We worked with Andrea Coleman from Fine Finishes, and hired her services to help us plan our open concept with a tiny kitchen apartment. She was great, offering a lot of practical ideas for our small kitchen, offering lots of storage solutions that were cost effective and efficient, always keeping functionality at the forefront. She also answered questions via email afterwards, if you have follow up questions in the rooms discussed in the meeting, which I think is a great value-add.
She charged $175/hr at the time with a minimum of 2 hrs. Compared to other designers on Homestar with a similar rating, other designers charged $200/hr for a minimum of 3 hours, which was a bit too much for what we needed.
Although we did not buy boutique/more custom furniture for our space, I learned if you're looking for more unique furniture (i.e., not IKEA), working with Andrea provides even more value, as she works with boutique furniture wholesalers and if able to access discounts not available to the public.
We highly recommend Andrea and her services, and would definitely work with her on future and more large scale projects when the time comes.