FAQs about working with Lesley Myrick
From start to finish, a project typically takes 6 to 12 months. (Usually, it's 8 weeks for your Design Master Plan, and then it's renovations and waiting for custom furnishings.)
Design Master Plan is our signature service. From an initial design concept through to a complete, buttoned-up design package with everything selected, we handle all of the decision-making so you don't have to.
Design Master Plan happens in two phases: Conceptual Design and Detailed Design.
During the Conceptual Design phase, we confirm the scope of the project, establish an ideal furniture layout, create a per-room budget plan, and confirm the aesthetic direction of your design project. At the Conceptual Design presentation, you’ll get to review and approve inspiration boards and initial design selections, too.
In the Detailed Design phase, we get ready to turn your approved ideas into orders and finalize the investment. We source all of the furnishings and confirm pricing. We also present you with detailed floor plans, elevation drawings, moodboards, 3D renderings, material selections, and a detailed proposal for your approval.
Implementation is where you’ll see things really happen. We handle procuring all of the items that you’ve approved and paid for. We partner with an awesome white-glove company that receives, unpacks, inspects for damage, assembles, delivers and places every piece into your home. We’ll work with your contractors during construction, deliver your furniture, and make sure everything for your home has been excecuted according to plan.
You know on HGTV when the homeowners excitedly open their front door to see a completely finished, beautifully styled home? That's what our Room Reveal is. We'll arrange your furniture and make sure it's placed exactly according to plan, hang your artwork, shop for accessories and style your shelves, and take care of every last design and styling detail. Then it's time for YOUR big reveal!
We’ll also bring in our photography crew, and make sure any and all issues are resolved.
We use a flat, value-based fee model, based on the size and scope of your project. After your Design Jumpstart session, we'll provide you with a customized proposal for your project. You will know your entire design fee up front, with no surprises.
If the scope of your project changes - you decide to add an additional room, or change your vision for a space halfway through - we will send an additional flat-fee proposal for that aspect of the project.
Absolutely! While the majority of our clients move from the complimentary consultation call right into a Design Master Plan, we also offer a 2-hour in-home or virtual design session called a Design Jumpstart. This can be the beginning of a project together or a stand-alone, information-packed consultation.
We require 100% payment on all orders for many reasons. One of our favorite responses (loosely quoted by Tobi Fairley) is: “If, after placing an order, you decide you don’t want that sofa, I can assure you that I don’t want it either.”
We’ve had clients go through tough times that pulled them away from the project. While it is completely understandable that someone dealing with a personal crisis can’t focus on the design project, the custom orders already set into motion cannot be paused or cancelled, which means that item is yours. When it comes down to it, we’re a design firm, not a bank. Once a custom order is placed, it is non-refundable.
Non-custom pieces may (possibly) be returned or exchanged at the discretion of each individual vendor, and are subject to restocking fees from the vendor plus an additional invoice for our time spent handling the issue.
You’ve hired us to design and implement a vision for your space and we suggest you don't buy anything on your own while we're working together. Your choice may not be a fit for the design, space, or budget and can throw a wrench into our design plan, which can ultimately add more time - and money - to your project.
If you found something you’ve gone totally bonkers for and must have it in your home, let’s talk and we'll come up with a plan to make it work!
Please let us know! We'll discuss your concerns and if necessary, find a more desirable solution. It's your home - the decision about what is purchased and installed in your home is ultimately yours.
We can recommend contractors that we love for your project, but our insurance stipulates that you must enter into an agreement with them directly. If you don't dig the team we've connected you with, you of course are free to find your own trades for the project.
We totally can work with your budget, but understand that no one's design wishlist is ever within the amount they wanted to spend! Think of it this way: if you want a Mercedes but have a Kia budget, it's up to you to increase your budget to afford the Mercedes, or decide to make some compromises and stick with the Kia. Both cars are great - and you get to decide which you want and which you can afford.
A clear picture of budget at the start helps us create a design plan that meets your needs, desires, and financial goals. So really, let us know what your budget is. Put some time into coming up with a number before we start, even if you think you have “no idea”. We’ll talk you through what we can accomplish for your budget and you’ll be thankful in the end that we nailed this down in the beginning.
Here’s an idea of how budgets typically work out on a design project. Design Fees land at about 20% of the total budget; freight and white glove delivery expenses are around 18%; furnishing and labor are about 52%; and the final styling accessories are 10%. This varies from project to project, but it’s a good starting point so you’ve got an understanding of where your design dollars will be going.
We recommend 10% of a room's budget be saved for accessories and styling at the end. When you splurge on a new outfit but forget to buy the shoes, jewelry, and a great bag to complement it, doesn’t it just fall short?
The same goes for an interior. Getting the final details right can make the difference from a room feeling halfway finished to a room that looks amazing.
The final 10% of the budget, used for artwork and accessories, takes a room to a whole new level. A fully complete and styled room is a must-have in the Lesley Myrick Art + Design philosophy and gives you the best bang for your buck.
During the Installation phase, we perform one large delivery of all your items. Items purchased by us on your behalf are safely stored at our office or in a white glove receiving and delivery facility until delivered to you.
(Heads up - clients are responsible for all shipping, storage, & delivery fees.)
While we don't accept guest posts or backlink requests on the blog, we are open to collaboration, sponsored partnerships, and influencer relationships with brands and businesses. Please contact us with your proposal - we'd love to hear from you!
We love collaborations, sponsored partnerships, and influencer relationships with brands and businesses in the world of interior design and home decor! Please contact us with your proposal and let's chat.
Brands that we have worked with previously include Sherwin-Williams, Lamps Plus, Metrie, Del Mar Fans, Foyr Neo, and more.
Heck yes! I love sharing my expertise and empowering kickass women, and speaking/presenting is my jam. If you'd like to offer me a TV show, I'm totally here for it.
I have spoken in-person at networking events (like BNI, Rotary Club, and Optimist meetings); on podcasts (including The Business of Design with Kimberley Seldon, A Well-Designed Business, and I also co-hosted the Designers Getting Coffee podcast); and at online summits (including DOSS 2021 and FoyrTalks).
Please contact me to discuss the details of your event and see if we're a great fit together!
I have a bunch of free resources for interior designers here that might help you out. I also coach and mentor select designers; please schedule a free discovery call if you'd like to learn more and see if you qualify.
I also send a free weekly BadassBizTips newsletter to interior designers, and I frequently answer designers' questions there. Please contact us with your question.
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- Five rainbow stars down her back. (Yes, getting your spine tattooed really, really hurts.)
- A stained glass rose window and cross on her right shoulder.
- A vintage-style swallow and heart on her left forearm that says "1 John 4:19" (which, BTW, is the verse that says, "we loved because He first loved us). Her husband Nate has a matching tattoo and they got them as wedding gifts to each other.
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