HON's Full Service Design Process

At House of Nomad we believe in making the design process approachable with results that are authentic to our client’s personalities and lifestyle — and most of all, we keep design fun. Here’s a glimpse behind the scenes into House of Nomad’s full service design process. As an example, we’re pulling from a Dilworth cottage that we designed last summer. The clients asked for a refresh for their entryway, front living space and adjoining dining room. We hope this start to finish guide is a fun glimpse into this process and what it looks like for us and our clients!

STEP 1: Initial consultation

Once a client makes the initial contact, we set aside 1.5 to 2 hours to meet in person, talk about goals and get to understand their style. We see the space, take full measurements and photos and discuss their budget. Here’s shots of the Dilworth space the first time we walked through our client’s doors.

STEP 2: Design Time

Back in the studio after the consultation, we pull everything into a proposal to kickoff our design time. Our design time includes pulling together a design tray with swatches of paint, samples of fabric and finishes that we bring to the clients. Here you see leather and wood finishes for our Dilworth cottage project — sofa/chair choices, a wallpaper swatch, a rug sample and a textile option. Depending on number of rooms and project size, our team also creates a paint plan, 3-D renderings and space plans. This process typically takes 2 to 3 weeks.

STEP 3: Presentation

All of our full-service design presentations are done in person, where we review space plans and 3D renderings of our mutual vision of the space. Here’s the space plan and mood board from the Dilworth cottage project, which we reviewed with the clients along with their full presentation of paint, furniture, rug and decor options.

While this Dilworth project didn’t require 3D renderings, here’s an example of what that looks like for a recent Plaza Midwood client!

STEP 4: Project Managment

After the client approves the items on the presentation, HON sends over an invoice. Once paid, all orders are placed by our project manager who tracks them on a weekly basis giving clients updates on the status of each item. Once we nail down anticipated delivery dates, we gear up for our favorite day: INSTALL day!

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STEP 5: Delivery & Install Day

Install day is the climax of every detail and vision and conversation, where the client’s vision and all our details come to life! House of Nomad installs are typically done in one day, but at times (due to project size and item availability) are completed in two separate installs. We show up with our delivery team first thing in the morning and our installer gets to work doing everything from hanging drapery and light fixtures to assembling furniture and hanging chairs. Our delivery team places each rug and piece of furniture — and we come with our clipboard and install bag ready to go, prepped for all the details!

Here’s some favorites from the install day at the Dilworth cottage!

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6. Styling

Per request from our clients, we love to finish a project with styling. For styling, we pull from our inventory of items sourced all over the world and hand-select finishing touches for your space. We set aside an hour to two of design time to come in person and complete the space with potted plants and decor.

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7. Photoshoot

For an average project, from the time we begin a consultation to a completed space the time frame is 8-12 weeks — depending on the goals (painting/etc.). The last step for some projects is a photo shoot of the final spaces. And we were so excited that this Dilworth project was picked up by Rue Magazine! Follow the link for more images from this beautiful home. All final photos by Laura Sumrak.

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Power Couples!

This week we are taking a look at our favorite "power couples!" We love a dynamic duo and that applies to furniture as well. Nesting tables- sets of table lamps- interesting bookends- a set of boxes...you get the idea! The power of two in a room is clear- it helps to add balance and harmony into your space. We are not saying that everything has to be "matchy matchy"- but if your side tables are not the same think about doing a pair of table lamps that match! This will help keep the space feeling less busy and tie everything together. 

We have gathered our favorite duos below! Click on the image to find out where to purchase and be sure to let us know your favorites!


Keep it Classic with Black & White

The classic black and white combo brings instant style and sophistication to any space! We love adding touches of this with pillows, ottomans, and most recent anything with a black and white bone inlay!! Sneak peak into a recent purchase of mine- CB2's Taylor Bone Inlay table  (this time I get to be the client) for my Master bedroom!

Moving on to some full on rooms with this stunning combo-- we have found living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, dining rooms and even outdoor patios! We selected our personal favorites that all get the HON approval. The best thing about this combo is that you can use almost any color for a pop of something bright and unexpected: pink- coral- indigo-gold-mustard-green (especially emerald) This can help warm up the space and add a little variety to the overall look!

If you would like to incorporate just a few items see our picks for black and white furniture, artwork, decor and pillows!


HON's Picks: POTS POTS POTS

Nothing makes a room feel more cozy and welcoming than a beautiful plant in a even more beautiful pot! We are so excited about  these stunning pots and vases that will help add some texture and personality to any space. Some are so beautiful that they can easily stand alone on a shelf, others look fabulous when you group them (on the floor or on a table). Another great look is to add a little potted plant onto a small stool or chair to add some height!

If you have several shelves you are working with go ahead and get 3-4 from the same family in a range of sizes that can be placed on the different shelves (one can have a plant in it (a real one please), one is a stand alone and one is a bookend) This helps pull the whole look together and doesn’t feel as random! 

HON loves to know what you think... so share your personal favorites in the comments!


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