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Interior Design for Real Life

Dynamic design is within reach regardless of your budget, design style or living situation. Love where you live today and every day.

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Project Description

The Whitley Co.

 

The Problem we are Solving

For too long, the world of interior design has been seen as a luxury only for the wealthy, well-established or design savvy.  The Whitley Co. is a full-service interior design studio established in 2017, whose passion for guiding deserving clients through a transformative design journey is our ultimate goal.  We are true believers that everyone should benefit from great design to love where you live.

Dynamic design is within reach.

 

Our Mission

Our Mission

 

Regardless of your budget, location, design style or current living situation, we believe that everyone deserves to have a home they truly love that is a reflection of who they are and their unique journey. We are passionate about improving lives through good design including organization, liquidation and overall design strategies that allow clients to increase their homes value, enjoyment and function through our customized design services in a truly unique and personalized approach.

Our Story

 The Whitley Co. has over 20 years of hands-on experience tackling the many challenges facing people who want to make a functional and stylish space on time, on budget and unique to their specific needs.  From organizing neighbors closets to helping repurpose existing furniture, we have seen it all and are excited by the challenge to create a space that speaks to who you are!  With our design expertise, major transformations are achievable to anyone striving for a fresh chapter in their lives with us leading your personalized design journey in a highly collaborative environment. 

With accessible design solutions and motivating energy, we meet you exactly where you are. 

Slice Of Projects
Meet Marissa

Meet Our Founder

Founder and Principal Interior Designer, Marissa Whitley Tago, found her entrepreneurial spirit despite facing adversity early in her life. Her lifelong passion for improving spaces has been nourished from a young age.  It's not what she does, it's simply who she is. Growing up, her mother was a selfless single mom of 4, working and attending college while struggling financially to raise a family.  She died suddenly of a brain aneurysm when Marissa was three years old.  She relocated to Springfield, Missouri, where she was raised by her Aunt.  Finding her way to a greater purpose, Marissa realized that her greatest challenge was finding authentic connections as a biracial little girl in her new predominantly white community. 

Marissa worked diligently with extracurricular activities throughout her youth and found her greater purpose while fundraising in her neighborhood.  Genuine connections with her elderly neighbors through the years became a beautiful bonus in her life as she listened to their life stories and saw how they lived in their homes and began helping clean out closets, organize and improve their spaces--her love for interior design was born.  Fast forward to 2016, Marissa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design with honors as a stay-at-home mother to 3 young kids and Navy wife.

Our Founder
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Our Design Services

The Whitley Co. has a genuine desire to improve the lives of our clients. We extend design services to residences, offices, custom-built homes, major remodeling projects, short term and luxury rentals, and property staging along with e-design, organizational and liquidation assistance. Big or small, we help ensure an enjoyable process that saves you time, money and headaches by assisting you with your specific needs.

What We Do
Our Services

 

 Our Larger Purpose

Simply put: everyone can benefit from working with a knowledgable interior designer who understands that change is inevitable and people are beyond busy trying to juggle it all. We hear you and have been there! Hiring a knowledgable interior designer is a beneficial act of self-preservation that improves your emotional and psychological well-being. 

Life is messy, chaotic and ever-changing, allow us to help make sense of it with you! 

Projects

 

Whether you're a busy professional, stay-at-home parent or simply wanting to put yourself first, our ultimate goal is uncovering the soul of your space that you see and feel.  In every season of life, changes and challenges are simply part of our every day.  Through life's transitions allow us to create a functional home that embodies who you are, what you love and is as unique as you are.

Our clients have organically found us when they need us... and we wouldn't have it any other way! 

