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Demystifying the Process of Interior Design

Demystifying the Process of Interior Design

We guide you through the process of design, gently stretching your perceptions of what a warm and welcoming space can be.” Stacey says. “Our knowledge of color, comfort, function and style, and your occasional leap of faith, will result in an exceedingly successful environment that feels best – that becomes your expressive, nurturing and productive space you call home.”

The Path To Successful Interior Design

Stacey Lapuk, ASID

Just as in any complex endeavor, there is a process – a best-practice – to ensure the most successful result possible for your home’s interior design. Each unique project will incorporate customized and specific elements throughout each “event”. Even so, all will follow these basic parameters.

The fluid process of interior design can be summarized in seven distinct events:

The Programming Meeting

Review your goals, objectives, budgets and expectations. Focus on your style, functional and architectural requirements. Review visual clues, including your magazine and web pictures, and personal images/items from favorite travel destinations or family.

Determine and note those pieces, area carpets and art that you would like to be included in the design, require refurbishing or re-upholstery.

Measure and Photography

Exacting measurements are taken, from which your drawings are produced. Photographs of your home’s interior, and of particular existing furniture, area carpets, art and other items to be used in the final design, are taken.

Design Development

Initial Showroom Visit. At this point we guide you on an educational, customized tour of appropriate showrooms, vendors and craftspeople, principally located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Not a shopping trip per se, rather an opportunity for you to see, and learn what’s truly possible and available, understand pricing and timing, and to dream.

“I love hitting the showroom floor with Stacey Lapuk; she’s a personal divining rod of good taste.

“In only a few relaxed, friendly meetings, she’s able to internalize your style and use it to reinforce your own design decisions. She has stellar connections with all the best showrooms in town, and she manages a coterie of contractors, artisans, and craftsmen to implement your ideas. She is a genius at reinterpreting pricey items to fit your budget and she’ll encourage you to go for a combination of practicality and aesthetics.
“ Versed in Feng Shui, she develops color, fabric, materials and floor plans for the best comfort, design, flow and function in your home.
“No wonder Design Times named Stacey one of the ten U.S. Designers to watch”.
-Gina Pell,

Creation. This continual, co-creative process includes concept development, designs including floor, color, and lighting plans, research specifications and samples.


Design concept, various materials, options and estimates are presented to you. The design is honed as necessary. Additional presentations may take place throughout the duration of the interior design process.


Production. Your design is implemented, and details are refined. Purchase arrangements are made for project elements including architectural materials, furnishings, fabrics, window treatments, flooring, lighting and so on. Contractors are secured and scheduled as required.

For New Construction and Remodels, elements permanent to the structure including flooring (wood, tile, stone etc), kitchen and bath fixtures and faucets, tile and stone, electrical, plumbing and painting are scheduled, installed and completed.

Installation. Installing your furnishings, window treatments, area rugs, lighting fixtures and the like may take place in phases, or completed at one time.

Art and Accessories

A critically important area of design to complete the project and make it your own. Many clients choose to have their designer select and place possibilities on installation day, including those elements you may already have and want to be sure are included in your finished home’s design.

Closing Procedures

Summarization and review of your project. Discussion of what you see as the next phases for your home. And usually a party to show off the thoughtful, sometimes challenging, but always joyful process you’ve just completed!

Stacey Lapuk, ASID

Stacey Lapuk, ASID is celebrating her 30th year with her firm. Named “One of America’s Ten Designers To Watch” by Design Times Magazine, one of the “Top 100 Interior Designer in North America” by Blink Art Resources, and the winner of multiple national design awards.  Her goal is simple: To co-create with her clients the home of their dreams with responsive and comprehensive solutions, and timeless, beautiful results.  

Her full service firm attracts clients desiring the finest workmanship, materials and custom design. Facets of work include partnering with architects on new construction, remodels, kitchen design and bath design, color consultation, custom furniture, flooring, area carpets, wall and window treatments, lighting design, art procurement and antique acquisition. Service areas include but are not limited to marin County, San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, Ross, Kentfield, Belvedere, Tiburon, San Rafael, and Pacific Heights.