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    Thursday
    Oct262017

    Why Purchase Through Your Designer?

    Do you believe you’re saving money by buying products directly, instead of through a designer?  Perhaps you've been persuaded by the misconception that it is more costly to purchase through a designer. But simply put, this is false – a common misunderstanding among consumers.  When you harness the relationships and buying power of an experienced interior design team, everyone wins, and you actually obtain more value in many ways.  So if you’re wondering, 'What are these advantages?', let us help you make sense of the process!

     

    What exactly are the benefits of purchasing through a designer?

    1. Designer Discounts

    Designers give discounts to clients – prices lower than any obtainable by the general public.  They can manage this because, as businesses themselves, designers have buying power not available to just anyone.  Most designers compare their purchase pricing to what a consumer would pay retail.

    What is “retail”? 

    Retail is a term used to describe the cost of goods sold to the general public, and is often noted as the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP).  “Retail” is the method that most people use for making any kind of off-the-shelf or online purchase. 

    Most retail stores are vendors, and do not make the products they sell.  The cost of a product from manufacturer to retailer is hidden, and is based on several factors that vary widely by store, supplier and by industry.  Designers have the option of buying wholesale (direct from the manufacturer) or at a discount from retail (a price from the same vendors that sells to the public, but lower, thanks to special trade programs and incentives specifically for design professionals).  This is how they can pass on savings to you, the client.

     

    2. Exclusive Access

    Designers have exclusive access to quality goods that are not available to the general public anywhere.  That means utilizing a designer is the only way to buy some of the most beautifully crafted, quality furnishings and interior goods available.  These makers and vendors are known as to-the-trade sources.

    Why do some businesses sell only “to-the-trade”?

    There are many manufacturers that sell wholesale – only to other businesses.  Every industry has evolved into a rich network of makers and sellers who rely on each other, to ensure that goods are made, transported and sold with the highest levels of respect for the consumer. 

    Trade only sources are a part of this history.  They trust that designers are excellent sales people, and will continue to be repeat customers.  They spend time and money cultivating their relationships with trade professionals.  They do not publish pricing, or make goods available to the public in a retail setting; clients are treated to exclusive access by working with a trade professional. 

     

    STARK La Cienega "To-the-trade" Only Showroom (photo credit - Editor at Large)

    3. Peace-of-Mind

    Designers offer peace-of mind for clients by practicing the three P’s: profit, planet and people.

    People:  

    Designers purchase ethically sourced products and materials.  Discerning designers are mindful of the labor practices of their manufacturing partners, ensuring that workers have not been endangered or exploited.  An astute designer will make sure they understand the origin of all products they specify and purchase – from the source of raw materials, to who made it, how it was made, and how it arrives at its final destination.

    Planet:  

    More and more, discerning designers source products from businesses that are sustainable, minimizing their impacts on the environment at the micro and macro levels.  For example, a designer is more likely to source products that are manufactured by businesses that limit the use of chemicals and destructive by-products, so that the products and materials you place in your home will maintain a better measure of indoor air quality.  Because designers care about these factors, and not just price, they might suggest products at a higher cost than “comparable” products.  But remember, so much of what you purchase is invisible.  Designers are mindful of a product's unseen characteristics and provide a clear conscience for clients every step of the way.

    Profit

    Designers are business people.  Even when a designer discount passes to a client, the designer also profits from that exchange, and the value of their work is 100% worth it.  But whereas a retail setting has no real obligation to you as a buyer – or at least, very little, as one of thousands of customers – designers understand the value of a relationship.  Designers save time by avoiding costly mistakes, and bring years of experience to the acquisition of large, expensive pieces for your project.  Generally, there is a deep ethical sense to do right by the client, and that personalized approach is priceless.

    "To-the-trade" only custom rug and furnishings 

    The Bigger Picture

    Designers want clients to purchase through them to obtain the best price and highest levels of client care and satisfaction; however, it is still possible that the designer price might not be the absolute “lowest” price for a product.  Most firms try to be competitive and avoid these sourcing conflicts by buying to-the-trade only.  Interior designers are uniquely transparent about costs and purchase management fees.  Letters of Agreement always spell out the terms of purchasing through a designer, and should explain the advantages to the client.

