Q: Why hire a designer?
A: Whether you need help designing one room, an entire house or a commercial space, the process can be overwhelming and mistakes are costly. We offer you experience, creativity, a vast library of resources, trustworthy contractors, outstanding service and significant savings.
Q: What size projects does your studio accept? Can I start with one room?
Many of our clients have started with just one room. Whether you need to decorate your first home or completely redesign it, we can help you conceptualize, visualize and realize your dream interior.
Q: I don’t know what my style is, can you help define it?
A: This is a common concern and we have a proven process and questionnaire to help you decide what colors, textures, fabrics, shapes, finishes and furniture you like best.
Q: What do you charge?
A: We have a detailed fee schedule that explains how we charge for each project and you will never be surprised by an invoice. You will approve all items before we purchase them on your behalf. We will also work with you to develop an estimated budget based on the size of your project.
Q: What is DUO DESIGN STUDIO’S style?
A: Our goal is to create a space YOU love! We collaborate with you to create an environment that’s a reflection of your taste. One of our biggest joys is to work on a variety of project styles to keep things fresh and interesting.
Q: I am ready to start, what’s the next step?
A: Fantastic, we can’t wait to meet you! Please call or email our studio to arrange your initial consultation. We’ll send you a detailed questionnaire and then set up a time to meet at your residence or office for a one-hour consultation to see your existing environment and review your aesthetic and functional needs. We’ll ask a number of detailed questions and discuss your project budget and timeline.
Q: How do I prepare for our first meeting?
A: To help us create a beautiful space that’s a reflection of your taste, we recommend gathering images from magazines, Houzz and/or creating a Pinterest board. The images you show us don’t have to be pictures of interior spaces, just show us whatever tickles your fancy. The more meaningful images you can show us the easier it will be for us to understand your preferences and design your unique environment. Have fun compiling your reference file knowing that it will be a valuable tool.
The second item to prepare is your project budget. Rather than approach your project from a standpoint of how much you think it will cost, we have found it more effective to give thoughtful consideration as to what you’re comfortable investing in your project. Once you have determined your project budget, we’ll work with you to determine how your money should be allocated as far as furnishings, labor, etc., as well as offer suggestions on how to maximize your budget while realizing your vision.
Q: What does “To the Trade” mean?
The phrase “To the Trade” means that Design Centers or Show Rooms distribute their products exclusively through the services of design professionals and do not sell directly to the public. We have access to the showrooms in ADAC, High Point and Americas Mart, which can save you significant money.