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For most, the design process can be a little off-putting and/or even intimidating.  Some prospective clients seem to be skeptical that the designer will carry out ‘their’ ideas and infuse elements they’re not comfortable with.  If you have a good rapport and understanding with your designer, than all should be fine.  We are actually there to help with making the right decisions and save time if possible.  We search for possible solutions for you, narrow them down, and then present our findings.

1. What’s the objective?  Obtain as much up front information as possible.  Client preferences/expectations, which space, design style, budget, lead-time, etc.  Discuss fee structure.  Also, the designer expectations from the client.

2. Next, we measure and photograph the space to create a floor plan of existing pieces allowing the designer and client to address any and all concerns.  We discuss keeping current pieces such as any antiques, family heirlooms or recently purchased items.  If any structural work is to be completed, then any framing, molding, etc. will be decided then.

3. Choosing a color palette for each room, along with textures and patterns for upholstered pieces and stain finished for case goods.  Any hardware might be selected during this stage of the process.

4. A floor plan is created with the new pieces along with any current items that are kept.  Lighting plans, electrical plans, and any elevations are also created and presented.  All fabric and finish samples, furniture pieces and major accessories are presented to the client.   At this stage the client will sign-off on all items to be purchased on their behalf.

5. Once all major items have been decided upon and ordered, then any window treatments, painting and flooring can be installed.  All things ordered should be monitored by the designer to prevent any mistakes, which could add to the lead-time.

6. Many designers work differently.  Some will source and purchase accessories at this time, while others will wait for placement after all the major items are delivered.  Either way is correct.

Now, all that’s left is the delivery and installation of all pieces.  I like to install all pieces the same day.  That way the client will benefit from seeing a completed room.

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Christopher Porikos

Christopher Porikos is an Interior Designer based in the Los Angeles area. He has a background in Retail Visual Merchandising and is educated in interior design. His love of design spans from traditional to contemporary and his style can be as eclectic or clean as the project requires. His unique eye for design comes from his lifelong interest in architecture, history, sketching, painting and the arts. www.christopherporikosdesign.com

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