I had seen her work in Susan’s home and loved it. When I was ready to redo the living room and dining room of our home—a traditional French Country house that my husband and I built thirty years ago— I wanted help updating both spaces.... ”
We found a house in the perfect location and decided to buy it—even though we never set foot in the house until we closed. After seeing it in person for the first time we knew it was going to be either a tear down or a complete gut job. We chose the latter. This house is a comp... ”
We found a house in the perfect location and decided to buy it—even though we never set foot in the house until we closed. After seeing it in person for the first time we knew it was going to be either a tear down or a complete gut job. We chose the latter.
This house is a completely different style than our previous home and we thought it would be a good idea to hire a professional interior designer. My inspiration for our new home was more of a New England/Nantucket type feel so I started doing research.
After searching the web and Pinterest for ideas and inspiration, I kept going back to a certain color scheme and style interiors that were designed by Casabella Interiors. I went to their website and was delighted to discover that I could potentially hire them. So I made a phone call and described the scope of the work. The rest is history!
Michele, owner of Casabella, and Shannon, interior designer, and I fit like a glove! We needed to replace everything in this house. The simple remodel we initially thought it would be turned into a massive 12 month project. They were involved in every aspect of this remodel/rebuild. They worked with our builder, our architect and team of contractors to custom design every inch of this 4,500 sq. ft. space. Michele and Shannon transformed this blank slate into our forever dream home!
I was extremely involved in the selection process with them while they meticulously managed every detail of this project. Our first home was custom, so they knew I wanted another custom designed home that wasn’t like any other in the area, and boy did they deliver! Whether it was me or the builder calling, sometimes we spoke 5-6 times a day. Our contractors relied on them to provide unique resources that they didn’t have access to — like countertops, doors and railings. They even went so far as designing windows with a manufacture as we couldn’t find exactly what we wanted. They also made a very impactful recommendation for our front porch roofline. They suggested creating an arch and a set of double doors for our entryway. They also recommended adding stone to the front exterior for another layer of dimension to the house. It's a much softer look.
It's obvious today when I walk through our home how thoughtful they were about bringing the best out of each room with special details. I also love interior design and because I don’t put myself in a box, we had a lot of fun exploring different colors, textures, and styles. One example was the wide plank flooring that we imported from Italy. They also worked with the carpenters to design decorative ceilings that I so wanted in my home, like the coffered ceiling in the kitchen, decorative beams in our living room, and a hub and spoke ceiling in our sitting room.
Our office had beautiful custom built-ins which didn’t leave a lot of wall space, so they added a Philip Jeffries wood veneer wallpaper to the ceiling that matched the color of the built-ins. Again, an amazing detail that brought color and texture to the space.
They also used marble tile to create a piece of artwork over my pantry sink. Their cabinet maker crafted one of a kind built-ins and custom cabinetry in the kitchen, living room, wet bar, master bath and pantry. Whether it was finishing touches like pillows, rugs, and hardware or more prominent elements like furniture, tile, and the paint scheme, Michele and Shannon were highly organized and managed every last nuance of the project so I didn't have to worry about a thing!
They nailed every last detail—and never missed a deadline—‑so it was clear that they have years of experience working remotely with clients. They also collaborated effortlessly with my contractors—which is no simple thing in a male-dominated industry. I appreciate how Michele and Shannon listened and understood my vision, but also brought years of expertise to the table. If something didn't sit right with her, Michele would revisit it until it was perfect.
I will never forget the day of our big reveal! I was a bundle of nerves! This was now going to be our forever home and the time and energy that we all spent on this house just seemed overwhelming! But it felt like everything conspired to make this experience magical — which it was! The snow was falling lightly outside and my husband and I stepped through the front door to find candles burning softly, music playing and the magic of what Casabella did for us wrapped around us like a warm blanket! It was beautiful and it was home! Tears start flowing and everywhere we turned was more and more beautiful! They nailed it! In every way! The personal touches with pictures just meant so much! They poured their heart and soul into this project and we could see and feel it! What more could you ask for? An amazing experience with two amazing people! I couldn’t have had a better experience and can’t imagine working with anyone else!
