Frequently asked questions
I have a home project in mind but I’m not sure if I need an interior designer or an architect?
This is a common question. Typically, an interior designer has the skills and professional education to design and draft new space plans — whether reconfiguring an existing interior space — as well as develop lighting and electrical plans, select all interior finishes such as flooring, countertops, tile, paint colors, wall and window treatments, as well as specify plumbing, appliances, cabinetry and furnishings, to name a few.
If your project involves changing structural load bearing walls, or adding square footage, an architect and/or structural engineer will need to be part of your team. They’ll provide the necessary drawings and structural calculations required by your local building department to ensure your safety and welfare, as well as pass building code inspections.
I am after re-decorating my space, how does a your skills differ from an in-store decorator at a showroom?
Typically, in-store decorators are not as well versed in scale, proportion, space planning, color theory and health and safety issues. Also, they’ll only offer you product selections from their featured lines. If you decide to use an in-store designer be sure to ask about their qualifications to determine if they’re the right match for your job. Many times retail in-store decorators are primarily sales people. They’ve had only a limited education in interior design and space planning, unlike professional designers. I have over 12 years of industry experience in home designs and interiors. Also, my academic & cultural background authenticates all what I have to offer as a Interior consultant. Please feel free to check out my profile here..
I don’t know what my design style is or how to articulate it, should I still work with an interior designer?
We hear this concern frequently. Rest assured we have a unique assessment system to draw out what colors, textures, images, shapes, finishes and feelings resonate with you. Your answers inform our design process. Our favorite part of our job is helping you create a space that’s completely unique to your personality and not a replica of “specific style” that looks done and impersonal.
How do interior designers charge for their professional design time?
Hiring an interior designer is an investment in saving you time and acquiring the peace of mind that your job is being executed professionally, in a cost-effective manner and to your liking.
Currently, there is not one industry standard for how interior designers bill for their professional time, but there are three common formats– Hourly, Flat Fee and Cost Plus.
As its name implies, hourly billing means you are charged an hourly fee per team member for the time it takes to complete your project. A Flat Fee arrangement means you are billed one flat fee for the design, execution and completion of your job. And, Cost Plus means a flat fee based on the percentage of the cost of your job is billed.
When interviewing your prospective interior designer make sure you clearly understand their billing practices and frequency.
Blissful Abode® will work with you to develop a mutually agreeable Estimated Budget of Professional Design Time based on the size and requirements of your project.
I am ready to start creating the home, I’ve always envisioned. What’s the next step?
We look forward to helping you achieve this goal. Feel free to book your initial consultation. We’ll come to your place for a 1.5 - 2 hour consultation to see your existing environment and review your aesthetic and functional needs. We’ll ask a number of detailed questions, photograph your current space, and discuss your project budget and timeline. The fee for this consultation is varies depending upon location and delivery method (In-person/ Online).
To speak with us about your project, book your 15 minutes FREE Discovery call
How do I prepare for my initial consultation with an interior designer?
In an effort to help us create a beautiful and functional space for you, we suggest developing a visual reference file of images or items that capture the feeling, colors, textures, and functionality of what you’re trying to achieve.
You can draw design inspiration from many sources such as fashion, art, sports, travel, books, music, stationary, etc. The images you show us don’t have to be pictures of interior spaces. Show us whatever tickles your fancy.
The more meaningful images you can show us the easier it will be for us to understand your preferences and design your unique environment. Have fun compiling your reference file knowing that it will be a valuable tool.
The second item that you must be prepared to discuss is your project budget.
Rather than approach your project from a standpoint of how much you think it will cost, we have found it more effective to give thoughtful consideration to what you’re comfortable investing in your project.
Once you have determined your project budget, we’ll work with you to determine how your money should be allocated as far as interior finishes, fixtures, furnishings, labor, etc., as well as offer suggestions on how to maximize your budget while producing an excellent result.
Not disclosing your project budget from the beginning will only lead to an increase in delays in job completion, as well as create frustration as your designer may spend hours designing something beautiful, shopping for a unique piece of furniture, or bringing in qualified sub-contractors to bid work, only to be informed that it’s not within your budget and that re-selections need to be made which results in higher professional design fees.
Solidify a budget you’re comfortable with before your initial consultation and you’ll feel in control of the process, save time and money and assist us in working more effectively.
Find out more on what to expect and what to prepare for this initial consultation https://www.blissfulabode.com.au/post/your-initial-design-consultation
What other services does Blissful Abode® offer clients?
Check out our whole list of mindful living & interiors services here
Do you accept clients outside of the Melbourne area?
We offer a variety of ways to work with us if you live outside of the Melbourne area. Our most popular are:
Online Consultation for Mindful Designs & Interiors. You can book a one-hour Zoom call to get support and answers to any questions you may have about your decorating or remodeling challenges. Whether you’re having trouble making decisions about paint colors, furniture styles, window treatments or tile, we are just a call away to help you make the right decision, save time and avoid costly mistakes. Or, perhaps you need some remodeling advice before hiring a contractor to start your project. We’re here to support you so you’ll feel informed and prepared before starting. Simply
book your 15 minutes Discovery call with us and we'll ask you to fill up a brief questionnaire to understand your project needs and to supply us existing floor plans and/or photos of the areas/rooms and you’ll be on your way to creating a fabulous space.
How Blissful Abode® is unique from other Home & Interiors business?
Blissful Abode® is about enhancing the inner spaces to help you achieve the state of 'bliss' and we completely believe that as you transform your home, you are able to transform your life. Our philosophy is unique because we believe Home is more than a place, it's a feeling. Our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being is connected to the health and well-being of our home.
Our services & consultations offer practical ideas and tips to align your home and lifestyle in a more holistic way. Our mindful design & interior services include intuitive space planning & styling, colour selection, design layouts and tips on clutter clearing, organisation, Vastu & Feng Shui. Our mindful living & wellness services include 1:1 consultations, group classes & workshops on wellness lifestyle by incorporating simple natural tools such as mindfulness, meditation, art, journal, essential oils, etc.
Now you must be wondering, what wellness and mindfulness has to do with home design? But, did you know that it is also true, our homes are a reflection of our consciousness, and by bringing awareness and intention to everyday tasks there is potential for inspiration in each and every moment. We feel most at home and at peace when both our inner and outer worlds are aligned. The intention and energy that we bring to the process is as important as the result.
Our beliefs are strongly reflected in our work and way of living. If you find yourself resonating with these, we would love to connect with you.
Get in touch with us to find out more..