I’ve always looked at the j miller interiors blog as a space where I can share a broader look at my behind-the-scenes. A space where you’ll find curated moments of inspiration along with my standby design tips as I work towards demystifying the world of interior design.

I’m often asked about the steps to become a client and what it generally looks like to work with a designer. With that notion in mind, I’m starting a brand new post series centered on my start to finish process. A pillar of my brand vision is based on the value of transparency, and I’m so excited to walk you through the ins and outs of my collaborative, client-centered experience.

To kick things off, I’m sharing phase one of my full-service interior design—project discovery. If you’ve ever found yourself curious about the earliest stages of an interior design project, read on because this one's for you.

*Mental note: While my in-person, full service interior design services are similar to our distance design services, they are not the same. The outline below is for our in-person, full service interior design. I'll be outlining distance design, soon!


Whether you’ve found j miller interiors via Instagram, word of mouth, or otherwise, I’m incredibly honored to have you stop by my online space. I always invite potential clients to visit my portfolio for a closer look at my latest projects and to develop a better understanding of the j miller interiors style and aesthetic.

If you think we might be a good fit, simply take a moment to complete the online inquiry form. I love hearing ALL the details (both big and small), so don’t hesitate to share!


Up next on the agenda is a complimentary 20-minute phone call where we’ll be able to connect even further. Whether you’re Minneapolis-based or interested in distance design, I’ll ask about all the specifics of your project, along with questions which consider both function and style. Discovery calls act as such a fun ice-breaker, and I love the opportunity to connect with potential clients in the Twin Cities and beyond.


If we’re both on-board following the discovery call, we’ll schedule an in-home consult as a next step in the process. Rather than a design meeting, per se, I like to think of this consultation as a top-to-bottom gathering of information to develop a comprehensive scope of work. During this time, we’ll hone in on the goals, timeline, and budget—all of which are used to craft a custom proposal for your project.

In-home consultations require a flat-rate fee of $350 for the meeting, which lasts up to two hours. If the project moves forward, the $350 will be applied to the first few hours of design time; otherwise, the fee is non-refundable.


Last but not least, I'll complete a detailed proposal to give you a clear understanding of all the next steps and fees involved. This proposal will outline the entire scope of work to keep all parties on track every step of the way!

That’s a wrap for phase one! I’m so thrilled to have you along for this series and keep an eye out for more upcoming posts where I’ll cover everything from research to project management and all the moments in between.

Have a question around project discovery that I didn’t touch on? Drop me an email—I’d love to hear from you!

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