    The idea that designers “price gouge” or are “greedy” is an absolute myth.  An ethical designer will always charge with fairness, openness and honesty.  Designers simply want clients to have the best possible products at the best possible prices.  By placing trust with an interior designer, clients can take home a more personalized and luxurious product.

    So, the next time you consider purchasing furniture, fixtures or fabrics on your own, why not check out your options and reach out to an interior designer who will work in your best interest?  We suspect you’ll be delighted that you did!

    Au revoir,
    Jennifer et cie 

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    Need some help getting your interior design project going? Hiring a professional like the interior designers at Jennifer Butler Interior Design is a great place to start. We can help bring definition and creativity to your ideas and goals for your home, office, business, new construction, renovation or remodel.  This frees you to focus on your family, your work, your travel and recreation while our experts take care of the design and implementation.  Rest assured that our designers will create interiors that realize your vision for spaces that meet your luxury lifestyle, your 21st century work style needs, and reflect your unique design style.

    Sign up for more inspiration from our Designer Journal.  
    Schedule a 1-hr Introductory Consultation in our studio on us or
    Schedule a 2-hr In-Home Design Consultation at our hourly rate  
    Contact us to get started.

    Tuesday
    Sep192017

    Jennifer On Growing with Grand Rapids

    Since we've nestled into our downtown studio, Jennifer shares with 495GR why we moved and how we are positioned to catalyze our clients' visions for luxury residential and cutting edge commercial interiors.

    So, What does the future look like for Jennifer Butler Interior Design?

    Grand Rapids is such an exciting market to be a part of right now. We are centrally located in a region that is experiencing tremendous growth in housing, multi-family units, mixed use developments, and so much more.

    Businesses and residents from all over the country see the value in making the Grand Rapids area home, and we are a valuable resource for those relocating to and establishing themselves in our community.

    We focus on personalized service, exceptional quality and attention to detail, that is what distinguishes Jennifer Butler Interior Design and why loyal clients return to us again and again.  Our growth as an interior design studio continues to follow a similar trajectory to the growth that the wider Grand Rapids region is experiencing, making us better equipped to serve the needs of residents and growing businesses.

    Jennifer Butler Interior Design 495GR Feature

    We’re excited about the future and look forward to joining you in your next adventure!

    Au revoir,
    Jennifer Butler et cie 

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    Need some help getting your interior design project going? Hiring a professional like the interior designers at Jennifer Butler Interior Design is a great place to start. We can help bring definition and creativity to your ideas and goals for your home, office, business, new construction, renovation or remodel.  This frees you to focus on your family, your work, your travel and recreation while our experts take care of the design and implementation.  Rest assured that our designers will create interiors that realize your vision for spaces that meet your luxury lifestyle, your 21st century work style needs, and reflect your unique design style.

    Sign up for more inspiration from our Designer Journal.  
    Schedule a 1-hr Introductory Consultation in our studio on us or
    Schedule a 2-hr In-Home Design Consultation at our hourly rate  
    Contact us to get started.

    Saturday
    Aug122017

    The Future of 21st Century Kitchens

    Kitchen design is continually changing.  The changes in how we use our kitchens are driven by the way we live and move.  In turn this changes the way we interact with our interior kitchen environment.  

    As interior designers, we are constantly thinking about how to improve the functionality of a home, especially in a central space such as the kitchen.  

    We are intentional about keeping tabs on the way lifestyles are influenced by changes including food culture, technology, and sustainability.  With the rapid pace of change at the turn of the century, kitchens of the future aren't as far off as they sound.  

    Which of these future kitchen features would you implement into the kitchen of your future?

     

    The Future Kitchen is a More Central Hub for Home.

