Working With A Designer Part 1

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,




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