We live in Ohio, but we’re planning on transitioning our lives to Massachusetts in the future. We were under the illusion that we’d decorate the place ourselves, never imagining that this little dream home of ours needed much more than a fresh coat of paint and a couch or two. W... ”
We live in Ohio, but we’re planning on transitioning our lives to Massachusetts in the future. We were under the illusion that we’d decorate the place ourselves, never imagining that this little dream home of ours needed much more than a fresh coat of paint and a couch or two. We were on the lookout for new furnishings when we first came across Casabella Interiors on the app Best of Cape Cod & the Islands. Driving up and down 6A one day we decided to stop into their shop. My husband and I quickly spotted a couch we both liked and headed straight for it. While sitting there admiring our find, the owner Michele walked by and I jokingly asked: “How do I make my home look exactly like your store?” She sat down and chatted with us. We liked her instantly. We were so impressed with her openness, knowledge, and professionalism (and her connections with local contractors), that we invited her to our new home the next day. (Technically it wasn’t ours yet, our offer had just been accepted the day before.) Michele showed up the following morning, and three weeks later, her team had a plan ready for us. We never intended to get a designer, but somehow we managed to land one who was perfect for us and our ever-growing job. It took my hubby and I a few months to come around to the idea that if we were going to make this our forever home, it had to be done properly. So we tripled our budget and decided to completely overhaul our 1,000 square foot home - knocking down walls and modifying the blueprint so it worked better for our family. It would have been impossible to manage a near gut job remotely so Michele, Shannon, and Beth took on the massive project from start to finish. They coordinated every single detail with their large contracting crew – including an architect, builder (we added a screen-in porch), roofers, electrician, plumber, exterior siding installers, fireplace mason, flooring installers, painters, landscape designer, etc. From the shiplap and boxed beams on the ceiling to the lighthouse pendants hanging over our new kitchen island, there isn’t an inch of our home that we didn’t touch. Each step of the process, Casabella made us feel like we were their only client. Their patience with us was incredible. When we had a question they responded to us within the hour – sometimes within minutes. (I don’t think Michele sleeps!)
Everything they did centered on bringing the view inside and allowing the seascape to be the primary focus of our design. At the same time, they were ultra practical – I originally wanted marble countertops and wood floors, but they helped us to look down the road a few years. Life at the beach takes a toll on surfaces -especially with kids. As a result, they helped us find the right products while respecting our budget. Whether it was stealing 24” from a closet to give our master suite more room, or making space for a washer/dryer in the hallway, their ideas were inventive and well-executed. They are also a team of attentive listeners. Our home is small so we wanted what we do have to be impactful. My husband had to have a navy island. I had to have a custom farmhouse sink made to look like a basketweave, they made it happen.
The hardest thing about the project was staying away from the house for the last three weeks. The suspense was killing me! It’s one thing to see what each piece of our plan will look like in their 3D renderings, or on a swatch, but another to see thousands of beautiful details come together in real life. Six months before, we spent 4-5 hours in their shop for their design presentation -which was exceptional. Going from room to room virtually to see layout, space, and furniture placement is in itself a lot of fun and inspiring. But in person, it’s a dream come true. I was too excited to sleep the night before. It felt like 10 Christmases rolled into one, and when we finally landed in Boston and made the drive down, I could barely contain myself. We walked in and it just blew our minds."
Before remodeling it, we wanted to live in it for a while. Really get a feel for the place. And for five years that's exactly what we did. By the time we were ready to make changes, we had a clear vision for what we wanted. We searched for interior designers on the island and came a... ”
Before remodeling it, we wanted to live in it for a while. Really get a feel for the place. And for five years that's exactly what we did. By the time we were ready to make changes, we had a clear vision for what we wanted. We searched for interior designers on the island and came across Casabella Interiors. We researched a few other designers but ultimately decided on Casabella after talking to them, and seeing their work on Houzz.
The project was extensive. The biggest part of the renovation was our large kitchen – a great layout but everything needed to be gutted. We also enlarged our laundry room, refinished all the hardwoods on the first floor, remodeled our master suite bath, our powder room, and painted our entire downstairs. Additionally, we added new drapes and area rugs for each room. We kept some of our furniture, but the majority Casabella helped us picked out. Because we added a large deck – they also helped us with all the outdoor furniture.
Since we spend winters in Florida, we had to put off making some decisions until we were back in Ma. – like our beautiful quartzite countertops in the kitchen. Michele took us to the showroom – which was a helpful little adventure. Without seeing the slabs in person, it’s hard to conceptualize it. (After renovating a house before – we knew it was an important decision.) There are so many options! Thankfully, we were able to do much of our collaboration remotely.
All told, the renovation took about two years. We love our home now. We’re also thrilled that we don’t have to make any more design decisions!