Our Clients

Our Clientele
Testimonials

 

Our Market Size & Opportunity

Due to a global pandemic, the demand for interior designers is at an all-time high. In 2020, the worldwide interior design market was worth $150.7 billion with the U.S. Market grossing an estimated $40.7 billion. According to recent data, the global market for interior design services is forecasted to increase by $24.13 billion during 2021–2025.  In 2021, about 26.4 million people, or 8% of the population in the U.S. moved, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Remodeling homes in 2023 will reach $400 Billion and for the majority, lack of extra money, time and expertise derail the design process long before it begins. Whether organizing your space, setting up your home after a move, picking the perfect paint colors or redesigning a space from start to finish, we work with clients to make a daunting task like designing a clear and cohesive space a synch.

Love where you live today.

And every day.

Projects

 

Our Solution

If you don't have a reflective space that you love to be in, we are here for you! Through resourceful design strategy and intentional methods for increasing your homes potential and function, we help improve how you live. There are 78 million homeowners and 44 million renters in the US, making interior design a much-needed profession that anyone, yes, anyone can benefit from-- regardless of your living situation.  With affordable design packages and easy payment plans, we work with you to make your design dreams a reality.

Our Process

The Whitley Co. offers virtual or in-person interior design guidance for anyone searching for innovative ways to create a home you've always wanted.  With a diverse design menu, our design studio will streamline your design process through virtual calls, sourcing budget-conscious products and overseeing your personalized design journey from start to finish. 

Working diligently, we provide passionate 5-star customer service to each project regardless of scope or budget. Our vision is to be a major motivating force in people's lives more than merely designing spaces. Through our dedication to creating functional spaces for everyone, we are here to improve lives one space at a time.

Our Funding Dream

We are seeking $30,000 in order to broaden our reach and expand our services to deserving clients.  Scaling our design studio from primarily a virtual platform during the pandemic to a brick and mortar location with client presentation space and inventory is the largest portion of our funding goal. 

Secondly, Founder and Principal Interior Designer, Marissa Whitley Tago, has been a one-woman show at the helm of all aspects for The Whitley Co. for 5 years. By hiring a design associate to share the workload and creative ventures with your contribution, you will ensure the proper growth that will enable us to continue to broaden our scope in the world of interior design. 

Our Funding Dream

 

Ways to Support Our Mission

Support Us

    We are so grateful for any support you can extend towards our mission. Thank you for your solidarity in these unprecedented times as we push forward in our pursuit of creating genuine transformations of spaces and self through attainable design solutions.

    thank you

     

    *If you are a fellow entrepreneur, artisan or small business who would like to collaborate with us, please email us at [email protected] to discuss the project/idea. We strive to highlight other self-made businesses, artisans and talents in our design projects! 

     

     

     

    The Campaign FAQs

    FAQ's
    • Can the design packages be gifted?

    Absolutely! In fact, we hope you can pay if forward to a deserving person in your life! We will contact you to get delivery information for the recipient and will create a personalized gift certificate for them highlighting the package you chose. It can be anonymous or personalized with your info. The gift certificate will be good for 1 year from the time of purchase for the lucky recipient. 

    • Can you fulfill the design package over another virtual platform besides Zoom?

    Yes! We will coordinate with you to make other virtual arrangements for your consultation!

    • How long will it take for me to get my service fulfilled?

    We ask that you allow 30 days to schedule your initial consultation with us for our dream campaign and 3-6 months to fulfill your personalized design package details fully. This timeline will be dictated by scheduling conflicts, if they arise, yet our goal is to give you a complete design experience as quickly as we can!

    • Are you available for in-person consultations or just virtually?

    Depending on your geographic location, we are open to travel but reside in the Virginia/DC Metro area currently.  Let's talk!

    • Where do I begin my design journey? Do you have a design questionnaire?
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    Yes, click on the QR Code above to be sent directly to our design questionnaire! 

    • What design services do you offer besides these packages listed? Can I personalize a package for my specific needs?
    Services

     

    Yes, we will work with you to create a custom package based on your needs. That is why we are here! Send us an email at [email protected] to discuss and let's start your design journey.

    • Where can I see your design portfolio of projects you've completed?

    Our comprehensive portfolio is on our website here. Our website has more about us, our blog and latest press and projects as well! That location is www.thewhitleycompany.com for more!

