Working with an interior designer or decorator can be overwhelming, but it can also save you loads of time, money, and headaches.  Although many designers and decorators have similar business practices, every one is as different as every client.  Here I’ll answer some questions that I get regularly about working with me.

 

Who am I?

N’Ckyola (pronounced [ní-ˈkō-lä] ) Green and I am a Professional Decorator.  I have been decorating event spaces since 2003 and interiors since 2006.

 

What do I do?

I help you love your home 1 room at a time by using as much of what you already have as possible, and upcycling or recycling the rest.  I help you plan your spaces to fit your life and style while still leaving you room to explore and expand upon your interior décor.

You have a unique ability to use my own things and make them look great.  I don’t know how you do it, but I love that!   ~~Darlene

 

How do I do it?

I listen.  To you, your needs, your wants, your budget, your fears, your stories, your history.  YOU.

I analyze.  Your needs, your wants, your budget, your fears, your space.

I design.  On paper, in 2D and 3D, and finally, upon your approval, in your space.

I was nervous, but Mrs. Green put my nerves to ease. She came and took down my ideas, colors, and suggestions and put them all together and came back with color schemes for me to review.  I felt [so] comfortable with her choices that we were bold enough to say “we are leaving for the weekend -surprise me”.  When we returned I felt like it was a brand new house all over again, everything was beautiful.  ~~Alicia L.

 

Do I specialize in a particular design style?

While my personal style is transitional, I LOVE color and have had a great time designing (and coveting) spaces that are eclectic, modern, traditional, and contemporary.

 

What makes me different from the next designer or decorator?

To be clear, I am not a designer by its legal definition; as of this writing in the State of Texas only those who passed the NCIDQ & with a current ASID membership have the right to use the term “certified interior designer” in a contract.

I am a Professional Decorator and what sets me apart are:

  1. my approach – I approach every project with the goal of delivering extraordinary results with realistic budgets.
  2. my mission – To help you reuse and up-cycle what you truly love, recycle what you don’t, and find the right pieces to polish off your space in your own unique style.
  3. my vision – By focusing on what you already own, what you love, & how you live, together we can create the home you love to live in.  Every budget deserves great design.

I am realistic about what can and cannot be done and I work diligently to stay within budget by focusing on your priorities.

 

Xtraordinary by Design has been so professional. She is able to capture your needs and wants and turn them into an appealing space in your home that you are happy to come home to. She is also great about operating within your budget. She is able to produce that “Wow” factor!  ~~D.D.

 

How much does it cost to work with me?

A much harder question to answer, costs start at $200 for an in-home consultation.  Full design services are only quoted after a consultation and based on the space and the amount of work and materials expected to complete the project.  Additionally, there are several options for eDesign that do not require an in-home consultation.

 

Can I give you a cost estimate without an in-home consultation based on what you tell me you need?

Every space and every client is different; my services are specific to you and your space.  Because of this, there is no realistic way of providing an estimate without seeing the space and talking with you about your needs and wants.  For this reason, I always do a short (approximately 20 minute) initial discovery call to get an idea of who you are and determine if we are a fit.  Even eDesign requires that I see photos and/or videos of your space as well as speaking with you directly.

 

What happens if you do not like the final design or a particular aspect of the final design?

Since you have final approval of the design plan, any changes after work has begun or is complete will require a change order and may incur additional fees.

If you are not completely satisfied with any of the workmanship or materials used in your project, you may request changes within 10 days of your final invoice.

Customized items and labor are non-refundable.

Mrs. Green helped us to renovate our school library. She was professional and hands on. She stayed with the project from its conception to the end. One of her gifts is to see the details that we could not; she listened, followed through, when she did not agree with an idea, she took the time to explain why the idea would not work. For example, she painted a wall but realized that the color was not matched well with another color in the room, and she hand mixed the color herself.  You will probably find her on a ladder right now painting and repairing things herself. ~~ A. Thompson

 

You have a set budget to work with and you’re afraid it may not be enough for what you want.  What are your options?

That’s great!  You have conquered half the battle – your budget!  During our consultation, I can tell you if your budget is realistic for what you would like to accomplish.

If it is not, don’t worry!  Depending on how much time we spend together, your consultation may include enough information to get you started on your own (i.e., space planning, color palette, etc.)

If you want to pay a specific amount and get very specific help from me without an in-home consultation, consider an eDesign package.  I offer several to fit a range of budgets and needs.

 

Are there any reasons I would NOT take your project?

If you are not ready to dive in to the adventure and love your home, I will not push.  You may not be ready to hire a decorator quite yet.  You may need time to think it over or perhaps you’re just in a place of uncertainty.  Either way, YOU and only you know what you want, need, and what’s important to you!  I’d love to help you make your house a home – when YOU are ready.

Until then, you can get all my great money saving ideas just by sharing your name and email address to stay in touch.  Your information is never shared with anyone else AND you’ll get my guide to Perfect Layouts for Living Rooms and updates from the XbD Blog.

If you have any questions I missed here, send me a message & let me know.

I look forward to hearing from you and working with you!

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