Why Choose Designs For Life?
“The decision to hire an Interior Designer is not an easy one. I am honored when my clients place their trust in me to guide them through changes in their spaces. We want the experience to be fun and exciting for you and your family. I will be there every step of the way to guide you through the process. With over 30 years of experience and education I have the expertise to oversee your project and budget while you all go about your busy lives.
For me, the most interesting part of the design process is listening to you and discovering your uniqueness and making sure that some of that shows up in your finished project. I have no favorite style or color scheme. I don’t have a signature aesthetic. I like to work with some of the things that you have and add them to give your home a comfortable feel. A home is about the people that live there… your home should be a beautiful reflection of you and be safe comfortable and accessible.
Designs for Life is a full-service design studio. I am a 25 year member of the (American Society of Interior Designers).
As a Certified Living In Place Professional (CLIPP), I take seriously the commitment to make your home beautiful, functional, accessible, comfortable and safe, no matter what your needs.
"Change is life's only certainty."
What can a professional interior designer bring to my project
that I can not?
At Studio Designs our time and work skills are devoted to making your custom residential design project a success. Our objective is to make the design and renovation process as stress-free on you and your family as possible so that you can go on with your busy lives.
We work in Wichita and all areas of South Central Kansas and would love to be a part of your project.
We have the vision to turn your ideas and needs into a reality.
We have the skills to design and manage the work, timeline and your budget.
We have reliable and dependable resources and contacts to complete the work.
We oversee delivery and quality aspects and take care of any glitches in a timely manner.
We know how colors and patterns work in a space and are able to determine the right scale, proportions and quality of furnishings and finishing materials that are right for your particular project.
How does the process work?
- It all starts with a phone call or email from you. We openly discuss your project, your family, your needs and wants. If you like what we have to say and it seems like the right fit for both of us, we will schedule a time to visit your home when all of the decision makers will be present. At that time we will gather information, take photos and basic measurements for the project. We will talk timelines and address any questions that you may have, and hopefully determine a tentative budget.
- We require a concept fee of $1000.00 at that time and we will go back to the studio and begin work on your project concepts.
- At our second meeting we will present color and design concepts for your space. There will be drawings, fabric suggestions, surface options, floor plans and other finishing elements. A working budget must be established at this time and a contract stating the responsibilities of both parties will be provided and signed.
- After budget approval, a retainer of 80% of the working budget must be available to the design company to proceed with ordering and contract work.
Why do the designers need to know
The Elephant in the room
When considering engaging a professional to assist you in designing or decorating a space, a little pre-planning will go a long way toward making you more comfortable with your decision. Typically, the budget is foremost in everyone’s mind, but it is the hardest thing to talk about openly. Set a realistic amount that you are prepared to invest in the project and share it with your designer early in the process. We can’t read your mind and we don’t know what level of products to propose if we don’t know your price range. Designers help you spend your money wisely and can actually save you money since their knowledge and experience can prevent you from making expensive mistakes.
I am attaching a link to a list of cost estimates that I give my clients. The costs range from low to high, from the basic “no bells and whistles” furnishings and finishes to the unlimited possibilities of a space designed just for you. Most of my clients are somewhere in the middle.
Budget Estimating Tool
Budget Estimating Tool
Use this as an aid in estimating a budget for your project
When you have an investment total in mind we can help you get the most beautiful room possible for your money.
Typical Items Need in a Design Project
These are merely suggested costs and can vary depending on the Client’s needs.
BASIC MID-LEVEL PREMIUM
Paint (walls & ceiling, 12’ x 14’ x 9’) $1500 special finish @ $3000.00
WINDOW TREATMENTS (per lineal foot, per layer)
$250 $400. $600. ++ $300. +
Shades / Blinds (per foot) $200. $400. $ 550. +
CUSTOM FURNITURE (Upholstered)
Chair $1800 $2500 $4000+
Sofa / Loveseat $3500 $4500 $6000+
Bed Covering (Custom Set Q)
$2500 $4000 $5500+
Re-upholster Chair $1500 $2000 $2500
Re-upholster Sofa $3000 $4000 $8000+
Wallpaper for avg. Bedroom or Dining Room 16 s/r
Installed room price (12’ x 14’ x 9’) $2500 $ $3500 $5000 +
(+ prep work @ $25.00 per hour)
Accessories: art, lamps and decorative items
Small room $2500 $4000 ++
Dining fixture $1000. $2000. $3500.++
Area Rugs $1000 $2500. $5000. ++++
Tile back splash-per square foot…. $ 20 $40. ++++
Tile floor- per square foot-……… . $18 $35. ++++++
Wood floor- per square foot……. $20. $40.00
Granite-per square foot……… $78….group I plus cutouts +++
Quartz-per square foot………. $108 ….plus cutouts
Carpet -per square foot with pad…….. $ 8. $12. ++++++++