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Free interior design from an independent designer?

how to get free interior designFree interior design… from an independent?  How can that be possible?  I’m sure you all know that you can walk into places like Heals, John Lewis, West Elm etc and have your home designed for free, or nearly free.  But you’ll pay full retail price for everything they recommend, are usually limited to items they stock and you’ll still need to manage the buying, deliveries, tradesmen etc.  What if there was a way to get free interior design, including project co-ordination, from an independent professional?  Step this way…

Did you know that because of the generous trade discounts that I’m entitled to as a professional, you could get your home the way you want it, with me doing all the legwork for you, without paying a penny more?  In projects I have done to date, the total price for the whole project, including my fee, has come to about the same as if the customer had paid full retail price for everything and done it all themselves.  So my clients have essentially got free interior design, sourcing and project co-ordination, and saved a ton of time and stress.

Interested?  Let me tell you about it.

I tend to offer two different types of service.

Design consultations, where I provide generous advice and expertise, and you manage the project yourself.

And the traditional interior design service, which can include designs, sourcing and/or installation oversight.

However we work together, if you purchase anything through me at trade discount, you will save money, and if you purchase everything we work on together through me, it is very likely that you will end up getting the design for free.  Note that I pass on 100% of all discounts and my fees are entirely transparent and stated up front.

Design Consultations

If you’re fairly confident in what needs to be done but you’re just a bit stuck or short on time, I can help you plan, give you inspiration and ideas, make suggestions, cast a critical eye over your plans, all for a small fee.  Then you’d continue on your own, with renewed enthusiasm, focus and ideas.  We can look at layout, furniture, curtains, blinds, lighting, flooring, walls, whatever you like.

If you are not near North London / Herts, we can do a Skype consultation for a reduced cost.

This is how it all works

Welcome pack

You get a welcome pack to send back to me with lots of information about you and your home, your likes and dislikes, photos of the space(s), plans of the space if you have them, images you like (and dislike), that kind of thing.  This is so that I can prepare well before we meet, and we can make the most of the time we have.


Then I’ll come to your home for a few hours (or we’ll Skype/Facetime) and I’ll answer all your questions, suggest solutions, brands that you may like, specific items perhaps, if that’s what you want.  If you’re worried you won’t remember everything, you can have a summary of what we’ve discussed afterwards.


As I’m sure more questions will occur to you after our meeting, you can also have a Skype or telephone follow-up a week or so later.  You will be full of enthusiasm and ideas and ready to get your home the way you want it.

Trade price purchases

You can purchase items through me at trade price after the consultation.  There will be no fee for the first £500 of purchases, and my standard sourcing fee after this.

Hit reply to this email to enquire about my availability and start getting your home the way you want it.

In addition to the consultations, I also offer a full interior design service, if you need more help.  In fact, if you have a consultation and then decide that you want more help, I will offset the cost of the consultation against the cost of the extra work. For example, you might decide that you want someone to manage the work after all, or you want help with extra rooms.  Either way, I’ll make sure you don’t pay twice!

Traditional interior design services

If you’re quite daunted, too busy, or only interested in the end result, you’re going to want more help.  I can do any or all of the following:
– prepare designs
– write specifications for you to get quotes from tradesmen
– source items and materials for you at trade price (place orders, chase, pay on your behalf, receive delivery, deal with damaged or wrong supplies etc)
– manage builders, tradesmen, decorators etc on your behalf.

At one extreme, once we’ve agreed the design, you could hand me your keys and come back a week / a month / 6 months later to a finished home (yes I have done this for someone – they just wanted it DONE!).

Or I could just order you a sofa for trade price plus a sourcing fee.

As mentioned above, these options tend to work out the same as if you’d chosen and organised everything yourself and paid full price.

More details here.

Other things you may not know about Space Interior Design

I am particularly interested in more ecofriendly design (but not if it looks too rustic/crafty), so if you are too, that’s even better!

Based just north of London, I tend to favour work in north London and Hertfordshire, but I’m open to projects further afield too.  And obviously if you want an online consultation you can be anywhere in the world.

Finally, in case you’re wondering, Space Interior Design is a Limited Company, registered for VAT, with Public Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance.  It also has segregated client bank accounts so that the money you give me to buy items on your behalf remains yours until it’s passed over to the supplier – you’re not going to lose your money if anything happens to my company (let’s hope not!).

Book a consultation online here, or call 020 8133 9132 to discuss how I can help you get your home the way you want it.

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