Not sure where your unique project needs fit? Check out some of the most common conversations we have with new clients below.
We offer three distinct services to fit our client's unique needs: Full Service, Shoppable Design, and The Zhuzh.




How do I know if I’m a good fit for Shoppable DesignTM? 

Shoppable DesignTM is perfect for clients who need a clear road map for how to design their space, and are willing to tackle implementation themselves. It’s a cohesive design plan for how to bring your room to life while meeting your aesthetic, functional, and budget goals. The end result is a handoff to our client of a Moodboard, Floorplan, and Shopping List which you can use to complete the design at your own pace, by either shopping directly from our suggested list, or using it as inspiration to “shop the look”. While Shoppable DesignTM has a more limited scope than Full Service, we are always happy to discuss continuing to work with you at an hourly rate if you’d like additional design assistance after completion of your deliverables. 


What is a Moodboard?

A pictorial representation of the colors, patterns, textures, and overall style of your space. Our Moodboards include recommended furniture and decor displayed as true to your space as possible, so that you have a visual representation of how the overall room will appear upon completion. 


What counts as a “revision”?

A tweak to the Moodboard to better fit your design tastes and functional needs, such as swapping out a piece of furniture or a color selection. Revisions do not include creating a new floorplan or new overall design. We work hard to understand our client’s design perspective up front and often find that the revisions needed to meet client needs are very minimal. 

How quickly do I receive my deliverables?

From kickoff to our first presentation is generally around 2-3 weeks, with a final revision delivered about a week later. If your room is on a specific timeline, please let us know in advance. 

Is the design specific to me and my space?

100%. We do not ascribe to reusable design. While there may undoubtedly be overlap in products we recommend to clients, your design is based on your unique needs and goals, and should reflect you and your home specifically. 

From what kind of retailers do you list shoppable items? Will they be crazy expensive?

We shop from a multitude of retailers and are adept at finding beautiful pieces at any level of investment. We’ll be chatting budget for the space at our initial meeting, so rest assured any items we include in your Shopping List will be tailored as such. If you are interested in any custom decor/furniture, we are alway happy to provide vendor recommendations, but Shoppable Design TM is typically scoped to items that are available online. 

Can you shop for me? Can I get access to your exclusive trade discounts?

While our Shoppable Design TM plan is generally used by the client who wants to shop herself, we are more than happy to discuss options to assist you with procurement, which may create the opportunity to access our exclusive trade discounts.

How do I get started? 

Complete the Shoppable DesignTM Waitlist form on our website. We’ll reach out to schedule your kick-off meeting and send you a request for a 50% deposit for the design. You’ll also receive an email from us with a list of questions to consider in advance and our tips to prepare.

How do I know if I’m a good fit for Full Service?

Our Full Service approach is for complete implementation of the design, from idea generation to procuring the furniture, to styling the pillows. We like to say it’s everything from concept to coasters. Full Service clients are typically interested in custom and antique furniture and decor, and often have some kind of renovation/build element at play. Our Full Service projects vary in price point based on the size and scale of the project, and are reflective of the amount of hands-on work that goes into this level of design. 


How do I know if your aesthetic is a fit for my style?

We like to think that our design is really just a specific lens on our clients’ own perspective. While we consider our personal aesthetics to be layered, curated and timeless, our end goal in any project is to ensure that the space feels like the clients’ own style. Every project of ours feels unique to that client and that space; we don’t feel constrained to work within a specific “look” or genre of design.


I’m doing a remodel/new build. When should I bring you on board?

While we are happy to jump in at any point, the earlier, the better. This allows us to weigh in on the overall design of the space early on, considering the client’s needs and the end goals for the room. Thinking through flow of the space, furniture placement, lighting and materials before architectural plans are rendered often saves clients significant time and rework. If you’re considering a large project in the future and would like to discuss your specific timeline, let’s chat!

Can you work with a builder I have already selected? Can you recommend one?

Absolutely! We would love to work with your chosen team, and if you have not yet selected one, we are happy to make recommendations. We also have relationships with specialists in flooring, wallpaper, electrical, stone, tile, trim carpentry and more.


What are “exclusive trade discounts”? 

As members of the interior design industry, we are often able to purchase furniture, decor and art below retail pricing. We are pleased to pass along portions of those discounts to our Full Service clients, often creating significant cost savings to them.

Do I get to approve items before you purchase them?

Of course! Every item we purchase is approved by the client through our project management software, where the client can see prices, specs, and delivery timelines of each item. We offer multiple options to our Full Service clients until we get just the right piece for their look.

Do you offer custom furnishings/decor?

Yes, we have an amazing team of vendors and artists who can create pieces that are unique to your home and space. 

Do I need to have a big project/budget to use Full Service Design?

Our Full Service offering is available to anyone who would like to have the entire project completed for them, from design plans to execution and installment. We can work within any level of investment you’d like to make in your space.

Do I have to live in Kansas City to use Full Service Design?

While the bulk of our Full Service design is local, we are comfortable working remotely if accommodations can be made for periodic site visits.

How do we get started?

Send us an email or fill out our "let's get started" form and we’ll schedule a call to discuss your specific project. We are happy to schedule a meet and greet to ensure you feel like our team and approach are the perfect fit for your project. 



We are moving into a new house. Can you help?

Absolutely! We can spend time suggesting what to keep/donate and help you rethink your existing furniture in a new space. We can also assist with staging the home you are leaving.


If you come over for a consultation, will we actually make changes or will we just talk through it?

We are happy to roll up our sleeves and start moving things around, if you’re comfortable. We love nothing more than a good transformation on the spot. 

Can you help with party prep?

We’re happy to help you style your home before a party, whether that be a large event, or intimate dinner. We can assist with everything from pulling the room together to setting a one-of-a-kind table. 

Can I hire you by the hour remotely?

Definitely! We are always happy to do e-consultations, and do these often for clients who are struggling to make decisions like “which light fixture” or “how high to hang this art”. 

Can you shop for me?

We can!

Can you help with organizing?

Yes. We can provide a style-focused approach to organizing your space, whether that be a closet, pantry, or playroom. 

Do you offer Holiday styling?

We do! We currently have a wait list for this upcoming Holiday season. If you’d like to be added, please shoot us a note. We will be scheduling consultations and installations early fall. 

Can you bring over paint colors, wallpaper samples or fabrics?

We are happy to! Just let us know in advance so that we can prepare accordingly. 


How do you pronounce “zhuzh”? 

Zhoosh. It means: to make more exciting, lively or attractive. And it’s what we love to do!

Any questions we missed?  Just reach out and we will be happy to get back to you!






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