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   Vicki Flores at  Studio Designs for Life is a Certified Living
 In Pace Professional creating stylish, saf
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#experie4# 30 years experiecnce in interior desogm
 homes in the Wicta Ks area

interiors designed for  life... today and tomorrow

Vicki Flores at Studio Designs for Life

Vicki Flores, Experienced ASID Interior Designer Wichita KS)

At Studio Designs, you--our client-- are our #1 priority. We design your space for  your unique personality, but we could not be doing our complete job if we did not plan on your future needs as well. Change is life's only certainty. Sometimes it is unexpected. Sometimes it is inevitable. We suggest solutions to be prepared for those changes in our design plan.

What can a professional interior designer bring to my project that I can not?

At Studio Designs our time and work skills are devoted to making your custom residential design project a success. Our objective is to make the design and renovation process as stress-free on you and your family as possible so that you can go on with your busy lives. We work in Wichita and all areas of South Central Kansas and would love to be a part of your project.

  • We have the vision to turn your ideas and needs into a reality.
  • We have the skills to design and manage the work, timeline and your budget.
  • We have reliable and dependable resources and contacts to complete the work.
  • We oversee delivery and quality aspects and take care of any glitches in a timely manner.
  • We know how colors and patterns work in a space and are able to determine the right scale, proportions and quality of furnishings and finishing materials that are right for your particular project.

How does the process work?

  • It  all starts with a phone call or email from you. We openly discuss  your project, your family, your needs and wants. If you like what we have to say and it seems like the right fit for both of us, we will schedule a time to visit your home when all of the decision makers will be present. At that time we will gather information, take photos and basic measurements for the project. We will talk timelines and address any questions that you may have, and hopefully determine a tentative budget.
  • We require a concept fee at that time (see fees and services) and we will go back to the studio and begin work on your project concepts.

  • At our second meeting we will present color and design concepts for your space. There will be drawings, fabric suggestions, surface options, floor plans and other finishing elements. A working budget must be established at this time and a contract stating the responsibilities of both parties will be provided and signed.
  • After budget approval, a retainer of 70% of the working budget must be available to  the design company to proceed with ordering and contract work.

Why do the designers need to know my budget?

Budget: The Elephant in the Room

When considering engaging a professional to assist you in designing or decorating a space, a little pre-planning will go a long way toward making you more comfortable with your decision. Typically, the budget is foremost in everyone's mind, but it is the hardest thing to talk about openly.  Set a realistic amount that you are prepared to invest in the project and share it with your designer early in the process. We can't read your mind and we don't know what level of products to propose if we don't know your price range.  Designers help you spend your money wisely and  can actually save you money since their knowledge and experience can prevent you from making expensive mistakes.

I do know that it is impossible to set a budget when you don't know how much things cost. If you have never done any decorating, how would you know? Catch 22, right?

I am attaching a link to a list of cost estimates that I give my clients. The costs range from low to high,  from the basic "no bells and whistles" furnishings and finishes to the unlimited possibilities of a space designed just for you. Most of my clients are somewhere in the middle.

Don't let you budget be the elephant in the room. Be open with your interior designer.

Studio Designs

Budget Tool 1-16

Use this as an aid to estimate a budget for your project. When you have an investment total in mind, we can help you get the most beautiful room possible for your money.

Typical items need in a design project: 

 Typical Cost: 1) Basic  2) Mid-level  3) Premium

Paint (walls & ceiling, 12’ x 14’ x 9’):   $1200 special finish @ $2000.00

Window Treatments (per lineal foot, per layer): $150  $250.  $300. ++ 

Shades / Blinds (per foot):   $150  $250.  $ 300. +

Custom Furniture (Upholstered):

Chair: $1200  $1700   $3000+

Sofa / Love seat:   $2500  $3500  $5000+

Bed Covering (Custom Set Q):    $2000  $3000    $3500+

Re-upholster Chair:    $1000      $2000       $2500                    

Sofa:  $3000  $4000  $4500+

Wallpaper for avg. Bedroom or Dining Room

16 s/r Installed room price (12’ x 14’ x 9’):  $980   $1500  $2000 +

(+ prep work @ $25.00 per hour)

Accessories: art, lamps and decorative items

Small room: $1000 $2000 ++++

Area Rugs: $500. $2000. ++++

Design Fee: $125.00 per hour $500 $1200 $2500. +++

Tile backsplash-per square foot: $ 20  $40. ++++

Tile floor- per square foot: $18  $35. ++++++

Wood floor- per square foot: $20  $40

Granite-per square foot: $52 group I plus cutouts +++

Quartz-per square foot: $68 plus cutouts

Carpet -per square foot with pad: $ 8   $12 ++++++++