eDesign: Is it worth it?

There are so many reasons why people choose not to work with an interior designer. Reasons like it cost too much time, money, and they can’t find a local designer who can meet their needs. Enter eDesign. In the last few years, eDesign has really blossomed into a service that is 100% on par with on-site design.

Why would someone want to use eDesign as opposed to opting for a traditional on-site interior design service, or simply doing it themselves? There are many reasons why eDesign has a leg up over on-site design and DIY approaches. I will be the first to say that both on-site design and DIY design have their own merits, but many times it doesn’t align with what eDesign has to offer.   


You might want to try eDesign if you … 


… don’t want to limit your designer pool based on location 

In this pandemic world, almost every business has tapped into some form of remote work at one point or another. Interior design services are no different. Imagine falling in love with the work of a designer that you discovered on social media, only to learn that they don’t offer design services in your area. eDesign mitigates all of that. It provides you with a much larger designer pool to select from without being restricted by location. 


… want your space designed quickly 

Traditional on-site design can very easily take a year or more to complete because of its complex nature. Depending on the conditions, eDesign can be completed in as little as a week. The process is pretty straightforward and can be a godsend for you if you need your space designed in a crunch. 


… are on a budget 

One of the most attractive elements of eDesign is that it saves money. With traditional design, clients spend money on many more services from field measures, to project management fees, procurement fees, & installation. eDesign is absolutely a dream for those who want professional interior design services on a budget. Usually, the eDesign services are a flat fee so you know exactly what to expect for the fee that you are paying. 


… have a DIY bone in you 

Yep, that’s right. DIY and eDesign are a match made in heaven. The majority of the clients that come to Elle Jupiter Interiors have an idea of the direction that they want to go in and they may even have a few pieces that they would like to include, but they aren’t sure of how to seamlessly bring it all together. If you want affordable, professional guidance on establishing a cohesive home, eDesign is where it’s at. 


What’s the process like?

Every designer has a different approach with eDesign, but the overall process is usually the same. 

Beginning of the process

At the beginning of the process, you should anticipate that your designer will ask you to complete some sort of intake survey to gauge the scope of your project and the desired aesthetic. In addition, you will either be provided with a field measurement guide or app to help you accurately capture the dimensions of your space.

edesign intake survey

A snippet of the type of questions you’ll be asked during your intake survey


Middle of the process

After gathering all of the information that is needed to start your project, you will most likely be presented with a conceptual board that will include pieces that you are keeping, plus additional suggestions based on your project scope and budget. Obviously, this step can vary depending on the designer and the packages offered. At Elle Jupiter Interiors, we offer three eDesign packages. In addition to the initial conceptual boards, you will most likely have the opportunity to request revisions on the concept if there are elements that you would like to adapt. 

edesign mood board

This is an example of a typical conceptual board.

End of the process

After finalizing a board that meets your aesthetic and functional needs, your package may include a shopping list and an installation guide. These resources are where the DIY bone comes in. This part of the process is highly flexible. I have clients who religiously stick to the shopping list and installation guide that I’ve created for them, and then there are those who like to use the final deliverables as pure inspiration that was customized for their space. Some designers also offer renderings of how the elements of the final mood board will look exactly in the client’s space.  


The eDesign process is one of the most stress-free ways to curate a space that you love. Most designers will offer a complimentary discovery call. Schedule your discovery call to discuss any questions that you may have regarding the process and how to get started.

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