BRANA Designs is an interior designer for Los Angeles and beyond. Founded by Helena Brana, an International European Interior Designer, the firm specializes in creating unique luxury modern interiors that stand out.
“Our interior design clients in Los Angeles come to us looking for unique and personalized interiors. They want something more than a cookie-cutter look.”
”Our clients tell us that they love the Photorealistic 3D Renderings that we create for them so they can see how their project will exactly look like before we even start.”
I am Helena Brana, principal and founder of BRANA Designs, an interior design firm offering full-service in Los Angeles and beyond.
Our clients love luxury modern interiors and our goal is to create beautiful homes that are multi-functional, fresh, elegant, and comfortable. Our team is dedicated to serving you and providing you with a home you can be proud of.
Having pride in your home – knowing that it reflects your style and just feels like you – means you have a home where you can fully engage with family and friends!
We incorporate natural materials into your space (something we call out ‘Organic Contemporary’) and bring in unique items from around the globe, that transform any space from ordinary to ‘WOW’.
We believe that you deserve a home that is truly unique to you and reflective of your tastes, needs, and lifestyle. This is why we never copy-paste from one project to the next. We want you to feel special! And if that’s your vibe, this just may be the right interior design studio for you!
PS: We also provide 3D renderings with several options to help you visualize your space and make the right decisions before moving to the shopping phase!
When you work with BRANA Designs, you can be assured that your space will be exclusively tailored to your needs and lifestyle. All while maximizing its potential impact and looking its best.
We don’t copy-paste from one project to the next. All of our designs are exclusive and unique for each client. We start the process by understanding your life, tastes, and needs. Then we set about creating a home environment that transforms your vision into a reality and reflects your personality.
Most West Coast, specifically Los Angeles interior designers shop for products from the same local resources and use similar styles in all of their projects. At BRANA Designs, our team takes a fresh approach to each home. Once we determine the right design approach, we source products from high-end European brands. If they don’t have the right item, we’ll set about searching the globe. The result is showpiece items rarely seen in the U.S.
Whenever possible, we incorporate materials made by Mother Nature. Our amazing Organic Contemporary Blog goes into detail about our philosophy on this important topic. It also covers the unique natural materials available. Just for fun the blog takes you behind the scenes on various projects and showcases some of the show-stopping interiors we create!
Rather than relying on mood boards alone, we give you Photorealistic 3D Renderings so you can get a clear view. The goal of this is to help you to make the right decisions and avoid costly mistakes.
As a boutique studio of interior designers in Los Angeles, we choose our projects carefully so we can dedicate our full focus and attention to creating unique, one-of-a-kind interiors. By taking this approach we avoid overwhelming our design team. What this means to our clients is that their projects are completed efficiently, without wasted time, and on schedule.
‘We help our clients transform their living environments into a dream home that they LOVE, while maximizing its potential and looking its best. Not to mention, we make the process fun and exciting.”
~Helena Brana, founder
Learn about you, your life and style, your needs, wants, likes, and dislikes
Evaluate your project
Establish your design goals
Create and present your clear design plan
Bringing the Design Concept to Life
Define the color palette, furniture, cabinetry, appliances, art & decor, and any custom designs
Create the floor plan
Craft Photo-Realistic 3D Renderings and elevations
Review pricing of selected products
Purchase and receive items
Inspect and deliver goods
Collaborate with third parties for installation
Conduct weekly on-site visits
Provide progress updates
UNDERSTANDING YOUR VISION
The goal of this first phase is to gain a better understanding of your vision, tastes, and life & style to define the project scope.
At this time we take precise measurements and photos of the space, evaluate its current condition, and discuss any needs that are not readily apparent.
CREATING YOUR DESIGN
We take the information you provide and get to work researching options to present. We spend a lot of time on this phase to ensure that our ideas align to your vision and your goals for the overall feel for each room. Our efforts include an analysis of the style, form, and function of the design, always with your goals in mind.
