Check out part 1 2 & 3 of this series to read all about the first step in working with Laura Mitchell Interior Design.
In the final installment of this 4 part blog series "The LMID Experience: What It's Like Working With a Full Service Design Firm", we are sharing what happens on that magical install day! It's that big moment where we finally pop the bubbly and celebrate the result of the entire design process -- a perfectly curated to Y O U home that will speak to your soul.
Our full service design process is broken down into 4 phases:
1 – Consultation
2- Project Kickoff & Design Presentation
3- Procurement/Design Implementation
At this point in your project at least 85% - 90% of your furnishings have arrived safely to our receiving warehouse. Custom window treatments are typically installed by our professional installers a week or 2 prior to install day (to prevent too many trades in your home on install day- resulting in potential chaos). For smaller projects, installation is scheduled for the final install day.
We are busy behind the scenes scheduling everything to perfectly align on that big day. We schedule the delivery from the warehouse to your house and go through the warehouse receiving list with a fine tooth comb and compare it to our master list to ensure everything is scheduled to be loaded on that delivery truck. Other administrative tasks we are working on in these crucial days prior to install day include:
A letter is emailed to our clients informing them of their install day date/time as well as instructions on how to prepare for the big day.
Fiber Seal protection is offered to all of our clients for their upholstery items for an additional charge. This will take place at the receiving warehouse prior to anything is delivered so it is fully cured before install. This is a popular service among our clients.
We want to maximize our time while we are in your home during the installation, and with that in mind, we ask our clients to review the checklist below in preparation for their installation day:
Your install typically starts first thing in the morning around 8am and can last up to 8-9 hours. This is dependent on the size of your project, however this is an average for a 3 room project. You are welcomed to be present at home during the installation, but we encourage clients to take the day away from home, while we work hard to present you with a full and cohesive design. We like to save some elements of surprise for the reveal.
We work with one of Minnesota's finest moving companies, and we usually have at least two gentlemen unloading all the furnishings into your home. Furnishings are usually packed inside of the truck in the order they will be installed in your home. All items are immediately placed in the proper locations. Care will be taken to cover floors to avoid any damage by dollies and other moving equipment.
We will have multiple trades people and contractors in your home at the same time taking care of different functions - drapery installers, art installers, movers, design assistant, etc.. Your home will look a bit messy before it becomes beautiful as we lay out all of the styling items. We may also have packing and containers placed in one holding area, but they will be hauled away at the end of the installation day.
After all furniture is placed, we will style all areas and begin clean up. Everything is situated and styled and the final candle is lit for the big reveal! We invite our clients back to their home and we walk through their gorgeous new spaces together. This truly is a magical moment! One we cherish oh so much. Seeing our client's smiles and sighs of relief that their home is finally a reflection of them and a space they are comfortable in and proud of makes our hearts sing.
Final walk through is done immediately following installation. Clients have the opportunity to make note of any deficiencies observed and these deficiencies are cured within 5-10 business days.
Professional photography is scheduled within a week of final installation. Clients are welcomed to be present during this time, but it makes for a smoother process if clients are away from home. Typically photography lasts between 1-3 hours (depending on size of project).
We love sending gifts and we always wrap up our projects with a personalized gift. We are so thankful for our clients and we truly become friends by the end of a full service project.
It is now time to start enjoying your new space for years to come with the ones you love most! CHEERS!
A peek behind the scenes of our recent project, The Timeless on Talon.