DESIGN BFF | HOW DOES IT WORK?

So how the heck does this Design BFF thing work?  Design BFF is a service I offer for those who can't necessarily afford an Interior Designer, but are in desperate need of some direction and clarity for their renovation or decor projects. Design BFF is for you if you're willing to make most of the final design decisions and material hunting on your own, but just want direction, pointers, and to feel confident before you start your project. Maybe you just have SO many ideas you just need help narrowing them down, or you have a healthy Pinterest board and know what you like, but aren't quite sure how to implement it in your own home.

You need a Design BFF (or, you know, a Design Wingman?) to get you out on the dance floor, movin' and groovin'.  Here are a few things we could delve into in your Design BFF session:

  • Color schemes

  • Wallpaper options

  • Tile selections

  • Floorplan ideas

  • Where to shop

  • Pitfalls to Avoid

  • DIY solutions

  • What to do with that awkward space

So what does it look like?

 

The Process

Let's begin. For your Design BFF session, I only need three things! Those are...

 

1. Fill Out Questionnaire

The first step is to fill out the questionnaire at the bottom of this page. From this questionnaire I'll be able to have a good feel for your project. If I need more information I'll reach out to you for that, but do your best to give me ALL the info upfront. I'll also ask for a link to your Pinterest board if you have one. If not or if you have trouble with figuring out the linking, don't worry about it. I'll get it later.

Once you submit this questionnaire, I'll email you back with a list of things we'll need from you before we chat. 

 

2. Send Photos + Video

You'll need to send me photos from every angle of the space you want help with. Make sure you are standing as far back in each corner of the room as you can. Try to get at least 2 walls in the photo. If you have to stand in a closet or doorway to get a wide angled shot of the room, do it.  Get as much of the room as you can. We also very much appreciate video tours! It helps us get our bearings plus we love your color commentary.  If possible, we prefer horizontal shots. 

 

3. Send a Sketch

If relevant to your project, send a sketch of the current floor plan. While the details are excellent, a simple hand drawn sketch works just as well. 

  1. Start by drawing the outline of the room. It doesn't have to be perfect or to scale. If you want to get fancy, break out that ruler from 3rd grade and use it to make straight lines

  2. Add wall dimensions. Be sure to include dimensions and distances of objects, too. For instance, note the width of a window and its distance from the nearest wall.

  3. Put notes on the side for consideration. Include things like "ductwork here", "window height is 48", 18" from the floor" and "ceiling height is 96". You don't need to be any more accurate than down to a quarter of an inch.

The more detail you provide, the more accurate we can be in our Design BFF Session. Don't worry about it being a perfect drawing. 

 

That's it! Once you have sent these three items you'll just need to make your payment and your session can begin! Design BFF sessions are $150 and if you need to add on a digital mockup(s) you can do that for $75 each!

we become bffs

Once we've received everything from you, I'll send over a design concept packet and we'll meet over skype to chat. The session will loosely follow this plan:

  1. Intro: For the first few minutes you'll give me the grand tour into what we are tackling. I will have already reviewed the information you have sent but it is always good to start from the beginning. You'll tell me your woes and wishes for the space. Usually I can get to know you a little bit more before diving into the design.

  2. Dig Deeper: I'll dig a little deeper asking you some questions so I can put together a plan in my head.

  3. Spew time: Design ideas coming at you. Floor plan ideas, colors, materials, etc...we'll talk ideas until something settles in.

  4. Review: We will have discussed a ton of stuff at this point so we'll review what we finally decided.

Again, this is a very loose plan. Most importantly we will be discussing whatever it is you want. So, if you want to tell me about your powder room and then switch to the backsplash in your kitchen, so be it. 

What You'll Receive

You'll get a design packet with a moodboard, a spreadsheet with ideas for furniture and/or hardware and finishes (depending on what the project entails), and a digital mock-up if you've purchased one as well. During our skype session I'll take notes of anything I want to send you for further clarification and will via email afterward. 

If a Design BFF session sounds like what you need to kick your butt in gear to start your project, get started with the first step by filling out the questionnaire below!

Name *
Name
Tell me what doesn't work in each of the spaces.
Don't be shy. If you're not sure or don't know how to explain it, spew some words describing things you like.
I want to see what you're vibing with, what you're loving
Send me pictures of the space + a current floorplan sketch
You'll need to send me photos from every angle of the space in question. Make sure you are standing as far back in each corner of the room as you can. Try to get at least 2 walls in the photo. If you have to stand in a closet or doorway to get a wide angled shot of the room, do it. Get as much of the room as you can. I also very much appreciate video tours! It helps me get my bearings. If possible, I prefer horizontal shots. :) Send a sketch of the current floor plan. Start by drawing the outline of the room. It doesn't have to be perfect or to scale. If you want to get fancy, break out that ruler from 3rd grade and use it to make straight lines. Add wall dimensions. Be sure to include dimensions and distances of objects, too. For instance, note the width of a window and its distance from the nearest wall. Put notes on the side for consideration. Include things like "ductwork here", "window height is 48", 18" from the floor" and "ceiling height is 96". You don't need to be any more accurate than down to a quarter of an inch.

 Boom! You’re on your way to finally getting that space looking exactly how you envision it in your head. Before we can get started, I’ll have you check out here, and then don’t forget the last step of the questionnaire! It’s one of the most important for me to best help you. Send those photos and floorplan sketch to liz@lizmorrowstudios.com and I can start getting to work on your design!

 

HI, I'M LIZ!

I'm the one with the big hair.  The bearded one is my partner, Dan.  Not pictured: our tiny human, Jack, and our Corgi pup, Dusty.  I love creating beautiful, inspired spaces, infused with creativity and life. I binge watch too many crime shows on Netflix, have a small army of cacti, and can't be trusted with Zillow.

 
 

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