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“Maria assisted us with furnishing and accessorizing our family room, kitchen and breakfast room. She is extremely talented in her field and has a genuine passion for what she does. Maria is a true professional and a credit to her industry. We had a tone-on-tone base color scheme in our rooms and we were not confident enough to go beyond that. Maria gained our trust, reviewed the space and incorporated beautiful colors along with comfortable furnishings transforming our home into something we are very proud of. We could not have done this by ourselves. It was a pleasure working with someone of her caliber and we will seek her advice on all future design projects.”
Diane and Jim J.

“Driven by an unmistakable passion for balance and design, Maria excels in her ability to act as a lens through which the client may experience the completion of their own vision. Whether a room or an entire home Maria’s expertise includes a seemingly endless treasure-chest of knowledge, resources and ideas; the result being a masterful coordination of comfort, style, design, cohesiveness, and complete client satisfaction.”
Madeline Y

“I have enjoyed working with Maria and expect to hire her again as I get closer to the renovation of my condo. I would highly recommend her as she is very easy to work with, has wonderful ideas/suggestions, listens to your vision, maintains your budgetary constraints and always has your project in mind should she feel it might need a minor adjustment. She made me feel like I had someone watching out for my best interest. Thank you Maria!”
Helene M

“Maria designed a custom home for us. My husband & i were blown away every meeting that she captivated our needs every single time. Her attention to detail in every viewpoint is amazing. We immensely enjoy our space & enjoyed working with Maria. Our custom home just sold and the buyer insisted to buy the Home completely furnished,That’s just how good Maria’s design is. We look forward to working with Maria on our future upcoming project.”
Suzi J

“Maria worked with me to design my entire house in Florida while it was being built and I was living out of the state. The design is nearly complete now and I am so thrilled with the results. From the furniture selection, fabric coordination to shades and chandeliers, Maria planned it all. I met with her several times over the planning period and then we coordinated choices of fabric, furniture and rugs via email. I am pleased to say that I am very happy with the results.”
Karen B

“My experience working with Maria has been absolutely amazing! I met Maria shortly after moving into my dream home. I had all the space that I ever wanted and no idea what to do with it! Maria was and has been extremely patient, kind and creative! She has transformed my house to a beautiful, airy, livable, elegant magazine worthy home! I am bragging! My home is gorgeous!”
Staci Williams, DDS

“Maria did a fantastic job designing the interior of our new home. My wife and I couldn’t agree on what to do, so we contacted Maria, hoping for a combination designer and intercessor/referee. She did such a great job. We wanted to change the style of furniture for the new house but didn’t know where or how to begin. Maria sure did. Her suggestions were just what we had hoped for and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Thanks, Maria. We love you.”
Steve & Rosemary R

“We have been absolutely thrilled to have worked with Maria for 5 years and 6 rooms. So much so that we have now asked Maria to make some much needed tweaks to my father’s bachelor home. What has been so great about Maria is that she comes to a project primarily interested in understanding the way we live, our needs, our tastes and our budget. She focuses on our vision and not a preconceived idea of how it ought to look. With this focus in mind she has helped us transform our house one room at a time into a home we love and are proud of. Maria has helped us completely redecorate our living room, dining room, and master bedroom and she has collaborated with our builder on kitchen and bath remodels. She has the patience of a saint and is a master diplomat – essential attributes when the Mister and Misses do not always see eye-to-eye! We wholeheartedly recommend Maria for a decorating or remodel project.”
Tom and Cathy J

“We found Maria on Houzz with great reviews, only fitting that we give her the same. We completely furnished a new home in Jacksonville while we were in NC for 6 months. Maria made it all possible with email and a few phone calls. Loving our furniture selections, window treatments are to die for! She works with very good team of drapery/installation folks. Highly recommend!”!
Lynn S

“Maria was and is a tremendous help making our new home “us” with an elegant Florida feel. From the first day we met she has gone above and beyond with every detail furnishing our new Florida home. Her professionalism, attention to detail, constant communication and active listening sets her apart from other designers. We could not wish for a more wonderful and talented person to work with, especially with us making many decisions from Kansas City.”
Ann and Paul Knickhram

“Maria completed my kitchen renovation. She oversaw all stages from design, through construction to furnishings. Her patience and professionalism provided for a seamless renovation. Her selections and recommendations were very current while taking into consideration my families needs. My kitchen is stunning and I love spending time there. She also completed renovations of adjoining dining and family rooms. Here style is timeless and sophisticated. We would hire Maria again and it is a privilege to work with her.”
HLong

