INTERIOR DESIGN SERVICES

Our goal at j miller interiors is to take the mystery out of interior design to create a seamless, professional and collaborative process. We strive to create a transparent process with our clients to navigate any adjustments made throughout the project. Our client-centered process crafts tailored designs specific to you and your lifestyle through natural, timeless elements in a modern way.

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Frequently asked questions

FULL SERVICE INTERIOR DESIGN


Full service interior design is our turn-key service that manages your project from design through procurement to installation. We work with your construction team to ensure your bespoke design plan comes to life through curated finishes, elevated fixture selections and the highest caliber craftsmanship through our four phase design process. PHASE I: PROJECT DISCOVERY The most important phase of our project, the Project Discovery Phase is where we will get to know one another and dive deep into your wants and needs for your project. The first step is to complete our inquiry form. From there, we'll outline all the details and specifics of your project to identify the ultimate goal for your home. Additionally, this is where we will begin to understand the full scope of your project and schedule an in-home consultations to walk through your space together. To wrap up Phase I, we'll complete a detailed proposal so you have a clear understanding of next steps and fees.

PHASE II: RESEARCH, DESIGN + PRESENTATION After the contract and design retainer are received, the fun part of the project kicks off! During this phase we dig into the details of the design concept and begin thorough research and development. During this phase we collaborate with trades, create floor plans, source fixtures and select finishes. After we've carefully crafted your full design plan, we'll present your bespoke design presentation in your home where we'll sit down to review all of the details, see samples and adjust the design as needed.
PHASE III: PROJECT MANAGEMENT + PROCUREMENT Once the design plan is approved and deposits for items have been reeived, we begin the administrative work of purchasing, tracking and double checking that each piece that arrives to our receiving warehouse. Further, we provide on-site collaboration with your contractor throughout construction to ensure no detail is overlooked.
PHASE IV: INSTALLATION + PROJECT COMPLETION The final phase is where the magic happens - install day! Together with our team of specialists, we'll move in your furnishings, place rugs and furniture, hang lighting and draperies and complete the installation with professional decor and styling. Depending on the scale of your project, installation can take between one and five days. When the final details are in place, we'll schedule a professional photograph to capture your project for our portfolio, then leave you to enjoy your new home. We would love to hear from you, tell us more about your home!




DISTANCE DESIGN SERVICES


Perfect for clients outside of the Minneapolis / St. Paul area, our Distant Design Services provide a bespoke design experience through curated selections including custom and to the trade only sources. Our distance projects are facilitated exactly like our full service local projects. We are along the way for the entire project, step by step to make sure it turns out just as we hoped. With our procurement services we take on the purchasing responsibility, offer competitive designer pricing, and connect you with our to the trade only sources. And yes! We do distance renovations, too! Distance design fees start at $5,000





FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What does an interior designer do and how are they different than an architect or contractor?


An interior designer’s focus is the form and function of a space. They partner with clients to achieve a desired aesthetic and design that enhances their lifestyle. Designers collaborate with other professionals—like architects and contractors—as needed, based on the type and scale of the project. Architects’ expertise is in building and structure, so they will need to be looped in to move or remove walls. A contractor will build from the design plans created by the architect and/or designer.




What do I need to know about hiring an interior designer?


The most important thing to know is that working with an interior designer can be a rewarding, stress-free process. In addition to helping you create a beautiful home, designers can also help you define a budget and the scope of your project. They also have the connections and recommendations to help you hire the right contractors to complete the work.




What is 'full service' interior design?


Full service interior design is a turn-key service that takes the project from concept to completion. We take care of every detail—from sourcing items to working with tradespeople and even coordinating orders and deliveries. At the end, we install the new design and all that’s left for you to do is enjoy your new space.




How do you establish your design fees?


Each project presents its own unique challenges, so we charge hourly based on time spent working. We begin with an initial proposal before the project is finalized. In this proposal, we review the scope of the work, the budget, and provide an estimation of our design fees based on projected hours. We are committed to transparency with our clients and will provide regular updates so that you always know where you stand in the project.




How does the process work?


For local work, the first step is to complete our inquiry form. After the inquiry form is received, we will contact you to schedule a complimentary 20 minute phone call to further review your project. If we're a good fit, we move to an in-home consultation. We charge a flat rate of $350 for the up to two-hour meeting in which we review the spaces you’d like to see transformed. We talk through the details of timeline, budget, and specific concerns to create a complete scope of work. We use this information to craft a proposal unique to your project. We then present our proposal including our plan for executing the design, budget and timeline. If the project moves forward, the $350 is applied to the first few hours of design time, otherwise the fee is non-refundable.




How do you present your design ideas? What if I want to make changes after presentation?


We present all the details during an in-person presentation. We provide as many samples as possible and walk you through the proposed design. Revisions are a built-in to the design process. We love client feedback and are always open to amending the design to be exactly what you envisioned.




What is an expected project timeline?


Every project is different, but a typical timeline for a furnishing project ranges between 12-20 weeks. Renovation and building projects can last a year or more.




Do you welcome client's opinions and perspectives?


OF COURSE! Our job is to create beautiful designs, taking into consideration the client’s perspective, lifestyle, and goals for the home. We love hearing about the way you live in your home. It is a collaborative process, and nothing is more satisfying for us than creating a space that genuinely represents our clients lives and stories.




I don't live in Minneapolis, but want to work with you. What services are available for me?


We do offer interior design and renovation services outside of Minneapolis and cleverly call it Distance Design! These services do require the client to be more hands-on as we will rely on them for measurements, coordinating trades, and installation, but we strive to provide the same level of customer service and bespoke design as we do locally. This includes access to trade-only sources, custom pieces and support all the way through your project. Distance design fees start at $5,000.





j miller interiors is an interior design studio focused on creating warm, inviting and modern spaces. Based in Minneapolis, we offer full-service design services and distance design services for those afar. j miller interiors believes natural materials make for a happier home. 

julia@juliamillerinteriors.com

 

 

 

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