Can interior designers give better discounts than retail stores?

Yes! As decorators, we get better rates on furniture, decor, art and soft furnishings than you can. That’s because we tap into a large network of suppliers who don’t sell to the general public so you’d never be able to purchase those items yourself.

You can expect to save between 10-40% off the recommended retail price. That goes a long way to covering the our service fees. 

How much does an interior decorator cost?

The most commonly asked question we get would have to be this one. It’s a tricky one to answer with a definitive number because, each house is different and each client’s needs and wants are differ too however we customise to suit budgets and timeframes for each client.

A general guide is as follows:

Step 1: Initial Consult in your home

We start off with an hour long initial consultation where we get to know each other and decipher your style and tastes. We chat about how you use the space, who else uses the space, what your hopes and dreams are for the house and any other important elements.

Our Interior Decorating Consultation fees are listed for each designer on our interior decorating page. 

Step 2: Scope of Works Proposal

After the initial consult, you will be emailed a Scope of Work document. This details how many hours are required to complete the design selections, draw up floor plans, source soft furnishings, lighting, furniture, art and decor.

We work by the hour and always quote up front so our client’s never receive any nasty surprises and we’re both on the same page.

Step 3: Mood Board Designs

We get to work creating you a mood board (also known as a design concept board) detailing the specific items we suggest would work best for the rooms, a floor plan layout and a design action plan (like a to do list) to show you how the whole process is going to be executed.

Step 4: Furniture Purchasing

Once you have finalised the overall design concepts and you’re happy to proceed with the furniture purchases, our Studio Co-ordinator will facilitate this process for you. You can sit back and wait for all the goodies to arrive at your doorstep. We pass on our trade discounts to you saving you anywhere from 10-30% off the recommended retail price. (Note: Not all decorators do this.)

Step 4: Final Once Over

If you’re confident placing the furniture around the rooms you’re welcome to skip this step, however it’s advised that we pop out again to put all the furniture in the right place, fluff up the cushions the right way (yes, there’s a wrong way) and make your home look fabulous!

Many of our clients watch us do this step and say “I’ve learnt so much from watching you put the room together today!”. Oh and we ALWAYS bring flowers to add that lovely fresh finishing touch!

How quickly can you design/decorate my home?

The timeline for designing or decorating a home can vary widely depending on the size and complexity of your project, as well as your specific needs and preferences.

We work with you in the initial consultation to determine timeframes and work out a variety of stages:

  1. Concept Creation - this is where we work out the general design direction of your project. This takes about a week.
  2. Design Development - this is where we start to develop things like colour palettes, textures, fabric choices, joinery designs and furniture layouts. This can take from 2-3 weeks.
  3. Design Documentation - once we've determined the right direction for your rooms we start to write up all the nitty gritty details in a large spreadsheet for you and your trades to follow with ease. This can take 2-3 weeks.
  4. Order Management - once you're happy with all the items we get to work placing the orders and managing the deliveries to your house. This largely depends on stock availability so timeframes vary.
  5. Final Styling - when everything has been delivered to the house we come in and wave our magic styling wands to pull it all together and make it look pretty. (This is an optional additional service we offer but not always needed on all projects).
How will I feel at the end of the design and decorating process?

Designing and decorating a home can be a long and challenging process, so when it's finally completed, you will feel a sense of relief and accomplishment. You'll be able to enjoy your new space and feel comfortable and relaxed in it. You are likely to also feel a sense of joy and excitement in being able to showcase your personal style and taste through the decor when you invite friends over.

In addition, a well-designed and decorated home can have a positive impact on your mood and well-being. Studies have shown that being in a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing environment can help reduce stress and improve overall happiness.That's a huge win in our opinion!

What can a Designer/Decorator do for me?!

Save you time…..and money – outsourcing to someone who already knows where to shop and what the products look like means you don’t have to spend countless weekends at the Super Centre trying to figure out what lamp shade works with your lounge room.

Saves your marriage/relationship….. don’t tell us you’ve never fought with your partner about sofa fabric choices, paint colours or how many cushions should be allowed on the bed. Having a professional guide you with your decorating choices can save a lot of deliberation time (code for arguing about kitchen tiles).

