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was very friendly and we were very comfortable with her appraisal of our living space. We went over our concerns with
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's focus was comfort and elegance exactly what I'm looking for. Our concerns were how to make our space more functional, we have a high ceiling an an open floor plan which is challenging for us to figure out. 1) Aesthetics:
focused on how to make the space aesthetically pleasing and laid out clearly what we can and what we cannot attempt on the space available. One discussion we got into details on were how to place our audio system, this was very challenging for us but
gave us some ideas to think about. 2) Potential:
elaborated on the spaces which had potential in terms of built ins. She gave us some design ideas to optimize the living space. 3) Furniture pieces & accessories:
measured the space and told us what types of furniture would work and the sizing that would be attractive and how to brighten up and fill out spaces. The most useful suggestions were on how to improve our entry way and storage on the ground level. Some good to haves were also discussed in terms of built ins which would improve the use of our ground level. What you can expect: A honest appraisal of what works for you and what can be improved. A good estimate of how much the improvements might cost. Some easy wins which you would be excited to implement. Definitely some unthought of ideas which would make the space cozy and comfortable.

-Vinay L.

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"They were overpriced. I talked to the supervisor because I was charged for things that I should have been charged for. The things that they recommended were nice." The designer went on maternity leave and I was charged more than $500 for them to transfer my design plan to a new designer. When the window treatments were installed, the designer had to be there. All she did was watch. I was charged for that and later she told me that she didn't have time and I didn't request for her to be there. They charge by the hour. I would never recommend them.

-Christina L.

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I know you said you didn't want a realtor but I do know someone who is good.  Her name is Pam Hunt and she is with William E. Wood.

 

Otherwise I would check out interior designers.  They could make suggestions and outline some finer details that could help you stage your home.

In the meantime start packing away those personal momentos and pictures.  Clear and clean the walls.  Go with a neutral paint color throughout the house.  Oyster by Behr is a classic.  Start getting rid of clutter.  If you haven't worn it in 3 years or used it in 5....pitch it.  Depending on how long you have lived in your home the accumulation of "things" could be tremendous. Donate your unwanted and unused to a thrift store.  It is tax deductible. Get appliances off the counters in the kitchen.  Buyers want to imagine "their" things sitting there.  Get rid of heavy drapes and go with  sheers consistent throughout the house.  Make rooms look larger by chucking some furniture.  Sell it or put it in storage until you have moved.  How is the floor?   Carpet removed may reveal beautiful hardwoods that are in high demand right now.  Pets?  Get someone to come give you the "sniff" test.  We grow acustomed to the smell of our house and might not recognize pet stinkies. Make everything shine by cleaning thoroughly, and let in the light.  Bright rooms are inviting.  Dark rooms are depressing. These things will give you a head start and clear your mind for some good ides.  Good luck with your interior designer.

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I have lost count of how many kitchens I have remodeled and I prefer Brushed Stainless Steel sinks. Polished will show scratched more  and with the brushed finish if you wipe with the grain with a milld scrub pad and an old time product called Bar Keepers Friend the look good almost forever. If you have any concerns about scratches in the bottom you can use a grid when needed, most sink manufacturers make them for their sinks. You say you have stains in a solid surface siink and it is probably the older generation. The newer ones have a high stone content to the mix and are less prone to this but I still prefer stainless.

 

