Elite Austin Will Furnish & Decorate Your New Home — Fast
The furniture rental and interior design company offers InstaDesign for those moving into a new home in Austin
By Laurel Miller
Elite Austin founder Valerie Pierce launched her full-service furniture rental, staging and design firm in 2008, and the company has continued to evolve due to Austin’s ever-growing real estate market and expanding population. Elite Austin’s emphasis on turnkey high-end furnishing and décor rentals (with the option to buy) and customized home staging are as popular as ever, but this past spring, Pierce and her team of experienced designers noticed a new niche emerging in the industry.
“We’ve gotten a lot of calls from people who were relocating from out of state within a week or two or simply moving across town, and in need of a fast turnkey service, assisting them with sourcing furniture and décor for their new home,” says Pierce. “The pandemic has created a global shortage of furnishings and workers, not to mention backorders and extensive freight delays, which compound the issue. We’re used to instant gratification but even during normal times, it takes months or more to custom design a home.”
The result is a new service called InstaDesign, in which the Elite Austin team sources items from their extensive, designer-curated inventory to deliver high-quality furnishings to a client’s home in just weeks. The company’s warehouse is stocked with furniture, art, rugs, lighting and décor for purchase, ranging from contemporary and modern to transitional, with an emphasis on quality craftsmanship, solid hardwoods and the perfect balance of trending-yet-timeless pieces.
InstaDesign pairs homeowners or renters with an Elite Austin designer who helps source furnishings and create a design plan for their home — whether starting from scratch with a blank canvas or incorporating their existing pieces.
“This isn’t like home staging where there’s a formula to follow; InstaDesign is all about the client’s needs, vision, personal preferences and having their home ready before or shortly after they arrive,” says Pierce.
Unlike traditional, “full-fledged” interior design, Elite Austin charges a flat rate design fee per room for its InstaDesign service, says Pierce. “Clients who are relocating in a short time frame don’t want to deal with hourly tracking of design hours, custom ordering and multiple meetings. We offer a middle ground in that we’re not a traditional interior design service that takes months, nor is it a DIY virtual design service.”
With many of Elite Austin’s clients coming from out of state, InstaDesign has proved to be hugely popular, with a two to four-week turnaround. “That’s insanely fast in the design world,” says Pierce. “This is what our clients are asking for, and we’re happy to fill that need.”
How InstaDesign works:
- Schedule a complimentary Discovery Call with Elite Austin to discuss your home furnishing needs and goals.
- Attend an in-person consultation with a designer, who will take detailed measurements and photos. You’ll also discuss your wish list and furniture preferences with them.
- The designer sources and sends you an itemized list and proposal, with option to make edits. Select an installation date and pay the invoice.
- The Elite Austin team delivers and installs your furnishings and décor within one to two weeks after furnishing selections are finalized.