Inside an Initial Consultation: Part 1

Lindsey Putzier Design Studio Hudson Ohio

Ever wondered what gets discussed during an initial consultation?

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what we discussed and accomplished during one clients’ initial consultation! It’s a lot, so I’m breaking it up into multiple posts. Enjoy!

Family Room Layout Quandary

My clients were really struggling with finding a good layout for furniture in this open concept space with the odd angled fireplace, so I sketched up this rough (not to scale) layout during the consultation.

Hand Sketched Family Room Floor Plan Lindsey Putzier Design Studio Hudson Ohio

This drawing became the to-scale furniture layout below (actual scale of all final pieces).

Digital Drawing of Family Room Space Plan Lindsey Putzier Design Studio Hudson Ohio

Kitchen Backsplash Woes

Pink beige travertine tile dated the kitchen and made the counters look extremely yellow.

Before Photo of Pink beige travertine Kitchen Backsplash tile Lindsey Putzier Design Studio

I recommended a change to a beautiful Ann Sacks modern glass tile, installed in rows for a contemporary feel. I also recommended a dark grout color and oil-rubbed bronze outlets.

Kitchen After Photo Ann Sacks modern glass backsplash tile, dark grout color and oil-rubbed bronze outlets. Lindsey Putzier Design Studio

Arch Pains

The one random arched passageway in the home just did not fit with the rest of the architecture.

Before photo of arched passageways Lindsey Putzier Design Studio Hudson, OH

My clients weren’t fans, but their friends kept telling them to leave the arch. I reassured them that you can get rid of one arch and still maintain the integrity of the architecture. The passageway looks MUCH more in tune with the rest of the home now.

After photo of removed arched passageways Lindsey Putzier Design Studio Hudson, OH

More Drama Required!

The dining room color wasn’t my client’s favorite, but they had no idea what to do instead.

Before Photo of Dining Room Space Lindsey Putzier Design Studio Ohio

I recommended black, since I knew my clients love black. This room has both ample natural light and electric light, plus it has a lot of white woodwork, so the room can handle a super dark color. I also recommended nixing the paint in the tray ceiling to let the architecture itself be the star.

Moody Urban Home Dining Room Space After Lindsey Putzier Design Studio Hudson, OH

Bye Bye, Off-Centered Can Lights

Can lighting has its place…but not awkwardly off center over the dinette eating area.

Before Photo of off-centered ceiling can lights in Kitchen Space Lindsey Putzier Design Studio

I recommended having the two can lights removed and adding a chandelier in the center of the eating area, instead.

Moody Urban Home Dinette Space After Photo Lindsey Putzier Design Studio

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Comments (3 )
  • John Smith
    | 8 January 2024

    Lindsey Putzier’s blog beautifully unravels the intricacies of an initial consultation in interior design. The detailed account provides a fascinating glimpse into the collaborative process, emphasizing the importance of understanding the client’s vision. The narrative style engages readers, creating a sense of anticipation for the upcoming parts. Looking forward to gaining more insights into the artistry of interior design consultations!

  • Daniel Smith
    | 22 April 2024

    Thanks for sharing a behind-the-scenes look at an initial consultation! It’s insightful to learn how you approach these sessions and what clients can expect. I like how you focus on understanding their needs, style preferences, and goals. This approach not only sets a positive tone but also helps build a strong foundation for the design process. I look forward to reading more in the next parts of this series!

  • Daniel Smith
    | 28 April 2024

    What an insightful look into the initial consultation process! It’s great to see the emphasis on understanding the client’s vision right from the start. The detailed explanation of how you listen to and collaborate with clients really highlights your commitment to personalized service. I also appreciate the focus on setting expectations and clear communication. Thanks for sharing this behind-the-scenes perspective; it’s incredibly helpful for anyone considering a design consultation!

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