FAQ for hiring an Interior Designer


The competitive spring and summer housing market always beings an increase in client inquires. So as we start putting together our fall schedule we thought we’d compile a list of the most common questions we get asked by potential new clients.

Whether you are looking to hire Lenore Design or another design firm below are some of the most important questions to ask prior to hiring an Interior Designer for your next project:

Q:        What are your qualifications?

I hold a MS in Interior Architecture + Design from Drexel University. Additionally I am an ASID Professional Member, NCIDQ licensed (#30370), and LEED GA accredited. Beyond my 3 years of education I have 7 years of professional experience working in both Commercial and Residential design. Want more info? Check out more about us or browse our portfolio.

Q:        What is the difference between an Interior Designer and Interior Decorator?

Both Interior Designers and Interior Decorators are highly valued professionals in the design industry. However, many individuals unknowingly and inaccurately use these terms synonymously. Since, this topic is one of the most widely discussed areas of the industry we delve into greater detail on the subject on our blog.

Q:         I have a renovation project, but I am not sure if I need an Interior Designer or Architect?

An Interior Designer has the skills and professional education to design and draft new space plans — including the ability to reconfiguring an existing interior space, develop lighting and electrical plans, select all interior finishes such as flooring, countertops, tile, paint colors, wall and window treatments, as well as specify plumbing, appliances, cabinetry and furnishings. However, if your project involves changing the structure of a space, for example moving load bearing walls or adding square footage, an architect and/or structural engineer will also need to be included in your project’s team.

Q:        Why should I hire an Interior Designer?

There are many reasons why hiring professional from the beginning of a project can end up saving you time, money and probably your sanity. Check out our recent blog post on the subject.

Q:        When should I hire an Interior Designer?

While a good designer can help you at any stage of the design, it is most advantageous for you to start working with an Interior Designer at the beginning of the project. As with any process, setting a good plan in place early is the best route to success. With this being said Lenore Design has the capability and experience to take your project from initial consultation, to concept, development, project management and installation – the final result being a seamlessly executed plan from start to finish with no detail overlooked.

Q:        Do you work with other trades?

Absolutely! The success of any project requires close communication + collaboration among all of the project team members, including engineers, architects, project managers and contractors. Our prior experience has allowed us to effectively work together with a variety of different trade professionals.

Q:        What services do you offer?

We are a full service Interior Architecture + Design firm founded on the philosophy that successful design is created through experience, open communication and close attention to detail. Our Full Design includes a variety of services ranging from furniture + finish procurement to space planning and construction. We believe every client is unique and as a result we tailor our services to meet all your project needs. For a detailed list of services rendered hop over to our services page.

Q:        What is the design process?

Although each client is unique our creative process serves as a guideline for how each project will proceed. You can read more about our process on our services page.

Q:        What is your design fee structure?

Lenore Design works on hourly basis for all full service design work. Design services may include space planning, furniture + finish selections, construction documentation and project management.

In addition to our design services we offer furniture, fixture + equipment (FF+E procurement). When a product is ordered through the designer (such as furniture, lighting, appliances + finishes) there is a great deal of time spent on producing purchase orders, ordering cuttings of fabrics or wall-coverings for approval and coordinating shipment and deliveries. As industry professionals we are eligible for to-the-trade pricing from many manufacturers which we happily pass on to our clients.

Q:        Do you accept clients outside of your area?

Yes! Although majority of our work is located in the Boston, MA and the surrounding area we offer an E-Design service for clients located outside the New England. In addition we are always willing (and eager) to travel for our Full Design Service clients!


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