The Design Therapist World of Services

Relocation Space Planning & Staging – I help you eliminate the headache of deciding what to keep, what to donate and where to put it when you relocate.

1. First, I take inventory and measurements of your new space, furniture, lamps, artwork, and rugs. Then I make a to-scale floor plan and draw in where everything goes. If there is not enough room for something, we will know it before your move so you will have time donate it or find  another home for it.

A. The inventory pages will list the rooms where each item goes. You can use this list to label the items themselves before the move.

B. On moving day, you will have labeled the furniture and you will have a clear idea of where everything goes. Just  tape the drawing to the front door and instruct the movers according to the floor plan drawing. Easy!

C. When you have settled in, I come to your new place to “tweak” the furniture placement etc. and hang the pictures.  Voila!-You’re Home!

Staging & Furniture Placement – If you have bought new or you have “inherited” new “stuff” and you don’t know how to work it in to your current scheme, I can do that for you. I have many tricks-of-the-trade that I can show you to make your home look just as good or better than before.

Coordinate Surface Selections – When you are faced with choosing flooring, counter tops,  cabinet material and paint for a bathroom, kitchen or family room project, this service can save you a lot of time, hassles and worry.  I use my artist’s eye to visualize the finished look and choose it with you. No problem!

Color Consultation -This is my specialty. You will be living with your paint choices for a long time. Why not have my designer’s eye to help you? Colors are best selected during the daylight hours, and in the space where they are going to be. I use 8″ x 8″ Benjamin Moore color samples. Moreover, the paint store can match any color on the market. It is next to impossible to select paint colors from the tiny size samples they give you in hardware stores which show them in different lighting than in your home. No wonder people make mistakes! Working with me will eliminate all that. At the end of our appointment, you will have a color pallet that will easily be understood by both you and your  painters. The folder contains page(s) with squares of paint swatches, organized by their juxtapostion to each other and by the floor they are on.(lower level, main floor,”upstairs” etc.) Each color will list next to it, where it goes and the color name and number. Typically, it takes 1-3 hours to do your colors, depending the number of rooms.

Hint: Keep the color pallet folder in your car. That way, you will have it with you when you come across something that you might want to buy. If it goes with your pallet, it will automatically go with your decor. Having your color pallet on hand will give you more confidence in your purchases. It takes the insecurity out of decorating. -It’s worth a million bucks.

Window treatments  I use a topnotch, to-the-trade workroom to make your window treatments. Because it is local, I can go to the shop and consult with them directly about the details of your job. They do their own installations too, (which I attend).  I have never had a complaint about their workmanship or installation. Good work is hard to find, they say, and I am glad I have found it and can share that with you!

Choosing custom picture frames – I use a local picture framing shop that has been in the business for a long time. Save yourself the hassle and uncertainty of picking out a frame. I will pick it up, choose the frame and matting, deliver it and hang it in just the right spot.  You’ll love it!

Upholstery and slip covers  I believe in using local businesses. That way, I can drop by to see how your job is going, answer any questions they may have or resolve any problems.  I use several great to-the-trade shops. They can make ottomans, headboards, even change the length, legs, or arm style of a sofa.  You might as well  get what you want. You’re going to live with it for a long time. That’s the beauty of custom work. It’s worth every penny.