FAQs about working with Lesley Myrick
You're smart to be thinking about this. Both the client and designer have to jive for the design process and end result to be as awesome as possible.
I'm going to rock your world if:
+ You've got a bit of an edge and you want to work with someone who will push your design sensibilities a little further.
+ You have the budget and resources to let us handle the details (with your input along the way, of course) and trust us to make great design selections for you.
+ You feel like you don't fit into a box, and you want your home to truly reflect the person you are.
You'll want to find another designer if:
+ You're looking for rock-bottom pricing on furniture and decor. We will always try to get you the best value (and we share part of our trade discount with clients which is a huge benefit) but it's not in our best interest - or yours - to dig around for the cheapest options possible.
+ You're afraid to branch out. We always listen to our clients' tastes and preferences, but the reason you hired us is to create an incredible home you couldn't do on your own. If you want to stick with safe, you'll be happier working with someone else.
+ You can't commit. Once we've presented our design plan, we allow for a few changes and substitutions if needed. But re-doing the entire design over and over isn't a good use of your design dollars or our time. If you trust us, then trust that we've made the best choices for you.
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.
For our full-service Design Comprehensive program, we use our unique Project Pyramid to get from start to finish in a kickass, organized way. We developed this 3-phase system to allow our creativity to shine and keep your project on track.
The first step, Phase 1: Design, is at the bottom of the pyramid for a reason – it often takes the most time and resources. Design fees are heaviest in this phase as it’s where most of the magic happens!
The next step, Phase 2: Procurement, happens behind-the-scenes. We take care of the ordering, receiving, and inevitable headaches that go along with order expediting and dealing with damaged merchandise. (Yes, it happens all the time, and yes, that’s why you've hired us to deal with it!)
The final step, Phase 3: Installation, is THE FUNNEST. You’ve handed over your cash and waited many months for to see the results, and that time is finally here. Get ready for the big reveal where we deliver, install, and style your space to create a magazine-worthy home that’s totally yours.
Design Comprehensive is our top-tier service. All other design programs include just Phase 1: Design - we take care of the creative part, but the ordering and installation is totally in your hands. So if you're a serious design go-getter, a Design Master Plan, Design Kit or Design Jumpstart may be just what the doctor ordered! If not, let us handle things with the Design Comprehensive.
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.
We perform one large installation of all your items. You know that "big reveal" you see on TV design shows? We want to create that magic moment for you!
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.)
Good question. Right now, the answer is four:
- 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.
- A color wheel on the back of her right leg.