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By: Maryann B.
Touch of Modern
I purchased 2 leather items and made a mistake in selecting the color. I called customer service and left a message about the issue. Within a half hour I received a return call and the issue was immediately addressed. Professional and prompt service and excellent products
By: Jeffrey M.
Touch of Modern
They never answer calls, nor return calls left on voicemail, nor do they answer emails- customer service is non-existent. The sell somE pretty nice stuff, but I will not be dealing with thes idiots again...apparently they are either TOO CHEAP to hire enough people to handle customer service issues, or they just don't give a damn about the customer (PROBABLY BOTH!)
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By: Ellen S.
Art Shade Shop
After reading rave reviews on another site for Art Shade Shop, I showed up on a Tuesday morning at 10 AM, a half hour after their scheduled opening time. I rang the doorbell and then phoned them, getting no answer from either but leaving a voicemail message. More than a week later, they haven't even called me back. I advise calling before heading over to make sure you don't waste your time like I did.
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By: Todd T.
Touch of Modern
I have issues with an order that was submitted without my consent. An order that arrived where the shirt was torn. And no one will return an email or a phone call. Don't do it, you've been pre warned!!!!
By: G L.
Touch of Modern
Hopefully you don't have an issue with your order. They do not answer calls or emails. I will not order anything from them again.
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By: Katelyn S.
Macy Architecture
We got our fountain from there, and it was great! There were many options to choose from, and it was difficult to choose one. But then we found the best one. And bought it.
By: sitwiththeriseingsun
K C Engineering
I love this place. They do great honest work for a more than fair price. These guys know what they're doing. Whatever they fix, stays fixed.
Tips & Advices
Provide the landscape designer with photos of designs you find attractive and might want to emulate. Gardening and architecture magazines can be useful in this regard. It's also important to let the landscape designer know how the  space should function. For example, a space that is being used as a play area for kids will have different objectives from a space being used to entertain friends. Finally, have a clear idea of how much you are looking to spend, since this will impact the build choices made by the landscape designer.
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.

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