Q: What is the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator?
A: As an interior design firm, B.Chic Interiors is involved in all aspects of a remodel or decorating project – we have the training, certifications and experience to consult on a building project from the beginning. We work with you from start to finish on layout, construction and then the aesthetic selections. A decorator will typically only consult on making color, textile and furniture choices.
Q: What is your rate?
A: We charge an hourly rate that’s independent of any material or construction costs. We are happy to share that rate during our first call. In certain situations we will be able to provide an estimate of how many total hours a project might take.
Q: How do we pay you?
A: We bill for time as we go and based on the hourly rate established at the start. We accept cash, check and credit card payments via PayPal.
Q: What will our project cost?
A: Every project is unique and total costs are dependent upon many factors. Here is a rough guide to a range of typical project costs.
• Single room refresh and furniture floor plan: $5K – $20K
• Remodel (kitchen/bath/basement/partial): $6K – unlimited
Q: If I want to remodel, how does the process work?
A: We start with an initial consultation (usually 1-1.5 hours that is billable). This is your time to tell us what you’re hoping to get out of a space – both form and function. After the initial consultation and contract and design plan, we like to spend a day shopping with clients to pick out materials, appliances, light fixtures and more. For clients with limited availability, we are able to create a proposal and bring material selections to you.
Q: I just want some furniture layout and styling help. How does that work?
A: We start with an initial consultation (usually 1-1.5 hours that is billable). In advance of that meeting, we like to get a sense of your taste through Pinterest boards, Houzz Idea Books or other design resources you might like to share. Tell us what you like! After sitting down and outlining your needs, we’ll do measurements and take photos of your space. We’ll sit back down together and go over the proposed plan, which will include a computer generated proposal with floorplan, furniture lay out, design selection and a breakdown of all materials by cost. We’ll also present swatches for your review. We’re here to make you happy and will work with you to find elements that work for you.
Q: What’s the best way for us to utilize your design time?
A: We handle jobs of all scopes and sizes. From the smallest details to the largest, we are happy to consult on anything you need. If you are looking to maximize your design budget and get the most out of your experience, we suggest engaging B. Chic on the any and all of the following, depending on your space and needs:
• Overall design consultation
• Cabinetry lay out with kitchen & bath designers
• Material selections (flooring, tile, flooring, cabinet colors)
• Furniture layouts
• Color consultations
• Window treatment consulting
Q: Do we need to use your contractor or architect?
A: While we’re open to working with a range of vendors, we do prefer you use our contractor, Clarksville Construction. They have been a vital part of our business from the beginning and we can vouch for their professionalism and work. Just check out our design portfolio and you’ll see what we mean.
Q: What cities do you work in?
A: Currently we are focused on work in Howard County (Ellicott City, Columbia & Clarksville area), Baltimore County and Baltimore City.
Q: Where do you get your furniture?
A: We like to honor a client’s tastes and preferences and work with a range of local and national retailers. We also encourage vintage and antique pieces found in your favorite specialty shops. We receive designer discounts at some of our favorite stories, including:
Home Decorators Collection
Crate and Barrel
Design Within Reach
Q: Do I have to make purchases through you?
A: No. You are welcome to make any purchases on your own. However, most clients do purchase through us because of the discount we pass along.
Q: How long will our project take?
A: Like most things, this will vary. Planning alone can take anywhere from a week to a year, depending on the size and scope or your project. Here are some rough estimates to help you plan.
• Kitchen or bath remodel: Average 1-3 months once materials are selected and contracts are signed. Actual construction will vary.
• Furniture floor plan: These projects can typically be completed from start to finish in 2-3 months.
Q: Can I see samples of your work?
A: We encourage it! Please visit our portfolio for a range of kitchen, bath and other room makeovers.
Q: How do we get started?
A: The first step is to send us an email so we can schedule an initial phone call.