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  1. Hiring an interior designer: How does it work? All designers work differently. For us, first a phone conversation will help us evaluate your project, and if we may be of help. We then offer a no-charge initial design consultation. In this meeting Nathan will walk through your home or business with you, and speak with you about the specific needs of your interior design or construction project. No actual design is done in this meeting, just an evaluation of the project. You can review his portfolio, and learn more about specific projects in the portfolio. After this meeting, a design fee proposal will be sent over for your review.
  2. How do you charge? There are a few ways that we charge. Our design fee will typically have a combination of a fixed fee, and hourly estimates. Our hourly rate is $125/hr. In addition to the design fee, we offer options when it comes to purchasing product and furnishings. In most cases we offer a discount off of the retail price of product. You will save money by purchasing your product through Stiles Fischer.
  3. What will our project cost? It depends on the level in which you wish to take your project. If you have a specific design fee budget in mind, we are more than happy to prepare a proposal, stating what we can offer, keeping within your budget.
  4. How do we get started, and what is next? Before beginning work, we take a design fee retainer, that is applied to your general design fee. We then work with you on any fact finding (preferred design styles, requirements for each room, how you live and work in your home etc.) we photograph the residence, and measure if necessary. From there we prepare an initial design presentation, showing you our initial drawings, material selections, and concepts. From there we work with you on narrowing down the final selections, pricing, and implementing the design.
  5. What cities do you work in? Stiles Fischer Interior Design works throughout California. We are a Southern California interior designer, and work throughout the area focusing on Orange County. Our services include Los Angeles interior design projects, San Diego interior design, and also work on Inland Empire interior design projects.
  6. Where do you get your furniture? We purchase product from a variety of sources. The Design Centers in Los Angeles, and Orange County are a great resource to designers. We also use local stores, showrooms, and retail locations, as well as online and catalogue retailers. If our clients have sources that they prefer to work with, we are more than happy to do so. We also work with local custom upholstery and drapery workrooms as well.
  7. Do we need to use your contractor or architect? No. Stiles Fischer will work with your builder, or tradespeople. We are more than happy to refer you to those who can help as well. You will not pay us for construction related labor, that is between you and your contractor. We will act as a liaison between you and the builder.
  8. Do I have to make purchases through you? No. You are welcome to make any purchases on your own. Most clients do purchase through us, because of the discount we pass along.
  9. What is the difference between an interior designer and an interior decorator? Interior decorators typically focus on the decorative elements of a home, such as: paint color, furniture, décor, window treatments, bedding etc. Interior designers do this, and more. Designers typically have formal program training. An interior designer should have knowledge of interior architecture principals, drafting skills, general building code guidelines and more. Stiles Fischer Interior Design is qualified to handle both your decoration and design needs
  10. What experience do you have? Nathan Fischer holds a degree in interior design. He has also studied art and business. He has worked on close to 100 residential and commercial interior design projects throughout California and the western states. His experience ranges from working in San Francisco with one of Architectural Digest’s top 10 designers of the decade, to a small boutique firm in Laguna Beach. His personal project base ranges from corporate interiors, to one room decorating projects. He was named by Orange Coast magazine, as one of the 10 most stylish people to watch, and recently was a featured designer and show winner on HGTV’s “Showhouse Showdown”.
  11. How long will our project take? Again, this will vary per project. A typical kitchen remodel may take approximately 3 months to design and build. A living room remodel may take a month to design, and 2 months to receive and install all product and furniture. If you are remodeling your bathroom, the process may take only a month from start to finish. A custom home design from start to finish may take 3 months to layout, and plan the details.
  12. Can I see samples of your work? The portfolio page on this site has a good sampling of our home design work. Feel free to contact us to see more images of other specific projects that may be closely related to yours.
  13. What is your style? We don’t have a “style” that we stick to. Our clients preferences, the architecture of the home and it’s natural surroundings, and budget will dictate the interior’s style direction. Fischer avoids overdone styles, and finds ways to bring out his clients personality in a fresh way in each space.