    • What do your clients say about their design experience?

    Our clients have graciously shared their experiences on our Google business page. We ask after receiving a design package if you could add your personal experience working with us to our Google page as well! Add an image of your design updates when your journey is complete! 

    • What are your social feeds links?

    Pinterest | Instagram | Facebook | HOUZZ | LinkedIn

    • Are you a member of a design association or organization?

    Yes! I am a member of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), the Female Design Council (FDC), and the Black Interior Designers Network (BIDN).

    Member

     

     

    Linda Osborn
    11/17/2022
    Jenny McGee Signed Print
    $100
    Chrystal L Graves-Yazici
    11/17/2022
    Quick Fix in 40
    $75
    11/16/2022
    Virtual Fist Pump
    $25
    Veronica Solomon
    11/09/2022
    Monetary Contribution
    $100
    megan-brady viccellio
    11/03/2022
    Monetary Contribution
    $350
    Galadriel McAdams
    11/02/2022
    Quick Fix in 30
    $50
    Lara Pieper
    11/02/2022
    Quick Fix in 30
    $50
    Kate Faber
    11/01/2022
    Monetary Contribution
    $850
    Anonymous
    10/30/2022
    Room Makeover Madness
    $2,500
    Sean Harden
    10/29/2022
    Design Triple Threat
    $500
    Monetary Contribution

    Contribute to our Mission of helping deserving people gain the space they have always dreamed of. Thank you for your support, we appreciate you! 

    5 Supporters
    Select this reward
    25.00 USD
    Virtual Fist Pump

    Thank you for supporting us!

    We will say thank you on our IG and FB accounts! You will also be entered into our Ultimate Design drawing with one lucky recipient receiving a complete room makeover. 

    6 Supporters
    Select this reward
    50.00 USD
    Quick Fix in 30

    We will extend a 30 minute Zoom call to remedy a design problem! 

    2 Supporters
    Select this reward
    75.00 USD
    Quick Fix in 40

    We will extend a Zoom or 40-minute call to remedy a design problem!

    2 Supporters
    Select this reward
    100.00 USD
    Jenny McGee Signed Print

    Enjoy the whimsical work from award-winning artist Jenny McGee with a signed print for your space! Choose which print you want and it's all yours!   

    Size measures 12 x 16 frameless, rolled for easy shipping. 

    Grab yours while supplies last, there are only 10 signed prints being offered at this time!

    Visit Jenny's website and Instagram pages for more of her stellar work.

    7 Left
    3 Supporters
    Select this reward
    500.00 USD
    Design Triple Threat

    1-hour of design advise for a room of your choice plus a trio of design elements to add to your existing space. Items are hyperlinked for easy ordering on your timeline. Easy peasy!

    2 Supporters
    Select this reward
    1,000.00 USD
    Trio + Paint the Town

    1 hour of design advise plus a paint palette selected for a room of your choice along with a trio of design elements to add in your existing space!

    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    2,500.00 USD
    Room Makeover Madness

    (2) 1-hour design coaching virtual calls for spaces of your choice!

    1 Supporter
    Select this reward
    5,000.00 USD
    The Total Package

    Our design studio will create a complete full-service design for 1 room of your choice!

    Come one, come all!

    Gift this to a friend, family member or special person that you feel deserves a total room makeover!

    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    10,000.00 USD
    Gold Design Star

    Our design studio will create a complete full-service design for 2 rooms of your choice! This includes a Zoom consultation and hyperlinked design boards with products to purchase by the client. Installation help over Zoom to finish the rooms is also included.

    Gift this to a friend, family member or special person that you feel deserves to love their new spaces.

    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    20,000.00 USD
    Platinum Design Star

    From concept to completion, enjoy a total 4-room design complete with furniture, decor, and art selections in the style of your choice sent directly to your inbox.

    This includes a Zoom consultation and hyperlinked design boards with products to purchase by the client. Installation help over Zoom to finish the rooms is also included.

