How We Work

Work with Monique Holland and her team at Holland Custom Designs for a chance to experience truly superior service and superb interiors. Monique’s twenty years experience in design and management promise you a smooth project.

Holland Custom Designs offer full home interior design and decoration
including product selection and purchasing.

Monique comes to you

Monique Holland of Holland Custom Designs bring years of experience right to your home or office. Monique will be asking lots of questions because she wants your space to represent your style and needs whether for your home or business!

The initial appointment typically lasts about an hour. Larger projects may require more than one appointment. If you decide to work together Monique will take photos and video, and measure the space during the design appointment. If there are multiple areas to be measured she may return another day.

Monique will request a full house tour and you should mention all problem areas, not just the space you called her about. She may ask to see your closet to get an idea of the colors and patterns you wear. This is a time to get to know each other and decide how to move forward.

Investing in yourself

People are often shy to discuss a budget, but for both parties it is by far one of the most important aspects of your initial consultation. You may not know how much things cost and we can work with you to determine a budget that accomplishes your overall project goals.

You may choose to work on one space at a time or an entire home or business. The investment will determine the furnishings Monique can include in the project. Fortunately, we have access to a vast array of products.  We have to the trade only pieces and custom upholstery and drapery. We also have imported furniture at different price points to help fit in anyone’s budget. We also offer a full range of commercial furnishings.

Making selections

Every project presents its own unique set of circumstances. Monique prides herself on working side by side with you to accomplish your design vision. She’ll discuss the specifics of your project, help determine the budget and make some preliminary design suggestions.

Depending on the size of the project, she may be able to get started with just one meeting but generally a full room project (or larger) may require several appointments. At her studio, interior designer Monique Sheridan  and her team will begin to plan out the space being decorating, and start to make selections for your individualized design.

Black interior designer Monique Holland

From Design to Contract

Monique will present her ideas through a mixture of PowerPoint with floor plans, 3-D drawings and product images, and hand samples of products such as flooring, tile, drapery and furniture fabrics. If needed she can also drop samples at your home/office then talk to you via FaceTime or Zoom.

Monique will have worked with the budget that was agreed on earlier in the process and will be able to give pricing on all elements of the design project including installation.

Once you have made your selections from the plans, designs and furnishings shown at the Design Consultation, a contract will be drawn and preliminary installation dates discussed. If you have called Holland Custom Designs for a specific event such as a wedding or Thanksgiving, make sure to tell Monique from the beginning to avoid disappointment.

As your products are ordered from a wide range of vendors, items arrive individually and are stored safely until everything arrives. Some things may arrive within weeks, custom items may take several months depending on fabric availability and production schedules. Monique’s team will keep you informed throughout the process.

The Big Reveal

If you are having major renovations, you will see the major work being done. But if you are having a room decorated, you can look forward to a huge surprise.

You’ve waited patiently for installation day, surely the most exciting day for both you and Monique! It is advisable to leave Monique and her team alone in your home to supervise the sub-contractors who will install window treatments and hang light fixtures.

If you were having paint and wallpaper installed, that may happen earlier to avoid paint spills on your new furniture. Monique will call you to return home when everything is perfect. There is nothing nicer than having left your home in the morning then returning later to see the final reveal. Enjoy your new space — hiring an interior designer is worth every cent!


Holland Custom Designs work in these areas surrounding Washington DC: Alexandria, National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Bryan’s Road, Accokeek, Upper Marlboro and Fort Washington. Call now (301) 567-0680 and book an appointment.