Inside Our Interior Design Process: Phase 2 and Phase 3

In my last post, I shared Phase 1 of our interior design process: design development. Today, I want to take you through the next step in the experience: design implementation. This is the very involved, detailed, and thorough process of bringing your home to life.

To recap, here’s a quick overview of the entire design process:

Phase 1: Design Development

  • Client Discovery & Style Exploration
  • Mood Board Presentation
  • Whole Home Space Planning
  • Elevations & 3D Renderings
  • Trade & Vendor Quotes
  • Presentation & Proposal
  • Final Design Approval

Read more about this phase here

Phase 2: Implementation

  • Item Procurement
  • Construction & Project Management
  • Installation & Styling
  • Deficiency Resolution & Wrap-up
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Phase 2: Design Implementation

Item Procurement

Placing your orders for materials, fixtures, and furnishings requires more than your typical Amazon purchase. If you have custom orders, requests can be complicated and constant communication with the vendor is a necessary and time-consuming part of the process. Fortunately, we do it for you, placing the orders, tracking every shipment, inspecting deliveries for quality, and storing fixtures and furnishings until construction is complete. (You can read more about our whole-home furnishing process here.)

Construction & Project Management

While we’re waiting for products to arrive, we work with our team of trades to complete construction in accordance with the design plan. We build great relationships and only work with trades who share our commitment to exceptional work. We’ll be on-site for important meetings and inspections, answer questions, and serve as point person between you and contractors as needed. 

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Installation & Styling

Once construction is complete, it’s time to install the furnishings and accessories that make your house a home. Using white-glove installation, we install everything over several days, following the layout we created in Phase 1. We recommend staying outside of the home during this time, as it will make the transformation and final reveal that much more magical!

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This before (left) and after (right) show how powerful styling and accessories are to your home. 

The Big Reveal!

Pop the champagne! Cue the happy tears! You finally get to enter your completed home. Watching the joy wash over our clients’ faces as they enter their new space is honestly the best part of my job. It’s when all of our ideas and hard work come together into a liveable, luxurious home perfectly designed for you and your family. There is nothing better, and I can’t wait for you to experience it, too.

Deficiency Resolution & Wrap-Up

You might think that our work ends at the reveal, but we never leave our clients with loose ends. During the reveal, we will walk through the home together and create a punch list of any deficiencies to address. We resolve these as quickly as possible to make sure you have complete peace of mind and a home in top form. 

Then, we’ll consider the project a wrap! We hand over your Home Care Guide (containing information related to things like warranties, product maintenance, paint colours, and materials), along with our heartfelt thanks for allowing us into your home and your life during this special time.

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“Maria has been invaluable to us throughout the whole building process. Her patience, openness, honesty, and, above all, incredible taste have made our dream home come to life. We are forever grateful for the time, energy, professionalism, patience, creativity, elegance, and style that Maria brought to our project.”

— Sonja B.

I couldn’t have said it better myself. If you haven’t started working with us yet, I would love to hear more about your project and see if we’re the right team for you. You can book a discovery call with me here. 

If you’re already a client of ours, we can’t wait for you to experience the incredible, life-affirming feeling of having a home designed just for you. We promise to make it everything you’re dreaming of and more.



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