Love your home
We create highly customized interior design for your luxury home. Platemark's style has a painterly quality - bold and adventurous at times, but always steeped with texture. Our projects include private homes, vacation homes, rural estates, urban townhomes and condominiums. We advocate for our clients by providing turn-key design solutions.
We are known for taking a clever approach to dreaming up refined and elegant homes that are positively special, wonderfully customized and exceedingly livable. Platemark injects the unique and unexpected, and maintains that a home is for living in, and the interior designer's job is first and foremost to answer a client's needs, wishes and dreams.
Platemark assures that each project is meticulously conceived, detailed and executed under our constant guidance to create luxurious, well-tailored and exuberant living spaces. Our transformations appeal to the unique adventurers who are ready to embark on a beautiful journey. Accordingly, Platemark keeps both the company and number of active projects small, thus ensuring our involvement with - and commitment to - every home we create.
Our SpecialtyMixing function and style, classical motifs and contemporary touches, in rich and unexpected ways.
Our ProjectsPrivate homes, vacation homes, rural estates, urban townhomes and condominiums
Our ClientsLove to have fun! And they enjoy sharing their beautiful life with friends and loved ones alike.
Our Services Include:Transformative Interior Design
Custom Furniture & Millwork Design and Fabrication
Audiovisual and Home Automation Design
Household Transitions & Downsizing
Art Curation & Placement
Founded over a decade ago by Principal Craig Tevolitz and located in Boston's Back Bay, Platemark is a well-established Boston interior design firm for clients who desire exceptional personal residences.
Craig is an award-winning interior designer whose work has been featured in numerous publications and on TV including New England Home, Design New England, Boston Globe, WCVB and various blogs featured around the world.
With a post-graduate background in web and graphic design, Craig has a keen artistic eye and technical sensibility that lends itself to perfecting his interior decorator aesthetic in every Platemark Design Project. Craig ensures that each project is meticulously conceived, detailed and executed under his constant guidance to create luxurious, well-tailored and contemporary living spaces.
His approach can be summed up as concierge level service and turn-key, making the design process fun and enjoyable for his clients. His clientele includes CEOs, portfolio managers, entrepreneurs and busy professionals, from Weston to Beacon Hill, Wellesley to Back Bay, Chatham, New York and Montana.
Each project begins with a two-hour consultation on site to get to know more about you and your project needs. Our consultation is a thoroughly productive working session that begins with touring your home, after which we make recommendations for improving each area that you would like to address. These recommendations, ideas and tips can be put into action immediately as we proceed to kick off your full service design project.
We will help you create a comfortable budget for your project and answer all your questions about the work you are considering. At the end of the two hours, we'll have a thorough scope of work defined and your project will already be started.
What we will accomplish:
+ Provide recommendation for color palettes, paint, fabrics, etc.
+ Discuss new furniture purchases and determine furniture layouts
+ Suggest/Design window treatments, wallcovering, floor treatments, accessories, etc.
+ Provide lighting guidance.
+ Recommend potential interior architecture changes such as cabinetry, moldings, floor plan changes.
+ Advise on appliances, multi-media, or other home automation equipment.
+ Review our design process, which outlines how we work, how we charge and what to expect.
Consultations start at $675.
We love our clients. Their endorsements speak for themselves, literally.
Have you ever sat in a room and thought, 'this room looks like me and feels like me.....it is me.' That is how I feel every time I enter my master bedroom, thanks to Craig Tevolitz of Platemark Design. Of course, Craig asked all the right questions to determine what features I need in the room, what my favorite colors are, etc. But every bit as important as that was the fact that he delved specifically into how I wanted the room to make me feel when I'm in it. He listened very carefully and he heard me. I know this because the very first design option he presented nailed it! Only minor tweaking was necessary. From there, Craig managed all aspects of the project to my complete satisfaction. It mattered to Craig that I was completely happy with his work, that he had created the experience I was looking for in my room. He has an amazing and enviable sense of style, beauty, and exactitude. It's clear that he loves what he does. And so do I!
