Services

What We Do.

We believe in the value of time.

The interior design business is all about time, and the truth is that designers are actually extremely time-efficient because our experience gives us an advantage in knowing where to look, and our design eye is quick and astute. We know how to compose a beautiful space in half the time it would take a client while preventing costly mistakes. At House Whole, we take this a step further by focusing solely on the “design core” – space planning, furniture sourcing, wall/window/floor treatments, finishings and fixtures for kitchens and baths, and working with architects and contractors on integral design elements. The key to our value is the time and money we save by concentrating on those crucial parts of the interior design process where clients need the most help, and eliminating the extras.

We believe that creativity is key.

House Whole is deliberately different. We aren’t a traditional, full-service design firm and we don’t do custom furnishings. Instead, we shop primarily at retail, antique and online stores that we know and whose quality we trust. We create a personal, unique, and eclectic space by knowing how to cherry-pick from a wide variety of resources using our creative instinct and keen eye, not by relying on custom components. And since our income doesn’t come from markups on custom furniture, we have no incentive to get rid of your existing furnishings and can instead see them as unique pieces in your personal design puzzle. We also treat art and accessories as an option. We believe that these should be personal treasures that reflect your personality and life experiences, and for those who really want a finished room, décor staging can be purchased as an add-on service.

We believe in the right fit.

Since we do operate a bit differently from other designers, it’s important to understand what we do, and what we don’t do. Have a look to see if we’re the right fit for you.

 

We are the right fit if:

  • You don’t really want or need custom furnishings.
  • You are comfortable buying at retail and want to see and sit-test furniture before buying.
  • You need help selecting finishings and fixtures for kitchen and bathroom renovations.
  • You are decisive and are ready to pull the trigger on purchases.
  • You are fine with handling details like ordering, deliveries, repairs and returns.
  • You have a pretty good idea of your aesthetic but have a hard time pulling it all together.
  • You need help with space planning and knowing where to put things in a room.
  • You don’t have time to do the sourcing but are happy to choose from items that have been selected for you.
  • You are comfortable with choosing your own art + accessories or you would be willing to purchase décor staging as an add-on service.
  • You really want the benefit of a designer’s eye and are eager for their creative input.
  • You have a budget for furniture and are ready to make a “design investment.”
  • You want more control and transparency around the purchasing process.
  • You want your project done quickly.

 

We’re not the right fit if:

  • You really want a full-service designer who does everything for you.
  • You have your heart set on the one-of-a-kind, or really need custom furnishings.
  • You don’t have a good idea of your aesthetic or have difficulty making decisions.
  • You don’t have the time, or desire, to handle ordering, deliveries and other follow-up appointments.
  • You have a very particular style and a random list of items, and you just need a personal furniture shopper.