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Trowbridge Interiors has helped homeowners turn their visions into a reality since 1989! We strive to provide Colorado Springs area residents with friendly and personalized service to ensure their projects reflect their unique style and personality.
Sandie Trowbridge of Trowbridge Interiors has been working one-on-one with clients to help them achieve their interior design visions since 1994. Her eye for detail and passion for helping clients discover their own aesthetic, combined with her practice of allowing her clients to be as involved in the process as they want to be makes Sandie the kind of designer that you want to work with again and again!

Consult with us to discuss how we can make your home interiors suit your needs, and we’ll guide you through the process no matter the how big the project. From single room renovations to whole home overhauls, your interior design project will be done on a timeline and budget that suits your needs. You can be as involved in the process as you want to be - hands on or off, Sandie can work with you individually to achieve your goals. Discuss your vision with a Trowbridge Interiors designing expert to get started.

Question & Answer

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

I set an initial appointment with each client to get an idea of the scope of the project wihich also allows us to determine if I am a good fit for the project. If it is determined that we will be working together, we'll determine where we'll go from there. Sometimes I'll give homework for the client to start on before our next meeting.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Education is always on going in this industry. Whether reading professional publications, going to professional design shows like the international Kitchen and Bath shows or the Designer's Market at the Denver Design District, it is necessary to keep up with new products and techniques. As a member of the Denver Design District, there are several subject specific seminars each year. We now have access to CEU webinars online through Hunter Douglas and other design support companies. If we don't keep up with the newest technologies and trends, we can't advise our clients.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.

My pricing is very simple - $60 per hour and 'cost plus' discounts on product if requested. For groups of 5 or more, $60 each for decorating workshops. You can be as involved as you want in your project. I'm there to guide you every step of the way and some of my experts are willing to work directly with you.

How did you get started doing this type of work?

It is said that about 5% to 10% of the population has the ability to visualize. I'm one of them. As a military spouse, I had a lot of experience decorating quickly around what I already owned. Twenty seven years ago, I trained under a mentor in a national decorating company on the East coast and have had my own business since 1990. I taught new decorators how to design window treatments for this company and noticed how quickly some of them learned. There appears to be an innate ability in some people and education enhances it but can't create it.

What types of customers have you worked with?

My usual job is hourly consultation to help clients with specific projects. If they are doing a remodel, I help them find a contractor, pick products based on their needs and create a color board. If the clients are 50 or older, I will advise them in universal design (design for people of all ability levels that does not look like handicap design.)

Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

My three favorite projects were all in 2011 and were all for non-profits. A group of local designer/decorators got together to redesign the Habitat ReStore on Wasatch. Some of the same group collaborated to decorate the Habitat for Humanity Parade Home in Woodmen Vistas. I donated over 100 hours to design a downtown church.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

I believe it is important for both parties to have a certain level of respect for each other which starts with understanding our roles. Honesty and transparency are very important as it saves time for both. If I don't understand quickly what the client needs and wants, time and money is wasted. A lot of questions should be asked by both parties.

What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

Know your likes and dis-likes. Both are important. If you are unsure, search magazines and websites like Houzz.com. If you see something you like, determine what exactly appeals to you. The same is true of photos you don't like. Determine why you don't like it. We don't want to recreate that photo, just understand the appeal and create your special look.