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what happens when you hire me

the process – actions and steps taken to arrive at your dream home.

What happens when you hire me?

So you need a designer, but you’re not sure how it all works? What problems can I solve? Feel a bit worried/confused/overwhelmed? 


I can help. Below is an outline of the standard design process. Not everyone needs the full process, of course, but it is easy to tailor a package to your needs - which we can do during the consultation.


In a nutshell: I cut through the choice clutter, saving you headaches and stress and I work tirelessly to keep your project moving in the right direction.

The Process

Mia Interior Design process steps

Getting to know you and uncovering your unique style 

Design

phase

Executing

the 

design

The

grand

finale

Design Process Step 1

Getting to know you and uncovering your unique style 

After an initial 15 min phone chat we book in a 1-2 hour consultation in your home.

The consultation is £200 for up to 2 hours in your house (within London), where we discuss your needs and I can make some preliminary design suggestions. I follow this up with an email detailing our discussions. Project fees depend on the scope and level of service, please see packages page for details.

During the consultation you talk me through what you need help with and problems to be solved. We look at what furnishings/art you have and what you want to keep. I find out how you want to use your space. You can show me any inspiration pictures you have or, if you haven’t got any, I have an inspiration book you can go through after the meeting.

We discuss your budget and my fees and I give you some suggestions as to how I’d address your room(s). It’s also a chance to get to know each other a bit, the design process can be long and it’s my intention that you should enjoy it as much possible so it is important we are a good fit.

Design Process Step 2

Design

Phase

I put together mood boards and floorplans (up to 2 for each room). Once these are ready we meet (in person/online) to discuss.

floorplan and moodboard

Taking on board your comments, I then produce the full design, presented as a 3D sketch render so you can really visualise the space. We meet again to discuss and tweak until it is just right. If we are doing building work, at this point we’ll talk to the builder to start getting a ballpark estimate.

3D sketch render

Next, I source real products for your space, create detailed drawings for bespoke furniture and order samples. I do selections for paint, furniture, lighting, flooring, tiling, art etc. We meet again to look through the samples so you can see and touch everything and have another chance to discuss any details.

Example samples
Design Process Step 3

Executing

the 

design

If we are doing building work this starts now. You employ the builder directly* and I liaise closely with them, managing the design and all non-structural technical drawings (scale floor/electrical/kitchen/electrical plans etc.).
 

Technical drawings

* I have trades I can recommend.

You will be in charge of the purchasing, from my shopping list, but the builder and I will guide you on timings for purchases.

I will also get any bespoke carpentry or kitchen cabinetry etc. into production.

Once all building work has finished you will do the furniture purchasing, again I will assist with a timing plan.

Design Process Step 4

The

grand

finale

Your beautiful home is ready, as one client put it, this is 'the champagne moment’. We have a closing meeting to make sure you have everything you need and arrange a suitable time for photographs to be taken.

 

midcentury kitchen.jpg

Ready to get started? Got more questions? No problem, get in touch to have a chat.

They say

"Having Mia on board to design our bathroom for us was exactly what we needed. I was looking for someone to hold my hand from start to finish - and she did. She was so clear and specific about things that it was easy to feel complete trust in her, and the end result was really special."

Gemma, Hastings