Design Services and Fees

Every project, big or small, begins with an initial consultation, either virtual or in person, with 121 principal, Clare Donohue. Consultations are also available as a stand-alone service or gift ($175-575). Click to schedule a consultation.


For single-room renovations or decorating projects, design services are provided by the hour, for $225 per hour.  Most projects require 3-5 hours per week (roughly $2-4K per month) with typical time frames of 2–6 months.

A la carte design services include:

Kitchen or Bath Design    A scaled-down version of the integrated design services provided at right. 

Independent study    Some clients have the confidence to manage their own renovations with minimal guidance. If you just need a little help getting started, consider a stand-alone consultation or an occasional check-in. Clients call on me for expert guidance, a second opinion, product recommendations. 5 hour minimum.

Readymade Decorating™     For rooms that just need a tweak, not major construction. We'll sort your existing belongings, advise what to keep or toss, suggest new furnishings, artwork, window treatments, and all the finishing touches. Then we'll finesse the final staging. 

Paint Palettes    Sometimes all you need is the right color. Usually takes 4 – 12 hours. Painting not included but a painter can be referred.


How much should you budget for construction and other costs? Click here. How much time will everything take? Click here.


For multi-room or gut renovations, design services are usually provided as a flat fee, from $4–7K per month, with typical time frames of  6-12 months

Integrated design services include:

Drafting    Detailed floor plans and elevations will be produced. A set of plans is the basis for contractor bids and Board review and typically runs $3,000—10,000 depending whether the project requires Department of Buildings (DOB) filing.

Materials Selection    I suggest an edited selection of tiles, fixtures, lighting, and other materials. We track a spreadsheet of all choices and color code pending decisions by priority. I don’t believe in the old-fashioned markup system. Clients cover the time required to source and traffick materials. The trade price is the client's price. 

Construction Oversight    I make scheduled and random site visits throughout construction to check on progress and confer with the contractor, inspect deliveries, and respond to new developments. Site meetings and emails keep the client informed, even if it’s not possible to be on site. 

Integrated Decorating    When we do a larger renovation, paint colors and furniture selection are developed throughout the process. 


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