I completely understand hesitating when hiring someone to help you decorate. I’ve hired designers myself and I know that adds to the budget bottom line. I’ve appreciated their suggestions and advice and I know without a doubt that I saved money. Yes, sometimes you have to spend money to save money. That said, I will be upfront with you from the beginning about my fees. I’ll treat you the way I want to be treated. 

Types of Services I currently offer:

the decor detective

This option works best for the local client who already loves decorating but wants an objective point of view. We can tour your home and I'll happily chat away offering you tips and suggestions to help freshen up or polish your home. Chit-chat design is billed at a rate of $100 per hour and does not include any written notes or reports or specific product selections. If you want ideas but are willing to put in the work {including note taking during our visit} then a "chit chat" design visit is perfect for you. 

the decor detective

This option works best for clients outside of Houston or if you simply want a vision for your room...either way you put in the sweat equity to implement the design plan so that as much of your budget goes towards the actual decoration of your space. Pen Pal Designs are billed at a flat rate and start at $375 {depending on the size of your room}. 

Pen Pal Design includes:

  • design questionnaire + initial consultation via phone or email
  • Floor plan {if needed}
  • Vision design board {with up to one revision}
  • Shopping source list for all items on design board

the decor detective

"Best Friend Design" {BFD} - A mix of the two services above, the BFD is for the local client who needs a little more guidance or as my client Laura calls it - a little hand-holding through the decision making process.

How it works: Before our initial consultation {which typically lasts about an hour} I'll send you a client questionnaire to complete. This gives me a better idea of what you're looking for and will save you time and money.  We set up an appointment for our initial consultation which will be billed at an hourly rate of $125 {due at the meeting}. We will tour your house and review your project list, preferences, budget, and time lines. After our visit, I’ll send you a summary of your project with the additional estimated hours your project will take to design and source. For instance, depending on the size of your project it may take another 3-5 hours of my time to source items for a design board. Please note that if you decide we're on the same page and want to proceed then I'll give you a credit of one hour towards the planning of the design board. 

After the main design board is complete, at my hourly rate, I'll help you work with what you already have and love in your home plus the suggested items from the design board to determine what accessories {if any} you might need to complete the look you want. We can come up with a list for you to buy over time or you can order everything at once, whatever works best for your budget. We can also shop together locally. That's what sets the best friend design apart from the chit-chat and pen's for the person who needs in person help pulling the plan together. 

the decor detective

For the client who is searching for a specific item to finish their room, whether it's to get the best price available for an item or perhaps a more affordable version of an design item {I call it "the look for less"} I can help find the perfect "pièce de résistance" for you.  Send me an email about the product{s} you're searching for and I can give you a detailed price.


Please know that when I source a product, in most cases, you will pay the merchant directly. This will make any returns easier. I will share with you any discount codes I know of {if available} for online purchases. My goal is to help you find the best price possible...hence my nickname The Decor Detective.  

For local clients I am happy to introduce you to subcontractors I’ve worked with before and trust in my own home. If I refer a contractor to you for service I will not charge a mark-up or fee of any kind. You will enter into a contract directly with the contractor and will pay the contractor directly.

Need some help? Let's chat! Send me an email: thedecordetective {at} gmail {dot} com

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