Q: How would you define the “Blue Leopard” style?
A: I’d define my style as “Fresh Eclectic!” I love using color, pattern and texture, and believe every room needs a bit of whimsy and something vintage, unusual or exotic to keep it interesting and fun. Most importantly, I strive to make sure every room I decorate is highly personalized to the homeowners, taking into account your style and personality. Whether you want to be involved in every step of the design process or give me full creative license, I will take the time to get to know you, your personal taste, and the way your family functions in your home. I love incorporating furnishings or art you already own into your design and creating a dynamic space that works for you and your family.
Q: Why should I hire an interior decorator?
A: The two reasons I hear the most are, “I’m not good at this myself,” and “I don’t have the time.” Both are great reasons to hire an interior decorator! I bring a creative, outside viewpoint and can visualize the possibilities for your rooms based on our initial interview, taking into account your style, preferences and lifestyle. Plus, I do all the work of designing, sourcing and installing your new looks for you, giving you beautiful rooms on “the big reveal.”
Q: How do you personalize my rooms?
A: I think it’s very important to learn a little about you before I start the design. I’ll want to know about your ideas and vision before presenting my own. I also believe in incorporating items you already own into the design, like furnishings, antiques, collections, heirlooms, and treasured belongings. That personalization of your space is so important.
Q: I have a very tight budget. Will we be able to make a difference in my room with so little to spend?
A: Yes! I find working within a budget—regardless of size—a fun challenge. You’d be surprised at how much of a difference painting and “editing” a room, rearranging furniture, and adding lighting can change the look of your home. I charge a flat rate for my work instead of hourly, so you know exactly how much you’ll be paying for my services. I pass along all of my trade discounts to you, and never mark up items I purchase for your project. I will also work with what you have, plus source updated furnishings and accessories from resellers, online retailers and discount home stores to create a fresh, eclectic and vibrant home, all in a short amount of time and within your budget.
Q: How long does it take to complete an interior decorating project?
A: Generally, I aim for a 30- to 60-day turnaround on each room. The total time depends upon the number of rooms we’re working on, the extent of the design, and how quickly we can finalize decisions. If you need an even faster turnaround for a room refresh, I can do that too.
Q: Does Blue Leopard Interiors do E-design?
A: Not at this time. I prefer to meet with clients personally. This way I can get a better feel for their personality and needs, and see the rooms in person.
Q: When is the best time to start on an interior decorating project?
A: There is no best time. Some clients work with me when they’ve been living in their home for a while and want a fresh, new look to their rooms. Others may be moving into a new home and want an exciting new start. Why don’t you give me a call to discuss what you have in mind!