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Behind the Scenes - The Design Phase

Modern transitional bathroom by Houston interior design firm Nancy Lane Interiors

A few weeks ago, we discussed the initial consultation portion of our design process. Today we're talking phase 02, the design phase!

After the design fee proposal has been accepted and the letter of agreement is signed, the real fun begins! During this phase we develop a unique design plan based on your project goals and needs while incorporating our own creative ideas. We are here to help translate who you are into your surroundings and we start with lots of questions. What is going to make you feel peaceful and taken care of in your home? Is a game room important for your family? More storage for your favorite shoes? A huge kitchen for cooking and hosting family and friends? A big comfy sectional for cuddling? Keeping a vintage armoire from your grandmother?

It's important as we have these conversations to be honest with yourself and with us about your lifestyle as well as your investment amount so that we can formulate the best design plan for you and your family's home. While we were raised to believe it was rude to discuss money matters in polite conversation, it's definitely crucial to a successful design project. We provide all of our clients with a furniture budget investment guide during our onboarding process and help our clients develop a budget that suits their style and desired quality and aesthetics. In the long run, having these money conversations openly and honestly saves design time and therefore our clients money by selecting items that fit the correct criteria the first time and who doesn't want that?

The design concept phase typically takes 4 to 6 weeks from the initial visit, although it may take longer depending on the size of the project and consists of a series of meetings and presentations as we research and narrow down infinite possibilities moving from initial concept to final design. This is truly a collaborative process, and our foremost interest is in respecting you, your investment amount, and your lifestyle, and creating spaces that support you in that lifestyle. Please know that you can be as involved as you would like to be. Most clients are busy and prefer to let us take the lead, but our dialogue is always open to feedback throughout the process! The final design plan, including floor plans and fabric and finish samples, are presented in person and revisions are made if necessary. Here we can talk through the details and revise to make sure you love your new space!

Do you have any questions on this part of our process? Leave a comment below and we'll clear up anything that you may have questions about! Stay tuned for an in-depth look at our procurement process which starts once we've finalized all the decisions in the design concept phase!


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