We worked with Janine Regina to redecorate our formal living room and dining room - as well as to do the design for our bathroom remodels. We really enjoyed the process and loved the outcome. Janine does a nicejob of figuring out what your preferred style is (for us it was cool and contemporary) and then giving you a few different layout options in your price range. She started with blueprints and elevations that really gave us ideas we hadn't even considered (but ended up going with). She can then work with you to pick out the furniture pieces, window dressings, colors and the like. It's a bit pricey so best to give her a clear idea upfront of how much you want to spend on the room and how much you want to spend on her firm. To save money - we found it best to use Janine to give us a clear design and blueprint for what we needed to buy - but then we went ahead and executed on the plan. It'll get very expensive if you rely on her or her team to go pick out samples and do any shopping for you. Go into this process realizing that she and her team charge for everything they do related to your redesign - we were a bit surprised by the first few bills, but then we figured out how to work within our budget.
Working with Janine is a real pleasure. She's really a nice person and fun to work with. She'd come to our house first thing in the morning before we had to go to work which was helpful. Most important are the results. She really helped us transform our house. If you are going to spend the money for a designer I'd definitely recommend her.