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May 2016

In part one of the Working With A Designer series, I talked about the first step in the design process, the consultation. Click here to read and get caught up if you haven’t read it already. You’ll definitely want to start there! Now, lets get to the next stage in the process of working with me, your designer.


Now that all the questions have been asked, and both the client and I believe we are a perfect fit for one another; its time to begin the programming stage. This is when I will take all the notes from the initial meeting, and use them to determine the needs of the client, which becomes the scope of the project. Clear descriptions of everything that will require attention is detailed and prepared for presentation to the client. After I complete the programming, I send it over to my clients to review and allow them to determine which areas are priority in order to guide our project timeline. Along with the programming sheet, I send over a cost analysis which defines what my design fee will be for the project. This allows us to be on the same page from the very beginning on budgets and cost.

After my clients approve the programming information, timeline, and cost I draft the contract which outlines every detail of the project and both the responsibility of the client and myself as the designer. After the contract is signed and approved, we’re ready to move to thenext stage; which you will have to wait until Part 3 to learn about!

Ready to get started on your home project? Click here and contact me today! I would love to work with you.

As always,



In my last blog post, 5 Reasons You Should Hire An Interior Designer, I gave insight on value that working with a designer brings to you. To continue along that theme, my next few blogs will be a series that focuses on the process of working with a designer. What I have found thus far is that many people want to work with a designer, but they are sometimes intimidated to work with one as they assume its not affordable or they aren’t confident in knowing the ends and oust of design. By the end of this series I hope you are able to approach a designer [ preferably me 🙂 ] with confidence and somewhat of an idea of how it all works.

DISCLAIMER** This series is based solely on my processes. Though most things are universal in the design industry, processes can differ from those of other designers.


Working with a designer starts with a design consultation. This consultation is a 2 hour meeting between you and the designer to discuss your design goals, assess your home, and to share broad design ideas and direction. This meeting helps the designer to get to know you and determine exactly what your home needs.

In a consultation the designer will ask whats seems like a million and one questions. Trust me, they all are important. You’ll cover questions such as who’s responsible for the design decisions, the project budget, entertaining styles, hobbies, design preferences, colors, and much more.

Feel free to be your authentic self during the consultation. Not only is this a meeting to talk about design, but it is also an opportunity for both you and the designer to determine if you are a perfect fit for one another. Don’t feel pressured to have to organize your home or add some decor before the designer arrives for the consultation. A good designer won’t judge you or your home based on its current state. It’s our job to help you pull it all together.

I know you are thinking okay Chase, how much does it cost?! Im glad you asked. Though other designers’ cost may differ, a 2 hour consultation with Chase Dowell Interior Design cost potential clients only $250. After this meeting, you should have somewhat of an idea on what areas need focus and general concepts. In 1-2 weeks after your consultation, the designer will follow up with you with programming, timelines, and a cost analysis for service fees. From there you should have enough info to make an informed decision on what areas to focus on first.

Hey, if you’re ready to get started with a design consultation, contact me here. I’d love to be your designer.

As always,