Elza B. Design, Inc.

(781) 859-7817
www.elzabdesign.com

Services Provided
Offers Full Service Design solutions focused on creating restful and stylish interiors for your home, small business or hotel. A High-End Design specialist, Elza B. Design works in full Collaboration w/Architects + Contractors. We design with your Family in Mind, ensuring materials + furniture can weather your project. Elza B. Design provides Project Coordination, Custom Solutions, Art Sourcing, Furniture + Materials, Window Treatments.

Areas Served
Boston Metro including but not limited to Acton, Sudbury, Concord, Carlisle, Weston, Lincoln, Lexington, Newton, Brookline, Stow, Harvard, Cambridge, Winchester, Worcester, Cape Cod, & all of Massachusetts. Some parts of New Hampshire and Maine. Will travel for large projects.

Business Description
Elza B. Design’s French-American owner excels at creating stylish and inviting interiors for the discerning clientele.

Known for infusing her work with European flair, Barbara is a pro at transforming a space into an oasis that truly feels welcoming!

Elza B. Design was featured in New England Home Magazine, The Boston Globe and Maine Home + Design and is the Winner of 2013 & 2014's Best of Houzz Customer Satisfaction.

An attentive listener and gifted colorist, Barbara will make sure to create an interior that meets your needs. She is not afraid to bridge old with new and loves to create restful and unique contemporary, transitional, eclectic or "traditional with a twist" interiors. Her European roots greatly influence her work, as does her background in art and fashion.

Barbara will work closely with you to help you create a truly unique space. If you work with an architect or a team of contractors, she will collaborate with them to ensure the space planning and material selections are harmonious and respect the design goals.

An organized and dedicated professional, Barbara works hard to deliver! Feel free to reach out to us, we'd love to help with your design project!

Barbara writes a blog “CHEZ ELZA” which you can consult: blog.elzabdesign.com and a facebook page facebook/elzabdesign. Barbara also writes a regular article for Houzz.com in which she selects 20 Picks.

Barbara is a member of the IFDA (International Furnishings and Design Association) and the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce.

Certification and Awards
"Best of Houzz" 2013 and 2014 Award
Boston Metro Interior Design Firm
Best of Houzz 2013 & 2014
Contact:
Barbara Elza Hirsch 
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Address
100 Powdermill Rd #229,
Acton, Massachusetts,
United States, 01720 
Elza B. Design, Inc. commented on an ideabook

How to Work With an Interior Designer

Interior designers do much more than make a home pretty — they turn it into a harmonious haven that's uniquely yours Full Story
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Hi Erin, I am so sorry you are going through this apparent lack of transparency in the communication with the designer. The purchasing part needed to be explained black on white in the contract and you should feel very comfortable about the terms and ask as many clarifications as needed before signing. There needs to be an initial conversation with the designer/client about the client's budget for both design service and materials/furniture. This to ensure the client has realistic expectations and designer is a good match and can meet their needs. It is so important for the designer to understand where you like to shop and what your budget is. I agree the contract is key and each designer has a slightly different contract of course. It's like working with any contractor. As a designer, I agree with HERE we are moving away from the hourly contract and towards a flat fee basis (allows for more transparency). In my contracts, I always stipulate a flat fee for my services and then have a separate section for the purchases, how I will handle them if I do make purchases and what is my purchasing fee. When i purchase items for my clients, I never sell above retail value and make sure clients understand that my purchasing fee covers my time communicating with vendors, organizing shipments, dealing with delivery/backorder problems, etc. I hope your face to face meeting allows for clarification on both ends and that you can enjoy a positive experience with this designer, as working with a designer should be fun and take the worry out of the design process. A trusting relationship for both parties involved is key.
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That's why I like to present each purchase authorization to my clients where I let them know the retail value upfront and how much I am selling it at for. There should not be secrecy. It is understandable however if it is agreed between parties that the designer scouts for the furniture that the designer not share her vendor sources as that could entail a client getting the furniture elsewhere and breaching the contract. After all, how would you imagine working with a general contractor if you started buying all the materials (wood, glue, nails, insulation etc) in her/his place? Contractors, like designers, need to make a cut on their time researching, specifying and ordering materials and furniture. However, there is no reason to cheat clients and sell items at outrageous amounts. Another important thing is that a designer can educate their client on quality: clearly if you buy an IKEA sofa it will not have the same built nor be of same quality as a BAKER sofa. In conclusion, transparency is so important: how can a client/designer work as a team if there is no trust? Do NOT sign a contract unless you are comfortable with it and have had all your questions answered.
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Indeed.
March 26, 2014 at 12:34pm   
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Oh oh. Yikes, if the firm does not have a clear policy across the board, that is not good.
March 26, 2014 at 1:08pm   
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jconroy, I think you provided very relevant information. :-)
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ASID California North Chapter
Thanks to the author Lisa Frederick for the shout-out to ASID!

Your local chapter can not only help you connect with an interior designer, they may have a library you can look through, or could help arrange tours of actual homes, offices and businesses so you can get ideas or a feel for a designer's style in a more tangible way than in a website or portfolio photo.

You also want to be sure they know their craft: building codes, local laws, ADA and sustainable design are all measurable and quantifiable. ASID designers have proven that they are educated and informed.

Finally, don't forget that you're not just hiring for a service, you are creating and nourishing a relationship that could last a long time. Designers are privy to personal details of your lifestyle, budget, and your relationships with others, so make sure they are someone you not only trust, but really enjoy working with.
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Guest Picks: Neaten Up Your Mudroom

Keep entryway messes at bay with stylish coatracks, easy-clean textiles and shoe and umbrella holders Full Story
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If I ever build another house, it will have the most awesome combination mud room, laundry and pantry. Book bags with a home, boots with a place, dog crate and bowls out of the way, canned goods and pots on the ready, laundry with hanging area and every wet, muddy NW jacket in a place to dry. Ah, to dream...
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I worked with Elza B. Design to remodel my kitchen and dining area. She did an excellent job, was professional and pleasant to work with. Our kitchen looks wond...
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Elza B. Design helped me decorate my living room in 2012. Barbara Hirsch was the most patient and accommodating Interior Decorator one could wish for. I had a ...
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I had the distinct pleasure of working with Barbara Hirsch of Elza B Design, Inc. this Spring when they commissioned me to create two custom complimentary mosai...
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Barbara is a responsive professional who clearly loves her work. We worked closely with her during our 1st floor renovation, a transition from a traditional to...
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We hired Barbara to serve as a consultant when we began to finish our basement. She helped with outlay of the basement (lighting, furniture, cabinets) and with...
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