“I am very thankful for Maria DeGange and the expertise she offered to redecorate the main floor of our home. She was able to meld together our existing usable pieces and color palate with fresh ideas and furniture selections to create an attractive and welcoming new space. Along with the experience and vision she offered, she established honest open communication that led to a trusting working relationship.”
Karen N

“Maria, you are a treasure! We wanted to thank you for helping us make a vision become a living reality in our new Destin, Florida home. It is a creation of beauty, warmth and comfort. You were able to to accomplish a lot in a short period of time and we appreciate your patience with us, especially when we would change our minds on elements of the design. We knew we wanted it to have a different feel from our St Louis home, but we felt overwhelmed with the size of the project. Your expertise and guidance reduced the anxiety and opened our eyes to new possibilities as we developed the layout and chose furniture, fabrics, and accessories that look perfect in our home. No project of this undertaking can be done cheaply, but we felt you kept our budget concerns in mind as we continued to make decisions. You helped us “step out of the box” many times during the designing and those elements of the design turned out to be great decisions. You were always respectful of our thoughts and feelings, and if we headed in a new direction, you were always there to guide us. We also are thankful you were with us when the furniture actually arrived. Your energy and creativity helped us get everything into place quickly. Working with you is always a pleasure. We value your hard work, imagination and friendship.”
Steve and Terry

“Maria, I just wanted to thank you so very much for helping us put new life into our aging home. Even my husband commented on how ‘ cozy’ our hearth room is now. The way you have put together our wonderful new pieces has actually made the area seem much larger and far more inviting! I am so glad to have met and worked with you; someone that cares, someone that creates and recreates until it’s just right and someone that not only has ideas but gets results ~ timely results. So thanks again for your creativity, energy and passion. You love what you do and it shows!”
Robin G

“Thank you so much for helping us update the look of our living room and dining room. We feel very lucky that we have gotten to know you and work with you. When we started, we had ideas about how our home could look and were quite frankly overwhelmed by the choices and possibilities. We didn’t know where to start, or even, how to start. You listened to us, and learned our style and respected our ideas. You provided a plan for decorating that worked with some of the furnishings we already had and treasured, and sequenced the decorating into manageable parts, both spatially and financially. We feel that you are most expert at reducing the confusion and you provided a manageable number of options. Your knowledge and talent have helped match colors, patterns and materials to create truly unique and inviting living spaces. We feel our home is now fresh, stylish and truly our own. Thanks again!”
Jim and Mary Pat G

“Maria was able to capture my vision and translate it to a beautiful design that is both stylish yet comfortable. I look forward to working with her on my next project and would recommend her to all.”
Alaina M.

“Maria worked on two projects at my house, one large and one small. The large one required moderate reconstruction and she acted as the general contractor on the project. She worked around my very irregular schedule. The project was completed on time, despite some time consuming delays beyond her control. She had thoughtful and helpful ideas, some of which some may think were slightly out of the box, but which really worked. This now larger room is now the favorite in my house, where I spend most of my time. She freshened two adjacent rooms at the same time, with all melding with the topography of my lot. The second smaller project is also very satisfying. She made use of some existing furnishings and rugs, indicating a concern for economics, and worked these existing items seamlessly into the decor. Perhaps the best recommendation that I can give is that I will have Maria for my next project.”
Dr R. Smith

“This project involved complete design services for the interior of an 1853 house in Elsah, Illinois that is listed on the National Historic Register. It was begun in 2009 and completed gradually as funds were available through 2013. The project included complete redecoration and furnishing of a garage apartment. Maria DeGange was both efficient and patient and willing to work with me on the schedule I needed. She was sensitive both to cost considerations and to my tastes, and provided good alternatives when requested. She worked extremely well with my construction supervisor, who very much appreciated her approach and that she gave good advice while not being overly directive according to her own personal views. Everything provided is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and feels right with a very pleasant home atmosphere. We have close to 300 people coming through the house annually for a Christmas season open house. The most frequent comments center on the beauty and exceptional coordination of the design in the living room and apartment, the two areas to benefit most from her work.”
Duncan Charters, PhD

“Maria was a pleasure to work with. She has an exceptional sense of style and an ability to personalize the design experience to meet the varying tastes and budgets of her clients. Maria designed my living room, dining room and foyer. I constantly receive compliments on the beautiful pieces! Thank you Maria! You transformed my home into a masterpiece.”
Kate Clark