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  • Which package is the best for me?
    This depends entirely on your requirements. We can help you to refresh your room, decorate a room from scratch or simply accessorise it for the finishing touches. You can book a free discovery call so we can advise you on the best service for you.
  • What is the difference between the packages?
    We offer three main packages: 1- MINI STYLING: suitable if you are looking to add the final touches with accessories or paint to your room and already have furniture or fixtures in place. If you are looking to boost the potential of your room and create a functional yet enjoyable space with furniture and accessories, you can choose one of the below 2D comprehensive packages: 2- MIDI DESIGN: Suitable for rooms that have one function (e.g. Living Room, Master Bedroom, Home Office, Dining Room etc.). 3- MAXI DESIGN: Suitable for rooms with a double function (e.g. Open Plan Living, Living-Dining, Bedroom & Office, Basement etc.) You have the option to add a 3D Visual package or Home Visit Consultation to the MIDI & MAXI design, if you wish. We also offer an Inspiration Call or Floor Plan & Layout as single services. More information on what it is included and prices can be found on the relevant page on our website.
  • Do you offer discounts for multiple rooms?
    Yes, we do! If you book multiple rooms at the same time, you will receive a 15% discount on 2 rooms, and a 20% discount on 3 rooms. This is only applicable to the Midi and Maxi E-design packages.
  • How does the design process work?
    DISCOVERY CALL: Get in touch via email or book a 30-min discovery call (free) to find out which package is best for you. SELECT & PURCHASE: If you are happy to purchase the service that best suits you, we will send you a contract and invoice for our services. We will also need your room’s measurements and some pictures. (If you are not able to take accurate measurements of your room, you can select the add-on service as described in the MIDI & MAXI packages). DESIGN BRIEF: Once the payment is received, we will arrange our first call to go through a questionnaire so we can better understand your style, needs and budget. At this point we will chat through the all-important details. This will ensure that we are all on the same page. DESIGN WORK + REVISION: We will create a design for you based on your design brief questionnaire, budget and things agreed during our initial calls. It will be personalised to your home, lifestyle, and personal taste. You are provided with 2 selections of concept board and entitled up to 1 revision for the selected design. RECEIVE YOUR DESIGN & START SHOPPING: You will receive your design in PDF files via email, including a personalised shopping list with the links to the items listed in the design. Simply click on the links to order your items at your leisure. POST-DESIGN SUPPORT: Depending on your package, we are happy to offer a post-design support should you have any issues with the implementation of your design. If you wish to visualise your design in 3D, book a Home Visit Consultation or request extra revisions to your design, you can purchase these additionally.
  • What If I don’t want the full package?
    If you are not interested in the main package, we also offer single services such as the Inspiration Call and Floor Plan & Layout. You can book a Free Discovery Call to discuss other requests you may have.
  • How long will it take to receive my finished design?
    The duration of the finished designs depends on the package chosen and complexity of the design. It may take between 10 and 20 working days; with the 3D visual add-on please allow extra 4-7 working days. The duration will also depend on when we book the calls and how quickly we receive your approval of the design concept. Please note that the maximum duration of a project should not exceed 2 months.
  • Can I make changes after the Design Brief?
    You will be provided with two concept boards. You can choose one of the two and from there we will start developing the design scheme and 2D visuals. You will be given the chance to choose your preferred furniture and accessories and are entitled up to 1 revision (of up to 6 items). After the design, products and floor plan are agreed, if you wish to make changes or receive further revisions, we will have to charge you a little more to cover the extra time. Additonal design changes are charged per hour at £50/hour.
  • What is the difference between a Mood Board and Design Scheme?
    A Mood Board is a collage of photos, materials and colours showing an interior design concept. This gives you an impression of the mood for a room, it includes a colour palette, inspiration images. It provides the design direction, the basis to then develop the design further. A Design Scheme board gives a clear visual impression of a suggested design scheme with images of colours, furniture and accessories. It will include the real items to be purchased.
  • What do I need to provide you with?
