Readymade Decorating ™ 


I love making a home feel truly personal and unique to each client. 
Sometimes a space just needs a tweak to feel current and complete. 
Whether you're moving and making a fresh start, or fed up with tired furnishings, 
here's how decorating  projects work and what to budget: 

DESIGN

Decorating projects start with a review and measurement of the space, and the creation of a shopping list with size parameters. We'll assess if any of your current pieces can be reused, and if they support the cost of refinishing. Floor plans and drawings may be needed.  

Budget 5-50 hours for this phase. 

SOURCING

Finding the perfect pieces takes the most time in any decorating project, but if you've spent a few Saturdays scouting showrooms, you probably know that already. 

Scroll for sourcing options to fit your budget. 

PURCHASING

 The designer does not believe in the old-fashioned mark-up system. The trade discount is extended to the client wherever available. The time required to set up and track orders is billed by the hour. The trade savings is a great way to offset design hours. 

Scroll for typical furnishings budgets. 


STAGING

Once everything is delivered, we'll oversee the placement, installation of window treatments and artwork, and choose the perfect accents like pillows and decorative objects to make the whole space photo shoot worthy! 

Budget 10-50 hours for this phase. 

SOURCING: Choose the option that fits your budget

1) INDEPENDENT STUDY 

A good fit if you like your furnishings well enough, but the house still doesn't feel pulled together; or if you started a decorating project that fizzled. A little pro guidance can get you across the finish line. 

You will be guided to do your own searches, based on a defined shopping list and suggested vendors. Then present your favorites back to me to check if they are a good fit in the overall scheme. This uses the least amount of design hours possible, since you do the legwork. 

Budget 10-30 hours.

2) MULTIPLE CHOICE

I will suggest 1-3 sets of options for big ticket items (furniture / rugs / lighting). After those pieces are delivered, I will stage it with smaller accents of my choosing (pillows / decorative objects etc). 

Budget 15-60 hours. 

Most people believe they fall into this group, and find this an easy and efficient way to decorate. Just be aware of accidentally making the leap into the next group because of *

3) DEEP DIVE

Some clients want to see every available option for each piece, big or small, and take their choices into unexpected and bespoke territory. This requires considerable back and forth and refined sourcing. The results are always fabulous. 

Budget 50-300+ hours. 






*A CAVEAT: 

Whichever sourcing option you choose, be careful not to go too far down the internet rabbit hole. It's easy to "lose the track" of the intended design and can be costly for the designer to cull through the resulting choices. 

FURNISHINGS: High, Low, Sweet Spot? 

To establish a furnishings budget we want to look at style, expected wear, and longevity goals: Is this a heritage purchase or an "until the kids are grown" placeholder? Are there dogs or cats to consider? Will you be moving in two, five or 10 years?  Will the kid's bedroom convert to a guest room after the kid goes off to college? Does the space call for a sleek modern showstopper or a lovingly worn antique? The right answer might be an Ikea cabinet or a rosewood console. We usually do a mix of high and low, where a splurge or two elevates less expensive pieces. The prices below should be considered a range of good/better/best but not by any means the most or least you may spend on any particular item. 

LIVING ROOM

New sofa $4,000 - $10,000

New sectional $5,000- $14,000

New arm chair $600- $1,800

Reupholstery add $2,000-4,000 to above prices

Coffee table $600-$2,000

Side tables $400-$1,200

Media cabinet $1,500- $8,000

8x10 Rug $800 - $8,000

Window treatments $800-$3000 per window

Budget $12K-$35K



PRIMARY BEDROOM

Queen bed $1,500-$8,000

Nightstand $500-$3,000

Dresser $1500-$4,000

Bench $800-$3,000

Quality linens $500-$3,000

8x10 Rug $800 - $5,000

Window treatments $800-$3000 per window

Budget $10-$25K



HOME OFFICE

Desk $800 - $2,500

Desk chair $700- $3,000

Bookcases $700-10,000

Sofabed $4,000- $10,000

Lounge chair $1,200-$4,000

Readymade frames $50-$200 each

Budget $8K-$35K

ACCENTS

Mirrors $400-$1,800

Table lamps $100 - $700 each

Floor lamps $400-$1,800 each

Throw pillows $40-$200 each

Professional framing $200-$1,500 per frame

Decorative objects $5-$500

Wallpaper $300-$3,000 per wall

Budget $2K-$15K per room

“A master of high and low.” – Sarah


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