    It's hard to grasp that only a couple hundred years ago heating sources in the kitchen were limited to open fires and water was retrieved from springs and wells.  Cooking indoors was a smoky, noisy, and smelly endeavor, leading them to be pushed away from the central space of the home to a more concealed area.

    Advancements including ventilation, insulation, refrigeration and heating dramatically changed the architecture of kitchens, bringing them back to more central areas of the home.

    At the turn of the century, it's no surprise that kitchens continue to be the focus of architectural evolution and are becoming even more central to the home than they already are. 

    "Today, it has been able to recover its role as central hub for meeting and inter-generational relationships in the home, due to aspects such as smaller home surface areas, women in the workforce, the need for work/life balance, new eating models and new technology and materials to equip the kitchen. This recovered relevance will require kitchen design to be taken much more into account — both aesthetically and functionally — in home construction and refurbishment projects."
    Global Kitchen - The home kitchen in the Globalization Era, Cosentino 2017 Global Kitchen Report
     

    Before we look forward, here's a quick look back on kitchens in the last 100 years. (Click to play slideshow.)

    Architectural Digest - 100 Years of Kitchens

    The Future of Cooking is Connected.

    Smart home connectivity is not only the future; it is now.  They tout features that save people time and money when cooking, meal planning, and grocery shopping.

    A new crop of smart refrigerators can scan your grocery receipt to keep inventory on what you have in stock and notify you when something is low or near expiration.  It will recommend recipes based on what you have and allow you to place grocery orders.

    Smart ovens let you select a recipe, will remotely preheat your oven, and sync with your other smart appliances accordingly.  

    Smart kitchen appliances are connected to smart thermostats that detect when you are home or away.  Compatibility between devices means you can lower the temperature in the kitchen area when the oven is on, or turn the oven off when your thermostat detects that you are out of the house.

    The future of the connected kitchens are smart worktops.  The goal is to have a mindful cooking experience through an interactive worktop.  In the next 10-30 years, expect to see touchscreen stovetops and smart worktops hit the market.  Smart worktops help cooks improvise based on cooking level, time preferences, and modifications.

     

    IDEO and Ikea recently released Concept Kitchen 2025, not as a functional kitchen, but as a study of future behavior.  The basic principle of the table is to bring inanimate objects to life using smart light, which uses a camera and projector above the table to mindfully interact with the user by projecting graphics onto the surface.  The surface is capable of offering recipe suggestions, weighing food, facilitating improvisational cooking suggestions, and providing cooking recommendations based on skill level, time preferences and ingredient modifications.

     

    The Future Kitchen Promotes Healthier Lifestyles.

    I'm no scientific expert here, but, I do love to cook and I love using the best ingredients.  Not everyone likes cooking, and not everyone cares about eating fresh whole foods.  However, being of the health-conscious variety, let's imagine the future kitchen that caters to whole, healthy eating.  The way we eat influences not just our physical health, but our emotional well-being too. 

    "We don't just eat to fuel our bodies—we eat for pleasure, communion, identity." Michael Pollan

    Michael Pollan, author of Cooked, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and In Defense of Food
    The Future of Food: Experts Predict How Our Plates Will Change, Time.com 10/9/2014

    We understanding and design kitchens as environments that fuel our physical, emotional, and social well-being.

    More natural light in the kitchen or light systems that imitate natural light will be more prevalent in future kitchens.  Future kitchens will be equipped to grow fresh, organic produce, herbs, and microgreens year-round without chemicals and with automatic watering cycles.

    Urban Cultivator

    The Future Kitchen is a Swiss Army Kitchen.

    We think kitchens are for cooking and eating, maybe entertaining, but in reality, we do things in our kitchens that seem like activities for other rooms.  My kitchen is host to homework, kids crafting, making phone calls, syncing calendars, sorting mail, I even hosted a floral design workshop around my kitchen island. 

    Future kitchens will offer more flexibility and fewer fixed elements such as countertops with adjustable heights that are more accessible and usable for people of all statures, ages, and abilities.

