Our signature design process

If you’ve never worked with an interior design studio before, you might be wondering what the design process is like. Collaboration is always at the centre of how I work with clients. Here’s how we can get started together:

Step 1
Discovery call

The process begins with a free 20 minute discovery call. This will allow us to chat about your project and make sure my services are right for you. Complete the form on our  Contact Page to tell me more about your project, so we can book in a discovery call.

Step 2
Project initiation

Consultation and design proposal  –  after our discovery call, we’ll schedule a one hour design consultation. The consultation is an opportunity to meet and ask questions. By having the opportunity to view your floor plans, and listen to your ideas and interior design objectives, I will propose the best way forward, tailoring a service for you and your budget.

After the consultation, I will prepare an in-depth scope of work that is conveyed in a design fee proposal. All work is quoted up front, so there are no surprises down the track!

Kick-off meeting – once you have formally engaged Studio Black, your project will be scheduled into our work program. We then progress to our more in-depth “getting to know you” stage so a detailed design brief can be developed to form the vision of your future home.

Step 3
Design development

The next step involves exploring design concepts in response to your brief. This includes working on all the interior design drawings required for your home. I will work on the design concept for your project which involves detailed to-scale floor plans and elevations and visual references to show you what your home could look like once I’ve transformed it.

We work together to get the concept exactly how you imagined; talk you through the plan for each room and note your feedback down. This is our blueprint for how to bring your home to the next level and make it everything you dreamed it could be.

Step 4
Specification and documentation

Once we fine-tune the concept, I will start building the colour palette, collecting physical or electronic samples and working on the details of the design, such as the selection of fixtures and finishes. This is the longest part of the design process as it involves a lot of detailed work and time spent documenting the finer details. This is the point in the process where decisions need to be made. We will work collaboratively together to ensure your dream house is exactly how you imagined. I’ll then complete a full set of detailed design documentation for pricing and construction.

Step 5
Design management

Once your build is underway, I will offer continuous support throughout the construction process, acting as a consultant for the builder and various trades involved in the project. I am committed to being by your side every step of the way.  During this stage I also highly recommend we discuss working with you to select furniture, rugs, arts and accessories for your home.