    Before the process starts, we will need your support to provide us with: 1- MEASUREMENTS OF YOUR ROOM: If you already have a detailed floorplan from an architect (with measurements), that should be enough (estate agent’s floor plans may not qualify). If not, you will be provided with a guide on How To Measure My Room. Please consult the guide before submitting your measurements as there are some details such as width & height of the walls, dimensions of the windows and doors, connections for water, drain and electric sockets/outlets that are necessary to be included. If you need more help, do not hesitate to contact us. If there is any piece of furniture that you would like to keep, please share the measurements. 2- PHOTOS OF THE ROOM: We will ask you to take photos of your room from different angles and possibly during the day. It will help us to better visualise your space, your taste and the current condition of the room. You will be provided with a guide on How To Take Photos Of My Room. If there is any piece of furniture or accessory that you would like to keep, please also take photos of those. 3- INSPIRATIONAL IMAGES (Optional): If applicable, it would be great if you can share with us some photos that you feel inspired by. The photos can be about a style that you have seen, a particular piece of furniture, a colour palette, anything that can help us get a better idea of your personal style and taste. We recommend that you research such photos on platforms like Pinterest, Houzz, Instagram etc. 4- QUESTIONNAIRE (DESIGN BRIEF): You will be sent the questionnaire in advance so you can familiarise with it and fill it in in your own time. We then suggest going through it together during our first video call; this will give the chance to ask for clarifications and questions and make sure we can create the perfect design to suit your needs. 5- BUDGET: This is very important. We will work hard to make sure we meet your budget needs, but we need your help to do so. We will ask you to think of a budget prior our video call to discuss the Design Brief. If you are struggling to come out with a budget, get in touch and we can send you a budget estimate reference sheet. All the above information can be sent to us by email or shared via WeTransfer, GoogleDocs or similar. NOTE: If you are planning to make larger changes to your home, such as replacing your flooring, knocking down walls and other major works, please make sure you inform us!
  • Can you come to my house to take the measurements?
    Yes! We can discuss this based on your location for an extra flat fee.
  • What should I include in my budget?
    Your overall budget should cover the cost for the E-Design service you choose, all the furniture items and accessories proposed to you on the shopping list including delivery fees (please check when you purchase items online), tradespeople and materials (only if you are planning larger works outside the proposed design scope). Please note this is an online service, so in-person consultations and in-person measurements are not included. If you wish to add them to your package, please let us know.
  • What if I am not happy with my design?
    We care about your happiness. We listen to your needs and aim to produce designs that meet your preferences and budget. We will submit the final design only after your approval. We also offer 10 days of post-design support (only applicable to the Midi and Maxi packages). If you are not satisfied, please contact us.
  • Do you consider existing furniture in the design?
    Yes, we will of course define which products you already have and wish to keep. Please make sure you share photos and measurements of those pieces. Where possible, we will also suggest how to creatively up-cycle existing and tired-looking furniture pieces, this will save you money while also helping the environment.
  • Do I have to buy all the items from the shopping list?
    Absolutely not! You are in charge of choosing the furniture and accessories that work best with the design. You are free to buy them whenever you are ready! However, please note that the links provided are correct at the time the Design Scheme is created, but the prices/availability of some items may change due to the nature of links to online shopping. We are also not held responsible of the final look of the room should you wish not to buy the suggested items or change the selection.
  • Do I need to pay upfront?
    After contacting us, we will send you more information and a quotation based on your requirements. After you agree the quotation, you will be sent an invoice and agreement to sign. The full payment of the package is requested prior to starting to work to secure our time and dedication. Once the payment is acknowledged, we will start working on your project. Please remember that you will only be paying for the price of your design package upfront which does not include the products suggested in your design. They can be purchased at any point after you receive the shopping list.
  • What is Home Staging?
    "Home Staging is about making a home appeal to the highest number of potential buyers in order to sell the property faster for more money. Home Staging techniques focus on improving a property's appearance by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive home with lifestyle and buyer appeal". UK's Rightmove shows Home Staged properties secured 8% more than non-staged homes. The UK Home Staging Association Report survey of Estate Agents and property developers shows 95% said Home Staged homes sold faster than none-staged homes. HSA Report showed 100% of Estate Agents surveyed said that Home Staging increased property price. Property Developers surveyed by HSA UK said 44% of their property had increased above its value by 10% from using Home Staging services. Worldwide: 85% of staged property saw a 6-25% increase in selling price compared to other local property not professionally staged. Source: HSR International. (Source: CHSSP)
  • Why is Home Staging important?
    Home staging is important for several reasons: Helps to create a good first impression. Maximizes the potential of a property and increases its perceived value. Helps to sell a home faster. When a property is staged, it helps potential buyers to imagine themselves living in the space, which can help to create an emotional connection with the home. Can increase the selling price.
  • Why do I need to hire you for Home Staging? Can I not do it myself?
    Yes, indeed you can do it yourself and there are many resources online to help you, but often it is hard to see our own home impartially. We offer a non-judgemental support to tell you what your buyers are looking for and how best to achieve it. We will help you avoid making costly mistakes and show you where and how to make the best investments.
  • What properties can be staged?
    Both Empty and Lived-in Properties can be staged. Every property is different so why don’t you book a free discovery call to discuss your needs with us?
  • What is the difference between Empty and Lived-in Home Staging?
