Q Do you charge for the initial consultation?
Yes, we charge a flat rate fee for this service and it lasts approximately one hour. Should you decide to hire KMID this fee will be credited back to you upon signing a letter of agreement. We will come to you. It is an opportunity for both parties to meet and evaluate the scope of the work, review the Designer’s portfolio, and discuss compensation. Please contact us for current rates.
Q How do I prepare for the initial consultation?
We normally ask that you send us images of your space ahead of time along with style images of interiors that appeal to your taste. This way we have time to review and prepare before meeting. You can also fill in the Client Information Form
Q How do you charge for your services?
We have an hourly design fee structure as well as a cost per square foot on commercial projects. See Fee Structure. Any time spent on your project is logged and is billed monthly. When it comes to purchasing materials/furnishings, quotes are initially provided by our purchasing department for review and approval and then invoices are created.
Q Do You Accept Credit Cards?
No, we only accept payment in the form of cheques/cash.
Q I have an architect…do I need an interior designer?
Many Architects work with building design and structure and prefer not to work with the details of the interiors, such as kitchen and bath design, custom cabinetry and built-ins, molding details, colour schemes, flooring specifications, and window and wall treatments. It is ideal if you work with both an Architect and an Interior Designer to make sure all of your internal and external needs are addressed. You can actually save money by eliminating costly errors or wasted time hunting for the correct products for your specific needs.
Q What is the difference between an Interior Designer and a Decorator?
Since there is no education required to provide interior decorating services, interior decorators may or may not have formal training. They focus on selecting products based on aesthetics. Many decorators simply “have a knack or flair” for creating pleasant interior settings. Decorators may not be trained in the technicalities of design such as spatial relationships, efficiency adjacencies, building and life safety codes, traffic flow, product performance qualities, furniture layouts, project specific lighting and electrical requirements, acoustics, and color psychology. Interior designers are educated, experienced, and tested for competency in the art and science of interior design. They also address the aesthetics of the project. Interior designers are, for the most part, graduates of 4 or 5 year curriculums in interior design. There are some exceptions to this, so before you hire an interior designer, ask about credentials.
Q Do you have a particular style of design that you work within?
KMID has worked within multiple design styles dependent upon what the project requires and what the client envisions. Variety is part of why we love our job and can adapt to your needs and desires. Kelly has designed restaurants with a worldly aesthetic, both luxury contemporary and traditional homes as well as industrial chic commercial spaces. Let’s start the dialogue about what it is that you love!
Q Can I customize the services that I will use KMID for?
We are flexible and can either move through the project on an “as needed” basis or create a custom design package to encompass the entire project from start to finish. It is up to you. We also do home staging, accessorizing and in-home consultation for those who just need some advice in purchasing.