About/FAQ

Full-Scale Interior Designing

Philadelphia and Main Line based-firm specializing in full-scale residential interior design. With 23 years of experience, Arlene knows what it takes to be a successful designer. With her sophisticated taste and timeless approach to design, Arlene’s style exudes class, flare, balance, and harmony—all grounded in her impeccable attention to detail. Arlene’s personal and holistic approach is deeply influenced by her appreciation for culture, art history, and many years of study at Moore College of Art & Design.

Arlene surpasses so many others in her field due to her approach: listening, understanding, collaborating, envisioning, and executing. Arlene gets to know and understand her clients and their unique vision by asking unique, meaningful questions and really listening. She patiently invests in her clients upfront, collaborating, getting to know them, looking at pictures, options for style, listening to stories, and understand their lifestyle. This allows Arlene to accurately envision what will make each unique client happy and how to convert their living space into something truly stunning yet soothing and inviting. Then she executes the plan down to every precise detail.

Arlene attended Moore College of Art to study interior design and studied art at the Barnes Foundation for three years and became a docent. She took sculpting classes for several years from a well-known artist from Holland and sculpted a figure, and won 2nd place in the juried art show. Being part of the Barnes' Friends, she always traveled to museums to study special art displays.

Arlene Achievements

  • Best of Houzz - Won 5 consecutive years
  • Won award among 20 best designers in Philadelphia 2016
  • Certified Living In Place Professional™ (CLIPP)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if it is appropriate for me to hire a Designer?

Most of us desire the pleasure that comes from living in beautiful spaces. A professional designer can create that for you by bringing expertise from education, experience, skill, and professional affiliations. If you hire a professional designer, you will get creative solutions and the ability to put it all together, coupled with a trained eye for scale, proportion, and flow. This culminates in designed spaces that you truly love to be in.

How do we get started?

Usually, a face to face meeting at the project location is best. I will want to hear about your interests in the project and your goals.

Why does a Designer ask me if I have a budget?

Most designers ask this question to know what path to take when looking at furnishings, lighting, appliances, construction changes, etc. A designer cannot design without a budget, so if you need help figuring one out, we can work together to accomplish that.

How do you charge?

Your bill will depend on the services we provide you. Some of our services are billed on an hourly basis. In other cases, we will simply sell you home goods. Reach out to us to discuss the details of your project and how our services will work for you.

How will you present the design concept for building and remodeling?

Whether we are reviewing plans in-person or over a call, we will present our 2D technical drawings and renderings in a presentation where we’ll walk you through the plans and draw your attention to any specific areas that we think deserve additional consideration. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to share your thoughts with us as we guide you through the process!

Do you work on the technical drawings for construction?

Yes, we do! We can design interior spaces like kitchens and bathrooms. We can review the plans you already have drawn up to give you feedback. And we can design smaller details, like cabinetry, fireplace surrounds, ceiling details, and built-in bookshelves.

How will you present the finish and furnishing selections?

When we are presenting your design in-person, we like to present entire rooms at a time. We do so with a table full of interior finish and furniture samples, fabrics, paint chips, floorplans, furniture configurations, images, and more. Depending on the amount of design we are presenting during your appointment, we may fill numerous tables, with each table representing 1-2 rooms, and with each selected item including a variety of options to give you choices.

Similarly, when we are presenting your design remotely, we will send you a pdf of all the same items that would otherwise be filling a table, and we will send you the physical fabric samples that you are considering for your home. We’ll devote a conference call to walking through your pdf presentation, answering your questions and making adjustments as we determine they’re needed.

Do you sell furniture, or do you just design whole rooms?

We love working with our clients on their furnishings! Sometimes that means working on entire rooms, but often it means finding a few keys pieces for a home. We’ll work with the furniture you already own and love, and we will help you find quality pieces to complete your home.

Can I sit on furniture and test it before I buy it?

The answer here is…probably! In a given furniture project, there may be some key pieces you would like to sit on or test out in advance. Since the furnishings for your home will be custom ordered for you, the exact item may not be available for you to try out. However, we’ll take you to a local showroom where you can sit in a similar model to determine what your preferences are.

Do you sell custom window treatments? What if that’s all I need?

Yes, we do, and it’s fine if window treatments are all you need! We’re here to work with you on the elements of your home that you want to address right now. This could mean one area rug, window treatments for a single room, or a whole home of furniture.

What’s the warranty on my furniture?

Every furniture manufacturer provides its own warranty. As you make your furniture selections, we will provide you with any warranty information that you need!

Testimonials

Arlene Bobb Interior Design
Arlene Bobb Interior Design
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