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By: Dwayne B.
Designer Workroom Inc
When it sounds too good to be true sometimes it isn't. Searched far and wide for someone to reupholster my parsons dinning chairs. I got responses from "if it not an antique then don't bother" to "no problem. that will be $350 per chair and I'll need 3 weeks". I was about to give up the search but I figured I'd look in the Bethesda area even though in my mind Bethesda means $$$. I emailed pics of my chairs and got a response by the next day with a quote that was half what some of the other places were trying to charge. I figured it was just a bait price to get me in the door and then they would start adding charges. I was wrong. When I took the chairs in the price remained the same! Chairs were done in about a week and they look amazing!!!
By: Philip W.
Ultimate Home Design Center
Ultimate Home, Inc. renovated my kitchen and installed new cabinets and countertops. The cherry-wood cabinets are beautiful and match well with the tan, granite countertops. Ultimate Home also painted the kitchen a beautiful beige color that fit well with the color scheme of the cabinets and other furniture in the kitchen. The renovation was reasonably priced, done within budget and at my convenience. In addition, the demolition and renovation of the kitchen was done around my schedule and not theirs. I couldn’t be any happier with how the kitchen turned out. I highly recommend this company to anyone considering a renovation of their home.
By: josejuanes
Designer Workroom Inc
This place is so amazing! My wife and I went to meet Madame Your not really knowing what we wanted, just that we needed a long cushion for a bench we had stuck at home. Madame was very helpful, she did assist us right away! The only "bad" thing. It was hard to find this place, only because they have no actuall huge sign. (well, I hope this is not a real problem, because I have been in need of glasses lately, but I think it would help to be a little bigger)Highly recommended!
By: Philip C.
Ultimate Home Design Center
Ultimate Home is where we found not only great value but unique kitchen cabinets after shopping for some time. The service and attitude were excellent as well. Highly recommend!
Tips & Advices
Interior designers can generally work on every type of room, but one should not assume that all of them can work on every type of space. More complicated projects--for example those in buildings with historic preservation strictures, or those that are going for sustainability certifications--will be suited to interior designers with specific expertise. Also, interior designers that have experience in a certain type of project may not want to take on projects that are outside their expertise. For example, an interior designer who has only worked on commercial projects may not want to do a small private home.
Every interior designer has their own style, but some designers are more versatile than others. Some really do specialize in functionality and code compliance, whereas others are more focused on aesthetics. Interior decorators are completely focused on visual impact, and therefore should be reviewed and selected based on how well their style is a match for the client’s tastes.
Full-service interior design starts with an assessment of a site and the client’s long-term needs for that space. It encompasses concept design, floor plans and lighting plans, providing project specifications to contractors, supervising  contractor negotiations and installations, applying for permits, and shopping for all the materials and pieces for the project. On top of this, there are the “decorator” deliverables, i.e. creating the aesthetic of the space, selecting wall colors/covers and furniture pieces, purchasing products and installing them.
An interior designer may come into a development project very early on, working with the developer and architect from the pre-construction phase. They may be the one to design floor plans, decide where to place interior walls, and supervise contractors that are installing elements of the build. They often work on commercial projects, although many of them work on residential projects. Interior designers can “switch hats” and do interior decoration, which means they are only focused on the aesthetic elements and visual components of a residence.
An interior designer or interior decorator should ask a potential client what the scope of the project is, what the projected budget is, what payment structure the client wants, and what the timeline for the project is. Also, they should be asking whether the client has any samples of other projects they like, and would like to use as a guideline. They could also ask what the client’s budget for furniture/accessories/art is, since that in many cases is a separate amount from the budget for the designer’s labor. If an interior designer is being interviewed early into a new build or a renovation project, they might ask questions to determine whether they can collaborate with architects and contractors from early on, to execute their vision for the space. If that is not in line with a client’s wishes, the client can then say that the project scope is for interior design only.

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