying to us what their goals are for the projects, any inspirations that they like from our work in our portfolio or through  Pinterest inspirations boards, magazines etc are what give us a clear understanding of the client wishes to achieve at the end of the project. This step is usually required as their preparation for the consultation. So these are discussed at the consultation and are addressed in the proposal. When we present the proposal for the space we have everything covered.