They not only worked around my schedule, but they also coordinated every big and small detail. It made the process super easy. I trusted them with my vision, as well. Sometimes designers decorate a place the way they want, and they're not good listeners. So when they finish a proj... ”
They not only worked around my schedule, but they also coordinated every big and small detail. It made the process super easy. I trusted them with my vision, as well. Sometimes designers decorate a place the way they want, and they're not good listeners. So when they finish a project, you get a little too much of their style. Michele and her team were much more attuned to my needs.
Since I was a regular at their shop, I knew I loved their aesthetic. They also carry one-of-a-kind things. Designers go to the same shows, so you tend to see things over and over again. Michele instinctively understands that no one wants a home that looks like someone else’s.
I purchased a classic Cape shingle-style home and renovated the space over my 3-car garage – which included a kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom, and gym. Casabella coordinated with my project manager and arranged to look at the new space – and get a sense of my style from the main house. I'm not a person who wants to go through a thousand fabric books – instead, I'm a let's-cut-to-the-quick decision-maker. So when I sat down for the design presentation with my nephew, I was excited they understood what I wanted and what the space was about for me. Because I loved everything they laid out – including furniture, rugs, fabrics, upholstery, shades—our discussion couldn't have gone smoother. I think we finished in about an hour. They pushed me out of my comfort zone with design elements I wouldn't have considered on my own – which I appreciate.
I liked that I didn't have to think twice after making a decision. Casabella worked their magic and was super helpful in the way they took care of everything. I'm not at the house full-time, so when the reveal day arrived, I was amazed by how it all came together. They wove accessories (artwork, lamps, throws, etc.) throughout the space, so it felt custom finished. From the cushions and pillows in the banquet to the fabric shades with tailored accents to the linens on the bed, which set off the dramatic headboard, every inch of the space looked beautiful.
When my guests comment on their design, they often say they've never seen the furnishings and accents before. That means a lot to me. I can't say enough good things about Michele and her team. I highly recommend Casabella.
I was in Florida for the winter and needed to make some critical design decisions quickly. I knew that I was in over my head! After my husband and I looked through their portfolio and spoke with Michele, we were both happy and relieved Casabella was available to become our design pa... ”
I was in Florida for the winter and needed to make some critical design decisions quickly. I knew that I was in over my head! After my husband and I looked through their portfolio and spoke with Michele, we were both happy and relieved Casabella was available to become our design partners. We converted our 3-bedroom, 2.5 bath cape on a Harwichport harbor into a 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath home, and completely remodeled our kitchen. When our new rooms were down to the studs, Casabella came in and worked closely with our builder. They fine-tuned the plan, and we truly became a team.
The construction part of the process was challenging. Our home is in a flood zone, so we needed to raise the entire structure. Hiring Casabella greatly reduced our stress levels by helping us through the selection process. During their design presentation, they understood our vision – a peaceful, but family-friendly retreat with lots of blues, grays, and tans. And as Michele would say, “bring the outside in.” The CAD drawings and layouts they provided helped us get a feel for what the new space would look like.
From the larger details like the island layout, cabinetry, countertops, and tile to the smaller elements like lighting and fixtures, their help was invaluable in the kitchen remodel and addition. Their design selections for the bedrooms, family room and bathrooms (furniture, lighting, upholstery, rugs, window treatments, bedding, and artwork) were perfect. Picking paint colors isn’t one of my strong points, but thankfully, Casabella had a master plan for every wall. It came together beautifully. We came to trust them entirely and wound up hiring them to update the original rooms of the house and select our deck furniture.
As a team, they were responsive and easy to work with. When I see the tiny seashell trim, finishing the bottom of one of our window treatments, it reminds me of all the ways their attention to details paid off. The other thing that sets them apart is their desire to please and make you happy. It comes from a genuinely caring place. For example, Michele found two unframed watercolors by a local artist stored in a closet and had them framed and hung in our master bedroom and bath.
Turning our modest “cape with potential” into a real family home was exciting! It’s one thing to approve fabrics and furniture – and quite another to see our decisions come to life. I’m not a person who shows emotions easily, but the day of “the reveal,” I was so overwhelmed, I got teary. Everything was in its place down to the bed linens and accessories. It looked like a house out of a magazine. My husband and I were so thrilled; we even extended our stay. The most telling thing about their design work? We always feel sad when we have to leave.
