Did you know you can now use an online design company to help furnish and design your interior? Fees seem reasonable, furnishings are well priced and it sounds like projects can be completed in a shorter time frame.
The process: Homeowners begin by filling out an online questionnaire to match them with the right professional. The survey covers personal preferences based on clients choosing their favorite product and design photos. Homeowners also enter their room sizes and a budget, which covers the company’s hourly rate or project fee, plus the cost of furnishings from online sources such as Wayfair, CB2, and Crate and Barrel.
Next, the design professional they’re matched with suggests purchases and room layouts, often without setting foot on the property. Interactions with the designer can happen via email, phone, instant message, Skype, and sometimes in-person meetings.
Before the homeowner signs off on a project, they are provided a floor plan or 3D rendering, which shows how to arrange the furnishings once they arrive.
Here's a company in San Francisco if you want to check it out (I haven't done this myself so no personal endorsement)
This online interior design company was launched in 2014 by Gretchen Hansen, a consumer marketing executive With a roster of approximately 400 interior designers, the firm handles design projects online only. After filling out a questionnaire, clients pick from three packages: the Classic Design Service for $299 per room with the industry’s most ambitious up-and-coming designers; the Elite Design Service for $599 per room with a locally established designer with regional press; or the Celebrity Design Service for $1,299 per room with a nationally recognized “A-list” interior designer. What a home owner gets: two “mood boards,” the chance to chat via instant message with the designer, a final room design board and floor plan, and a detailed shopping list. Decorist’s free concierge purchasing team members handle shopping and delivery.
Source: Realtor Magazine April 2019. Barbara Ballinger