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How much does interior design cost?

You know how there's a big difference between formica and quartz countertops? Well, that's why prices for interior design vary - it really depends on you! For full-service design, light renovation and staging, I charge a small consultation fee with an hourly rate for design, shopping and installation.


What is the difference between Interior Design and Interior Decorating?

Interior design is the art and science of structuring spaces so they support larger life goals, solve practical problems (like storage), and create opportunities for richer human interaction. Decoration is the 'make things pretty' part of that equation, which I also do. Think of it this way: Warm, inviting kitchens that draw friends and family together don't happen by accident - they happen by design!

As an Interior Designer, I am qualified for high-end design, project management, remodels and decor - but my favorite projects, personally, are helping regular people with their existing spaces. If we need to remove a wall though, I'm happy to coordinate contractors and structural engineers.


Do I have to design my whole house?

We can go one-room at a time, or pull your entire house together. That's entirely up to you! We can even walk through your entire house so I can give you ideas for every room that you can implement yourself - or just focus on one or two spaces that need a little extra help.


Depending on the scale of the project, turnaround time typically takes between 2 to 8 weeks (not counting Home Staging or Holiday Decor, which can be done much faster - but it's wise to schedule those in advance).

How long does it take?


After living in our house for nearly two years, my husband and I were just stuck. Neither one of us being savvy with interior design everything looked cobbled together (old apartment furniture, family hand me downs, and a few nice things here and there). We are also two busy working people without a ton of time for hunting for the right pieces. I also didn’t really feel like spending a lot of money on an interior designer to just do one room. The whole house needed flow. In comes Carolyn! Instant rapport and comfort. Carolyn spent a few hours with us on a Saturday walking through our whole house and talking through our preferences (i.e. wanting to stay true to this 1937 house but also wanting to keep things updated but within budget). Carolyn came back a few days later with an amazing spreadsheet with notes on what to do in each room and links with suggestions for pieces to buy (all reasonably priced!). That list is my dream! I took it with me shopping the next week!

Our home feels much more put together and more than anything we also have a plan for what we want to do going forward. She inspired us to stop being lazy about hanging things and finally doing something about our bathrooms and so much more. One special example is how Carolyn helped me see how I could incorporate some special art pieces into our living room. I can’t wait for her to come back and see our progress!
— Erin | Melrose, MA