of a project, many of my clients have confessed their initial intimidation
to working with an interior designer. Upon further probing, I discovered
the cause of this intimidation: fear of the unknown. Because they did
not know what to expect, they did not feel comfortable calling upon
my services. However, after explaining to them how the design process
works, they wondered why they had procrastinated on this decision for
Working with a designer
is similar to a marriage. It requires open communication and trust.
This person will be in your home or office many hours, and you, your
family, or staff need to feel comfortable working with her. Ellen's extensive experience enables
her to quickly understand your lifestyle and workstyle requirements.
After the interview phase, Ellen can create a design plan for you.
Allowing Ellen Cantor CID to help you with your design project, whether
it be for one hour or a complete redesign can definitely save you time
and money. Ellen's extensive experience keeps her up to date about building codes, laws
such as ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), state-of-the-art products,
and current design trends and colors. Even if you have an architect
and a contractor, Ellen is another specialist
who should be an integral part of your design team
Even if you're not
sure what your design preferences are, Ellen will be able to help you narrow your parameters. Contemporary,
Traditional, Country, Art Deco, Shaker, Modern, Craftsman, English,
French, Southwest, Eclectic!!! Are any of these your Personal Style?
Ellen wants your home to be a reflection of who you are and how you
live. There should be places for personal momentos, family pictures,
treasured accessories and furniture that meets your needs--whether they
be casual or elegant.
Because of the intense
pace of everyday life, people are looking to their homes and work environments
as a source of comfort or rejuvenation. Ellen takes into consideration the ages and number of occupants, disabilities,
personal likes and dislikes. Colors will be the ones that make you feel
good; textures the ones you like to touch; furniture that puts you at
ease. Everything will be individualized for your needs. Upon completion
the "style" of the house may say, Contemporary, Traditional, or Eclectic,
but your "Personal Style" will be enduring for many years to come.
Ellen is able to custom
design furniture and cabinets and create unique pieces that will enhance
your home. She has extensive experience in kitchen, bath, home office
and entertainment center design. Ellen also custom designs dining room tables, coffee tables and unique
A stumbling block to
hiring an interior designer is often the fee. Because no two designers
charge alike, it has become increasingly confusing. There are several
ways that designers charge:
fee. This requires a thorough
and detailed understanding of the services to be rendered and the specific
areas involved; the written contract should state that no additional
services are to be added.
and Per-Diem. The designer is paid for all of his or her
time. This may include, but is not limited to, consultations, conceptual
design, space planning, preparations of working drawings, cabinet designs,
budget, shopping and travel.
Plus Percentage Markup on Cost for Purchases. This fee structure
charges an hourly fee plus a cost plus on purchases.
If you are unsure
how to proceed with your project, we recommend that you schedule an
interview and portfolio review with Ellen, during
which time she will answer whatever question you might have. If you
decide to proceed with Ellen as your designer, it is important
to have a Letter of Agreement that spells out the exact method of payment
and services to be rendered.
You know that
you want new furniture, a new kitchen or a more functional office
design, but where do you begin? Not with the sofa! Start by asking
questions. Consider your lifestyle or workstyle and how you and
your family use your space. Collect pictures. Talk about your
home, its feeling and your expectations.
the preplanning, the design phase begins. It's still not time
to choose furniture, colors or decide what to buy first. It is
important to determine if you want structural work done and to
hire the proper professionals: architect, if needed, and interior
designer and contractor to complete the job. Structural work can
be as extensive as a complete remodel or as simple as replacing
a window or door.
on the structural plans, cabinets, counter tops, floors, faucets,
fixtures, recessed lighting and other permanent items will need
to be selected.
of the structural plans, whether they be major or minor, the designer
is ready to begin the furniture plan. Furniture placement must
be determined before beginning any structural work or before making
any purchases. There is nothing as frustrating as enlarging a
room and finding out after construction that it should have been
two feet longer to hold the grand piano.
of the furniture plan, you and your designer can begin to determine
furniture styles and colors (this is where your pictures will
be helpful). Now you are ready to shop. There are no steadfast
rules, but it helps to begin with the floors and walls, then choose
the furniture. Never make any purchases until you have all the
fabrics, wall coverings, flooring and paint colors selected.
Cantor, CID is an
individual who genuinely loves to work with people. Her natural
talent, education, expertise and knowledge will guide you through
the design process, and help you find enjoyment in your home or
office for many years to come.
Ellen Cantor Interior Design, Ellen Cantor CID, is available for residential or commercial consultations offers a full scope of services including:
- Color Consultations
- Conceptual Design
- Space Planning/Drafting
- Budget / Planning
- Custom Furniture / Cabinet Design
- Kitchen / Bath Remodels
- Construction Coordination
- Furniture Plans
- Lighting Plans
- Selection of Fabrics, Wallcoverings, Furniture, Flooring, Window Treatments