my wife came home and said, “If I could just buy one thing from that store, I’d be happy.” Fast forward to 2018, and our vacation home is now our full-time residence. And almost every inch of our place has Casabella’s signature touch.
We were renovating our weekend house from the ground up when we first met them. We hadn’t realized the shop was also a design studio, so we invited Casabella to our home, and we walked through it together. Michele and her team surprised us almost immediately. Their ability to formulate a vision in a raw construction zone was unexpected. In my experience as a general contractor, I found it uncanny how they were able to see the home’s architecture for what it could be, including removing walls to increase functionality and other ideas we hadn’t thought of before. Five years and many projects later, we wouldn’t dream of designing anything without them. Casabella is that good.
When I walk into a home Casabella designed—there are a few in our neighborhood— I recognize their aesthetic immediately. Although each stands apart in unique ways, they’re a team known for putting their hearts and souls into every project. Their business has evolved to now include a thriving design studio – complete with an extensive group of contractors (electricians, painters, master carpenters, etc.). It struck me then, and it strikes me now that not all designers have the ability to see the big picture and resurrect a dream house from scratch.
There’s no such thing as “off the clock” with Casabella, the attention that goes into each detail takes the pressure off us. They created a custom stain color for our hardwood floors last year. To get the shade just right, their flooring contractor had to bleach the floorboards over and over again. In one weekend, Michele was at our home four times tweaking the shade with him until it was perfect. One-of-a-kind touches like that makes our home special. Michele and Shannon also designed other custom pieces including an antique glass hutch in our kitchen and our master vanity.
Another reason we highly recommend them is for something you’d never guess by walking into their store. Initially, we thought they just sold home furnishings, so when it came to picking out things like sinks, faucets, appliances, and hardware, we were happy to find that Casabella operates like a full-service design center with far-reaching resources. What you see in their shop and Marketplace is just the tip of the iceberg. Our renovation was close to a new build, so their vendor relationships saved us an enormous amount of time and money.
Through the years, our collaboration with Casabella has been effortless. They still make us feel like we’re their only client. We happened to be away on vacation during a recent project they did for us – which included a new kitchen and updating the living room. Tired and hungry, we arrived home in Massachusetts one evening to find Michele at the door with a bottle of wine. The fireplace was on, dinner was ready, and the place looked better than we could’ve imagined. Who can top that? We know we’ll never find a more passionate and friendly group of people. They’re remodeling our Florida home next.”