Casabella is great to work with. Michele is organized and timely – and if she says she’s going to do something, she’ll do it. She’s amazing at color too. We love how the slightly different shades flow throughout the house. I really appreciated their flexibility - if something didn’t work for us, they listened and resolved it. Since we were away for the majority of the work, it was nice to not worry about all the coordination and details. Casabella's contractors were wonderful to work with – their prices were good, and they were dependable and respectful.
My husband was as much a part of the process as I was. It was definitely a team effort. We don’t always have the same taste so we both needed to compromise here and there. The two of us got stuck on a few decisions, but Casabella came up with solutions that worked for the both of us. One of the things we weren’t going to compromise on was the look. We didn't want a home that was too feminine. We showed Casabella pictures of what we like, and they pulled it off effortlessly.
The most unexpected thing about the project is that you don’t notice all the beautiful details at once. Since the project ended in June, we've noticed dozens of little things that we would never have thought of on our own. Seeing all of Casabella's big and little ideas come together over time has been a surprise bonus.
We love our place now. It looks the way we wanted it to the day we first walked through the house. The way it was meant to be. And for that, we’re very grateful for Casabella.
If you have the budget, we’d highly recommend them."
I was searching for ideas for our new farmhouse and came across their work. There were design elements from their projects that really appealed to me. I reached out to Michele, and shortly thereafter we began collaborating. The project scope was quite extensive – they redesign... ”
I was searching for ideas for our new farmhouse and came across their work. There were design elements from their projects that really appealed to me. I reached out to Michele, and shortly thereafter we began collaborating.
The project scope was quite extensive – they redesigned our interiors – and helped me with everything from tile and bathroom fixtures, to furnishings, flooring, window treatments, right down to pictures and accessories.
Our new house is not like any other we’ve owned. My taste runs very traditional New England style, and the new house is a country farmhouse (on Cape Cod, no less!). Michele and Shannon helped me stretch outside my traditional comfort zone while still suggesting things that worked for me. As a result, we achieved a completely different look - which I love. They considered my input and were always willing to make other suggestions if I didn’t care for something they presented.
As I mentioned, the project was very large and it had many moving parts – with that came the responsibility of making a wide range of decisions – that was stressful for me. Between Michele and Shannon’s expertise, creativity, professionalism, and sense of humor, they kept me sane! I think open communication is an important part of the process, as is being mindful and clear about your budget.
Working with Michele and Shannon was a fun and pleasant experience – and I’ve recommended them to a few people and will continue to do so because I know they won’t be disappointed with the results.
I’ve lived in my share of beautiful houses and I was very happy in each one. I’ve never thought about having a dream house per se, but the results of the work done by Casabella Interiors has definitely created the home of my dreams!"
I knew she had moved to the Cape, opened a home decor shop and was following her passion for interior design. Many years later, my husband and I downsized our home in the Boston suburbs. Our new place was much more modern so most of what we owned didn’t work in the new space. I me... ”
I knew she had moved to the Cape, opened a home decor shop and was following her passion for interior design. Many years later, my husband and I downsized our home in the Boston suburbs. Our new place was much more modern so most of what we owned didn’t work in the new space. I met with a local interior design firm, showed them exactly what I wanted. However, when they laid out a design plan, they hadn’t listened to me at all. I walked away disappointed and decided to drop the idea altogether. My best friend had just gone through a very bad experience with a designer so I was nervous about the entire process and concerned about the cost. It’s not easy to trust someone enough to put your home in their hands!
Some time later, my husband and I decided to move ahead with hiring a designer, the house was so bare. That’s when we thought of Casabella. Michele and Shannon came to our house (which was over two hours away), asked me in-depth questions about how my family lived in the space and took pictures and measurements. Their positivity, honesty, and candor immediately put me at ease. And they really listened!
My husband and I have very different tastes so Michele and Shannon had their work cut out. They also had to incorporate pieces we already owned – including two black leather sofas that I can’t stand but my husband loves, and a few things I cherish: A picture my son made in the 4th grade, a painting from a close friend, and sea shells that I collect from my travels. My two best guy friends are extremely savvy about interior decorating so I brought them with me to the design presentation at Casabella’s studio. The three of us loved every single aspect of their design plan - which included all but one room on our first floor, and everything from rugs, drapes, lamps, and furniture to a custom bar, and accessories (pillows, mirrors, etc.). My friends are very hard to please so in many ways, it was a huge relief for me.
