How We Work

Before we start working together, here is a quick outline of our process.

  • + Say Hi

    Fill out a project form and tell us a little bit about your personal style and the space we are designing.

  • + Meet With Us

    One of our credentialed interior designers will come to your home, discuss your style, your needs, and your desires for the space. During this one hour paid consultation, we will create a plan for your project.

  • + Bring Your Vision to Life

    After the initial consultation, we're ready to get to work. Based on your budget and personal preferences, we will hit the drawing board and within a couple of weeks show you the unique designs we've made especially for you and your space.

  • + Add Any Finishing Touches

    Your initial design will include a space plan, tear sheets of the details, and the selected furnishings we think will best bring your vision to life. Or, if you would just like our assistance in adding some finishing touches to a space, we are happy to do that as well.

Faq

  • Q: What happens after the initial call?

    A: If you decide to move forward with your designer, keep an eye out for your contract, which will describe our fees and the next steps. Once payment is received, we'll schedule the next meeting with your designer.

  • Q: How prepared do I need to be for the meeting with my designer?

    A: Before your meeting, you'll complete a detailed questionnaire about your style preferences and the functional needs for the space we're designing. If you're unsure of any of these questions, we'll talk through the details at the meeting. Additionally, Pinterest and Houzz boards, magazine cut outs, saved images, and any other inspirations you've collected are welcomed and encouraged. Most importantly, be prepared to provide a realistic budget for your project.

  • Q: What happens at the meeting with my designer?

    A: Together, you'll look through your inspirations, determine your stylistic direction, work through your scope, establish your ordering preferences, and finalize your timeline. Then, your designer will take pictures and measurements of the space(s), as well as take inventory of any existing furnishings you'd like to work into the design.

  • Q: What happens after the meeting with my designer?

    A: Timelines vary from project to project, but you can expect your designer to present customized designs to you within a matter of weeks. Your designs will include a space plan, tear sheets of the details, and the furnishings needed to transform your space.

  • Q: How do I purchase my design selections?

    A: Your designer will provide you with all the information you need to order your furnishings, including a list of retailers and the pricing for each item. From there, you can do it on your own or, if you'd like additional help during the ordering process, you can purchase additional hours with your designer (we have a 3 hour minimum). Once you have all your furnishings, the rest is up to you. Unlike Duet Design Group, the designers at Inside Stories are not responsible for the implementation and installation of your design.

  • Q: What other services do you provide?

    A: For us, there is no project too small. From picking out color schemes to shopping for picture frames, our designers are happy to assist you every step of the way.

Additional Details

Given the a-la-carte nature of Inside Stories, our designers are unable to help with the following services:

  • Delays in shipments, discontinued or out-of-stock items, and delivery of damaged goods. However, if a redesign is needed because your selections are discontinued or out-of-stock, additional hours may be purchased to resolve the issue.

  • Moving existing furnishings, hanging artwork, painting walls, or performing home repairs.

  • Providing discounted pricing on any fixed finish selections such as tile, carpet, or hard surface selections. We do not have access to these services.

  • Providing construction management or aid in the purchasing of fixed finishes, such as tile, flooring, wall-to-wall carpeting, or plumbing fixtures.

  • Providing measurements, fabrication, or installation of window treatments. However, we're happy to advise you on which fabric to use and what treatments will best suit your room.

  • Referring craftsmen, tradesmen, and builders. We believe the best recommendations for these services come from people you know or online resources such as: Angie's List, Yelp, or a tried-and-true Google search.