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12/16/2013
By: Bill B.
Frances Sloan Interiors
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Frances Sloan to stage our home. Without her creativity and guidance, we doubt we would have had four bidders and sold our home at the asking price in under a week in January. Some examples of her great ideas: a Walpole fence and Walpole window boxes to add curb appeal; over-sized door wreath; fireplace and oven focal points, and more. We loved her Farrow & Ball paint selections. So much so, we used many of them when we moved to New Jersey. Such a shame Frances could not move along with us. You will be happy you engaged Frances. M&B
12/13/2013
By: Susan S.
Frances Sloan Interiors
Francis worked with us to choose the perfect colors in our new home and helped us decide where all furniture and pictures were to be placed prior to our move to the new home. This was invaluable and reduced the stress in making the move smooth but most importantly we were able to have movers put everything in its place immediately and the house was set up exactly as we had discussed. Francis had wonderful ideas about choice of paint, floor coverings, placement of pictures, furniture and objects and we love the results. Highly recommend her services!
12/26/2013
By: Rafael S.
Frances Sloan Interiors
Frances has a great eye for color and really knows how to bring out the best in every room. She knows how to work with her clients to help them get the results they want so that they can truly enjoy their space. Frances is truly a pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with her on future projects.
12/17/2013
By: Louise R.
Frances Sloan Interiors
Frances Sloan helped us with every step of the remodeling of our kitchen and family room, and we are very happy with the results. Frances is awesome in dealing with vendors and installers who want to cut corners. She is small but mighty and makes sure the work is perfect. And she's great to work with!
12/18/2013
By: lnamerow
Frances Sloan Interiors
Working with Frances Sloan is a journey that creates beauty and joy. Each completed room becomes its own work of art. We are so pleased with the work she has done in our home!
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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