About Us Terri Carr is a licensed Interior Designer and a member of ASID, the American Society of Interior Designers. She has over 25 years of experience as a designer. She has a special interest in the psychology of color and how it impacts our lives. She uses this knowledge and her experience in every project.
Our team includes Co-Owner and Window Treatment Installer, Howard Carr. The Studio Coordinator is Mary Edwards. We work closely with Tim Carr, of Carr Custom Remodeling, for interior painting and installation of wallpaper and tile. We have two talented seamstresses and regularly work with a well-known upholsterer. In addition, we have an extensive roster of sources, artisans, craftspeople and tradesmen. These wonderful people and companies help to realize our designs.
About Our Work Much of Terri's work can be described as "comfortable elegance." She likes rooms to look as though they have evolved, not as though someone just went to a store and bought everything at once. An evolved room is more interesting and easier to live with, because it doesn't demand perfection. Terri tries to use a mix of styles in a room, often resulting in a transitional or eclectic look. As one client said, "My home looks exactly the way I would have done it, if I'd only known how."
Terri's experience has shown that clients often save money by using her services because they don't spend on something that isn't going to look right or work in the space. Terri believes that having a plan for your decor gives you the freedom to do a project in phases, knowing that it will all work together beautifully in the end.
Our custom window treatments are known throughout the area for their high quality workmanship, beautiful fabrics and trims and unique styles. We've done many "specialty" window shapes, such as arches and triangles. We have wonderful custom shutters and are one of the only local sources for Conrad Shades, which are beautiful handwoven shades in natural materials such as raffia and bamboo.
If you'd like to read what some of our clients have said about working with us, please take a look at our "Testimonials" page.
How We Work The transformation of your home from what it is now to what it can be begins with a personal visit with Terri. If you would like, she encourages you to meet with her in the studio. You can begin to get to know each other, look at past projects we've done and discuss your project. There is no charge for the initial visit in her studio.
The meeting at your house begins the process. You and Terri will discuss your project in detail. Terri will begin to learn your taste, your likes and dislikes, your lifestyle. If you are interested only in consultation, Terri will give you ideas and suggestions. She can choose paint colors and even rearrange your furniture and accessories. You will be surprised how great your home looks--even without purchasing anything new! This consultation and/or rearranging will be on an hourly basis. Terri charges $95.00 an hour.
If you have a larger project, Terri will most likely ask for a retainer to cover her design time as she puts together a presentation that could include fabric and furniture selection, drapery styles, flooring, lighting, accessories--whatever the project requires.
You can use her selections as a road map for future plans and simply pay her for her time. Or, if you are ready to proceed with any part of the project, you can purchase most items through our studio. Once you have begun to purchase through us, we no longer charge for design time.
Project Management We can be as involved in your project as you'd like us to be. We can manage the whole thing, arranging for workmen and craftspeople, ordering the supplies and fielding questions that come up along the way. Many clients find this service extremely helpful because it transfers much of the responsibility and potential stress to us. For this, we simply charge 10% of the project total. If you would prefer to be your own project manager, or if you enjoy doing much of the work yourself, we can certainly accommodate that. We will be your partner to bring about the beautiful end result we all desire.
Links Following are links to showrooms and suppliers we work with and associations to which Terri belongs. Please feel free to browse and then contact us if you see anything that interests you.