08 April, 2020

Designing Remotely with LiLu Interiors

What's it like Designing Remotely

If you have been on social media in the past couple of weeks or in touch with any business (most businesses) you may have noticed that they are all trying to find their way with how they can stay connected with clients and the general public.  We at LiLu Interiors have been brushing up on all our skills but have been thankful that we have had experience when it comes to conducting interior design projects with many people from either a few hundred miles away to thousands.
Many of our clients have second homes or have contacted us while in the process of a move to Minnesota or many live in another state altogether.  We have figured out some of the best ways to implement design while keeping projects on track and end with the result of clients loving their home and having them be true reflection of them and how they intend to live.
We love collaborating with our clients, architects, builders and other designers.  The process doesn't have to be any different or have shortcuts taken just because we can't meet face to face physically.
Here are some ways we have been able to put our best foot forward with remote interior design:

  • have a schedule laid out: this helps so we know when to put packages of materials in the mail so on meeting day you can open them up while we are discussing them
  • effective communication whether in writing or over the phone; clear and concise works every time
  • visually effective documents and plans that communicate our design intent
  • virtual site meetings each week to help all stay on track and catch any mishaps
  • using meeting agendas and meeting notes just as we would in any other meeting

Designing Remotely does not mean we take any shortcuts.  In this blog, we have showcased our process for working with some clients who were relocating to a new city in an urban condo and leaving their single family home here in Minnesota.
Follow along to see the process
Designing Remotely with LiLu Interiors

Our client's beautiful living room designed through Remote Interior Design

Designing Remotely with LiLu Interiors

Our intake process of existing furniture, art, pillows and accessories

Designing Remotely with LiLu Interiors

Communication with the property manager to verify dimensions.  Many people are willing to help to ensure our design comes out perfect!

Designing Remotely with LiLu Interiors

Whether designing remotely or in person, we never short on floor plan options.

Designing Remotely with LiLu Interiors

Materials and finishes are packed up for you to unveil during our design meeting.  We are diligent in our labeling and notes to make sure there is no miss communication

Designing Remotely with LiLu Interiors

We do our best to effectively communication both with words but also visually.  Here we showed how new fabrics will mix in with existing and pairing different furniture that the client's own will look beautiful together.

Designing Remotely with LiLu Interiors

If your project needs this we will create move in day keys.  Our clients used this to help the packers pack up and move their home with proper labels and used it to help them move in, place furniture, hang art and place pillows.  It went off without a hitch.

Designing Remotely with LiLu Interiors

The final result.  We love when clients share photos with us!

We showed this project in a couple peek at a projects.  Be sure to check them out here:
Designing Remotely with LiLu Interiors

Comments on Designing Remotely with LiLu Interiors
  1. Leslie Carothers says:

    What a wonderful visual representation of how your remote design process works, Lisa!

    1. LiLu Design Team says:

      Thanks Leslie, I appreciate the feedback.

  2. Janet Lorusso says:

    Such an outstanding explanation of your process for remote projects! Clear communication is key – and what a beautiful result you achieved!

    1. LiLu Design Team says:

      Thanks! We love working with our clients, no matter where they are. It’s ideal when they have a helpful property manager too!

  3. Julie says:

    Excellent presentation of your professional communication skills for working remotely. Well done!

    1. LiLu Design Team says:

      We are happy to be able to provide the design and service our clients need. The key is to meet them where they are.

  4. Mary Ann Benoit says:

    Great graphics and summary of how your process works so clients can clearly see the possibilities!

  5. Chári Herndon says:

    I love this so much! How amazing to see the presentation of your design process. Great work and awesome way to offer your clients assistance during this time!

  6. Jeanne Chung says:

    I really enjoyed reading about your process when working remotely with clients. Great presentation!

  7. Sheri Bruneau says:

    This is such a thorough breakdown of how you are working remotely with clients. This just goes to show that you also don’t need to be in the same location to have beautiful work carried out in a home. You have clearly outlined all of the detailed work you carry out. So awesome to see!

  8. Amy Wax says:

    Beautifully laid out, your presentation is always the best!

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