FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
INTERIOR DESIGNER, ARCHITECT OR GENERAL CONTRACTOR – WHERE DO I START?
This is an interesting question because people take different paths to achieve the same outcome. The short answer is to hire your designer first. It's best to have all contacts on board from the start. Think of us as your trusted advisor, acting on your behalf, to guide you through making all of the design decisions required to build or redesign your home. We have relationships with many architects and builders and will help select the right person for your job.
Where are you based?
We work with clients internationally from our Boston-based offices. It's all in the details. Our Signature Experience is a highly organized plan of action so you always know where we are in the process. Much of our work is facilitated by online software that helps keep our collaboration organized and timely. Our clients often have second and third homes.
We have completed design installs in the United States for international businessmen and women living in Europe and the Middle East. We have completed projects for out-of-town clients in Annapolis, Chicago, DC, Miami, New York City, San Antonio, and West Palm Beach, to name a few.
HOW MUCH TIME AND EFFORT IS NEEDED FROM ME, THE CLIENT?
An average of about 6 meetings (online or in person) will be prescheduled with you to help make choices along the way. We also follow up with status updates and progress reports on a weekly basis.
HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS TAKE FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION?
Each project will vary based on the individual scope of work. The general timeline for project completion is approximately 4-6 months from the initial consultation to the big reveal. However, we have had projects turn over as quickly as 90 days and new construction projects that take up to 2 years.
WHAT IS DANE'S SIGNATURE STYLE?
We don't follow a cookie-cutter look because each client has different tastes and a different vision for the lifestyle they want to live. I always ask: "Is it special? Is it interesting? Is it unique?" Not every item we select together needs to be a custom or one-of-a-kind piece – but a few key pieces should. I'm here to help strike a balance based on your needs, wants and wishes. To elevate your ideas beyond your imagination is our end goal.
I ALREADY HAVE FURNITURE, ARTWORK, FAMILY HEIRLOOMS, AND ACCESSORIES THAT I LIKE. WHAT WILL BECOME OF MY CURRENT PIECES IF WE WORK TOGETHER?
That's fantastic! We love reusing or repurposing pieces you already own and love. We'll take inventory and factor these items into our new design plan. Then, we supplement the design with new furniture and accessories in order to make them really shine.
ARE YOU WILLING TO DO JUST ONE ROOM?
Many projects begin with just one or two rooms. We don't mind -- it's a nice way to ease into the design process and build trust with our clients. It doesn't take long for our clients to realize we are always on your side as trusted advisors and guides. We appreciated being invited to design other spaces in the home or additional properties. Some clients complete updates and renovations in phases. We begin on a design journey, workings with clients over time -- and as they are ready to start each new phase.