Q: How quickly can we get started?
A: We respond to all client inquiries within 48 hours. First, we give you a ring for a quick 15-minute chat. If we find that we are able to assist with your project, we will schedule an in-home consultation (for full service clients). Once we see your space, we can determine a start date for your project – which is dependent upon a few factors like your timeline and our current workload.
Q: Do you charge for the initial consultation?
A: Absolutely! Any designer worth one’s salt charges for the first meeting. Our current consultation fee is $350.
Q: How long is this whole thing going to take?
A: For full service projects, you’re looking at a minimum of four months together. The speed of the project depends on a few factors like your ability to make decisions, product lead times and securing the right contractors.
Q: Do we need to use your preferred contractors or can we use someone we have already worked with in the past?
A: We're dedicated to making sure your project is finished to the highest standards possible, and we know that you are too. Therefore, it is very important that we line up the right contractor for your project - and that they are available within the timeline that you wish to get started. While we of course look for high quality work from our trades, we also look for outstanding communication, as that combination makes for the best results. So we are more than happy to work alongside any contractors who will bring both that high quality work and communication to the project so they can help us bring your dreams to life.
Q: How involved do I need to be in the process?
A: Ultimately, our goal is for your home to reflect YOU. So our process is specifically designed for us to really understand who you are, what your style is, and how you want your space to function. In the earlier stages, we ask you to share inspiration images (Pinterest and Houzz boards) with us so that we know the overall look and feel you wish for your home to evoke. We also ask that you provide us with feedback during the concept stage of the design. After that, we'll meet for the design presentation, get your approval - then the ordering, installing, etc. is up to us!
Q: I know that you can make it pretty, but will my home be functional?
A: At Michelle Gage Interiors, we believe that form and function work hand in hand. We aim to create a space that’s not only aesthetically and visually pleasing -but one that adheres to all the needs required for it to be easy and effortless to live in. We visit Highpoint Market twice a year to see, touch and sit on every item in the showroom, so that we know the furniture we recommend is of great quality and right for your home. We do all the leg work so you don’t have to!
Q: How much is this going to cost me?
A: We aren't able to know or estimate costs before holding the ever-so-important initial consultation. During that initial consultation, we will share rough pricing breakdowns with you to determine your level of investment. It all depends on your wish list. There are different tiers of customization that each manufacturer offers and we can pinpoint where to save and where to splurge in each room of your home
Q: What’s the difference between full service and e-design? How do I know which service my project falls under?
A: You can read all about our service offerings here. We mainly work on full service projects – which includes everything from sourcing and floor planning to ordering and installing. With this service, a minimum budget of $15K per room is required. Occasionally, we will open up our e-design offering which is geared towards a client with a smaller budget who manages the execution of our designs.
Q: Where can I learn a little bit more about you and your firm?
Q: Can I speak to past clients about their experience with your firm?
A: We do not share our clients’ personal information. However, you can read past testimonials here.
Q: What’s the best way to see if our style is compatible?
Q: Where have I seen your work before?
A: You may have seen our work featured in Domino, Design Sponge, Lonny, USA Today - or any of these other wonderful publications.
Q: Ok, I’m hooked! What are the next steps to start working with your firm?
A: All potential clients are asked to fill out this project inquiry form. From there, we will give you a call to speak with you about your project. If we choose to work together, we ask that you prepare for our initial consultation simply by thinking more about your budget and pulling together inspiration images for us to speak through when we meet.
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