How We Work

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Getting Started:

Contact us to schedule an initial consultation at no cost to you.  Please include general information regarding scope of project and address. We will get back in touch with you to schedule a time that is convenient for you.  Contact information:  info@meanscarneyinteriors.com or 678.637.5662.

What to expect:

Design Fees:  


We work on a flat fee basis.  After meeting with you to discuss the project in detail, we will provide a written, itemized estimate via email.  The estimate will include our flat design fee per room so you can pick and choose where to get started. Once you decide to move forward, we will collect 50% of the design fee to initiate the project.    We believe that a flat fee approach (versus an hourly rate) takes the ambiguity out of the process and provides a clear understanding of what design fees will be involved. 


Design Process:

  • After receiving the deposit, we will schedule an on-site visit to measure project space(s).
  • Once we have the appropriate measurements, we will scale the project space(s) and provide up to three furniture layout options.
  • We will present the furniture layout options to you and once approved, we will begin selecting furniture items to fit the space and your style preferences.
  • Design meetings will be held at our offices to review complete design plan and view samples (fabrics, flooring, tile, etc.).  
  • We will coordinate with contractors and procure approved items such as furniture, accessories, fabrics, hardware, etc.  
  • We will coordinate fabrication of custom items such as draperies and rugs.  
  • All items approved for purchase for the project will be paid in full at time of order.  
  • All special order items are final sale.
  • We will coordinate receiving and inspection of all items with our receiver.
  • Once all items have been received we will schedule an installation day to bring in all approved items for design plan to the project site along with "on-approval" items such as art and accessories to complete the look.  
  • Two designers will be on-site for installation day and your space will be completely styled and picture perfect upon completion.  
  • After installation, we will send an itemized invoice that will include the balance of the design fee, any outstanding labor charges as well as an itemized list of any items brought in "on-approval".  (Client will have three business days after receiving invoice to notify us via email of any "on-approval" items they do not want to keep.)  
  • Payment of final invoice should be made within 5 business days of receipt.



Other expenses to consider:


Receiving and Delivery: 

All items will be delivered to our receiving company.   Once received, all items will be inspected for perfect condition and then stored until installation day.  There is a receiving fee accessed per item.   Receiving fees typically range from $25 -$50 per item.  On installation day, our receiver will reinspect all items and load them for delivery to project site.  They will assist on project site by moving any existing items, placing new items, hanging art, mirrors, etc.  The rate for this service on installation day typically ranges from $100-125 per hour.  


Drapery Installation:

We have a professional drapery installer on-site on installation day to hang hardware and draperies.  Rate varies based on window size, etc.


Contractor Labor:

Additional fees will be charged for any contract labor such as painters, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, etc.