We worked with Platemark from April - Oct 2013. The project included a complete interior design for our living, dining, sitting room and master bedroom spaces. The Platemark team spent time at the beginning of the project understanding our needs and our design preferences, which were effectively translated and incorporated into our final design. The design process was very interactive and iterative. The team was very organized. Meetings were timely, clear agendas, followed up with detailed notes and actions. Platemark's design was creative and fresh. We are very pleased with our end product. It is comfortable yet sophisticated. I would not hesitate to work with Platemark on further projects.
The Platemark team was fabulous in helping me bring my vision to reality. Although I had a good idea of what I wanted, they were critical to spacial planning and fabric selection. They took a rough concept for a built-in and delivered a gorgeous, custom piece of furniture. They introduced exciting materials for a coffee table top that I would have never been aware existed and provided access to vendors that I would normally not have access to. The team managed all the heavy lifting of coordinating vendors and delivery. They really pulled it all together. I highly recommend them!
Platemark did an outstanding job helping us to develop a coherent spatial plan and color pallet for our small urban condo. The resulting space was open and calming, and flexible enough in its design elements to withstand the arrival of children a few years later. We could not have been more pleased and looking forward to working with them again!
Craig is very easy to work with. He listens to all of our ideas and really considers the overall look and feel we are trying to accomplish, as well as important factors such as durability of items and project cost. What we really like about working with Craig is that he takes our ideas and turns them into a vision we would never be able to accomplish ourselves. He knows what is important in a design, so he will be honest about elements that he feels are crucial, but he will also tell you which elements can be explored further to see more options (or cut out altogether). Another thing we really like is that he deals with all of the installation. Previously, our designers had worked piece-meal, bringing in elements for installation as they became available. Craig holds everything, inspects it as it comes in, and schedules (and oversees) installation all at once, so there is a dramatic transformation and we do not have to live in a half-done room for any length of time. Every single member of the house was impressed by how much he addressed each of their personalities while designing personal spaces throughout our home (and that is saying a LOT - no other designer has been able to do that with this family). So far, we have completely redone three rooms and have upgraded two others, but we will continue to use Craig as projects arise.
We hired Platemark to help us reconceive the living space in our city condo. Craig and Richard immediately understood our needs and aesthetic and helped us transform our space into something beautiful that suited our needs and that we were extremely proud to show off. They were a pleasure to work with and we'd hire them again!
Platemark Design deserves their growing esteem in New England. This is a small group of Boston-based professional interior designers, led by Craig Tevolitz, who specializes in transforming interiors in innovative ways. I was impressed by a number of factors while working with them. 1. Their sense of beauty is sound and often surprisingly delightful, offering many great ideas that would not come to a client (that's why one hires professionals!). 2. They are willing, indeed eager, to work with a client's existing furniture and art collections. I know some people who are dissuaded from much-needed apartment renovations because they are attached to pieces of furniture or art they have inherited or collected. This is no longer a problem with Platemark. Incorporating pieces you already own, they will in fact design an interior that is both "new" and very "you." 3. Their associated craftsmen, from lampshades to wall coverings to upholsterers, are excellent. 4. Platemark will take care of nearly all the details and logistics, including deliveries, meeting contractors, and follow-up. Overall, an excellent experience. I love my transformed and improved apartment!
Platemark was hired to renovate and refurbish the main space a Newbury Street art gallery that needed to retain its old world charm and introduce a stylish contemporary sensibility to an existing clientele. Platemark worked with us to understand our requirements and rethink the way in which our art is presented. The resulting design always looks fresh, and continues to receive compliments 3 years after completion.
