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The combination of her expert sense of style and extraordinary taste, and the confidence to not just execute our preconceived design ideas but rather to push us to consider options outside of our box, has made Helen a resource we have, and will continue to, come back to time and time again. Her work has been outstanding in all respects, as the results reflect. I am a real estate broker, and primarily sell apartments in the very large complex where I live. It is important that my apartment is as comfortable and inviting as possible, as I often bring clients to see it, so they can envision what they can do with the less attractive unit they might be considering. From the kitchen - now about 15 years old but looking like it was done yesterday - to the soft soffit lighting and exquisite baths Helen designed, people are taken with how much can be done and how wonderful their future home can look. On numerous occasions my clients have become Helen's clients, and have thanked me for the recommendation. When we outgrew our vacation house and became frustrated trying to find something that would better meet our needs, we decided to tear down all but the foundation and enlarge and rebuild it. We got Helen involved from the very earliest planning stages, and, working with our architect and contractors, she was instrumental in creating an award winning home. She was easy to work with, but exacting, and would not let us accept work that was only 95% perfect. Helen sourced the materials we used, from concrete counters to ceramic and stone bathroom tiles to plumbing and lighting fixtures and flooring, designed our kitchen and baths, and worked with and guided us in selecting the furnishings and accessories. Her imprint was on almost every aspect of the house, which no doubt resulted in its selection, by its readers, as the Overall Favorite in an on-line Architectural Digest competition. Helen Grubel has been a pleasure to work with, and we consider ourselves fortunate to have been able to do so. I have no hesitation giving her the highest recommendation I can.Nov 2, 2016
Helen and I worked together on several projects and I highly recommend her. She created several floor plans enabling me to see my options, advised on color and fabric selections, window treatments and accessories and was a pleasure to work with every step of the way. Helen worked within my budget and ascetic sense and I loved the final outcome of every project. Helen brings value added to every project and I continue call her for her advise and opinion.Nov 4, 2016
Working with Helen was a pleasure. She is very professional and her expertise makes the process very seamless. Her design sense is impeccable and she allows your individual style to be part of the process. I look forward to working with Helen again.Oct 28, 2016
We had worked with other designers over the years and there was always a problem with communication. Helen helped us with our city apartment and our country house without any miscommunication . Working on a budget posed no problem for her. She intuitively understood our vision and provided options that we would happily live with for years to come. She is excellent at follow-thru and follow-up even after our project was completed.Oct 24, 2016
Helen designed and decorated our entire living and dining space in our Manhattan home. Her vision for the space was amazing and she worked so closely with us to really understand our style and needs. She had so many ideas and pieces that we wouldn't have otherwise recognized or thought of which worked brilliantly for the space. Helen's attention to detail and perfectionist approach ensured that the whole process was executed perfectly including our design sessions, the contractor work, the shopping trips and the delivery and implementation. Helen was also extremely patient and accommodating with our schedules. We are so happy with our new living space - the functional use, layout and the style and decor.Nov 4, 2016
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?In general I charge a 25% commission on all furnishings that I have specified for the project, It is on the net cost There is an initial design fee per room of $750- if appropriate, this provides the client with a birds eye view of the space we will be doing, it includes all measurements, and furniture layout. Alternatively If the client prefers, we can work per hour at $150/hr
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I set up an interview with the potential client in their space at a convenient time for them. I listen carefully to their needs, budget and time frame , we discuss how I would proceed with their project and discuss my services further. When hired I make an appointment to measure their entire space so I can give them a comprehensive floor plan that we can review together, to make sure the plan is exactly what they want. If a renovation is their requirement the process is the same.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Parsons School of Design NYC and 26 years of experience