October 20, 2007
Wow, you did an amazing job pulling together all of our furnishings to create the opulence and elegance of the “Old World Style” we desired to have in our home. We truly felt like you listened to our ideas and saw our vision because the house looks spectacular.
Our living room and dining room are gorgeous. We were awestruck with what you were able to accomplish using our existing contemporary palette. All of our friends are amazed and impressed by this. The family room is just as impressive. What a tremendous difference from the stark cool feeling it had. It is warm and inviting now and visually stimulating.
There is no way we would have guessed you could have changed the personality of the space so much by using primarily existing items from our own home.
Kate, you have exceptional creative talent while working with affordable pricing. Thank you for all your hard work. We could not have done it without you. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Please feel free to let any potential clients know they can contact us via our email address.
Curtis & Tracy Margerum
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you!! You are an absolute angel. You truly are! I am in absolute awe at your ability to take a plain set of white walls and transfer them into a room filled with beauty and personality.
Your vision took me places I could never imagine. We both know that I resisted along the way because unlike you, I do not have the creative mind nor the ability to visualize a house of comfort, beauty and warmth the way that you do.
I thoroughly enjoyed the master creation you created which I now refer to as my home. I have since needed to depart my home due to a situation that you and your lovely family are much too familiar with, military moves.
I wanted to let you know that I had no problems trying to rent out my place. I only showed the place for one day to ten different individuals and families - all of which made the decision to rent! Needless to say I then narrowed it down to one and now my new tenants enjoy the pleasures of your masterpiece that you so kindly and brilliantly created.
Your talent is beyond reach. I hope that you will continue to do what you do best and trust me of your many talents designing is truly one of them. Words truly cannot thank you enough! It was a pleasure working with you! I look forward to working with you in the future.
Colleen M. Kelly
Thank you! Thank you!
We were positively floored by the transformation. By rearranging the furniture, pictures and decorations - and adding only a few small things (such as a few candles, end tables, and a mirror), the feel of our house went from ordinary to appealing and cozy. We are suddenly proud to have our friends drop by for a visit and are excited to show them around.
We had never spent the time or energy to focus on the decor of our house. We have three small children and are always very busy, so arranging our house for anything but functionality, didn't seem to warrant a top spot on the priority list. But now that we have seen what a difference small changes can make on how we feel about our home, and ourselves, we wish we had done it a long time ago. All of a sudden, our 21 month old is interested in her bed, probably because her room is now not just functional, but cute and pretty as well. Our 8 and 5 year olds love the new arrangement in the family room, which not only looks incredible, but is also much more conducive to playing the card/board games, which we do almost every day. And now I barely notice the paneling that always seemed to stick out, and the sofa suddenly really fits in the room.
I never would have guessed what an impression these ladies would have on our home. I keep finding myself referring to it as our "new house".
This is one of those services that I never would have thought I needed, and now I wonder how we ever lived without it.
Thanks again for sharing your creativity and expertise.
Vyana - Richmond, VA
Kate - Working with you, Julie and Lori was just incredible, so inspiring ! Your talent and "eye" for design is a gift from God ! It was a privilege to work with you and I truly look forward to getting together again !
(Julie is MY MENTOR! What a wonderful woman to have teach me this trade. We had so much fun and I learned so much! Julie is the founder of AARC - check her out at
All we can say is “WOW”!
When we started the re-design process with you, we knew we were in for a big surprise, but we had no idea how big. The rooms you re-designed turned out to be of the same caliber shown on all the popular HGTV shows. We were truly impressed and now we know how all those people feel when they get excited about their rooms. We say that, because we found ourselves jumping up and down with pure excitement and disbelief.
Our excitement started in the foyer. You did a fantastic job pulling together all of our odds and ends collected from around the world and sitting them on the empty shelf. Not only is the space nice, but brings back fond memories every time we walk downstairs or out the front door. On top of that, you transformed the foyer area by simply dragging a nice piece of furniture from a hidden wall and making it a focal point once you enter into the house. We were hesitant to move the secretariat, but now we are wondering why we didn’t think about it. It is so nice in the foyer. All the things you moved from room to room turned out perfect and in the long run saved us money.
As for our living room, we sat in it for the first time this weekend and had coffee with a friend. We haven’t sat in the room since we moved in the house in Aug 03. The “new” room is a true testament of your ability to take a “disrupted space” and add organization, comfort and elegance. The room looks fantastic and makes us want to use it on a daily basis. BTW…tell Mark thanks for building the cornices. They are very nice!
The dining room is a showpiece. You tied it into the living room nicely and now we can’t wait to have our family over for Thanksgiving. The two spaces are simple, but elegant. You nailed the design and color schemes we were looking for within the rooms. It took us four years to find someone who could help us pull the rooms together and we are glad it was you. As a friend and a professional, you went above and beyond.
Speaking of above and beyond…the family room is off the charts! When we saw it, Anne was jumping up and down in the middle of the floor screaming “I got my mantle, I got my mantle…” It was a great birthday surprise. We couldn’t believe how nice the mantle turned out. After five contractors told us no, you and Mark got it done. We are glad you were the one who put the mantle on the fireplace. We truly believe your designing ability resulted in a mantle perfect for us and our house. We could have never described what we wanted to a contractor. You knew what we wanted and nailed it. Again, thanks for making it a wonderful focal point and surprise for Anne.
Once we settled down over the surprise mantle and took in the entire room, we were impressed how you took a room we really liked and made it a room we really love. I can remember saying, “I don’t see how you are going to move the furniture around”. You replied, “I have an idea”. Your idea was fantastic. The room looks bigger and creates a great flow from the kitchen. We still can’t imagine doing some of the things you pulled off. The family room is by far our favorite room within the house and we still can’t believe how nice it turned out.
We have always loved our house, but now it truly is a place of comfort and refuge from the craziness that is our lives. We love our house even more. We walk through it everyday and can’t believe it is our house. It looks like a model home! It’s amazing that you did in just 2 short weeks what 3 other designers in 4 years could not do. Just saying “thank you” seems inadequate to express our feelings for what you and Mark have done for us – we will always be grateful to you.
So, when can we get you back to finish the rest of the house? You have spoiled us and now we want your help all over the house. Your work is awesome Kate and we thank you!
Keith and Anne McCormack
- Lori Rojas, Richmond, VA (also an AARC member)
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