The day came for Casabella to install everything. When I walked in, it looked like a fancy hotel. I cried like a baby. It was so beautiful. And they pulled off what I thought was impossible – the perfect marriage between my husband’s style and mine. I don’t even see the black sofas anymore - the transformation is hard to conceive. They took every little factor into consideration and made sure it wasn’t just gorgeous to look at but functional. One of my friends summed it up nicely, “They really got you as a couple.” I can’t say enough glowing things about Casabella. From the first day we started working together, the project was easy and smooth. And so worth it!"
I was looking to redo my 2-bedroom condo in Brookline. (Besides my kitchen and bathrooms, the project was a complete overhaul.) I narrowed down my search to three designers in the Boston area. After speaking with Beth by phone, I knew I wanted to hire Casabella. A few weeks late... ”
I was looking to redo my 2-bedroom condo in Brookline. (Besides my kitchen and bathrooms, the project was a complete overhaul.) I narrowed down my search to three designers in the Boston area. After speaking with Beth by phone, I knew I wanted to hire Casabella.
A few weeks later, Michele and Beth came to Brookline for my in-home consultation. We talked about the space, I showed them a handful of pictures I ripped out of a magazine, they measured everything, and took pictures. There was one image I showed them that I was especially drawn to – and Michele and Beth zoomed in on it. That picture became our design inspiration – partly because it captured a feeling as much as a look. After that meeting, I was expecting a lot more back and forth for us to get on the same page. I thought I’d have to push back too. And it just wasn’t like that at all - which was a big relief since at the time I was going through a lot personally and my daughter was having a baby. I was expecting to be overwhelmed. Thankfully, it was surprisingly easy. Watching the whole project unfold turned out to be a welcome distraction. And working with Michele and Beth was fun.
A month passed and I went to the Casabella shop for their design presentation. Over the course of four to five hours, I looked at fabric, touched rugs, and reviewed everything they selected for the project. Beyond a few pieces that Michele kept in the design – including a mirror that I adore— my living room, bedrooms, dining room, and hallway were completely reimagined - down to the smallest detail. From the wall paint and draperies to the bed linens, accessories, rugs, and furniture, everything would be new. I was excited because they just got me.
When I came home to the final reveal a few months later, it was very close to what I imagined…only better. The pieces we picked out looked even more beautiful in my space. All the design elements came together so one room flows into the next. It's stunning and polished, but comfortable. When Michele asked if I had a favorite room, I said I didn’t because I loved them all.
The most unexpected part of this process was that they picked up on what would make me happy better than I could. When I think about what I provided to Casabella in terms of what I like (input) and what they produced (output), it’s very surprising. I wasn’t good at articulating what I wanted so they had very little to go on. Yet in return, they gave me everything I hoped for and more. There were ideas they came up with that I would never have thought to do on my own. And pieces that I never imagined would look perfect in my home, but to my surprise, they do. My biggest takeaway? Don't experiment on your own. You’ll waste money, and you won’t be happy.
If and when my friends and family are ready to hire a designer, I’ll recommend Casabella with confidence."
I stopped in, bought a few things, and met Michele Holbrook. After a few more shopping excursions to Casabella, my sister and I bought our Cape house on the beach. The house was in beautiful condition but the look and colors we envisioned were different from what the previous owners... ”
I stopped in, bought a few things, and met Michele Holbrook. After a few more shopping excursions to Casabella, my sister and I bought our Cape house on the beach. The house was in beautiful condition but the look and colors we envisioned were different from what the previous owners had chosen. We knew right away that Michele was the person to help us with the new design.
I have always loved decorating but knew that neither my sister nor I would be able to take time away from our Company to facilitate a full design project on our own. We trusted Michele and had full confidence in her professionalism and abilities. We loved the pieces she curates in the shop so when it came time to choose fabrics, furnishings, rugs, window treatments and accessories, Michele and Shannon would narrow down the options to make the selection process that much easier. When we were on the fence about something, which only happened a few times, they had a non-obtrusive way of directing us towards the right choice. In the end, there were never any regrets with our decision.
A southern California coastal aesthetic was the look we wanted. We felt it was important to bring the ocean indoors by incorporating soothing colors and furnishings rather than busy patterns or loud colors that might distract the eye from the stunning ocean views. Friends and family often comment about the calming feel of the space, which was by design. Our home turned out beautifully - - serene, timeless and sophisticated. The look we envisioned was achieved, and more. In fact, Cape Cod Life featured our home on the cover of their magazine!
A short time after the Cape house was completed, I hired Casabella for my Boston pied-à-terre. Both times, Michele was respectful of project expenditures and timelines and worked brilliantly to incorporate my own pieces into the design, as she did with the Cape house.
Michele and the Casabella team were a pleasure to work with; they always kept their word, were on top of every single detail and overall made the project seamless from beginning to end.
I get a little a melancholy when a project is over because it is so much fun working with Michele and Shannon. I only wish I had more rooms to decorate!"