    This year, the Silestone Institute brought together experts from all over the world to create a Global Kitchen report.  Their findings on activities in the kitchen included the following results.

    In a survey of 842 kitchen professionals across eight countries, 87% said that the kitchen would become more relevant as an activity and meeting place in the future, 81.5% think that it will incorporate dining/living room features, 92.3% agree that it will be used to get together with family.

    Future kitchens will adapt better to this growing trend of being used as much more than cooking and eating areas.

    The Silestone Institute, part of the Cosentino Group, illustration of Future Kitchen trends. 

    The Future Kitchens is a More Resourceful, Less Wasteful Kitchen.

    Limiting waste may not be the first thing you think of when you imagine your future kitchen, but some are looking at the potential for kitchen waste to be conserved and converted into energy.  The high goal is a net-zero energy kitchen.

    Caesarstone in partnership with Pratt Institute invited Industrial Design students to create a vision of the kitchen of 2050 combining theory and practice.  Their Future Kitchen is an experiment in bridging technology and nature to create a self-sustaining kitchen.  Strategies include aquaponics, hydroponics, 3D printing, water filtration, indoor farming, composting and food storage.

    Instead of traditional composting, organic waste like kitchen food scraps can be used to create biogas, a renewable energy source of gaseous fuel that results from the breakdown of organic matter.  Biogas could fuel a kitchen’s cooking appliances. Also, to conserve water, this concept kitchen filters water for reuse to support hydroponic farming, growing plants without soil.

    Caesarstone and Pratt Institute's Future Kitchen at NYCxDESIGN 2017

    Central, smart, do-it-all, healthy, resourceful kitchens are the future.  These evolutions in kitchen design are brought about by changes in social and emotional preferences, spatial demands, efficiencies improved through the development of technology, increased concern for well-being and health, and a growing awareness and concern about material life-cycle and energy use.  

    As our lifestyles continually morph to reflect changes in how we think and act, these studies, experiments and design solutions have us looking forward and ready to implement improvements in kitchens that cater to it's new demands and dreams.

    Au revoir,
    Jennifer Butler et cie 

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    Need some help getting your interior design project going? Hiring a professional like the interior designers at Jennifer Butler Interior Design is a great place to start. We can help bring definition to your ideas for your home, office, business, new construction, renovation or remodel.  This frees you to focus on your family, your work, your travel and recreation while our experts take care of the design and implementation.  Rest assured that our designers will create interiors that realize your vision for spaces that meet your luxury lifestyle and 21st century work style needs and visually reflect your unique design style.

    Sign up for more inspiration from our Designer Journal.  
    Schedule a 1-hr Introductory Consultation in our studio on us or
    Schedule a 2-hr In-Home Design Consultation at our hourly rate  
    Contact us to get started.

    Friday
    Jun302017

    Project in Process: Entertaining Goals in Ada 

    We have been working on a project in Ada, MI that all began with a family of four wanting to convert their existing lower level into an entertainment space. This young family with two children under the age of 2 was looking to transform the lower level of their home into a complete entertaining suite fitted with an immersive home theater and a full bar that could be easily accessed from the main gathering area.

     

    Starting with Context

    After establishing goals for the entertaining space and arranging a walk-through of the existing lower level, we began working from the 1994 home's modern prairie style to model an updated family-friendly entertaining space for our client's review.

    Existing benefits of the home included it's 4,500 square foot land-hugging floor plan, lower level walk-out and windows with mid-century modern horizontal muntins, and its descending open stair with a dark contrasting running bond rail detail.  For the home theatre, an existing weight room was a perfect opportunity for the transformation.  That room in your lower level without windows has so much potential!

     

    You Had Me at the Stair Landing

    The existing descent from the main level presented an opportunity to create a welcoming and more dramatic entry experience to the lower level entertaining space.  To create a stronger entry statement we recommended a more sculptural vignette with a free-standing furniture piece, larger artwork illuminated by an accenting table lamp and adding definition to the alcove with a contrasting wall-covering as a backdrop.  The landing experience serves a more artistic purpose than a utliltarian one as coats, totes, and umbrellas already land at the main entry at the top of the stair.

