Q. How do you charge?
A. Depending on customer preference, either by the hour, the job, or a combination of both.
Q. Describe the services you provide.
A. I offer concepts and designs for kitchens and baths. I present choices of furniture, accessories and lighting; suggest flooring options—carpets, area rugs, tiles and woods. Propose upholstery and window treatments—draperies, shutters, shades, and blinds.
Q. What kind of projects do you work on?
A. All projects large and small. One room or many. From a single window covering, to an entire home or office.
Q. What style do you design?
A. All styles have their own uniqueness in colors, textures, and arrangements. Beautiful surroundings can be achieved regardless of style, and I use them all. A client may love dark colors, and her home will ooze with warmth and charm. Another homeowner may desire lovely English lace and flowered wallpaper. Taste in my own home range from lighter colors to those more vibrant, along with neutrals to rest the eye.
Q. Will I have to get rid of my stuff?
A. Heavens no. We all have possessions we cannot part with. Treasures passed from another generation, or darlings we simply love. We can always find a way to make them work. Besides, for many of us, a home is much more than a showroom.
Q. Suppose a client doesn’t know exactly what he or she wants?
A. I love these clients. During our first visit together, I show them a folder of pictures I’ve collected from various design magazines. I then note the client’s preference in colors, furnishings, and style. Doing that tunes me into their likes, dislikes and personal taste. This little exercise puts me into their head right away, saving time and money.
Q. What do you expect of your clients?
A. Every client is different as to how much or how little they choose to be involved. For example, some clients love to shop and send me photos of items they like. Together, we discuss which fits best within our agreed upon design (or we may change the design). Other clients prefer that I do all the legwork. Sometimes it’s a combination of both.
Q. How are you different from other designers?
A. That’s a hard question. I know several excellent designers, many of whom I’ve learned from. My approach is heart-centered. By that, I mean it’s important for me to put aside my own preconceived ideas and try my best to understand those of my clients, even when their desires are unclear. You’ll find I do a lot of listening. Especially at the beginning.
Q. Do you work with contractors?
A. Most certainly. If you’re remodeling, I will confer with the contractor regarding design concepts. I’m also available to shop for fixtures, tiles, appliances, and such.
Q. What is your background?
A. I owned and ran an insurance agency for many years, and am an accomplished artist. (Well, of sorts). Art and color channeled me into the field of design. It’s a calling that speaks to me. I hold a certificate in design at our local college, and am a member of the American Society of Professional Interior Designers (ASID), Conejo Association of Professional Interior Designers (CAPID), and Interior Design Society (IDS).
Q. What areas do you serve?
A. Ventura and Los Angeles County: Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Simi Valley, Newbury Park, Camarillo, Santa Paula, Oxnard, Ventura, Agoura, Oak Park, Calabasas, Woodland Hills, Encino, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Northridge.