The trend of e-decorating

I have been doing design service though internet for years. Now E-decorating is a big hit. More and more famous designers offer online consulting service and some even only do online service. By doing online interior design consultation, designers save their time on site visiting, and clients get to save their money and pressure during the process.  This is a win-win situation for those who like to perform the makeover on their own pace, and it’s not that abstract as you think!  Please allow me to explain: For Ann Interior Design, the only few differences between online and at site service are:

1. Clients need to measure the space themselves. It could be easily communicated via shareing photos online. Clients also need to take pictures of the space and e-mail or share online (DropBox) with me. For iPhone /iPad/ iCloud user, it’s very easy to take photos and share with me via Photo Stream. Clients can add space dimensions or notes to each pictures. My clients and I communicate on the Photo Stream a lot. We may do a Face time walk through if I need to know more about the space. This will help me to have a better sense of the site, but usually photos are good enough.

2. When working with local clients, I show them around furniture stores and help them to decorate the space. With online consulting clients, I will not be able to offer the service but I could assist them to place orders online. The furnishing list includes all the furniture you may need for the rooms plus accessories and wall decorations. All the suggesting items are listed with links and can be easily purchased online, over the phone, or at the store. When the furniture arrives, clients arrange it  by themselves according to the floor plan. I encourage clients to send me the ” after” photos for further feedback.  This step helps the space look like the original design. I call it “Ann’s finial touch”.  Some of my online clients prefer me to do the final touch up at the house, and this staging service is available and charged by hours plus.

3. The last but not the least difference is that the designer fee is way lower for online consulting compared with the fee for at site  service. Other than that, my online clients get same amount of drawings and commitment from me. Paying design fee is simple, I accept checks, Wells Fargo SurePay . A complete set of design drawings ( floor plans, sections, perspectives and material board) and furnishing list will send to clients via email. A print out copy will mail to clients after receiving the final design fee. The package may include paint chips, material samples, drawing and plans, etc.. Wanna give it a try or have more questions? E-mail me !


拜科技所賜,我一直有透過網路提供設計諮詢服務給遠在其他州甚至台灣的親友,當然大部份都是已經認識我的人。 但我一直以為這種好像不太專業的做法只適用於熟人間…. 沒想到近年來這樣在網路上提供諮詢服務卻大行其道! 有的設計師甚至只做這種足不出戶的網路設計服務就夠養家活口了! 其實這種方法的確是有很多好處,例如設計師省下了交通與量工地的時間,客戶則省下了大筆設計費與要自己一手弄房子的壓力, 可以按著自己的時間與預算來完成,非常適合那些凡事願意親為的人。 聽起來好像不簡單,其實很容易! 首先,我會請客戶用電郵寄來房子的尺寸(畫在簡單的平面圖為佳)與空間室內外照片給我 然後我也請客戶寄一些喜歡的室內空間照片甚至是藝術品甚或的時尚風格照片來 好讓我了解他們的喜好 等設計圖完成時, 我會先電郵一部分回去,並請客戶寄支票或使用最新的Wells Fargo SurePay 等 線上立即付款。收到全款後我會郵寄完整的施工圖與材料顏色板會去給他們。 如此他們便能照著自己的時間與預算來施工 打造他們的夢想屋! 當然住台北有室內設計需求但又不是太習慣透過網路方式來進行設計案的人可以跟我聯絡,每年暑假我就像鮭魚一樣返鄉探親。