    We also designed the entry experience to preserve and capitalize on the available natural light and to improve sight lines of their beautiful wooded lot by removing an old entertainment center that divided the existing wet bar from the living area.  That simple modification resulted in a much more open gathering space with easier flow when hosting friends and family.


    Before: Stair Landing

     

    After: Stair Landing

     

    A Bar with Benefits

    Our direction from the owner for the bar was simply to change out the maple cabinetry for something darker.  From there, we had freedom to design a full bar that would easily serve guests.  Instead of a behind-the-counter service style bar with bar seating, the self-service walk-up bar is a more informal and accessible touch-and-go point with a bar-height table and stools located in the primary gathering space.  The self-serve approach keeps traffic moving and simplifies the number of seating areas which keeps guests more closely connected.

    Beginning with dark wood and the walk-up layout, we amplified the bar statement by extending the upper cabinet height to the ceiling, introduced deep glass-front cabinet doors along with open shelving for both storage needs and a display-like quality, a full high-contrast backsplash, and accent lighting above the countertop to make it all glow.  Equipped with undercounter appliances we included a built-in microwave drawer, stacked refrigerator drawers, and an ice maker.

    Before: Built-in cabinetry with sink and dishwasher

     

    After: Full bar 

    Turning Basic Living Space into Entertaining Space

    The changes to the main living area are more subtle, but have surprising impact.  The new sectional arrangement changes the orientation toward the fireplace instead of the existing entertainment center and comfortably seats at least 4-5 people.  We moved the TV above the fireplace and added a bar height table and stools where the existing entertainment center was located creating a better transition between the bar and the main gathering space.  By changing the arrangement, now someone standing at the bar or stepping out of the theater room can catch all the Superbowl commercials, whereas before, if you were up for a drink you would have no visibility of whatever was playing.  Not to mention, because there is more indirect natural light from the north above the fireplace, the new location for the TV also reduces some glare.

    Before: Living area

    After: Gathering area for entertaining


    Before: Living area (built-in entertainment center to the left, not shown)

    After: Reorientation of the room with TV above the fireplace and open access to the bar (bar to the left not shown)

     

    Designing an Immersive Home Theater 

    Our role for the multisensory theater room was to layout a multi-row theater and select recliner seating for 6 and casual bar height seating for 4 with proper clearances.  We didn't get too far ahead of ourselves designing this space yet because we need to collaborate with the experts (whom are in the process of being selected) to make sure the theater experience is directly linked to the technology and equipment designed for the space.  To create an immersive and ideal cinematic experience, we need to make certain that our seating is optimally sized and located for proper viewing angles and that optimal distances from speakers are maintained based on a professional home theater team's recommendations.

    Before: Weight room

    After: Weight room converted to home theater room for 10

    As our clients sign contracts with a builder and home-theater professional, we'll be excited to see this transformation unfold!  Hope you enjoyed this little sneak preview into a work in progress.

    Au revoir,
    Jennifer Butler et cie 

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    Need some help getting your interior design project going? Hiring a professional like the interior designers at Jennifer Butler Interior Design is a great place to start. We can help bring definition to your ideas for your home, office, business, new construction, renovation or remodel.  This frees you to focus on your family, your work, your travel and recreation while our experts take care of the design and implementation.  Rest assured that our designers will create interiors that realize your vision for spaces that meet your luxury lifestyle and 21st century work style needs and visually reflect your unique design style.

    Sign up for more inspiration from our Designer Journal.  
    Schedule a 1-hr Introductory Consultation in our studio on us or
    Schedule a 2-hr In-Home Design Consultation at our hourly rate  
    Contact us to get started.

    Wednesday
    May312017

    Interior Design Services Decoded! 

    Truth: We all want good design.


