In mid-March, as the coronavirus pandemic drove us into the sanctuaries that we call our homes, Bria Hammel Interiors launched a new service via its Instagram account. “Knowing our homes right now need to be a space of peace and beauty more than ever, we’ve temporarily expanded our services to include e-design!” the post announced.
The e-design program offers accessible design services to anyone needing help launching or finishing up a project. “We’re all hyper-aware of how important home is to our lives right now; we’re valuing home more than ever,” says Bria Hammel. Here, in brief, is how the e-design service works.
“After a client contacts us through our website, and sends information like dimensions and inspiration pictures, we use conference calls and online meetings to connect, then create a design with a floor plan, furnishings, and accessories selected,” Hammel explains. “We also send a shopping list with links so they can purchase items on their own. They’re still getting our aesthetic, and this is a way we can support other small businesses, as we largely source from local makers and small businesses.”
The e-design service can also be used to “calm the chaos,” Hammel adds. “Organizing right now is really important. We have past clients reaching out to us, wanting us to organize their functional spaces like pantries, mudrooms, and new home offices. Chaos creates stress. If we can help our clients get control of areas of their home that need organization, they feel better.”
Hammel adds that while they’re not a home-organizing company, she’s found that by helping clients choose a new wallpaper, paint color, rug, special hooks, or storage containers can help spaces feel calm, organized, special, and beautiful. She’s also helped clients place artwork, select window treatments, and choose accent tables through the e-design service.
“It’s not something we’re going to do forever,” says Hammel, “but it’s important for us to stay in contact and maintain connections with our clients, and we feel good about offering this service right now.”
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