I had a great experience working with Craig. I definitely had a lot of ideas. He really made my ideas better, by figuring out how all the piece fit together, how to best use my space and keeping things the right scale, working around a few pieces that I already had and wanted to keep, identifying where to find the types of things I wanted, etc. He brought in options for materials that I never would have known about (for us, we used a very cool manufactured faux-marble for a coffee table that looks like real marble, but doesn't stain), in fact, he seems to be very current with what is out there. He did a lot of the heavy lifting to bring together fabric options that I could select from. He was also great to coordinate all of the work, so that it all showed up at once.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the design process?
In a nutshell— our process is divided into three general phases: Discovery, Design and Delivery. During our initial consultation, we will gather as much information as possible about your needs and desires for the space and discuss further details of our design process. We will outline the scope of work, the estimated number of hours to complete your project, the design fee, and the deposit required to get started. We will prepare a detailed design plan with all necessary drawings, key furniture selections, key fabric selections and color schemes. Once approved with deposit, we move forward with the purchasing and project management phase. Our services are white glove and turn-key, right up to the final reveal and styling.
We urge that all decision makers are present at the consultation and design presentation, so that we receive everyone's input, vision and feedback for the space. Determining allowances for the project is a key component of this, so be prepared to talk about the funds you would like to allocate. If you need help setting a budget, we are happy to guide you through the process. We like to set expectations from the very beginning and therefore we will discuss your vision, your budget, your timeframe, how we work, and our fee structure at our initial meeting.
What exactly does Full Service Interior Design mean?
Full service means creating a turn-key design for your project, from initial concept to the final installation. It is about letting our team handle all the details from research to selection, purchasing and quality assurance to installation. Full service applies to a full room or group of rooms or an entire home in a single installation. Many of our clients like to work in phases and so many of our full service projects are done one complete room at a time.
Do you offer custom options and do I have to go completely custom?
The virtue of hiring a designer is to create a space that is unique to the individual and respectful to the home's architecture. Many elements of a project are customized, including interior architectural details, cabinetry, upholstery, drapery, bedding, and finishes on case goods. Of course, not all elements are custom. Examples include: antiques and furnishings that we source from our network of trade vendors and accessories that we gather for styling. Keep in mind that custom does not always equal expensive. We guarantee that the finished design will be personalized to suit your lifestyle and your taste.
How much time must I commit to the design process?
As much or as little as you'd like. We enjoy working with all personalities where some clients like to be very hands-on and involved in the process, or some who prefer to entrust everything into our very capable hands. We have completed very large, successful projects requiring less than ten hours of client time. With that said, we value our clients' ideas and input which ensures that the space will reflect their style and lifestyle. Our brilliance is in the ability to quickly weed and edit down from infinite possibilities, making recommendations and guiding you through decisions while educating you in the process. We strive to make the process simple and fun for our clients.
How long will it take?
Depending on the scope of work, your project could last anywhere from 12 to 16 weeks after the design is approved — longer, if we are undergoing a project with construction and remodeling. We will discuss the timeframe upfront with you before the project begins.
Are you a general contractor?
Platemark is not a general contractor; however, for projects that require one, we refer to you the best and most respected in our field. We work with contractors that speak our language and are able to translate the beautiful designs we dream up for you into the physical reality. Assembling a solid Client-Designer-Builder team is key to the success of a project. We prefer to work with fine home builders who customarily engage with designers and architects to produce the best results for you. We do not receive compensation or commissions from our network of general contractors. Our compensation is knowing it will be performed with the utmost quality for our clients.
Some clients do ask if we will work with their own general contractors. We are pleased to work with a client's own trades; however, we cannot vouch for their workmanship, timeliness or attention to quality in undertaking our design projects.
Who are your typical clients?
We have clients from all walks of life — from single individuals moving into their first apartment to empty-nesters redecorating or getting ready to transition to smaller home, and everything in between. The common thread is that they all celebrate the home that will be their sanctuary; one that will complement their lifestyle and taste and that they love to share with friends and family. So regardless of what station you are in your life, we would be happy to work with you for your design needs.
Do you offer free consultations?
