How We Work
We’ve designed our process based on how we aspire to live — and work to make it kind, considered, with room for the occasional hiccup, all brought with a sense of humor.
Project Size and Structure
Nicole Lanteri Design works with clients on a mix of project sizes, ranging from single-room decorating (e.g., living or dining rooms; bedrooms), to kitchen and bath renovations, up to whole-house decorating and renovation work (additions, major renovations, and new home builds).
We love working with a mix of styles, but our talent lies in bringing in a curated color palette to each space, making an old house feel modern, bringing charm to a new home, and eeking out lots of storage in small spaces so that you don't necessarily need a larger home. We are able to curate your art collection and add to it, to avoid the pitfalls of trends and celebrate new design ideas.
Costs and Budget
We believe it’s important to commit to an appropriate budget for your intended scope, and we can provide you a well-informed estimate of your project’s total costs in our scope of work proposal. This estimate includes all items from the light fixtures to the bath towels to give you a true picture of the costs involved. We typically shop “medium” or “high” vendors for major pieces (e.g., retailers including Room & Board; custom furniture dealers, such as M2L), then mix in more affordable items to drive value in our designs. Our goal is to source well-made products that combine aesthetics, quality, and sustainability.
Respect for our clients, their health, and the health of our planet is a core value of our firm. We incorporate sustainability into our designs in a number of ways, such as by selecting materials that are made to last; choosing natural and organic products over synthetic; and sourcing natural woods over painted ones for cabinetry. We embrace the concept of patina, and rather than return products with slight defects, we prefer to accept them. We love working on smaller homes, using design to make them more functional, rather than simply expanding or demolishing them to rebuild. Consistent with these principles, Nicole Lanteri Design is pursuing “Qualifying Member” status with the Sustainable Furnishings Council in 2022.
On part with sustainability, Nicole and her team value respect for all our firm’s stakeholders: clients, vendors, architects, contractors, and our own employees. We hold ourselves to high standards of skill, service, and responsibility to earn our clients’ trust. In return, we look for clients who are open to building trust with us, acting decisively on our advice, and being gracious and flexible about the imperfections and mistakes that are inherent to complex interiors projects.
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