Design Services and Fees

Every project, big or small, begins with a virtual consultation. Remote design services, ongoing "independent studies" and gift certificates are also available.


A  virtual consult with Clare launches all new projects or can be organized as a stand-alone service. Please send along any relevant photos, floor plans and wish lists ahead of time, including your building's Alteration Agreement. 

The consultation helps me evaluate your space to bring out its full potential. I’ll ask lots of questions to nail down what you feel would make your home work better for you, and the photos will tell me a lot about what the space itself needs. Depending on how big a job it is, I can often advise on what to expect, such as how much time would be involved, the type of filing you may need, and whether your construction budget and wish list are well matched. 

Further design services may be contracted for afterwards. The cost of the consultation is not deductible from future work and participating in a consultation does not commit either party to a larger project. 

A 40-minute zoom is $200.  Schedule a consult.


Design services for a typical 1BR gut renovation may average 5-7 hours per week, or about $5-7K per month, with time frames of 6-12 months

Larger, more complicated renovations, or when combined with furnishings design, may average 7-10 hours per week or $7–10K per month, with time frames of 10-18 months

Unlike many designers, 121 does not mark up purchases. Therefore, design fees are offset by trade discounts on materials. 


Integrated Design and Decorating   The entire space is considered, including layout, cabinetry and storage, lighting, HVAC, finishes, paint colors, furnishings, and artwork. 

Drafting    Detailed floor plans and elevations are the basis for contractor bids and Board review. 

Materials Selection    An edited selection of tiles, fixtures, lighting, and other materials are suggested. 

Construction Alignment    While a project manager is the key liaison with all parties during live construction, periodic design check-ins ensure the installation aligns with our original vision.


For kitchen, bath, or single-room renovations, design services may average $2-5K per month, with time frames of 2–6 months (that may be intermittent). A 20-hour minimum applies.


For decorating projects, design services typically run $2-5K per month, with time frames of 2–6 months (that may be intermittent). A 20-hour minimum appliesClick for typical furnishings budgets.


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 for expert guidance, a second opinion, product recommendations. A 5-hour minimum applies.


Design services are provided by the hour. Principal @ $235 PH / Design Assistant @ $175 PH /Non-design helper @ $80 PH. Hours are tracked on a time sheet and invoiced monthly. The designer does not believe in the old-fashioned mark-up system. Third parties are paid directly by the client without mark up. Trade discounts on purchases are extended to the client without markup.

“You rock, tip after amazing tip!” “The best money I’ve spent.” "Really takes 'one-to-one' to heart!"
“Practical and straightforward information.” “Fantastic pointers.” “Loved your ideas.” 
“Pretty amazing to see the possibilities in just an hour.”

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