My commitment to you. At Robineve Interiors, Inc. my approach is very collaborative. My clients say that they have FUN, and so do I. Listening to you is a big part of our early meetings. I want to know about you, how your life works around your family, your pets, how you entertain, your preferred styles, your budget. But even more, I hope to learn your life priorities, what activities and philanthropies this home must support, what brings you comfort, what you need to recharge your spirit. Beyond all the beautiful spaces and edited furniture, a home is really about that tranquil center that nurtures a life well-lived. It’s unique to your needs, to your world, to your heart.
THE BENEFITS OF WORKING WITH AN INTERIOR DESIGNERWorking with a professional Interior Designer is an investment in your home that saves you money, time and energy. Not only do you avoid costly mistakes (“that sofa was WAY too big”), but, most importantly, you get the full “WOW “impact you envisioned before you began your project. A designer knows what it will look like before it comes together, is there to help you make the right decisions, save you time and spend your budget wisely. A good designer will educate you and expand the horizon of your possibilities. As the cliché goes, we make your dreams a reality. Our Full-Scale design services include Furnishing Interiors, Remodels and additions, Universal Design, and Downsizing consultation. We are interested in and flexible with every client’s needs, from a year-long Turnkey project to a simple paint and color consultation. I have the talent pool of established relationships with a network of the best Bay Area contractors, tradesmen and custom workrooms which I bring to your projects.
Interior Furnishings and Design
People ask what my “design style” is, since I’m grounded in the histories of art and furniture design, and appreciate it all. Personally, I love timeless, chic, updated classic design, but I also enjoy working in a variety of styles, depending on my client’s preferences, and what their house calls for. Selecting beautiful and unique furniture and textiles is probably my favorite part of the many projects we do—here is where the individualized, nourishing touches make such a difference. For example, I love to integrate antique Persian rugs into modern themes and incorporate rustic modern with heirloom family pieces—it’s more fun and personal. My clients are looking for more than a replacement of older furniture and window coverings, they want to refresh their homes to more clearly reflect who they are, what their lives have become—they want the inside to match the outside of themselves. Most of all, their lives are busy and hectic, they need their homes to take care of them, on many levels.
Robineve Interiors, Inc., is part of a buying cooperative that allows us to purchase from over 200 furnishing resources at competitive prices. Over the years, I have developed long-standing relationships with the best local workrooms, national vendors and specialty furniture creators who can brainstorm with me to create unique, one-of-a-kind solutions when the need is there.
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- Space planning and traffic flow
- Color palettes that enhance comfort and emotional well being
- Selection of elegant and practical furniture that is a worthwhile investment
- Balanced textures for coziness, luxury, and easy maintenance
- Layered light sources for ambient, decorative and functional needs
- Draperies, shades and window coverings
- Carpet and Rugs, from broadloom to Tibetan and Persian
- Accessories, fine art and mirrors—the “jewelry” that personalizes and enhances a home
- Hard Surfaces--flooring, countertops, tile, wall treatments
- Mindful Universal Design principles for ergonomics and ease of use
RemodelingThe emotional demands of remodeling a home are among life’s more challenging experiences. This is where the expert help of a professional interior design team saves you time, saves you money, and saves your sanity! Robineve Interiors, Inc. is your representative with the contractor and architect. It’s my job to understand your goals and how this remodel will improve your life. Although we can come in at any point in the project, it’s best to put together a strong professional team with your builder from the beginning. My in-house team includes designers experienced with 3-D computer drafting and architectural services. Harmonious working relationships and a structured flow of communication build trust, so your job runs more smoothly. Plan to attend regular meetings with our design team and your builder. Unanticipated changes always come up and together we can find fresh solutions— which often make the end result even better. Robineve Interiors, Inc. is recognized as a five-time winner of design awards from NARI, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. We are able to walk with you through the many phases of a remodeling project, serving as both your guide and sounding board. The handsome results speak for themselves!
What is Universal Design Remodeling?
Universal Design (UD) is a forward-thinking architectural approach to designing homes so they are user-friendly, elegant and functional for people of all ages, sizes, and abilities. In Europe, it’s called “Design for All”, and they seek ways for people to stay in their homes for as long as possible. As more of our households become multi-generational, I believe Universal Design will be the way all homes are designed. Two personal events inspired me to explore and embrace UD: First, my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
As her illness progressed, the home my Dad had designed for them became a difficult place for Mom to navigate. I began to do serious architectural research and became certified as an “Aging in Place” Specialist (CAPS). I soon realized that what I was doing to make their home safe and accessible for Mom were some of the same things I had done to make my own home child-friendly when my daughter was little. Hmm… I began to see UD as the broader umbrella encompassing a continuum of thoughtful, indeed mindful, design solutions for everyone.
Then, I was hit by a car while crossing the street, which left me with two broken legs. During the months I spent in a wheelchair, I honed my skills as a UD designer, living first-hand the accommodations needed for anyone living with even a temporary injury or increasing accessibility issues.
That was my final wake up call, it was time to again open my own firm. Since then, almost all interior design schools have begun to offer a semester in Universal Design, and I believe it is the way all homes will be built in the future. Until then, I am passionate about bringing the sensible, practical principals of Universal Design to all the remodeling projects I undertake. As an interior designer, I’m committed to designing homes with style, beauty and practical elegance—and, to me, practical IS elegant. So, I educate my clients on the features of Universal Design, and if they see the benefits, I develop a plan in a seamless, nearly invisible way for both growing families and Baby Boomers.
I also offer an introductory Universal Design Walk-Through Checklist to give you suggestions, like a home inspection check list.
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- Wider door and hallway widths
- Zero-barrier showers and entries
- Multiple layers of lighting for task, ambient and accent
- Nonslip, non-glare surfaces
- Lever door handles, touch faucets
- Pull down shelves
- Multiple height counters
- Minimized use of interior and exterior steps
I am a regular speaker in the Bay Area on Universal Design. Please contact my studio for speaking requests.
Billing, Timeframe and Delivery
At Robineve Interiors, Inc., we work on an incremental retainer basis against which design time is billed hourly. I feel this is the most transparent way as it gives the client the most control. We keep the client informed of the status of the remaining hours on a monthly basis. I often start a project with a moderate initial retainer, increasing to more substantial commitments as we both go forward and become comfortable with the process.
In our early meetings, we discuss the scope of the project, and whether to approach it in phases or all at once. Sometimes, we opt for several phases to meet a comfortable budget and not sacrifice quality. We begin to develop a working estimate of the hours required. However, the actual time it will take to reach our goal depends on several factors—most importantly, the client’s decision-making style and whether the preferred “look” is available at their price point, so that deeper research might be necessary.
If you have a time-sensitive “Hard Stop”, let us know right away; we may have ways of expediting a quicker solution.
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The products and furnishings are billed separately and are based on our ‘preferred dealer’ designer pricing, usually well below retail. My staff and I bring the wealth of over three decades of design experience to every job. I craft the solutions carefully and expect my clients to purchase through our company. Clients who approach us aren’t looking for a “cookie cutter” job, and they know custom furnishings and remodels are worth the time it takes to complete. We make decisions together. They get a realistic picture. The results are special.
Shipping and Delivery:
Shipping and delivery charges are passed directly through to the client from the freight and receiving/delivery companies. We charge a handling fee to manage the schedule and paperwork. We plan to be on-site for the installation and the TA-DA! moment when your rooms come together!