My sister who lives near the Casabella shop recommended them to me. A traditional 2-story home with an open floor plan, I’ve had my house for ten years. I hired them to update the two rooms I spend the most time in on the main floor. Beth was my designer – she did a fabulo... ”
My sister who lives near the Casabella shop recommended them to me. A traditional 2-story home with an open floor plan, I’ve had my house for ten years. I hired them to update the two rooms I spend the most time in on the main floor. Beth was my designer – she did a fabulous job working around my schedule. Whether it was making plans during my visits back east or communicating remotely, she was very easy to work with.
The two rooms Casabella designed from scratch were the main living room and a small den/TV room which used to be a dining room. In addition to having a design that looked pulled together and coordinated, I wanted these spaces to be ultra-comfortable. A small thing, but very helpful: during one of my early trips to the showroom, I was able to sit in the chairs and couches she recommended to rate their comfort level.
Beth is an expert listener; she’s wasn’t trying to tell me what I should do. Instead, she wanted to understand how I used the space and how I wanted it to look and feel. In the main living room, there is a wall of windows with a view to a marsh. The design she came up with brought the beauty of the outdoors in with a soft green, gray, and beige color scheme. From window treatments to all new furniture to lamps and rugs, I love how polished and cozy it feels now.
A relic of the past, we updated the red walls of the old dining room with a pale grasscloth – which couldn’t be lovelier. They also mounted the TV on the wall – one less thing for me to worry about.
Beth kept the project moving forward – and managed all the details – which was no small thing with the time change. I’m only in Massachusetts a handful of times each year, and she worked around my trips, so I was present when I needed to make vital decisions. Budget-wise, I appreciated that there were no surprises as she was transparent/upfront with me about communicating fees.
I couldn’t be happier with the transformation- and highly recommend Casabella.
After spending a few years searching for that home, I finally found the perfect house - a fixer-upper located on Nantucket Sound. The house needed a lot of TLC but was right on the water and full of potential. That’s when I went back to my “dream house” folder and rediscovered... ”
After spending a few years searching for that home, I finally found the perfect house - a fixer-upper located on Nantucket Sound. The house needed a lot of TLC but was right on the water and full of potential. That’s when I went back to my “dream house” folder and rediscovered my interest in Casabella. I began to stop by their shop to pick up small pieces, and when I was ready to conduct a formal remodel project, I invited Michele and Shannon out to the gutted house for an “ideas” session.
As we walked through the construction project, I could see Michele and Shannon understood my vision: a relaxed and beachy feel that could handle a lot of traffic while still looking beautiful. I have a large, extended family and wanted furniture that would make everyone feel at home, whether they were here for just a day or a week’s vacation. I needed the space to look great while accommodating sandy toes, wet bathing suits and the occasional spill.
Michele and Shannon spent time visualizing the space with me, looking through my beach house folder and my Pinterest “beach house” boards. I also had a houseful of furniture in storage during the remodel, so we went through my photos to be sure the new pieces I chose for the house would merge seamlessly with those I already had purchased.
During the decorating phase, I had to call on Michele and Shannon to help me with a major construction issue that arose with the home. It happened during the bathroom tile installation when, upon inspection, I realized I had a problem with some of the tile selections and the quality of the tile that was delivered. I called on Michele and Shannon to help and they quickly pulled together a beautiful selection of options that fixed the problem and better supported the overall design of the house.
After more than 14 months of renovation I was thrilled with my new home! Michele and Shannon helped me realize my dream and paid special attention to the little details that make a house a home. One example was a painting I had of a lighthouse I can see from my house. I loved the painting, but knew that the frame would not work in the newly remodeled home. When I walked into the new house, one of the first things I noticed was that Michele had reframed the painting and hung it in in a place of honor. There were many examples like that throughout the process - that level of thoughtfulness made Casabella my dream collaborators.
My job keeps me very busy, so it was a relief knowing I had Casabella curating and managing the entire decorating process for me. From tracking and warehousing all the furniture to going back and forth with the builder to bringing in all the professionals (electricians, painters, etc.), I honestly didn't expect the concierge level of service they provided. It saved me a tremendous amount of time – and gave me great peace of mind.
I’m thrilled to be back at the beach I love so much – and now, thanks to Michele and Shannon, my home has truly earned its name: Granted Wish!