    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    10.00 USD
    A Perfect Playlist

    Enjoy 30 of our favorite songs to get your day going and staying motivated! 

    1 Supporter
    Select this reward
    35.00 USD
    Decorate It!

    Allow us to help add some fall-inspired decor to your home with this reward!  Give us your budget and let us get to work creating a beautiful decorative design concept for your home or office! Pillows, an accent rug or a piece of art, we can highlight your space with the perfect addition. Simply tell us your favorite colors, themes, and pieces you'd like to add and we will send over clickable links to your update! 

    10 Left
    0 Supporters
    Select this reward

    About the Entrepreneur

    Rewards

    Monetary Contribution

    Contribute to our Mission of helping deserving people gain the space they have always dreamed of. Thank you for your support, we appreciate you! 

    5 Supporters
    Select this reward
    25.00 USD
    Virtual Fist Pump

    Thank you for supporting us!

    We will say thank you on our IG and FB accounts! You will also be entered into our Ultimate Design drawing with one lucky recipient receiving a complete room makeover. 

    6 Supporters
    Select this reward
    50.00 USD
    Quick Fix in 30

    We will extend a 30 minute Zoom call to remedy a design problem! 

    2 Supporters
    Select this reward
    75.00 USD
    Quick Fix in 40

    We will extend a Zoom or 40-minute call to remedy a design problem!

    2 Supporters
    Select this reward
    100.00 USD
    Jenny McGee Signed Print

    Enjoy the whimsical work from award-winning artist Jenny McGee with a signed print for your space! Choose which print you want and it's all yours!   

    Size measures 12 x 16 frameless, rolled for easy shipping. 

    Grab yours while supplies last, there are only 10 signed prints being offered at this time!

    Visit Jenny's website and Instagram pages for more of her stellar work.

    7 Left
    3 Supporters
    Select this reward
    500.00 USD
    Design Triple Threat

    1-hour of design advise for a room of your choice plus a trio of design elements to add to your existing space. Items are hyperlinked for easy ordering on your timeline. Easy peasy!

    2 Supporters
    Select this reward
    1,000.00 USD
    Trio + Paint the Town

    1 hour of design advise plus a paint palette selected for a room of your choice along with a trio of design elements to add in your existing space!

    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    2,500.00 USD
    Room Makeover Madness

    (2) 1-hour design coaching virtual calls for spaces of your choice!

    1 Supporter
    Select this reward
    5,000.00 USD
    The Total Package

    Our design studio will create a complete full-service design for 1 room of your choice!

    Come one, come all!

    Gift this to a friend, family member or special person that you feel deserves a total room makeover!

    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    10,000.00 USD
    Gold Design Star

    Our design studio will create a complete full-service design for 2 rooms of your choice! This includes a Zoom consultation and hyperlinked design boards with products to purchase by the client. Installation help over Zoom to finish the rooms is also included.

    Gift this to a friend, family member or special person that you feel deserves to love their new spaces.

    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    20,000.00 USD
    Platinum Design Star

    From concept to completion, enjoy a total 4-room design complete with furniture, decor, and art selections in the style of your choice sent directly to your inbox.

    This includes a Zoom consultation and hyperlinked design boards with products to purchase by the client. Installation help over Zoom to finish the rooms is also included.

    0 Supporters
    Select this reward
    10.00 USD
    A Perfect Playlist

    Enjoy 30 of our favorite songs to get your day going and staying motivated! 

    1 Supporter
    Select this reward
    35.00 USD
    Decorate It!

    Allow us to help add some fall-inspired decor to your home with this reward!  Give us your budget and let us get to work creating a beautiful decorative design concept for your home or office! Pillows, an accent rug or a piece of art, we can highlight your space with the perfect addition. Simply tell us your favorite colors, themes, and pieces you'd like to add and we will send over clickable links to your update! 

    10 Left
    0 Supporters
    Select this reward