Your journey from vision through to realisation
Our holistic approach to interior design has been developed and honed through our many years spent working on both large and small projects across the world. Our expertise and knowledge will give you reassurance and confidence in all aspects of your project, as we work together to realise your interior design aspirations.
Below is an outline of our approach and the various stages. Not all these are required on every project and the process will be perfectly tailored to suit your needs.
Preparation & Brief
The initial stage is learning about you and your project, which will include meeting with you at your property to develop a detailed brief of what you are seeking to achieve and a clear understanding of your vision.
Further discussions will follow this meeting, including contractor requirements, timeline and budget, which will enable us to create a full written scope of services and fee proposal.
Once you are happy to proceed, we will provide an outline programme and cost breakdown, so that your time and financial investments are clear from the start.
Now we let our inspiration flow and begin creating your bespoke design concept. Mood and style boards will portray our ideas and interpretations, collaborative discussions will enable you to choose the final feel of the design.
A full survey to measure the property feeds into concept drawings that include spatial planning to make the best use of the space and of new and existing furniture and fittings.
We engage with architectural and other experts where needed, such as for planning and building control matters or structural engineer requirements.
Your project will really come to life in this stage, with detailed layout plans as well as samples provided of the materials and colours to be used by contractors.
Detailed drawings will be created, including floor plans with finishes, elevations, electrical layouts and joinery details.
Specification documents will include sanitary fittings, kitchens, all fixtures, FF&E, lighting, etc.
By the end of this stage, you will have a complete overview of how the end project will look and a full package of drawings and documentation ready to issue to a contractor for pricing.
Where we are project managing for you, we take the finalised and approved design package and put the project out to tender, inviting up to 3 contractors to bid. Each offer will be analysed and our report will give you the confidence to choose the best option for you.
We will undertake instruction of and coordination with the chosen contractor, including professional contract management, then work closely with them throughout the entire build process, supervising work on-site, resolving issues, monitoring workmanship and ensuring delivery as designed.
Your budget is carefully managed, with any additional works closely monitored and controlled. Any variations to costs are only approved with your agreement and a final budget reconciliation will complete the full transparency we maintain throughout.
FF&E. Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment
- Selections & Specifications
At this stage we finalise specific selections of items such as sofas, dining furniture, furnishing fabrics, lamps, rugs and artwork. Again we collaborate closely with you, to achieve inspirational and harmonious choices.
Our awareness of current trends, plus a focus on longevity of design, factor into these decisions, as well as balancing sustainability with practicality and availability.
We have experience of a wide range of high-quality specialists and increase our contacts and product knowledge further each season.
Custom-made items will be put out to tender to a maximum of 3 suppliers.
A complete cost analysis will accompany all the selections to ensure they adhere to your budget.
(If a project is fit out only, such as a new fitted kitchen, with no loose items, this stage will not be needed).
Procurement & Supply
Working from our specification documents and detailed drawings, we calculate quantities needed (such as for flooring) and contact each supplier to obtain the best prices and delivery dates.
Once we have placed the orders, we monitor progress closely, overseeing delivery, coordinating with contractors, and resolving any issues to ensure timely completion. Every detail that we envisioned together will be realised.
Procurement can include fit-out supply items (such as kitchens, fitted lighting, flooring) and also FF&E items (such as sofas, tables, soft furnishings). Operating and maintenance manuals, warranties and receipts will be organised for handover to you.
We can take care of as much or as little of the procurement as you prefer and we charge a percentage fee, with a clear record of all purchases and costs keeping you fully informed.