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are a great design team to hire. They are creative, hard-working and are great problem solvers. I highly recommend them for any design or decorating project. You won't be disappointed. And they are fun to work with!
- Bonnie O.
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I have never felt in better hands.
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has impeccable taste, and a eye for perfection. All of the sub contractors that he used had to live up to these standards, and I never had to worry about a thing. He made it clear that he was there for the entire process, and I am grateful that he was. His warmth and personality had me laughing the entire time! I can't recommend him highly enough...I wish that there was an A+!
- David M.
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was fantastic!!! She was very professional through out the 10 months of building and
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our new home. She prepared a budget at the beginning of the process and kept us up to date on our budget through out the 10 month process. She was always very punctual for all of our meetings. She would also assist us if there were any issues with our builder. Her design and
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has a great personality to go along with her professionalism.
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charged for her services on an hourly basis and she earned every dollar of it. Our total budget included her services and the purchase of all the furniture, window treatments, light fixtures and other interior design items.
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- Russell D.
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She found the contractor for me and worked with me tirelessly to get the right materials. I used the combination of honeyonics marble and granite. The combination of the colors and paint and fixtures really brought it together. The paint job is amazing. She identified the colors for the granite and the paint very well. I am well pleased with the end result and plan to use her in the future.
- Barbara &Dayna A.
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I have loved working with
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spent time with me to understand my taste and budget. From there,she put together a plan for each room that included color schemes, as well as furniture and decorating ideas.
With the sketches and idea book
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left behind, I was able to do a lot on my own. I also set up a couple of appointments for us to shop together.
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was very helpful in picking out carpet, tile, etc. as I finished off my basement and helped in choosing some of the larger furniture items.
I couldn't be happier with the results as my house is updated and doesn't feel as disjointed. I still have a few rooms yet to complete, and will continue to consult with
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- Deena F.
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came in to consult with me on window treatments for the master bedroom, loft area and bathroom of my new condo. I had a strong idea of what I wanted and
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was easily able to plug into my style and what would suit me. She has a number of great professionals that she works with and was able to get the exact treatments I wanted and have them installed to her (and my) exacting requirements. I am very happy with what I ended up with and with
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I would definitely recommend
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's service to others and would use her again myself. In fact, she plans to get back to me for an upholstery project.
- Deborah S.
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/remodeling/etc. work. She bills herself as someone who has "morphed" into turn-key residential remodeling and commercial design. If you are looking for reputable and warrantied remodeling work, hire a licensed, experienced contractor. We had problems every step of the way with
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and her "sub-contractors" after we purchased a 30 year old home that needed updating and remodeling....to the tune of over $25,000 by the time we were done with
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. She was rarely present to oversee or "sign-off" on the work done in our home.....carpentry work, wood floor, electrical fixture and bathroom vent installation, tile backsplash installation and custom plantation shutters. Her carpenter built "custom" mirrors for our bathrooms on walls that were not level and added shelves and clothes rods and doors for the master closet. The mirrors had to be re-done 3 times, and we were left with huge mirrors that are now pulling away from the walls and coming apart at the seams and have a distorted reflection - much like a fun house. We were also left with holes in the wall where the mirrors were removed and reattached to the wall. We were told to have our painters (not hired by
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- we wised up by that time) to repair the holes and to also fill in the cracks at the mirror corners (not mitered well!), even though the painter had nothing to do with those issues. We waited three weeks for a transition to be made from the new wood closet floor to the existing travertine in the master bath, and then
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tried to pass off white, textured, raised tile as matching the travertine tile in our bathrooms - which was tan/brown and flat - completely different tile. Plus, using tile to do the transition would have necessitated tearing up existing tile (more money for
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) when we specifically asked for a wood transition (no tile tear-up, less money for
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). We won that battle but it took another week of staining and re-staining the transition to get it right. It was up to us to inspect work as it was completed, and when it wasn't done well,
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always supported the sub contractors and made excuses for them rather than supporting her paying clients. She demanded pay for overseeing shutter installation that she was not present for and never called to check on. Her carpenter (
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) refused to complete agreed upon work on our baseboards because he "simply wasn't willing to do it" per
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. My understanding is that he wasn't pleased that we had issues with his shoddy work. We now have wood floor boards that have cracked, but
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refuses to put me in contact with the floor guy (
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Floors). I have tried to contact him myself but I'm sure he has been told by
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not to return our calls. I have asked for the warranty information on the floors and other work that was done, but
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will not supply that information to us. My perception is that
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is upset or angry that we were not pleased with some of the work done and after a while we found other sub contractors to do some of the work - painting and windows, which she wasn't happy about since she wouldn't make money off them, I suppose. I believe that because we were unhappy clients,
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refuses to communicate with us and supply us with warranty information. Basically, she does not stand by her work.
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's bookkeeping and accounting skills were also called into question when she asked for a $2000 payment towards some of the work that I had already paid, two weeks prior. After my stating that the check had cleared the bank, she admitted that the check had been credited to another client. We also returned from vacation to find our air conditioner thermostat turned down to 60 degrees, the unit running continuously, but the house temp was nearly 90.
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's floor installers had turned it down while they were working, left it turned down and the unit broke. Of course that was our fault, not sure why, but it was. My husband had tools taken from the house, our pool cleaning unit was clogged and subsequently broke from rag covered in tile grout that was tossed into our pool and the tile powder and left over grout was dumped inside our fence near the pool to "flow" into the
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said this was standard procedure. Every "sub contractor"
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had in our home left a huge mess when they were done - saw dust everywhere, masking tape residue all over the counter tops, grout on tiles...
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said I might want to hire a professional cleaning service if I wanted the house clean after all work was done. This is a very long review, I could make it longer, there were so many issues, but I'll just say if you are looking for quality, reputable work and someone who stands by their work, do not use
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- Patty B.
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Pat Speck provided inspiration as well as hard goods for our condo remodel. She guided me out of my dull comfort zone and turned my 1400 sq ft condo into a beautiful, updated home. She suggested flooring and advised where I could see it in application. She suggested updates that I never would have thought of and they turned out fantastic. She understood my vision and added professional decorating polish to it. She is always available to answer my questions and advise me even on the smallest matter. She obviously loves what she does and her enthusiasm is contagious.
- LINDA H.

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