How We Work

Valerie Ruddy Designs – Decorating Den Interiors brings years of award winning, professional interior design expertise to every project. Our goal is to craft spaces that are uniquely you.  No project is too big or too small for us. Equipped with over 150 home furnishing supplier accounts, skilled craftsman and manufacturers at our disposal, we strive to exceed your aesthetic and functional expectations to bring you the best interior design to fit your expectations for budget and quality.

“I wanted to thank you for the great job you did for us! Everything looks amazing! Your taste and project management skills are impeccable!”

Inna – Livingston, NJ

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Initial Meeting:

At our initial meeting, we discuss the scope of your project, you functional and style needs as well as your expectations of quality and budget.

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Hiring Us

Once we all determine that we are the right fit for your design project, we collect a retainer based on the scope of the initial design phase and get to work measuring and taking photos of your space.

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Design Phase

Once we have measured your space, we can start designing your project. In this phase we create floor plans from the measurements of your space, work on finding the right pieces for your budget and quality expectations, record all relevant details of the items including attributes, materials, dimensions, pricing and availability. We also collect samples of any materials that are available.

Presentation/Selection Phase

This is normally the 2nd time we will meet with you. Once selections are made and information gathered, we create a presentation so that it all makes sense to you. We will have samples of wood finishes and fabric for you to see, touch and feel. You then determine the items you would like included in your design. All items selected will be purchased and executed through us. We charge commercially reasonable retail prices and we do not charge an hourly fee for this work. A deposit on any furniture and decor is taken at this visit. We also will select any contractors, obtain estimates, review the estimates and present them to you for approval.

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Purchasing and Implementation Phase

All purchasing of home furnishings and decor goes through us. In this phase we place orders, track them, deal with any issues, replacements and back orders. We work with contractors to effectively communicate the design and make sure any materials are on site when they are needed and any decisions are handled in a timely manner. When your items arrive, they are inspected and wrapped for delivery. We then notify you and set up your white glove delivery which we will attend to make sure everything runs smoothly. We place and style each item to complete your project. It is up to you, but our clients tend to love the “Big Reveal”. Which means we ask you to stay close by but out of the project area until we are done. It’s exciting an and fun way to experience your new spaces!