Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Power of Color...

I think most people realize that the color of your walls makes one of the largest impacts on a room. However, just in case you're still not convinced, see the images below. These are pictures of my parent's house in Portland.

When Ava and I arrived in March...

Furniture was rearranged to facilitate conversation...the piano was previously blocking the natural conversation circle but she was adamant that the red should stay...

Here are the pictures she sent via text message yesterday, with the new wall color. I love it! I also like that she has listened to me about removing a lot of the family photos - again creating a space for people to imagine themselves living in.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review from a Client

Tonight when I got on Facebook, I saw this most recent review from one of my clients. Working with this family was enjoyable every step of the way.

Here's what Debra had to say:
"With a second baby on the way, I looked around our house and knew I wanted to spend my maternity leave in more comfortable surroundings. We had resisted investing much money previously for a couple of reasons, mostly because we're in a rental and also because we were nervous we'd spend a lot of money and just buy something that we or our kids would ruin anyway.

On a friend's recommendation, we asked Jolene for help and she blew me away at every step. First, she talked to us about what we hoped to improve in our house and she was really listened to us. Then she scouted out some incredibly budget-friendly options in everything from rugs to curtains to furniture, and suggested ways to use what we already had in different parts of the house. She tracked down really interesting items from a whole range of sources, and actually installed a lot of them personally. She has a particular strength in lighting, and not only advised us on (and acquired) different light bulbs that would work best in old fixtures, but also rewired some old lamps for us as well. She was sensitive throughout to the challenge of making the house safe for kids.

Ultimately, Jolene helped us maximize a relatively small budget to improve the whole house. I know without her we would have spent way more money and gotten a lot less for that money. Most importantly, though, she really helped us create the house we were looking for. I'm home all day with my baby now and I couldn't be happier with the place!"

Thankfully, work and life in general, has been busy but nonetheless, I feel bad that I haven't had the opportunity to write about this review. The Firestone family is one of the sweetest, most generous families and working with them has been SO WONDERFUL! Reading what they had to write and Shazia as a comment made my month! I love knowing that people are happier in their home, because of what I helped them achieve.
Andrew Ivana Firestone
"Jolene has created three amazing rooms for us to date, and we plan on adding more. She has an amazing vision that allows for both design and function, and we couldn't be happier with the result.
"3 people like this."
-Shazia Pascal I saw the result, absolutely beautiful! The rooms feel good to be in and not a detail missed! Good job Jolene!