Full-Service Interior Design Process

Phase 1: Identify

Interior design is a specialized profession that requires all moving parts to work in harmony with each other in order to be successful. At Gem and Clay, you can rest assured your project will be carried out to completion within the confines of a tested and true process. We believe success starts with a great plan that is well-defined and thorough. The first phase (Identify) is when that plan begins to take shape. Identification covers steps one through three out of ten steps to completion.

STEP 1 Orientation
We start with a phone call and a site visit to talk over all of the details of the project and physically walk through the areas you want to transform. We will ask lots of questions pertaining to your aesthetic preferences, what is working for you, what isn’t, and how you envision the final product.

STEP 2 Project Opening
We then take all of that information and prepare a scope and proposal unique to your project. We believe a well-defined scope is the foundation of a good design plan.

STEP 3 Creative Calibration
We know you are busy, so we have consolidated this step into two meetings. One meeting is a vision-forming meeting to make sure we understand your preferences and lifestyle. The other meeting is where we arrange for all of the teams involved to gather the details they need in one day.

Read on to learn about Phase 2…

Phase 2: Develop

The Development phase is an exciting phase, and is usually what people think of when they think of interior designers. This is when the design is created and presented, materials and products are sourced and specified. This phase is incredibly involved and is where our creative and project management skills shine.

STEP 4 Design Development
In this step, we create floor plans and elevations, source fabrics and furnishings, and make all specifications.

STEP 5 Presentation
We will present all of our plans and work with you to make sure you love everything before collecting deposits and placing any orders.

Read on to learn about Phase 3…

Phase 3: Execute

This phase includes the most steps, but it is our favorite, because it ends in a space that is transformed and loved. In this phase, all products are ordered, services are scheduled and construction begins. It is where your project finally materializes into something amazing.

STEP 6 Purchasing
During this step, we place all orders. After order placement, we will review the budget to ensure we are on track to meet your budget and discuss unforeseen factors.

STEP 7 Ongoing Inspection
Around this time, we will also schedule out all of the contractors and additional team members needed for renovation, repairs, building, etc. It is during this step that we are overseeing all construction work and receiving and inspecting items that we ordered.

STEP 8 Production
During this step, we do final furniture installations and style the whole space to put those finishing touches that make all the difference!

STEP 9 The Reveal!
This is THE day. You get to see your space as it was meant to be and it. is. awesome. But…we are also realistic, and nothing in the world is perfect on the first go-around. We will walk you through the space and anything that isn’t quite right, we will (if we haven’t already) note it, and we will deliver solutions.

STEP 10 Project Closure
Once you are fully satisfied with your newly transformed space, we present any remaining invoices, discuss any questions you have, and deliver to you an organized binder with all of the information you need to maintain your space and to live and work easily and happily within it.

"This process should be illuminating and enjoyable for everyone involved."
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