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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3 Don't-Miss Trends from the Atlanta Market

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Here we are reporting live from the AmericasMart Market in Atlanta after three days of inspiration galore, meeting the best of the best designers and reps — and stocking up on the most beautiful decor for our House of Nomad SHOP! Stay tuned for when all the market decor hits the shop!

The inspiration at AmericasMart Market is endless, room after room of things we saw and wanted to bring back — but here are the three trends we settled on as our favorite.

1. Cane Is Back

No longer just a style of the past, cane-style chairs, accesories and even tables are showstoppers in many of the design showrooms.

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2. Less Glam: More Natural

From rattan and glass beads to hand-woven textiles and baskets to leather chandeliers, all things NATURAL was everywhere in Atlanta. We’re huge fans of this organic look!

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3. Black and White is Here to Stay!

And we aren’t one bit upset about that!

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The Best Rooms of 2018!

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Happy New Year!!! Here's a glimpse into some of the rooms House of Nomad designed and are really proud of: Our Best of 2019! It was the year of blue, teal, layered and textured spaces -- and we're on to amazing new palettes and moods for 2019, including laquered cabinets and modern house renovations. We can't wait!

1. Davidson: Girl’s Bedroom

2: Davidson: Living Room

For more, check out the My Domaine tour of this home!

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3. Dilworth: Dining Room

Check out the Rue Mag feature on this space!

4: NoDA: Master Bedroom (Kelley’s Home!)

To see more, check out the Domino Mag feature on Kells’ home!

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House of Nomad's Top Dining Rooms

1. Dilworth: Transitional Modern

This summer, Kell and Berk designed this historic home in Dilworth, which included this gorgeous dining space. The front living and dining rooms flow with an open floor plan and had been left empty for some time, as the couple wasn’t sure what style to go with. The trick was not to just craft beautiful adjoining rooms — but for the duo to articulate their unique design styles, and then discover how their designs could be combined. She found that she was drawn to cool tones and transitional style, while he loved mid-century modern with a California vibe. This dining space is a beautiful combo of them both, the dining wallpaper pulling in her style and the wishbone dining chairs speaking to him.

2. Davidson: Effortlessly Modern

A stylish, young family hired House of Nomad this spring, asking for fresh designs for their new home in Davidson — to create distinct living and dining spaces downstairs in their completely open floor plan. The duo hoped to create a home that reflected their vibe, designs that incorporated some trends but with a timeless look. This cement dining table with a metal base did just that, and we incorporated the West Elm chairs they already had into our design. Originally, the duo hoped for a larger table for family gatherings but due to the floorplan, jumped for a medium-sized round table with nearby bar stools creating additional seating — and keeping it cozy for nights it’s just their family of three.

3. NoDA: Global Inspired

Kelley’s very own dining space is one of Kell & Berk’s favorites they’ve designed for this reason: it’s so personal. Her entire home has an inspired, global feel and with an open floor plan, the vibe of the dining and living areas play off each other. All of her art is collected, including the handmade textiles framed from Sayulita hung in the dining space, bar cart items from Thailand and nearby cookbooks from China. Her modern table and mixed-metal light fixture create just the right, neutral vibe for the eclectic feel of her home. For more, head to Domino Mag’s feature on Kell’s home.

4. Myers Park: Moody Glam

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This dramatic Myers Park dining space carried themes of blue from the overall design of the home. Berk and Kell wanted the room to have a sophisticated but cozy vibe and painting the ceiling gave it a cohesive feel. The most fun aspect of this room is the incorporation of the velvet settee, a creative way to seat more people.