Whole house remodel. Assisted clients with layout planning and selection of final finishes and materials throughout, including paint colors, tile, plumbing and light fixtures, reclaimed architectural elements, furniture, textiles, rugs, window treatments, etc. A truly collaborative process.
"Working with Maria is so easy - she is such a lovely person with such chic taste. When I look at a House Beautiful magazine or scroll through Pinterest or Apartment Therapy, I am in awe of the layering and design - but then when I look at a room in my house, I am stuck. I have no vision, but Maria does. She often sends me ideas that I initially (in my head) scoff at and then after a day or two I realize that I love them and they make so much sense. Her understanding of design and color and vendors is priceless. What she can do in a week would take me a year at least! My house can be tricky with balancing beautiful pieces and making it work with three small children, and Maria helps me figure out what to focus on now and what to worry about later as well as how to use pieces for multiple purposes. She has a wonderful sense of scale and color and a great eye. I get so many compliments on my house and it's all Maria's doing. It is eclectic and classic and modern and vintage and so warm and inviting... I only wish she lived closer!"
Renovation down to the studs of house built in 1960. Reconfigured layout and opened up the space to suit modern family living. Specified all finishes and furniture, being mindful of the era of the house. The end result is a clean, bright and respectful reimagining of a midcentury home.
1917 bungalow in need of a (mostly) cosmetic overhaul. Designed and implemented whole new layout for kitchen, improving its efficiency and look; gutted and remodeled bathrooms; gave every surface a new coat of paint; decorated the entire place to suit our family, using a combination of existing furniture and new pieces, and working around some challenging room layouts that had to remain unchanged due to budgetary constraints.
Photographs by Whitney and Dustin Deal for WNC Magazine.
West Asheville II
Assisted clients with redecorating their condo, weighing in on all aspects of their project goals as needed. Recommended built-ins in living room, made suggestions for re-purposing existing furniture pieces, suggested new paint colors, rugs, textiles, etc, and helped style built-in bookcases once in place - all long-distance, using email and Skype.
"I like to decorate and I like to move things around and paint, but I wasn't able to make my space feel the way I wanted it to. I knew what I wanted it to look like in the end, but I was having trouble making my way there. So I reached out to Maria and asked her whether it was possible to do some virtual decorating by using all the tools technology has given us. Yay me, she said yes!
The best part about working with Maria was that she gave me options and ideas for short term to long term decorating projects. Using the vertical space in our living room by building in the bookshelves was Maria's idea and even though we'd lived in the space for over 10 years the thought never occurred to us. It was not something we could afford to do right away so we started with a simple improvement of painting the ugly brick and getting new window treatments. But then slowly we moved into the other phases of the project. And once the shelves were up I was faced with the daunting task of trying to style them. A stylist I am not. Oh Maria, please help! And help she did. We spent a while on Skype and I moved things around the shelves and held up the laptop for her approval until we had them just right.
I love my home. I always liked it, but with Maria's inspiration, encouragement, and brilliant ideas, I now proudly declare that I love it!"
-Cindy and Dave Palmquist
"I contacted Maria to assist me with our guest bedroom after seeing her home featured in a magazine. I fell in love with her style immediately! Maria demonstrated professionalism and excellent communication skills from the start. She worked quickly to pull things together, and went above and beyond to find items that would 'fit' perfectly in our home. We love our 'finished product'! Thank you, Maria!" -Dave and Teresa Gance
Renovation down to the studs. Collaborated on kitchen and bathroom designs, helped with the selection of all final finishes including tile, wood stains, paint colors, plumbing and light fixtures, sourced reclaimed pieces to be re-purposed as fixed elements, and was generally the sounding board for ideas and the source for solutions as challenges came up (which tend to come up in whole-house projects involving many trades).
1923 bungalow. Gutted and remodeled kitchen, bathrooms and attic space, and gave the entire house, including the exterior, a facelift.
Photographs by Brie Williams for Better Homes & Gardens magazine.
Portland Psychotherapy Office
“Maria designed my new psychotherapy office in Portland, Maine, sourcing all furnishings and textiles for it. We had so much fun working together and the outcome is truly wonderful. Clients often comment on how soothing and welcoming my office feels. There is no way I could have created this space on my own, and yet the outcome feels like home to me and like an extension of who I aspire to be as a professional.” -Florence Gardner
Moodboard iterations for master bedroom design plan.
Freehand sketches for kitchen and bath remodel options, Peaks Island, ME.