Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS)
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Barb Brinkmann
Barb Brinkmann
CAPS
Our mission is to provide an enriching interior design experience and custom design solutions with great client satisfaction.

A Full-Service Design Firm for Residential, Commercial, Renovations and New Construction Projects

No job too small or too big.

These are just a few of the services we can provide for you:

  • Consultation to establish the project parameters
  • Generate ideas for the functional and aesthetic possibilities of the space
  • Space plan as well as develop floor and furniture plan recommendations in AutoCAD drawings
  • Design lighting
  • Select and specify furnishings, art work and accessories
  • Purchase products and fixtures for all aspects of the project from floor to ceiling (area rugs, tiles, flooring, countertops, custom hard and soft window treatments, appliances, etc.) and placement of same
  • Design and manage fabrication of custom furnishings and interior details
  • Coordinate, monitor and manage all interior and exterior furnishings from idea to installation completion
  • Commercial décor installation
  • Specialize in small business remodeling

A Day in the Life of an Interior Designer

An interior designer is responsible for the interior design, decoration, and functionality of a client's space, whether the space is commercial, industrial, or residential. We are proud of the many years we have pursued this career and the many projects that we have completed for our clients.

As interior designers we work closely with architects and clients to determine the structure of a space, the needs of the occupants, and the style that best suits both. The position is a combination of engineer and artist, and it takes a unique type of mind to handle both of those concepts well.

Interior designers have to be good with more than color, fabric, and furniture; interior designers must know materials, have budgeting skills, communicate well, and oversee the ordering, installation, and maintenance of all objects that define a space. We also have to know about electrical capacity, safety, and construction. This broader range of required knowledge distinguishes us from interior "decorators."

Interior designers have to be able to work with contractors and clients alike, and must work within a specific budget. Interior designers are hired for their expertise in a variety of styles and approaches, not merely their own personal vision. Therefore, they have to be able to balance their own tastes and their clients' tastes - and be willing to put their clients' tastes first. While this requirement can be frustrating at first for many who enter the profession, our experience has led us to appreciate the challenges it presents and the sense of satisfaction that comes from doing the job well, consistently.

As interior designers we are often asked to begin planning before construction of a space is finished; this means that we must be good at scheduling and must be comfortable reading blueprints. This element of the job comes as a surprise to many new interior designers, who expect to have less of an administrative and technical role and more of a role in influencing the overall feel and appearance of a space. Those who thrive in the industry say this ability to balance the practical with the aesthetic is crucial to being a successful interior designer.

Interior design is hard work, but those who do it well find the work very satisfying.

Interior decorators are trained to enhance your home's visual appeal in several different ways from paint color to drapery material. We also have the ability to transform your home though simple shifts in design by just moving a couch here and a bookcase there. Though as interior decorators we may have our own artistic vision, we are also attentive to the home owner's intentions and individuality. Together we will bring your dream into reality.

 


For your first step to a more beautiful living environment
call us today at (262)375-4907


Do you have some questions? Check out these pages for some specific answers, then call us!

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