Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I hire Arlington Home Interiors?
Working with Arlington Home Interiors will save you time and money, while also reducing the stress associated with the multitude of options encountered with home design and decorating projects. By providing a curated approach to selections, I will help you narrow your options so you feel confident about your choices. My professional direction is leveraged with a rich inventory of resources.
The biggest return I provide is peace of mind—I’m watching out for your best interests, earning your trust and moving your project forward. All of this brings out the full potential of your living space.
What type of person do you work best with and what is expected of me?
I enjoy working with busy individuals and families who value hiring a design professional to interpret their needs and help them create a unique, personal home that reflects their lifestyle. I work best with people who are “doers,” willing and motivated to follow a plan to achieve their goals, so they can have more time for their family and do the things they enjoy. I also count on open communication and solid decision-making from my clients. It’s essential that clients are honest about their likes and dislikes, as we execute on their vision for their home.
How are you different from other designers?
I take the guesswork out of your budgeting by offering flat-fee packages in addition to retainer-based contracts when appropriate. We make recommendations from both retail and trade options, so you get the best solutions for your project, at an investment level that suits you.
As a mother of two children, I understand the design needs of young families and am an expert on kid- and pet-friendly fabrics and furnishings.
I am creative, professional and goal-oriented, while still being approachable and easy to work with. Your satisfaction is very important to me!
How do you charge for your services?
Every project is different, so I start with a complimentary Design Assessment on the phone to discuss wants, needs and budget. If it looks like we are a good fit, we schedule an In-home Design Consultation to get to know each other and talk about process, goals and your personal style. From there I create a Letter of Agreement outlining your project in detail including associated fees. Please contact me to discuss your project and together we’ll determine the best solution for your needs.
Arlington Home Interiors honors each customer’s personal tastes, and investment levels, so there is no “one-price-fits-all” strategy. When possible, we set a VALUE BASED FEE (fixed price) for a room, so you know what you are investing in Design Services up front. We require a minimum commitment of 20 design hours for new projects.
We provide a high level of service, extra-ordinary ideas, and problem solving. Goods may include upholstered furniture, case goods, flooring, accent tables, lighting, window treatments and accessories. Every job is different so it’s difficult to provide estimates until after we’ve met you and discussed your specific needs.
For a new construction project or an open-ended project where it is difficult to determine a well-defined scope of work, we prefer to establish a RETAINER AGREEMENT. In those cases, we collect pre-payment on a portion of hours and once the initial retainer is used up, we bill you monthly for additional time spent until the project is complete based on our hourly fees.
Do I have to use Arlington Home Interior’s services for everything, or just as needed?
You may choose what best fits your needs and budget. You may use your own vendors on your home projects, or you can hire vendors from my trusted team. For new items you may do the purchasing yourself, or Arlington Home Interiors can purchase everything for you from Retail and Trade sources. Arlington Home Interiors is responsible for ordering any trade-only items for you.
Do you design in any particular style?
My job (and talent) is to interpret your style and personality into a design that suits your lifestyle—so you and your family feel comfortable in your home. I do not adhere to any one particular style. I love mixing old with new—which is ideal when you have older favorite pieces that you want to freshen up with new things. Take a look in the portfolio section to see a sampling of the spaces I’ve created.
How long will it take to complete my project?
My priority is to keep your project on track and on budget. This requires good communication from me so that you can make quick decisions, and good communication and decision-making from you so that I understand your preferences. Based on our initial conversation and design plan, we can create a timeline.
May I contact some former clients and ask them what it’s like to work with you?
Absolutely! I invite you to review the many success stories of current and past satisfied clients. (see link). I’ll be happy to provide you with client references after we’ve had our initial phone conversation and design assessment.
Okay, I’m ready but I have some questions — may I contact you?
Certainly! Please contact me to schedule time for us to discuss your vision and ideas for your project. Prior to our conversation, I’ll gather some additional details through my Design Questionnaire, which will help me determine what kind of design support you need.