Home Design + Styling

Home Design + Styling

Interior Styling.

It's one of my favourite things to do. And there are so many ways to do it ... from a start-from-scratch decorating all the way up from an empty room to a finished space  ... to a putting-just-the-finishing-touches-on for a party or special event. But within that broad range ... the most common work I that do in clients' homes is called restaging. And since it's the most common, I'll use it as the example to give you a sense of what it might be like to have me visit: 

Here's how it works:

We'll sit at a table with good coffee and a notebook between us.  

We'll talk about the room, what it's used for, what you WANT it to be useful for, what you like about it and what you want to change. We'll choose objects you love to be the focal points for vignettes. We'll determine areas of visual focus and spaces needed for practical function.  

And then ... we'll pull almost everything out of the room, except for the furniture. {This doesn't take as long as you'd think, especially after I'm inspired by the second cup of coffee.}

You'll get to sit and oversee the process as I experiment with new arrangements of the furniture to find what looks the most beautiful and makes the most sense to you. Sometimes we'll pull in pieces from other rooms that will help THIS room come together, offer more reasons to linger or have more character. 

Once we have the angles and the placement of the furniture just right ... we'll use the objects you love the most to create layered vignettes in places where your eye would naturally rest or be drawn to as you enter or occupy the room. 

Sometimes we put EVERYTHING back in (because everything needs to or should go back in) but we'll do so with refreshing arrangments that will offer new life and appeal to the space. Sometimes we'll find creative ways to organize or hide the objects of life that are necessary, but not visually appealing. (All those DVDs just need a home in a great old basket to make them sweetly disappear!)  Or ... we can use the opportunity to be mindful that less is often more when it comes to making a serene and inviting environment. Room re-dos are a perfect chance to let go of everything you DON'T love or really need. 

And then we'll sit, look, talk ... and make any changes or improvements that call out to us. Sometimes the best things happen in these last moments before we say "YES! That's IT." 

Believe it or not ... all of this can (generally) happen within the space of two or three hours if we're just doing a room refresh. 

All of it can also often happen without you having to buy anything NEW. (It's actually more likely that you may need to let go of a few things rather than have to buy or find more things to add in.) 

My philosophy of interior spaces is most easily expressed by a few simple words from William Morris: 

"Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or find to be beautiful." 

I am guided by a deep regard for simplicity, character in objects and personal expression of identity through the spaces we choose to create for ourselves. How that unfolds for your personal style will be completely unique to you. My role is to facilitate that unfolding until the space that surrounds you makes your heart sing. That space will be created from your tastes, YOUR colour palette (obviously mine is very neutral, but I am not limited to that), your interests and your favourite things. 

So that's how it works. It's always a very fun and inspiring process! 

If you're interested in having me visit for a room re-do ... or you need to start from scratch in a new space ... please fill out the questionnaire below so that I can get to know a little bit about you beforehand.  

Because I am a "stylist" who has come into doing this purely out of a love for it - rather than through the education and training acquired by a degreed interior decorator or designer - my fees are appropriately less than what is customary for members of those professions. (My degree is in counseling psychology.) :-) 

Questionnaire and Pre-visit Phone Consultation ~ Free

Hourly Rate ~ $110. with a two hour minimum. (Third hour free if we need it to complete the room.) 

Additional Visits Thereafter ~ 75. per hour. 

A free hour of styling is offered to any client who refers me to a NEW client. (Yeay and thank you!!) 

{If you are more than an hour away from me, there may be a fuel charge added unless I can incorporate my visit to your home with other work adventures nearby ... such as hunting for lovely old goods for my shop. You're always welcome to join me on such excursions as a fun part of getting inspired for the work we'll be doing in your rooms.}

Please contact me by phone, email or Facebook message if you have any questions at all!

hillary o'carroll | 717.327.7285 | isabellasparrow@yahoo.com | www.facebook.com/isabellasparrow

Client Questionnaire 

{please cut and paste this questionannaire into an email or Facebook message}

Name ~ 

Where you live ~ 

Which room of your home are you wanting to refresh? 

How do you use the room ... or want to use the room? 

How do you want the room to FEEL? 

If you had to define your style ... it could be called ~ 

Has your style changed significantly in the past three years? 

A few of your favourite objects, furniture pieces or most treasured finds ~ 

Favourite colour palette ~ 

Favourite home decor store or source for home accessories ~ 

Please place the following priorities in order of importance.

Leave out any that don't apply to you at all: 

Creating something new and fresh out of a space that has become stale | Organizing | Removing clutter | Making better display of objects you love | Finding more function for a room that isn't currently useful | Changing from an old style to a more updated one ... or to one that is more "you".


{Please know that if you'd feel more comfortable talking about these questions over the phone rather than anwering them in writing ... that's perfectly fine. I'm interested in working with you in the ways that feel most natural and enjoyable to you.}