    Home Staging For Empty Properties Service is for properties that are not furnished or have very little furnishings and need to be “dressed” in order to look ready to move in. Adding furniture and accessories to an empty space helps the potential buyer better imagine how it would be like to live there. Home Staging For Lived-in Properties Service is for sellers who still live in their property during the time the property in on the market. This means that all the personal items, furniture and accessories belong to the seller. The Home Stager will carry out an inspection and detailed report to assess the best way to improve the look and feel of your property and sell as quick as possible.
  • What improvements should I expect from Home Staging?
    There are a number of levels of Home Staging, from minimum impact to maximum increase in value. Generally speaking, we identify two level of Home Staging: Level I - low level maintenance, de-clutter, spring clean, carpet cleaning and accessorising. See our Soft Staging Package. Level II - larger scale improvements to draw the buyers in with a more expensive feature such as a kitchen facelift, new flooring, decoration and improved key furniture items such as a new sofa. See our Bespoke Home Staging Package. The options suggested will depend on various factors including the property value, conditions, style, location and saleability in local housing market conditions. We will carefully assess what is best for your property.
  • Is Home Staging enough to sell my property?
    Home staging can be a very effective tool for selling a property, but it's not necessarily enough on its own to guarantee a successful sale. While home staging can make a property look more attractive to potential buyers, there are many other factors that can influence whether or not a property sells quickly and for a good price. Including: Price: if you set the price too high, you may struggle to attract buyers, even if your home is well-staged. Location: if your property is in a desirable location, you may have an easier time finding buyers, regardless of whether or not it's staged. Market conditions: in a hot market, properties may sell quickly regardless of their staging, while in a slow market, even well-staged properties may struggle to attract buyers. Marketing: if you're not reaching the right audience, or your marketing materials are not well-designed, or photos are not taken professionally, even a well-staged property may struggle to attract buyer. A combination of a well-staged property, a competitive price, and effective marketing strategies is likely to give you the best chance of success!
  • When is the best time to home stage my property?
    The best time to home stage a property is before it is listed for sale on the market. It's also a good idea to home stage your property before you have professional photos taken for the listing, as this will help ensure that the photos showcase the property in the best possible way. Keep in mind that the timing of home staging may also depend on the local property market and the season. For example, if you're selling a vacation home, it might be best to stage it during the peak vacation season to attract potential buyers who are looking for a second home. If you're selling a family home, it might be best to stage it during the spring or summer months when the weather is nice and the landscaping is in full bloom. While it's ideal to stage your home before it hits the market, staging can still be beneficial at any point in the selling process. Whether your home has been on the market for a few days or a few months, staging can help it stand out from other homes for sale in the area and potentially attract more potential buyers.
  • What should I include in my budget?
    Besides the Home Staging fees, your budget should cover the cost for any furniture and accessories suggested on the Report for you to buy or if they are bought on your behalf; tradespeople and materials, subject to the project type; skip hire, if required; storage sites, if required; parking permits for the Home Stager and/or tradespeople.
  • Do I need to pay upfront?
    Our Consultation, Advice & Report package is requested to be paid up front before arranging the in-person or digital consultation. The Soft Staging and Bespoke Home Staging packages can be paid in instalments depending on the type of staging needed.
  • What areas do you cover?
    We are based in Royal Leamington Spa. We cover the West Midlands. Our package for in-person consultations includes travel up to 10 miles from CV32 5DE. For locations further than 10 miles, an additional £2 per mile will be charged. With online consultations we can reach across the whole of UK.
  • Where are you based and what areas do you cover?
    We are based in Royal Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. With our E-Design services and Home Staging online consultations we can reach across the whole of UK. For in-person consultations and home staging we cover the West Midlands. Our packages include travel up to 10 miles from CV32 5DE. For locations further than 10 miles, an additional £2 per mile will be charged.
  • Do you speak any other languages?
    Yes our team is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and Chinese (Mandarin) but our default and preferred communication method is English.
  • How does the One Tree Planted work?
    By purchasing the main E-Design and Home Staging packages, you are supporting global reforestation through our business partner One Tree Planted! One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is dedicated to global reforestation. They plant trees to restore nature and biodiversity. They also raise awareness about the importance of trees, offer businesses like ours a simple sustainability solution, and motivate younger generations to do something positive for the environment. You can find out more on their website.
  • How do I know that you are really planting a Tree?
    We have partnered with One Tree Planted to plant trees. Mika Design Studio will gift you a tree after you purchase one of our services. You then receive a confirmation via email (at the address that you provide) and also a tree certificate. One Tree Planted works hard to keep us in the loop on how our donation is being used. They will send us an update with photos and information provided by their reforestation partners. This will include details such as the tree species planted, expected survival rates, community engagement, and ecological benefits. The time between our donation and the actual tree planting will vary depending on the region chosen and the time of year. Planting usually happens during the rainy season, when the soil provides optimum conditions for tree survival. You can find more information here.
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