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05/31/2016
By: Bj P.
Pull It Together
Linda Bradshaw and her talented team at Pull It Together are wonderful!! They moved an elderly friend of mine out of her house and into assisted living. They handled everything--from helping her select what to take and what to dispose of, moving her, resettling her, and disposing of unwanted property per my friend's instructions. This was a big project, and time was of the essence, but Linda and team got the job done with time to spare. Linda brings a sense of calling to her work. She understands how emotionally difficult it is for a person to downsize and go to assisted living. Linda and her team treated my friend with great kindness and sensitivity.
09/28/2012
By: lindevans
Pull It Together
Working with Linda Bradshaw of Pull It Together is inspiring. Most people can't say that when they are moving or downsizing, but both my mother and I have felt that way. Linda is an experienced professional who can handle any moving or organizing challenge that comes her way. She is a person of her word, and treats her clients with respect and kindness. She also has a network of professionals who uphold her high standards and ethics. You can trust Linda, and, with her by your side, you'll feel so much better, even when the work seems hard. You can't do better than Linda Bradshaw.
10/07/2016
By: Sue F.
Pull It Together
I employed Linda to help move my parents into assisted living. She was great to work with - very organized and knowledgeable. I live out of state, so it was very helpful to have someone who could arrange for pickup of donations and could recommend a consignment store for furniture. She is also very sensitive to the concerns and emotions that senior citizens experience when they have to downsize and give up some of their independence.
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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