How We Work

Erika Lee – Decorating Den Interiors brings over 15 years of residential design experience to my clients. With Erika Lee, no project is too big or too small. I have the ability to design a space that matches your style and budget. Equipped with years of experience and a wealth of products to choose from, I meet your aesthetic and functional expectations without going over budget. Even better, when you purchase products through Decorating Den, consultation and design fees are included, which means there is no additional cost to you! 

Every Designer has a different process and how they charge for their services or products varies. I bring value to the table with my design training, color and design confidence, budget crunching skills, and outside the box creativity. Here is an overview of what it is like to work with me:

Initial Design Consultation

This is a great time for you to explain your space to me. By learning more about you and touring your space we each can get a better idea of the scope of the project, including budget and expectation. Each project is very personal and different so questions and requests are always welcome at this step. Show me some pictures of rooms and styles you like. This will help me turn your ideas into reality!

Decorating Consulting Fees & Paint Color Consulting Fees are as follows:

  • In-Person 60-90 Minute Consultation
    • Greater Cincinnati – $250
    • Greater Dayton – $300
    • Greater Columbus – $350
  • Virtual 60 Minute Consultation – $175
  • Virtual 15 Minute Follow-Up Consult ONLY after initial consultation – $40
  • In-Person Follow-Up Appointments – $175 per hour (minimum 2 hours for Greater Dayton and Greater Columbus)

Full-Service Design

Whether you’re a busy professional or a retiree, you wouldn’t want to spend endless hours working on your home to make it comfortable, and I’ll make sure that you don’t. Many clients find I am the perfect “hand holder” to navigate them through an overwhelming project that gently encourages them to step through their fear of design decisions. Leave all the planning, ordering and execution to me so that the creation of a beautiful space doesn’t interfere with your life or the time you spend doing what you love. 

Clients love this option because they can relax and continue with their day to day and not worry about anything. Your time is valuable, let me handle all the behind the scene work. I am here to simplify your experience and make it memorable. 

Together we will discuss preferred styles, comfort, the scope of the project and budget. In this preliminary process we will make a wish list in coordination with a budget proposal. Once a budget is agreed upon, a retainer of approximately 10% is collected to start the Design and Planning process. 

1-2 weeks later, I will present design options for your approval. These concepts are presented on a portable monitor so you can see the slide presentation in a larger format. Depending on the products, samples may be brought in so you can touch and feel the products that you are selecting for the project.

One round of revisions can be made. (If you choose not to purchase products through Decorating Den, the retainer fee stays with me for reimbursement of my time.) 

Once the design is approved by you, 60% of the invoice is paid to Decorating Den. I am now handling all the details for you! I will manage ordering, shipping, damage claims, delivery & coordination of installation, etc. All of this is included when you order products through Decorating Den. The Initial Decorating Consultation Fee & Retainer Fee will be deducted from the balance of your order with Decorating Den when at least 80% of the minimum budget is purchased. Remaining balance is due upon installation. 

A few weeks later – Installation Day! I will arrive along with my delivery team and installer. Always best to leave me to create the magic so you can have the Big HGTV Reveal Moment! 

From concept to completion,  I handle it all. A truly turnkey experience!

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à la carte Design Services

À la carte Design Only Fees are in ADDITION to the Initial Consultation Fee and priced as follows:

  • Small Space Design – $350
    • includes foyer/entry, bookcase, etc.
  • One Room
    • Less than 250 sq. ft. – $750
    • 250 – 500 sq. ft. – $1500
    • Greater than 500 sq. ft. – $2500
  • Multiple Rooms – Call for Special Pricing

(With à la carte pricing the CLIENT is responsible for ordering product, submitting payments directly to the vendors, tracking shipments, coordinating delivery, unboxing product, installation, filing damage claims and boxing up and shipping back any returns if applicable.)

After the initial consultation (in person or virtually), you will send current space photos, measurements and note location of any doors, windows, air vents, outlets or switches. 

You will send to me a collection of photos that match your preferred style and fill out a Style Questionnaire. I will use these to create your design presentation. 

In the following 1-2 weeks, I will send you a presentation with 3-5 design boards, a floor plan if applicable, and a shopping list. One round of revisions can be made. 

It’s now up to YOU to place the orders and follow through with the completion of the project!