local interior design service for advice, refurbishment or home renovation

local interior design consultation

We start every local interior design project with a design consultation at your home.

Prior to this meeting you will receive our design questionnaire to complete which will give us a clear understanding of your requirements.  We will take a look at your home and talk through a whole range of things relating to your project including functionality, aesthetic, budget etc.  We can discuss initial design ideas, inspiration and project scope.  I will then follow up our meeting with a full written report.

Some people find this initial design consultation is sufficient for what they need and are happy to move forward on their own, which is great.  Others have additional work they need help with.

This 60 minute (or so) meeting is charged at £200 (plus additional for local travel outside of Brighton and Hove).  This cost is redeemable against our design fee should you decide to continue to work with us.

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during this consultation we will:

  • Learn more about your space, who uses it, your lifestyle and how you and the household spend your time there;
  • Discuss your requirements, style preferences, likes and dislikes;
  • Understand the scope of work, how many rooms and their individual functions;
  • Determine any issues or specific needs;
  • Take photographs;
  • Understand your timescale and budget.


interior design proposal

After our meeting we will send your bespoke ‘Interior Design Proposal’ containing your project brief for any additional work you need help with.  This document will outline the detail of your requirements and also include our fee proposal.

site survey and design questionnaire

On approval of our proposal, we will revisit and undertake a site survey (measurements), talk some more and generally get to know your property and project a whole lot better.

concept design

We will meet again and present the concept design for your new scheme showcasing the overall design aesthetic for each room.  This presentation will include mood board(s), colour schemes and suggested furniture layouts.  We will also provide a selection of curated samples to help communicate the look and feel of the proposed design.

Melanie Barnes - elixir interior design
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design development

Once you are happy with the design concept, we progress onto the design development and detailing stage.  This is where we firm up the details of your design, including any lighting/electrical plans and joinery specifications.

We will present our completed design scheme alongside rendered layout plans, detailed elevations and 3D visualisations and include comprehensive specifications for proposed fixtures/fittings and furniture.

next steps…

At this point, you can take your new design scheme to procure / implement yourself.  Alternatively, we can work together during the next steps of the refurbishment or renovation process.


Elixir have access to some of the best furniture, accessory, lighting suppliers etc. and can assist with purchasing everything required for your design.  We can also collaborate with local craftspeople and manufacturers to manage any bespoke items.

By organising product purchasing and overseeing the delivery process, we save time and reduce potential disruption to the project schedule.  We will quality-check purchases, deal with any faulty items/arrange necessary replacements.  Also, we can organise installations of any furniture items or light fittings etc.  

This is a particularly useful service for a refurbishment project.

design implementation

If you require assistance implementing your design, we can help coordinate and administer your new design scheme.

We can help put together project specifications and help with obtaining contractor quotations.

During the building phase we can also meet regularly with your contractor to ensure the design is accurately executed according to specification.

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