    We see beautiful homes everywhere.  We get lost admiring homes dressed in mystifying prints and patterns, and arranged in inspiring new ways in throbbing colors and visceral textures.  We visit beautiful places, book the most entrancing guest rooms, and eat in the most stylish restaurants.  Whether we see them in person or vicariously through virtual reality, our appetites for good design have unleashed a flood of services that promise to enchant our wildest design dreams.

    While the appetite for good design is a good thing, the trouble is that the options for attaining it are overwhelming, sometimes misleading, and frankly - confusing.

    For the good-willed design seeker, how does one navigate the proliferation of design services vying for our attention?  

    Here's the breakdown and a guide to understanding the differences between interior design services.

     

    Free Design Services

    Restoration Hardware, Room & Board, and West Elm are examples of retailers that offer free design services or design services for a low membership or low flat fee.  Generally, these consultations are arranged by appointment and vary widely in terms of designer talent.  Some are organized, timely, and helpful; others are not.  What these services are generally light on, is actual design advice and guidance.

    It's really not design.  It's not really free.  It's sales.

    RH Design Atelier - Free Design Services with $99 annual membership

    Your retail designer is primarily motivated by selling a line of product.  They are not neccessarily motivated by what's in your best interest.  


    Here's what you can expect of free design services:

    1. Limited options.  

    This is obvious, and fine if you know that the retailer you are receiving design services from is the specific catalogue look you want.  You are limited to what that retailer offers within their walls.  They're not going to take you shopping.  The result will be representative of their brand; it will not be tailored nor much of a representation of you.

    2. Variable design talent.  

    You probably won't be working with a professional designer.  You might be working with someone who may have a fair amount of design sense, and perhaps some education or experience, but you don't really know. A professional designer doesn't give their services away for free.  These designers are first and foremost salespeople.  They earn their way first on product, not first on service.

    3. Varying tools and takeaways.  

    Some retailers may ask you to come prepared with a floor plan, some may be equipped with digital tools and planners and send you off with swatches and product recommendations.  Some may be helpful, but you may not end up leaving with much real guidance or design advice.

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    To help crystallize the difference in services, let's think about design the way we think about how we shop our wardrobes.  This metaphor will help clear up the muddy messages about the world of design services.  


    Service Level Illustrated: Retail + Free Design Services //
    Interiors - Room & Board :: Fashion - Banana Republic

     
    Free interior design services at Room & Board are similar to free styling at Banana Republic.  You go to Banana, you get head to toe, Banana.  You are limited to their design aesthetic, quality, and fit.  There's very little personal about it.  You may love Banana; there's nothing wrong with that.  But if you only own Banana, it's just not that interesting or unique.  Too much of the same is redundant.

    "Retailers need to sell a high volume of goods, so they need to have mass appeal.  Our clients come to us for the exceptional." Pierre Frey, high-end custom French fabric house

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    Affordable Design Services

    It's a common misconception that only the ultra-wealthy can afford an interior designer; it's simply not true. Design services are attainable and are always worth considering.  With the market's growing appetite for design, it makes sense that affordable design services are finding their niche, and it makes sense for some people looking for bite-sized design guidance.  It is not only affordable, but also convenient and accessible.  Affordable design and decorating services are for those who may not need the level of service, precision, or problem-solving for more complex design challenges to furnish and freshen up a room.

    Bottom line: Anyone can hire a designer at any level of service.  It could just be a plan or a mini-consultation.  If you have a limited budget, don't cut yourself short.  Seek a little guidance from an experienced designer.

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    Service Level Illustrated: High-end Retail + Affordable Design Services //
    Interiors - Gorman's Home Furnishings :: Fashion - Saks Fifth Avenue

    Similar to a home furnishings store like Gorman's that carries multiple manufactuers, you can also receive affordable or sometimes "free" personal styling at a place like Saks for your wardrobe that is both better quality and more reflective of your personal style and character.  

    However, it is still a brick and mortar department store model.  Of course, you have more collections and lines to work with at Saks than you would at J.Crew, but you are still limited to the lines that department store carries.