At this stage will present you with mood board, space plan, 3D visualizations, custom drawings, and material samples.
COMPLETING THE PROJECT
Once you approve of the recommendations and selections, we will get to work ordering from our suppliers on your behalf.
Where some designers leave you to finish the project, we handle the entire process from start to finish. Our team manages the orders, inspects items at the time of receiving, coordinates delivery, and handles all aspects of installation and staging in your home.
How do I find an interior designer in Los Angeles?
Some choose their interior designer based on the recommendations of family or friends. Others look to magazines for ideas and find their ideal designer there.
While this may work for some, it is important to choose someone who understands you. The designer should be someone you like, not just as a person, but also for their perspective and aesthetic. They should also demonstrate an ability to adapt to meet your needs and preferences. A designer who demonstrates flexibility will be best suited to ensuring that your interests are met.
Why is this important? Your space is all about you, not your designer. Your life, your hobbies, and your style should be reflected in your environment. A designer who understands this will help you create a space where you feel truly at home.
How do I know if you are the right interior design studio for me?
At BRANA Designs, we know everyone has their own vibe, which is why we don’t try to be all things for everyone.
Generally, our clients are professionals who love a fresh, modern, sleek, and sophisticated aesthetic. They value high-quality over quantity and just need guidance and someone to take care of the design process. They may be busy with their own matters and want someone to execute a good plan to make their home a masterpiece.
That’s what we deliver through our straightforward process.
Our clients tell us they love that we focus on:
With BRANA Design you won’t find a copy-paste from one project to another. Each project is unique. Interiors are based on your needs, life, and style. In addition, unlike other designers, we don’t only rely on local ”accessible” sources. We conduct extensive research. That’s how we find and source the perfect furniture and statement pieces for your home. We start our search for these items in Europe but look all around the world.
In short, we strive to make you feel special, showcase your style, and create a home you are proud of!
If that’s your vibe, we cannot wait to speak with you about your project.
How can an interior designer help with new builds and remodels?
Depending on the project the stage it is in, and the needs of the project, a skilled interior designer can:
How can I choose the right furniture and finishes if I can’t visualize how it would look like at my home?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions because it is really the reason most people chose a designer. Translating your vision from your head to reality is what we do best. But before we get to work on executing, we help you visualize your space with Photorealistic 3D Renderings of our recommendations. The designs are built from our discussions and are based on your tastes and preferences.
We will present you with several renderings so you have options that work around your style. Once you can see the reality of your vision, you can make the right decisions (and avoid costly mistakes). When we get started you’ll have confidence that the finished project will satisfy your dreams and goals.
Will you work on interior design projects that are outside of the Los Angeles region?
Absolutely. We have finished projects across the U.S. and in Europe and done so on time. We use the same process whether your project is here in Los Angeles or across the globe. The only difference is the local contractors who execute the project.
How do you calculate pricing?
We use a transparent model called “value-based fees.” With this model, we charge a value base fee of $13-20 per square foot for the design work. We define and document every project based on the scope of work.
For procurement, project management, and installation, we charge an hourly fee of $250 for the Principal Designer and $150 for Senior Designers/Procurement Specialists. All hourly fees are billed monthly.
Can you work with my contractor?
Absolutely! We can work with your contractors or advise you on options from a pool of talented contractors that we work with on a regular basis.
How long will the interior design process will take?
The time it takes will depend on the scope of work and the size of the project.
In our experience, the design process usually takes between 3-9 months from defining the design scheme to delivery and installation.
That being said, every project is different and the involvement of third parties may affect the project timeline. This is something we define at the outset, evaluate through the process, and communicate about throughout so you have a clear path to the completion of your design project.
How would you describe your aesthetic?
Our portfolio speaks for itself. Our aesthetic is simply fresh, elegant, and sophisticated. We call it ”Organic Contemporary” since we focus a great deal on incorporating natural materials in our contemporary projects. The result is a unique, warm, welcoming, yet wowing environment.
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