Melissa Lunardon
Interior Design & Styling
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Journal

How can an Interior Designer save my sanity?

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Let's get straight to the point. Building/renovating is bloody expensive. It's stressful and sometimes can be overwhelming. "What do you mean there is more than one one to choose from?"

Yes, hiring an interior designer is an added cost to consider, but can save you time, money and your sanity down the track. Let me explain how:

Part of my services includes sitting down together and sketching up layouts for your  Kitchen, Bathroom, Ensuite, Laundry or other areas of your home. I provide detailed drawings to show you how each room will look and we will work together until you are completely happy with the outcome. We will note how high the tiles will be in the bathroom to which side you would like your dish drainer to go in your kitchen.

If you have problems visualising, that's not a problem! I provide 3D rendered drawings so you can get an idea of how it will look.

Once the drawings are confirmed, we will then work together to start selecting paint colours, flooring, benchtop, cabinetry, tapware, appliances, carpet... the list goes on. There is lots to select but I will assist you throughout the whole process, give you advice and point you in the right direction on trusted suppliers and brands.
We will visit showrooms together but if you don't have the time to do that- I will do the running around for you and present you with a suggested colour palette for you to approve.

Your style, budget and lifestyle are all taken into consideration throughout the whole process.

So now that the drawings are finalised, and colours are all selected, I can then issue you with a documentation package.
This includes:
- Full set of detailed drawings including elevations
- Colour and Materials Schedule 
- Sample Board

What do these documents help with? Finding the right builder of course! 
You can then hand these documents over to a few builders to start quoting. It is important that the builder includes all items listed in the Colour and Materials Schedule and drawings.
This means you will receive a fairly accurate price upfront and should eliminate any variations down the tracks.
Some builders just quote on standard items and then when it comes to ordering all your items, they realise the tiles we selected are 600x600 porcelain tiles and not the standard old 400x400 ceramic tiles he allowed for in his quote. It then means you get a rude shock and handed a variation every time this happens.
His quote might come back cheap at the start, but boy will it blow out once construction has finished.

Then finally once you have found the right builder, works can commence and the builder and myself can communicate together throughout the construction process to iron out any questions he may have.


So as you can see, there is more to an interior designers service offering other than "fluffing cushions". 
As mentioned earlier, there are lots of elements to consider when starting your renovation or new build project and someone like myself can alleviate the stress and ensure you have a beautiful home that reflects your personality and needs.

Click on the button below to get in touch and we can arrange a quick phone call to discuss what stage you are at in your project and how we can work together. 



Melissa Lunardon