Room Service


OK. So if you haven't noticed, a number of Interior designers are jumping on the Virtual Design Service wagon.  I have been exploring these packages to get a feel for them and see if this is something I would really use.  I am pretty design savy, and I enjoy shopping for my home and sourcing products for clients, so I am not sure if I would really see the value in this service.  I am also a little worried about the budget to get a room like this done.  Could I even afford their recommendations?  Then I see Windsor Smith has launched Room in a Box, and I am all over it.  I want access to her creative mind and access to her vendors.  The program is executed impeccably, complete with extensive image gallery and videos of her team at work The marketing genius behind this site deserves a bonus.  Suddenly I am ready to take picturs of my room, measure up floors, and throw my visa on the table. 

I am curious.   What do you think?  You have to check it out and report back.  WS Room In A Box

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  1. There is no doubt that Windsor is a very talented designer and when I read about this in HB, I thought what a great idea for people who don't have a lot of time to source and have the money to spend on this service. I just checked out the video on her website and now, I am thinking that it is a great tool for the client to use to decorate their own space without buying the services. If the client follows all the steps (fill out a lifestyle questionnaire, measure the room and items they want to keep, pull inspiration photos) they are more than 1/2 there to way to designing their own room!

  2. This is a great concept. I have done many projects via emails, but always met my clients prior to the projects. This is far above a do it yourself and perfect for someone who is secure in her design sensitivity and just needs technical support and structure.

  3. I'd love to know the percetnage of business these designers are getting from the room in a box. Many I have talked to don't do allot of them in ratio to other work, but then, they don't have the celebrity designer name behind them or power of publication connections...It's a brave new world...that's for sure. It's like social networking...if you aren't doing it...step off the boat. lol I'd love to hear other's thoughts on this.

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  4. As I mentioned on Twitter, I think she's done a fabulous job - and totally agree with you that it's all in the delivery!

  5. Wow how smart is this!

    This is smart I can't help but say it again!

    Thanks for sharing this with us!


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  6. I hope someone uses her service and then comes back and shows how it turned out and the ultimate costs. I would think you would run into getting the services done or at the very least done well. Please make sure to do a post if someone does it because I would do it in a heartbeat. Thanks

  7. Awesome design and architecture................
    I like it so much.
    Thanks for this this.......

  8. Although the whole presentation is very sexy, and I guess someone could say their room was designed by Windsor Smith, talented as she is, I think I would invest in this maybe after the bugs were worked out..... And there will be bugs...What if someone doesn't like the final presentation or wants something revised? Do they charge for that? Also the charge is PER ROOM, that's almost the same as retaining a designer.. I agree with the Francine and Ali Ryan, once you do all of YOUR legwork, the measuring , the photos, etc, you ARE 1/2 way there.If I was a consumer considering investing in this I would wait until you heard about some of the experiences of others that did it. Maryanne ;)

  9. Thanks for sharing the news. This concept appeals to me and I have been doing so (though, not with such fancy packaging (aka sexy & appealing) and high tech services) for over seven years now. With photos and dimensions of the space there are many things that you can tackle via the internet to create a fabulous space. I feel that for most good designers, conceptualizing comes easy for them from simply visualizing a space. However, it depends on the depth of the details, for there are also many things that I would not want to attempt, such as custom drapery or construction such as built ins without knowing the contractor/cabinet maker.

    There are always risks to design, such as not liking the final presentation. More time I would feel would require more money. Something tells me all of those little details are laid out in the contract.

    It will be interesting to see how the celebrity designers do make out with this concept.

  10. I agree with Laura. It will be interesting to see if this concept is popular. There seems to be alot of money put into the packaging of these services and I have a feeling it's a good way to keep your staff busy so that you can put your face in front of your luxury clients. I've done schematic design only for clients before and let them take it from there to do their own purchasing, contracting, etc. and I'm always let down when I see the end result. Clients don't tend to think the details are as important or maybe a particular fabric or finish that I've selected. They sometimes substitute things that water down the end result and just don't "finish" the way I do. The clients seem happy, but I can tell the difference in what I intended and how it turned out.

    Not to say Windsor Smith and Tobi Fairley and some of these other designers don't have it all figured out. They are amazing designers! I would just love to peer into the future to see if this trend will really work as a profitable business endeavor and if clients are truly satisfied. I'm a bit skeptical.

  11. Thanks everyoune for your amazing comments. This is a really great discussion. I will definitely seek out someone who has used a service like this one and follow up here. It would be great to see the concept and the client's interpretation of it.

  12. I think it's a great idea, but pretty pricey. One of the hardest parts for me is actually making a decision, so having a designer point you in the right direction would be very helpful for someone indecisive like myself! I wonder how the follow up works if you have questions or concerns once you start locating the pieces.

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