At Janine Dowling Design we believe Home is the most important part of our lives. It is where our family and our friends come together. Our goal is to create a home that reflects who you are and how you want to live. So when you enter the space, when your project is completed, you know you are Home.
We are a Boston-based full-service interior design firm specializing in interior decorating projects and architectural renovations. Our design services include space planning, furniture and fabric selection, accessories and artwork selection, lighting selection, color consultations, and architectural materials selection.
Janine Dowling, our founder, has a lifelong passion for all things design. Well-versed in a wide range of styles from traditional to transitional to modern, Janine works closely with her clients to develop the right style for their homes, personality, and lifestyle. Whenever possible, she looks to sustainable solutions that are long-lasting, beautiful, and gentle on the earth.
Our interior design services have a broad range. Sometimes our clients need just a consultation for new ideas or paint colors or they may have a few rooms needing to be refurnished; other times they have a full-scale remodel. We tailor our expertise to meet the requests of our clients. Over the years we have enjoyed keeping our project size varied and our visions flexible.
Whether your current design project is a one-room refresh or a whole-house customization, we look forward to speaking with you about how we can your home feel even more like Home.
In order to enhance the aesthetics, function, and safety of interior spaces, interior designers must draw upon many disciplines. The way in which different textures, colors, lighting, furniture, and space work together to meet the needs of the occupants are their main concerns. Interior designers are able to plan the interior space of all kinds of buildings, from offices, theaters, restaurants, hotels, shopping malls, hospitals, schools, airport terminals, and of course private residences.
Most interior designers traditionally focus on decorating. In other words, choose the color palette, style, then the proper flooring and window coverings, furniture, lighting, and artwork. That being said, more and more designers are also becoming involved in architectural detailing, for example, built-in bookshelf and crown molding, as well as in planning the layout of a building that is being renovated, this includes helping to determine where walkways, stairways, escalators, and windows will be located.
An interior designer has to be able to read blueprints as well as understand all building and fire codes, they have to know how to make a space accessible for those who are disabled. Frequently designers will collaborate with electricians, architects, and building contractors to guarantee that the designs are safe and meet all construction requirements.
Regardless of the space they are working on, the same process is followed by most designers. Programming is the first step, here is where the client's needs and wishes are determined. The designer will be met with the client face to face and find out what the space will be used for and get a better understanding of the client's budget and preferences. The designer will look over the location and take inventory of anything that already exists, they will identify potential problems as well as positive attributes of the place.
Once all information has been gathered, a plan is formulated and costs are estimated. Nowadays designs are usually created by using computer-aided software, which can provide better detail and it is eased to correct mistakes than on hand-made sketches. Once the design plan is completed, it is presented to the client and any revisions that the client wants to make are taken care of.
Once the design concept is completed, the designer will start to specify all the finishes, materials, and furniture which are required for the project. Depending on how complex the project is, the design may also submit a drawing to a construction inspector for approval ensuring that building codes are being met by the design. If structural work is required by the project, the designer will work with an engineer or an architect in that area. Many times design will require that contractors be hired to handle all the technical aspects. Designers may also be responsible for choosing contractors as well as writing work contracts.
Finally, a timeline is developed for the project, the designer will coordinate schedules and guarantee that the work is completed on schedule. The installation of the design elements is overseen by the designer, and once the project is finished, the designer and the client will look over the building site to guarantee that the client is satisfied.
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