We charge a non-refundable fee for our initial consultation since we are allocating a specific date and time on our calendar and traveling to your home to, assessing the space, taking measurements, making recommendations and creating a proposal for you. Most clients understand that this is a minimal cost in bringing in a professional from the beginning, valuing the advice we provide from years of experience, and avoiding costly mistakes. Our consultations are quite thorough working sessions and the process continues throughout the project. Clients have thanked us for the information and guidance that they receive during our consultations and for our professionalism in running a tight ship!
What's included in the in-home consultation?
Let's discuss your needs first by phone. Once determining that we are a good fit, you will purchase and we will book the in-home consultation and we will send along a short questionnaire for you to complete beforehand. The appointment will last two hours. We will tour the space(s) relevant to your design plan, discuss your needs, your vision, budget, time frame and expectations and make detailed recommendations for improving the space, which we will document. See How We Work
We will take some time at the end of the consultation to review our design process, which outlines how we work, how we charge and what to expect.
Do you have a signature style that you prefer?
You wouldn't be reading this far if our style didn't appeal to you. Our projects have been described in many ways: adventurous, painterly, bold, classical, contemporary, exuberant. Though importantly, we create spaces that are unique to each individual's taste and needs.
A better way to answer that might be: We don't latch on to a particular style, yet have fun riffing on the usual interpretations. I doubt we would deliberately create a shabby chic living space; however, we would have much fun turning that idea sideways and create something very special for you. However that presents itself, we can make it a reality.
Can I use my existing furnishings?
Definitely yes! In fact, we encourage clients to incorporate some of the treasured pieces that they already own. This is what makes for a personal and unique design. We respect our clients' desire to repurpose and reuse hierloom or special pieces. In turn, we will be quite straightforward about what works and what does not — for example if a piece is just too big for the room, we may have to move it to another room where it may work better.
What geographical areas do you cover?
We are based in Boston, MA but work nationally and globally. Most of our projects land in New England, Cape and Islands, but our projects stretch well beyond that. If we are a good fit then where you live doesn't matter as much. If you are located outside of Boston and you like what you have seen so far, we are quite capable to running projects using our extensive network of trade professionals and logistics firms.
What are your design fees?
Because each project is unique, we need time to discuss your vision for the project and the scope of work after which we will be happy to prepare a proposal for you. Generally speaking, our design fees are quoted as a fixed price and project management fees are billed hourly. Once we determine the scope, you will know upfront what your overall fees will likely be.
Do you do just window treatments and bedding?
We do various stand-alone projects including custom window treatments, custom pillows, custom bedding and custom upholstery for existing clientele. We are happy to meet with you in your home, take measurements and design the perfect soft goods for you.
Do you think that decorating my home will be a wise investment?
Your home is quite possibly the largest purchase you will make. Decorating your home helps to increase its value and is usually well worth the investment. Well-decorated home will sell faster and for top dollar. Your home is where you likely spend the most time, investing in a space that creates balance and harmony in your life is a great investment in your well-being.
How do I get started?
The first step is to gather all your favorite design ideas, colors and style preferences. Perhaps you have been collecting design magazines and books. Determine the feel and function you would like for the room. Discuss your ideas with your spouse or any other decision makers. It also helps to determine the budget and time frame for completion. Feel free to communicate your ideas and preferences during our visit.
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Understand your needs.
Whether you serially entertain guests, require it all to be kid-friendly or want a fabulous, cozy nest all for yourself, have clear goals and expectations for your designer.
Embrace the process.
Finding the right design solution requires a thoughtful understanding of the issues. As your designer, we will explain the steps to analyze and solve your needs, which is the heart of the design process. It is an organic and exciting endeavor.
Prepare to talk money.
Designers work within a set of given constraints, and your budget is one of them. If you know what you want to spend on your project, that information will make it much easier to recommend an approach.
Let your designer get to know you.
Designers become involved with the intimate spaces and details of your life. We hope to get to know you to best understand how you live so we can introduce you to the fabulous world of unlimited design possibilities.
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