the process


WORKING WITH A DESIGNER

THE PROCESS - HOW IT WORKS

Before Your Appointment

Clear communication between you and your designer is key to you building your dream home. Pictures do say a thousand words and are extremely helpful in your initial communication with your designer. Before you meet, take some time and search through images of rooms online or in home magazines. When you see a room with the ambiance you like, make a copy.

It is more important that a designer know the ambiance you wish to achieve rather than the exact elements that make up a room. Once they know how you want the room to feel, they will be able to guide you to pieces that can attain the desired ambiance but still work within the confines of your lifetyle, your actual functional needs, as well as your budget.

Finally, for your first meeting, try to bring with you as many of your existing elements as possible. Take pictures of special pieces you already own and basic measurements of the full width and length of your room. If possible, bring any fabric and flooring samples you might have.

the process

 

1. In-Store First Appointment

When meeting with your designer for the first time, you will be asked many probing questions to better help the designer understand not only your style choices, but how you actually live in your home. For a formal living area they might ask you how many people do you usually entertain at one time? How often do you entertain? Who do you entertain-- family, friends, colleagues, clients, or a combination of all? Do you cook or do you have catering? All these questions help the designer to focus in on the needed traffic flow of your home, the amount of seating actually required, the different weaves of fabrics that would be best suited for your room’s actual use, as well as other seemingly minor details that can make a huge difference in you loving the final project. Typically, either as you arrive or before you leave, your designer will take you on a tour of the showroom and design center to get a read on your reactions to the hundreds of options that are available, so that when they come to your home, they can truly focus on what your needs are while they take measurements.

 

2. On-site Appointment

After meeting with your designer, they will schedule a time to come to your home to take the necessary measurements to develop a plan for your home. They will study your lighting situation, flooring, items you have already acquired as well as items of great sentimental importance, and your home environment dynamics. Upon return to the office, your designer will create for you floor plans and will pull together fabric and furnishing selections. This process can take several business days to two weeks. In the interim, your designer may contact to get some clarifications or other necessary inputs from you.

 

the process

 

3. In-store Presentation

Once all the pieces of your project are found, your designer will schedule a time for you to return to the store for a presentation of their proposed plan for your home. At this time they will go over the floor plans, textile and color selections as well as furnishing recommendations. Your designer will discuss with you why they selected certain elements, recommended certain furnishings as well as why they feel the floor plan is the best for your home. During this meeting, your final project will take form. Your input is extremely important during this meeting. All of your concerns, questions, likes and doubts need to be expressed at this point so that your designer can work with you to adjust the plan. With every refinement made, you are in control. This is when the designer's recommendations truly become uniquely yours. Most of the time, these adjustments can be completely worked out during the meeting, however, it is not uncommon for a designer to take a few days to work out the finer details of some of the changes made during the meeting. In this case a second presentation might be required. After all selections are made, you may wish to take home your fabric selections to double check that you are satisfied with how they look in your home. If you have questions, concerns or doubts at that time, your designer may wish to visit the home again to observe how the colors are interacting with your home's lighting, reflections from your windows, or other non predicted influences that are distorting the color.

 

4. Purchasing and Delivery

Once your plan comes together and is finalized, the designer will place your order with our company. Depending on the different venders from which your selections come, with an average of 4 months, it can take anywhere from 2 - 9 months for your order to arrive completed at our warehouse. Once we have inspected your items, Sheffield will contact you to schedule your delivery. If at all possible, your designer will want to be present at the time of delivery to help with the exact furniture placement. If time permits the day of delivery, your designer might also bring options for accessories so your room will feel complete. If time doesn’t permit, you can schedule another day to do the accessorizing needed to complete your room.

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Welcome to Sheffield Furniture & Interiors "One of the Largest Stickley Furniture Dealers in the World".

Sheffield offers so much more than the average furniture store. Yes, we carry the top name brand furniture lines such as Stickley, Henredon, Baker Furniture, and Hickory Chair. We even carry world famous designer collections from Christopher Guy, Suzanne Kasler, Mariette Himes Gomez, Thomas Pheasant, Alexa Hampton, Thomas O'Brien, Ralph Lauren, and Barbara Barry. Yes, we are one of the largest dealer of Stickley fine furniture and hand made Oriental rugs in the world, and yes, we have been named the "Most Beautiful Showroom" in the Tri-State area. But, none of the above is what makes Sheffield different... We are different because of our excellent service and our diverse teams of professional interior designers and interior design consultants. 

For more than 60 years, Sheffield has been offering excellent service and products to our clients from homes on Philadelphia's Main Line to the Jersey & Delaware Shores, from the peaks of the Rockies to the sands of the Turks in Caicos, even to as far as Europe and South Africa. We have also opened two new furniture stores in the DC metro area. You can now shop Sheffield Furniture in Rockville, MD, and Sheffield Furniture in Dulles, VA.

Our talented interior design teams that have enabled us to uphold our long standing reputation as "The Best of the Main Line". Our design team's main objective and purpose is to assist all of our clients in attaining their "Dream Home". We recognize that each individual has a different dream of the perfect home. That is why each Sheffield interior designer is trained to work very closely with a client. They will spend time discovering their needs, wants, and dreams. It is only with this information that they can best guide a client in making selections that will be the very best choice for their particular desires.

Our interior designers also assist our clients with custom window treatments, custom bed linens, wood blinds, wallpaper and paint selections, as well as, carpeting and Oriental rug selections. They will even go to the home and place lighting and accessories after the furniture has been delivered. To learn more about the benefits of our interior designers, please visit our Design Studio.

We welcome you to explore our site... It offers you a glimpse of who we are and what we can offer you. You may wish to take a showroom tour of our flagship store in Malvern while you are here... But, we encourage you to experience Sheffield Furniture & Interiors for yourself. It is only by a personal visit that you can fully appreciate the vast selections of furniture and home accessories we offer. A personal visit will also give you a chance to see one of our design teams in action. If you prefer to set up a private appointment, please contact one of our showroom managers.

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