FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

+ WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN INTERIOR DESIGNER & AN INTERIOR DECORATOR

INTERIOR DESIGNER (as defined by the Design Institute of Australia)

"Interior designers plan and detail commercial and residential building interiors for effective use with particular emphasis on space creation, space planning and factors that affect our responses to living and working environments.

Interior design is also referred to as interior architecture because interior designers are trained to consider the modification of the interior structure of the building rather than just refinishing and furnishing existing spaces.

Good design can enable us to live and work more efficiently, comfortably, profitably, securely and pleasurably in a more aesthetically fulfilling and functional environment.

Interior designers plan space allocation, traffic flow, building services, furniture, fixtures, furnishings and surface finishes. They consider the purpose, efficiency, comfort, safety and aesthetic of interior spaces to arrive at an optimum design.

They custom design or specify furniture, lighting, walls, partitions, flooring, colour, fabrics and graphics to produce an environment tailored to a purpose.

An interior designer often works as part of a team that may include architects, builders, project managers, engineering consultants, shop fitters, cabinet makers, furniture suppliers and materials suppliers. They may be required to organise the modification of building structures, the purchasing of materials and furnishings and the contracting and supervision of the tradespeople required to implement a project."

INTERIOR DECORATOR (as defined by the Design Institute of Australia)

"Interior decorators plan and prepare building interiors for effective use with particular emphasis on furnishings, finishes and aesthetic presentation.

Interior decorators often work directly with the person who will occupy the space rather than working with other building or business professionals and must develop the skills to identify and accommodate another individual’s taste.

They frequently have an extensive knowledge of historic furnishing styles and their relationship to architectural periods, and employ a detailed understanding of the application and effect of colour and pattern.

Interior decorators plan, arrange and style the space, finishes and furnishings. They consider the purpose, efficiency, comfort and aesthetic of interior spaces to arrive at an optimum design.

They specify furniture, lighting, flooring, colour and fabrics to produce an environment tailored to a purpose.

An interior decorator may work as part of a team that may include the owner/client, an architect, builders, shop fitters, cabinet makers, furniture suppliers and materials suppliers. They may be required to organise the purchasing of materials and furnishings and the contracting and supervision of the tradespeople required to implement a project."

+ HOW DO I SELECT THE RIGHT DESIGNER FOR MY JOB

We understand approaching the design world can be a daunting task, but don't let that put you off! Finding the right professional help for your job can make the world of difference when it comes to getting a fantastic outcome for your project.

Some tips for finding the right designer for you:

  • Do your research! Check out their credentials - What are their qualifications? How long have they been in the industry? What prior work/project experience do they have?
  • Make sure the designer is the right fit - do they understand your needs? Do you think there may be a personality clash? Are they able to effectively communicate (visually and verbally) with you? Do you feel comfortable around them?
  • Don't be afraid to ask for references or information on projects they have worked on previously.
  • Don't judge a designer soley on the design aethetics of the projects they have completed in the past. A good designer will be able to respond appropriately to your specific design brief!

+ WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

I (Lauren) am formally qualified with a Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Canberra, and have been a practising Interior Designer for over 9 years now.

After graduating I was fortunate enough to land a job as an interior designer for a local Canberra architecture firm. Over the 7 & 1/2 years I was employed there I worked on projects ranging from high-end single residential, multi-residential, hotels, and even a library! Being at an architecture firm gave me the opportunity to experience all aspects of a design project from early concept design, right through to construction.

More recently I have had the pleasure of working as the in-house interior designer for a small local architecture firm that focuses on high-end residential projects.

+ DO YOU CHARGE FOR AN INITIAL CONSULTATION

Y E S !

All residential projects start with an initial consultation which is a flat fee of $495. This is for a meeting for up to 2 hours at either your home (or other agreed upon location) and covers travel anywhere within the ACT. Consultations that require travel outside of the ACT will be subject to additional fees to cover travel times and any associated costs. If you would like to book a consultation or get more information, please contact us through our contact page or send an email directly to hello@lodesignstudio.com and we will get back to you within 48 hours.

+ WHY DO YOU CHARGE FOR AN INITIAL CONSULTATION

As a design industry professional I value the work that I, and my fellow designers do. Doing work for free unfortunately undermines the value of the interior design industry, which is something that I would hate to contribute to.

Charging for an initial consultation means that I can give you really great design advice without hesitation from the first time we meet. It is important to note that an initial consultation is more than just your average, run of the mill meet and greet! It is intended that by the end of our consultation you will have a clear direction on where your project is going, and what the next steps should be in achieving your end goal.

By absolutely no means are we going to have your entire project (no matter how small!) designed and done within two hours! Carefully considered, thoughtful design that responds appropriately to your needs takes time, and is not a process that should be rushed. But, a consultation does give us the opportunity to get a proper understanding of your project needs and to see if LO Design Studio are going to be the right fit for your project.

+ HOW DO YOU STRUCTURE YOUR FEES

Fee structure is determined based on the nature of each individual project. There are two main ways that LO Design Studio structure fees, the first is as a flat rate fee and the second is an hourly fee. Flat rate fees are based on the hours estimated to complete an agreed upon scope, and fees are charged at the commencement of each stage of the project. Hourly rate fees are charged at the end of every month for the work completed witin that month, this method requires a retainer to be paid up front prior to the commencement of the project, an amount which is determined based on the scope of the project. There are pro's and con's to each type of fee structure, and we are more than happy to chat about it in further detail with you.