Our most commonly asked questions are answered here:

Do I need an interior designer?


I’m a California cowgirl who somehow ended up on seacoast New Hampshire. I was raised in a family that believed there are things in life that one wants, needs, or has to have. The have to have was a given. Need, a probability. And want, well, that was up to me to figure out how to get it. This ethos is a deep part of who I am so no, you don’t need a designer (let’s face it, this is a luxury). However, if you choose to work with one, a designer will help you to identify your own design sensibility. We are, or should be, excellent project managers and not only should we deliver a beautiful project, reflective of you, we should make your life easier. And yes, though we are a luxury we will help you avoid costly mistakes.




I already have an architect and/or builder - is it too late to hire a designer?


No! We come on to projects at all stages. We are practiced at working with architects and builders in a collaborative way and enjoy the process of these experts bouncing ideas around to come up with some of the most creative and useful spaces imaginable.




Can you help me find an architect and/or builder?


We can! We have wonderful working relationships with several architects and builders in the area. If we are working on a project together, we are happy to recommend these professionals to you. Lisa strongly believes that collaborative efforts bring great results.




What is your design process?


We start our process with an initial consultation either on-site or here in the studio. The creation of one’s home or works space is a very personal endeavor. It is of paramount importance that your designer is the right fit for you. This first visit takes about an hour and there is no charge as Lisa considers this an interview. We follow up with an informal proposal based upon what we feel we heard though our initial meeting. If we agree to work together a formal proposal contract is submitted prior to starting the project. The actual process of design is specific to each client as needs are so varied.




How much is required from me?


Again, this is very personal. Some of our clients want to be hands off once our designs are presented. Other clients like to be more collaborative. We have learned over the years that the more trust a client has in the designer the more creative the space. Your designer is a professional and has your best interests at heart. If you feel that is not the case and that there is too much ego involved, I would look for another designer. If you loosen the reigns a bit and resist the impulse to weigh in on every detail you should end up with a layered, creative beautiful space that reflects you and your family.




How long does the design process take from start to finish?


This largely depends on the scale of the project. The design of your home is a personal endeavor. Timelines largely depend on the scope and scale of the project. Timely responses and decision-making help to keep the project on track. We work tirelessly to keep all aspects of the project moving forward to ensure the target is met.




What is your personal design style?


Lisa’s own home is a bit eclectic. Clean lined furniture is mixed with antiques and there is a heavy emphasis on art. But your home is not hers, or anyone else’s on this team. From the very beginning Lisa has made an effort to listen and to really hear. She has often said the thing she is most proud of in her career as that she really does deliver a project that is unique to the personal sensibilities of her clients.




I already have furniture, artwork, heirlooms, rugs, etc that I like! Can you incorporate these into the design?


Absolutely. I, too, love certain pieces in my home and design around them. The same can be done for you! If there is a piece in your home that you love and want to showcase it is actually a great jumping off point for the rest of the design.




Are you willing to do just one room?


Yes, in most cases. If you refer to our rates and services information you will find we have a 30 hour minimum or we can come up with a single room package. Call us and we can discuss!




How much will it cost to work with you?


This varies greatly depending on your project. At our initial consultation we will discuss your budget in detail. You can find more information about our rates here.




Can you provide references?


With pleasure. Please check out the review section of our webpage. If you'd like to speak to someone we can share reference information with you at our initial consulation.





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