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Hart-Davidson Designs

Interior Design Services

Dictators Suck! Design is a democracy, not a dictatorship. At Hart-Davidson Designs, we "stop, collaborate, and listen" to our clients to create functional spaces that perfectly reflect their individual style. We pinky swear there are no over-trendified egos here.

Hart-Davidson Designs • 559 E. Sherwood Rd. • Williamston, MI 48895 • jen@designisademocracy.com • 517-889-5071

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Book

Remodeling Your House Without Killing Your Spouse!

Buy the Book Today from Amazon.com

Remodeling Your House without Killing Your Spouse is a frank, funny, and hands-on guide for avoiding conflict and surviving a remodel with your relationship intact.

In her first book of a new interior design series, Leslie shares humorous stories from the battlefield to teach practical lessons of effective communication, realistic budgeting, design terminology, and decor personalization. The homework and worksheets she includes are based on her “design is a democracy, not a dictatorship” philosophy and help to ensure remodels are proactively planned, meaningful, and most importantly, non-homicidal.

Handouts from the book!

PriorityList
Handout: Pros & Cons

Services

Full Service Transformations

From concept to design to implementation, HDD will be there every step of the way.

Space Planning

Creating functional spaces for furniture, kitchens/baths, and additions is HDD's specialty!

Kitchen and Bath Remodeling

We minimize remodeling woes through big picture planning and execution for all the tiny details of kitchen and bath design.

Color Consultation

Beige is not a color! We'll help you find the right color palette for your home without tons of wasted trips to the paint store.

Custom Home Fashions

Flimsy curtain panels? NO! We'll create fabulous treatments for your windows, bedding, and furniture with our custom fabrics.

Lighting

As the most underused element in homes, we'll find the coolest ways to add this critical mood-setting element into your design.

In-home design consultations and available for client projects ranging from DIY service to extensive concierge-level remodels. The amazing HDD staff and intern crew are dedicated to projects every well-designed step of the way. HDD has spent a decade assembling the coolest, most talented and trustworthy contractors, subs, and vendors in order to offer our clients a team of design and remodeling superheroes. We'll gladly sign autographs, but please don't ask us to wear the costumes. One of HDD's favorite clients offers this advice: "Just hand HDD the house keys and they'll get it done."

Our Portfolio

Homework

Steps to Prepare for the Initial Consultation

Make a Wish List

If your budget were bottomless, what would you do? If you could only pick 3 things to change, what would they be? Think about what needs you would like to address and jot down some ideas. Don't worry about censoring yourself at first--just list everything that's in your brain and made you contact HDD in the first place. We'll work to narrow and prioritize your list of functional and aesthetic goals in our meeting.

Remember--our first consultation is a working session, so the more proactive and thorough you are in your homework, the more time we have to fill your brain with great ideas.

Give Some Thought to Function

Pay close attention to how you and your family use the space in question. Make a list of the busiest times in the space along with biggest complaints about how it works (or doesn't). For example: "The kitchen works okay for a quick breakfast, but there's not enough room for the kids to sit and do homework and hang out with me after school while I'm making dinner." Strong examples of the functionality will help us determine what advice to give you so that you and your family can live better in your home.

Show and Tell

As much as we would like to look inside your brain and see exactly what you're trying to describe, our powers of x-ray vision are limited. Instead, we ask you to start collecting information either tangibly in the form of magazine pages or prints from the web, or virtually through Pinterest. Knowing what you do and don't like about specific room decor will help us narrow down your personal style and better tailor the designs we pitch. Here's your specific assignment:

1. Look for examples of rooms or elements in magazine pages that you believe are either a THING or NOT A THING. Make a pile of the THING pages, including initial reactions of which element caused the happiness. Was it the lighting? The color? The furniture arrangement? On the flip side, make a pile of NOT A THING pages with the same level of detail. It's perfectly okay to have one page with both a THING and NOT A THING elements on it, so don't worry if you can't find a perfect room example. Use post-it notes to list the comments on those pages.

2. When you've assembled your pile of pages, put them in a file or binder for us to review during the consultation. If you're going the virtual route, then create two Pinterest boards (hide them if you wish to keep your NOT A THING thoughts private) with the titles of THING and NOT A THING. Sample boards with comments are available on our designdemocracy Pinterest site.

If you have questions as you're completing your homework, feel free to contact us. You're also welcome to creep on us and check out our work at the places listed below. Have fun, and thanks for the opportunity to help you live better in your home!

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Press

See more HDD Interior Design Videos on YouTube

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Seminars

Fifty Shades of Beige

Decorating Your House Without Killing Your Spouse

Reduced, Reused & Recycled Design

DIY "Pin"terior Design

Bright Ideas in Lighting

Remodel Survival Guide

Color Coward

Ten Rules for Kids' Rooms that Rule!

Call 517-889-5071 or email jen@designisdemocracy.com to book Leslie for your event!

Internships

HDD is powered by interns. More than fifteen generations of students have thrived from the awesomeness of hands-on training and mentoring. Here is what to expect from the HDD experience:

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Real Work

Resume-building experience through client interaction, vendor contacts, and contractor meetings

Respect

Democratic design means that we respect your time and talents. Your ideas are welcome!

Growth Opportunities

We consistently hire our brightest and most productive interns upon graduation

Recognition

HDD celebrates your contributions through constant lunches, parties, and banquets

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