Questions About Home Design? Our Expert Interior Designer Has the Answers
Kurtz Collection is a local, family-owned business with showrooms in Wilmington, Delaware and Glen Mills, Pennsylvania showcasing an eclectic mix of furniture, accessories, handmade rugs and lighting. Browse their unique selection of fine home furnishings, fascinating gifts, antiques and artwork in either of their inspiring showrooms. Or take advantage of their expert services from interior design to custom window treatments, rug cleaning and repair, custom upholstery, furniture repair, and more.
Josephine Kurtz, interior designer of Kurtz Collection answered a few questions about the business’ interior design services to explain how she can help refresh your home.
Q: What makes Kurtz Collection different from other design showrooms and interior design services?
A: Kurtz Collection began over 45 years ago as a gallery of fine antique and vintage rugs. Growing up with an artist and rug historian for a father, I like to think I’ve developed a keen eye for layering antiques and vintage pieces into a room to create depth and character. We’ve incorporated vintage and antique furniture, and rugs into the showroom along with new and custom pieces, with the goal of inspiring clients to create a layered look in their homes that reflects their personalities and interests.
Q: What is the average cost of your interior design services?
A: The actual design services are free to our clients. We’ve found that many people are wary of paying for a designer, thinking that it will be an added expense that is unnecessary. But through trial and error, many people end up spending more money on furnishings that don’t quite fit or aren’t quite right, which is a larger frustration and waste of money in the long run. Our hope is that by offering complimentary design services, it will encourage them to work with our designers and ensure that they end up with a home that fulfills all of their dreams and stays on budget!
Q: How will you make sure my personal tastes and styles fit into the design? And how does the entire process work?
A: Every project starts with an initial meeting where we spend time learning about the client’s style, vision for the space, and specific requirements. At each step, we are checking in with the client to make sure that we are still in line with their vision and aesthetic. Our goal is to create a space they love to live in. That can’t happen if it doesn’t fit their style and taste. It has to feel like home.
After the initial meeting to discuss the scope and vision for the project, including style, goals, budget, timing and more, we spend a week or so pulling together product ideas, floor plans, vision boards…whatever the project calls for in order to give the client a clear picture of how it will look.
We then have a second meeting to review the plans, gather feedback and make revisions as needed. The process can go quickly or slowly, depending on how many revisions and details we need to incorporate for the client to feel confident in the project. Once they approve the design and choices, we take a deposit and place orders for everything that isn’t already in stock. Availability for different elements of the project will have an influence on the installation date, but we try to pick furnishings and finishes that fit the client’s look, budget and timeline so that we can complete the project in a timely manner. Once everything is installed and in place, we will do a walk through with the client to make sure everything is perfect!
Q: Do you only use items available in the showroom?
A: Obviously, we have a great advantage of having pieces in the showroom that people can touch and experience in person before purchasing, so most projects start there. Everything on the floor is available for immediate purchase, which helps with tight timelines. However, what you see in the showroom is only a small sampling of what we can source for our clients. We have access to dozens of furniture manufacturers, in addition to boutique suppliers, and decor companies from lighting to fabrics to accessories and rugs.
Q: If I’d like to start with one room now, but redesign others in the future, will Kurtz Collection help me plan?
A: If someone is looking at decorating several rooms in their home over the course of a year or two, we are always interested in understanding the big picture at the start of the project, especially if rooms open into each other. Coming up with a general plan that will feel cohesive is a great place to start. The timeline for completion will determine how specific we get with that plan. Furniture and decor companies discontinue items and come out with new designs and options every season, so we don’t want the client to get locked into specific items too early in the process. We will work to keep everything cohesive, as we complete each piece of the project.
1010 North Union Street Wilimington, DE 19805 302.654.0442
529 Glen Eagle Square Glen Mills, PA 19342 484.800.4557