Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes! There are a few options for you. The first is Premise Light, which gives you the choice of either a consultation in person in your home with a Design Huddle, or getting advice through email with E-Design Answers. These are great options for getting answers, guidance, confirmation, and an overall design direction. The next option is Premise Box and that is for an individual room design and how-to guide that is mailed to you, and then you complete the design yourself. If you are comfortable doing the legwork, but just need a vision and the right pieces for your space this is a fun option.
Remember, working with an interior designer means you avoid costly mistakes, which will save time and money. Melinda will sort through all of the possibilities and options out there, which overwhelm most people, and guides you to the best solution that fits with your lifestyle and budget so that you have a successful outcome for your project. There are many clients Melinda has helped initially that were not financially able to have help through the whole process but she gave them what they needed to start strong and stay focused.
No, if you would rather meet Melinda first, she offers a face-to-face meet-and-greet at a coffee shop in South Calgary area for a ½ hr. No designing will take place, but a chat to make sure we would be a good fit together, and if Melinda is interested in taking on your project.
For the consultations for Premise Project and Premise Light, the fee is hourly. Please contact us here for current rates. Consultations range from 1 to 3 hours depending on how complicated the project is. If you are requiring further design services a Letter of Agreement will be drawn up listing the design services and fees. The fee will be either a flat fee and/or hourly if there are unknowns. Each project is different and with different requirements, meaning it is calculated specifically to that project.
Yes! Premise Light gives you the option to purchase time for Melinda to answer your questions by phone or email. It is a great option if you are stuck on some items but don’t live close enough for a home consultation or need that level of design help. Check out Premise Light here for the details.
No, they are not. Melinda can modify your scope of work to better fit into your budget, or phase your project.
No. Not everyone is a good fit. It is a smoother process if the relationship with you lines up with Melinda’s requirements: We should both like each other. These matter: Authenticity; genuineness; integrity; values; realizing the value of a designer; down-to-earth; and honesty.
Yes. Interior Designers have a role and they have theirs. When we all work together properly, that is when we can get the best results for you.
Do you have people you can recommend for my project?
Yes. Melinda has a list of trades that she has worked with who have proved to be worthy of giving their names out. The list does change as things do happen, unfortunately. If Melinda doesn’t have the right trade, consultant, or contractor you need she will help you find one. And if you have someone you want to work with, that is completely fine.
Melinda’s personal experience and background make her different. Being on the road to be an extremely focused career woman, a serious accident made her change focus, slow down and enjoy her life and those in it. She understands the balance and realistic side of life, and that interiors are not always going to be perfect. Budgets happen, as does exploding tomato sauce on your stove. Melinda designs with real life in mind and understands that you living your life well in your space is more important than having a perfectly designed interior that falls short of how you live. Melinda also doesn’t take herself that seriously; Laughter is a hallmark in her life. On a professional note, despite working on numerous high-end projects early on in her career, she felt that the everyday, average person deserves good design, too, and she has made an effort to be an approachable designer offering a range of services for every budget. Melinda has been an interior designer since 1998 and is accredited through NCIDQ. Not many residential designers pursue NCIDQ accreditation, but it is a very important baseline to determine skill level and competency when you are putting together a team for your renovation. See further down for more info.
Not often. Melinda only works one evening a week and they book up quickly. Evenings are also not ideal if selecting colours for you, as the lighting is not ideal and the colours will change in the daytime. Weekends are only for extreme cases and never for the first consultation. Premise Design’s office hours are 9 to 5 Monday to Friday.
Absolutely! It is better that way. Most clients prefer to anyways, but Melinda can still handle purchasing if required. For fabrics for custom cushions, soft-furnishings, and drapery, it is best if she takes care of it for you. To the trade fabric options are much broader than to the general public. The process for designing these is also complex and Melinda has the experience and knowledge to make sure it turns out as planned.
No, not legally. When interior designers stay in their role the project is better. Just like you wouldn’t want an electrician designing your kitchen, it is better if the managing of renovations stays with the people who are trained and will do it best: the general contractor. When Melinda is involved through the construction stage she is able to help catch any design changes and any tweaking of the design as things come up, as they always do.
Yes, through Interior Designer’s of Alberta. It is Professional Liability (Errors and Omissions) and Commercial General Liability.
The National Council for Interior Design Certification (NCIDQ) is an independent organization who develops and administers the two day rigorous exam. To qualify for the exam, interior designers are required to have a certain number of practice hours, education, and references. Passing the three parts of the exam ensures that the interior designer has a standard level of competence and understanding of codes, safety standards, legal practices, ethics, and design standards. It is North American wide and is now branching out into the UK and elsewhere.
It is important because it gives members of the public a way to recognize whether the designer they are considering for their project is qualified and will work in accordance with the professional standards. It isn’t always clear if a “designer” is actually trained and qualified to work and call themselves a designer; they could be a decorator. When building codes, life safety issues, and other issues that are involved with design and construction, it is important that the interior designer is abreast of current codes and duly qualified to operate as a designer in that role. Even on small jobs it is surprising how helpful having the extra knowledge that a NCIDQ certificate holder brings.