“I met Michele in Bermuda through my husband’s job a decade before we worked together. 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!”