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    Web-Based Design Services

    A subset of affordable design services are entirely digital.  Web-based design services like Havenly, Homepolish and Laurel & Wolf, match designers to a consumer's design aesthetic and budget.  There are generally no on-site consultations or installations.  They design and you implement.  Purchasing options vary and are somewhat limited.  Some only recommend items that consumers can purchase on their own.  Others pass on discounts on items that are available only to the trade and purchased through the design service.  These can be good entry-level services if you have a limited budget and the ability to manage implementation and installations yourself.  If you're just looking for a bit of vision and a kick-start, and you have some reasonable ability to do some of the legwork, there's not a lot to loose by trying it out.

    Havenly.com, from the portfolio of Havenly designer Amy Fasnacht

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    Service Level Illustrated: Web-based + Affordable Design Services //
    Interiors - Havenly :: Fashion - Stitch Fix

     
    Havenly is bit like a self-assembly design delivery service.  You set your criteria and paired with their data and resources, you get an affordable, somewhat personalized "box" of goods to sort through and put together.  Stitch Fix does some of the work, you do the rest.  You do lose proximity, human connection, and are limited to the brands they have established business with (ie: Trunk Club is a Nordstrom company).  There are no alterations.  It's entry-level custom styling with an average, lower price point.

    It's several notches down from getting fitted for a custom tailored suit.  There's a degree of disconnect, there's greater room for error. They provide recommendations, but you still manage setting parameters, sorting, fitting, selecting, assembling and shipping.

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    High-End Full-Service Interior Design

    This is our niche.  While there may be a time and a place for the design services we've mentioned, high-end full-service interior designers provide a whole different caliber of service.  We offer more personal connection, greater proximity, complete service from recommendations to installations, far wider access to lines and collections, professional expertise, higher quality and experience.

    "The trade is leading the world right now in terms of design, quality and craftsmanship." Eric Chang, Hellman-Chang luxury furniture maker

    The to-the-trade interior design service industry is unparalleled.  It isn't for everyone.  However, if you are looking for a high level of service, you do get what you pay for.

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    Service Level Illustrated: Personal Professional Design Services //
    Interiors - Luxury Full-Service Interior Designer :: Fashion - Independent Personal Stylist

     
    An independent personal stylist knows and understands you at a truer more personal level.  They have spoken with you, interacted with you in person, they know your kids names, they've walked your streets, they know when and where you're flying next.  There is a whole separate level of understanding that happens when people meet in the flesh, face to face.  You relate to one another contextually on a much deeper more personal level.  This gives a stylist a fuller and more nuanced picture of your lifestyle so they can offer you solutions that are best representative of your personal style.

    An independent stylist, not only understands you better, they are a free agent.  They can take you shopping at Saks and Bergdorf Goodman, Leighs, Shopbop and Anthropolgie.  They have a wider breadth of knowledge and access.  You can mix high and low, make custom alterations, and put money where it's important.

    A true personal stylist or designer manages all the details.  You don't measure yourself for a custom suit, or calculate the yardage required for a custom upholstered sofa.  We do that for you and we do it with much greater perspective, personal touch, and accuracy.  We establish a relationship with a couturier or work room, place orders, and coordinate delivery.  We help you get in the dress and we make sure the oversized lounge chair will fit through the door and up the stairs without damaging the walls or the furniture.  We deliver a highly tailored product, service and experience that represents and suits our clientele best.

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    Need some help getting your interior design project going? Hiring a professional like the interior designers at Jennifer Butler Interior Design is a great place to start. We can help bring definition to your ideas for your home, office, business, new construction, renovation or remodel.  This frees you to focus on your family, your work, your travel and recreation while our experts take care of the design and implementation.  Rest assured that our designers will create interiors that realize your vision for spaces that meet your luxury lifestyle and 21st century work style needs and visually reflect your unique design style.

    Sign up for more inspiration from our Designer Journal.  
    Schedule a 1-hr Introductory Consultation in our studio on us or
    Schedule a 2-hr In-Home Design Consultation at our hourly rate  
    Contact us to get started.