Give you access to quality trades – We have a whole list of trades we can recommend for jobs you don’t have time to research and hire for.

Give you access to quality products – that you wouldn’t ordinarily have access to - as decorators we work with furniture wholesalers who won’t sell to the general public.

Give you a finished product you’ll absolutely love – our job at the end of the day is to create a beautiful, real and functional home for you (and your family) so that walking in the door each day makes you smile.

What kind of clients do you work with?

We work with such. abroad variety of clients which means no two projects are ever the same. Which we love!

We work with families upsizing into their first real family home, empty nesters moving from the family home into a unit, bachelors looking to fit out their pads, investment property turn key fit outs, and small boutique commercial design projects. 

We have a lot of fun working with our clients so we're always open to different types of projects when we feel there's a great personality fit. 

Can you mix retail and trade-only items?

Yes we sure can! 

We work to establish your budget and then source according to what we think will suit your project. If that means it's an item from a retail store then we include the hyperlink to purchase that item in your own time. If it's a trade-only item we handle the entire ordering and delivery process for you. 

I think I’m on the right path but need a professional opinion. Can you just consult and then I go shopping myself?

Yes absolutely you can! The initial consultation is your chance to pick our brains for any design decisions you might be pondering, then if you feel confident enough to go out and make the selections yourself then you’re most welcome to or we can quote to complete the sourcing for you.

I can’t work out how to furnish certain rooms. Can you just work on a few rooms and not the entire house?

Sure! We typically work on lounge rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, outdoor areas and entryways when it comes to decorating but every client has different things bugging them so the order or priority is always different for each client. You can choose as many or as little rooms as you like.

What kind of budgets can you work to?

We work to a variety of different budgets and work with you in the initial consultation to establish a solid budget to work to. 

When you work with us you get access to our budget spreadsheet tool. This is a customised budget tool we have created to show a range of different budgets for specific furniture items. This helps each of our clients to set solid expectations for their project.

What can an interior decorator help me do?

We often joke that we come into a clients house and wave my magic wand and leave. While it’s not really magic, our clients always tell us they could never have done it on their own.

We are your sounding board throughout the project, however long that might be! Some clients we work with for 4 weeks to speedily set up their home, others we've been working with for 3+ years across various rooms &  renovations or new homes.

We help furniture planning, ie. working out what items should go where. That could be with the furniture you already have, buying entirely new items or both. We also help source the right pieces to fit with the overall vision for the space.

If you’ve been hunting for the perfect navy blue velvet armchair for years with no luck, chances are we can make it happen for you. We can coordinate custom pieces of furniture like bedheads with specific detailing or fabric or help you purchase off the shelf items from retail stores. 

Can you work with different ranges of budgets?

Yes! We work to a wide variety of budgets. We have access to a very expansive network of suppliers who offer products at a range of prices so we work with you to plan out your budget and select accordingly. We provide you with a budget spreadsheet tool we've custom made to help take the guess work out of budgeting. 

What if I don’t know my budget?

That’s a-okay! We have a budgeting template we can share with you to help you identify where to spend and where to save when purchasing new furniture. Or if there are certain stores you’ve shopped at in the past (West Elm, Freedom, Domayne, Coco Republic etc) then we can work to those prices.

Do I need to do my entire house or can you just help with bits and pieces per room?

We often help clients with one or two rooms rather than designing the entire house. Sometimes our clients have already purchased a number of big ticket items and just need help bringing it together so if that’s the case we work on an hourly basis to pick out those final pieces for you.

What is the process when working with you?

STEP 1: Initial Consultation

We meet at your home to develop your brief, determine your project needs and requirements + discuss style & budget.


At this stage, we gather & refine ideas, research preliminary colour palette, materials and general furniture concepts.


We develop specific product selections, material finishes, spacial planning, furniture layouts, joinery concepts and lighting selections.


Documentation of final selections for all items such as rugs, art, homewares, furniture, lighting, accessories & soft furnishings.


We schedule delivery of new furniture, arrange kerbside or white glover delivery & installation.

Not all of these steps are necessary, we tweak the process to suit your project. Get in touch to discuss your project with us. 

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