is it like to work with Veronica Wakeham on a design project? On this page we'll tell you the sort of results Veronica's clients
have reported, as well as a sense of her beliefs, approach to design
and project management and what makes her different from most interior
designers you may have come across.
When you work with Veronica you can
expect action – client focused, budget conscious, organized
and deadline driven action.
The center of attention is entirely you
and what you want. You couldn't find custom furniture pieces
that would compliment the design you envisioned. Veronica can. She
will locate and email you images of suggested pieces. After narrowing
down what might work she will book a time to meet you at the design
showroom where you will see and feel the piece in person. If you approve
it, Veronica will get the order moving and follow-up frequently to
make sure it is arrives on the date you need it, in the color you
want, at the price you arranged beforehand. It might have taken an
hour of your time in total.
A designer style emerges to replace
the developer's vision with your own day to day requirements. An entryway
piece sets the tone as you walk in to your home. Wall colours you
chose with Veronica's assistance form the backdrop for custom drapery
which frame the windows giving you total darkness in the bedrooms
and whatever percentage you prefer in the living areas. The closets
are organized around your needs and custom built by Veronica's trades.
Area rugs, flooring and art all work to accentuate the designer feel.
You feel good about your home and are proud to show it off to visitors.
You have a new respect for what a professional
design team can accomplish. When you had questions they were
answered fully. Your trust grew as Veronica's trades proved reliable
and their work spoke for itself. They arrived on time, did great
work, and cleaned up when they departed. You knew in detail how
much the job would cost and your only surprise was that this didn't
change from the beginning to end.
You are surprised how easily it all
came together. You had the pleasure of being involved in
the design but none of the headaches of the implementation. Your
home and work life were barely affected and you look around your
new digs now and smile. You just can't wait to get home, and stay
VERONICA'S CORE BELIEFS AND VALUES
1) You get what you pay for. I
believe that. I compete in business on quality. If you lower the
quality it inevitably shows in the design. Price hesitancy is more
often that not a misunderstanding about value. Once I determine
a client's needs and budget I don't compromise on value and I don't
suggest something unaffordable. It's not rocket science, but it
helps that I have a gift for numbers and a good ear for listening.
2) A design project is 10% inspiration
and 90% perspiration. My pet peeve is that TV design makeovers
give the illusion that projects can done in a jiffy, by any trade
in the Yellow Pages, on a shoestring budget. Hogwash! Project management
is a daily undertaking of a project's pulse and progress and a designer
is only as good as her team of professional trades.
3). Picking my brains. I offer
a great service to a serious client. This means I am happy to respond
to your enquiry, but request you ensure you are ready and committed
to doing what it takes - including making firm decisions and setting
aside the money. Otherwise you will be taking time that could be
spent helping someone who is ready to fulfill their home design
I am action-oriented. I cut to the chase
to help you get the results you want. I'm not your average
designer. In my book, the squeaky wheel gets the oil! I hold my
trades & suppliers' feet-to-the-fire so you get your design
project installed on time and on budget.
WHAT MAKES VERONICA DIFFERENT?
Her business is her life. Veronica
thrives on client interaction. At night she brainstorms, on weekends
she reads and studies, in odd moments she searches online for inspiring
solutions to jobs she don't even have yet. What might work or resolve
design challenge. Half measures are not in her vocabulary.
She is a woman of her word. Based
on what you decide you want at the beginning of the project and
your commitment to deliver on your side, you achieve the design
style you want to achieve in the time and budget agreed upon.
She brings together a combination of
10 years experience in Vancouver's high-end interior design,
a university degree in Commerce, an outstanding team of design &
renovation professionals, a background in finance geared to your
budget, a spirited approach to living, and a natural eye for colour