We have engaged Marie several times to help in remodeling our older home, which illustrates how pleased we have been with her work. Marie is very personable, listens carefully, and has been able to translate some admittedly vague preferences into stunning designs. She consistently searches for innovative materials and technologies to enhance results for her customers. In an effort to consider aesthetics, budget, and practicality, Marie routinely identifies alternatives, along with the pro's and con's of each, to help reach a decision her client will be happy with for the long-term.
In our home, Marie designed a complete renovation of our kitchen, and major upgrades in design, lighting, and furnishings for our living room, a bedroom, den, and dining room. These projects involved the typical complexities of an older home: tight spaces, working with existing walls, plumbing and wiring, non-standard dimensions, and tight tolerances. They also required ongoing consultation with the contractors. In each project, Marie developed a high-level concept, and then carried it through with meticulous attention to detail. Her depth of knowledge and sense of style have truly transformed our home.In summary, we highly recommend Marie for her work in interior design and space planning.
Marie is a very creative designer that listens carefully to what you want, pays attention to detail, and tells you if an option you chose might be very expensive but recommends an alternative that meets your needs. She helped us refresh our kitchen and master bedroom. She is good at incorporating existing furniture and artwork into her designs and the outcome has an entirely new and updated look.
When she can't find something in the marketplace, she designs what she visualizes and has vendors that she knows will be able to make her products. For example, we have cats and needed a bed cover that was washable. That greatly reduced the options for a new duvet cover. She discovered an almost clear, silky non-permeable fabric which is entirely washable and had it made into a light throw that covers the new duvet. She added a complimentary fabric border to the edges so it looks great on top of the new cover (which you can still see because this cat cover is so transparent) and also it doesn't slip off the bed so easily. Other items she designed for us include appliqueing a beautiful design onto existing cornice boxes and a unique glass ceiling light shade.
Another great service is when she helps you choose new lighting. She brings actual working sample lights with her. This allows you to plug them in and see what the light will look like in your room. It was pretty surprising to us that something as simple as choosing between a "warm" light and a "daylight" bulb can change the look of the room.
Lastly, we really appreciated that she was willing to be as "green" as possible. We re-used our existing kitchen cabinet boxes since they were originally custom cabinets and in great condition. We had the face frames removed and replaced with entire new frames as well as new doors and drawers. Our kitchen has some quirks such as the walls are not square and some of the existing cabinet boxes were not even hung at the same height. She worked with the cabinet maker to overcome all these problems.
We attempted to work with two other designers before selecting Marie; the difference was night and day. One basically walked us through a design center without any guidance or comment, and another seemed to focus on camouflaging symptoms of poor design or furnishing choice, rather than addressing the real problem
Marie organized the visits to maximize time with suppliers she thought would match our tastes and budget. She was also very scrupulous about her billable hours… The samples always provided a beautiful variety from which to choose, and were of the sort you would not find in home improvement or department stores.Would we work with her again? In a heartbeat. We found Marie to be very detail-oriented and diligent in her efforts. She was easy to work with, and flexible about design changes, budget considerations, and our work schedules.