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About Renaissance Design Consultations

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How does your service stand out?

Unlike the majority of designers and decorators who are typically commissioned salespeople, I do NO retailing of merchandise whatsoever. Instead, I uniquely give away my professional trade discounts. So my clients are free to shop wherever they like (including online) and can often use my discount to save 10% - 40+% (plus they have the assurance of knowing I haven't "talked them into" a purchase).

I have a strong sense of color and mixing fabrics/patterns is also a specialty of mine – overall I enjoy bringing fresh ideas in providing solutions to my clients decorating dilemmas and also zero in on what a homeowner’s own style is vs. imposing my own personal taste/preferences. Additionally, I provide 2D/3D space planning w/ realistic renderings so clients can test-drive various ideas on paper BEFORE buying or building (I utilized this skill in designing my own custom residence for which I also served as the general contractor; I also have hands-on experience with whole-house renovations, including doing much of the work myself).

A newer option I've now added is re-coloring exterior photos of a client's own home so they can see various color palette options (including adding/deleting various architectural features/elements) -- this tool is especially ideal for those who have trouble visualizing. I also provide these sorts of services to clients remotely (“e-interior design”) via email.

Lastly, as a result of my 20+ years experience, I've also been widely quoted in the national media as a design expert (AOL,, Chicago Tribune's nationally syndicated columns,, Bed Bath & Beyond's blog, and the National Home Furnishings Assoc., et al.), and I write feature articles on design for the 150-yr. old newspaper which serves western Nevada County. These and other decorating articles are contained in the Library on my detailed website.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The degree of satisfaction I receive both personally and professionally from seeing how pleased my clients are with their new and improved surroundings which, each time, are uniquely tailored to THEIR needs, taste, and budget.

I have strong feelings about the importance of "home" and value the opportunity to help others bring to life their vision of what their own home should be...


Grass Valley, CA 95945


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  • 5/5 stars Interior Design Verified Review

    Sam is a jewel of a design consultant. She based her suggestions entirely on our desires and preferences, rather then pushing her own preferences on us. She is a wonderful and caring person. We definitely would recommend her to our friends.

    Sam J. from Renaissance Design Consultations replied to this review on August 11, 2015

    Vicki and her hubby just moved into an older home when they contacted me for help. I assisted them with selecting (lovely!) paint colors for all rooms in their house, including enhancing the architecture in their dining room by more appropriately harnessing the visual properties of color when repainting their room's dramatic interior columns & archways, along with a redesign of the adjacent living room's fireplace/focal wall via color.

    Additionally, I worked with them in talking through their need to remodel their kitchen which included the removal of an awkwardly placed corner pantry taking up valuable space on the focal wall. After I suggested deleting an unnecessary second doorway to the dining room (further enhancing the smallish kitchen's planned update re: functionality), I then created 3D renderings with an initial layout design so they could visualize the changes they were wanting to implement (including two different cabinetry options as requested). And I was delighted when these passed muster on the very first round. At this second in-home appt. to present the renderings, I also provided Vicky with some space planning assistance re: helping her existing furniture find just-right spaces in her new home.

    As Vicki kindly shared, I do listen carefully to my client's needs -- and strive to create a roadmap for the direction THEY're envisioning for their home...

  • 5/5 stars

    I first used Sam several years ago on a complete master bedroom and bath remodel. She was especially helpful with color choices, tile and lighting. Recently I was having trouble with colors to match draperies on a large two room family area and she came through (as I knew she would) explaining that a smoky color choice would get the result I wanted. Who knew what a "Smoky" color was?

  • 5/5 stars

    Sam has helped me select colors for two of my homes. Both times she listened to what I was hoping for, encouraged me out of my comfort zone, and both times the results were fabulous. My second house is one big open space and determining where to stop and start color was challenging. I took her advise and am so glad that I did.
    I highly recommend Sam

  • 5/5 stars

    Sam helped us create design solutions for our small living room and then to choose rugs, carpeting, paint colors, furniture, and fabrics, throughout our new home. She has a genious for color and creative problem solving. It is a delight to work with Sam! She is professional, reliable, talented, honors your budget, and makes it all more creative and fun!

  • 5/5 stars

    Sam Jernigan was a huge help to me when I bought my little Victorian house in Nevada city. I was turning it into a vacation rental home, and having no experience decorating in the Victorian style, I hired Sam, who came highly recommended, to help me. With her knowledgeable advice, wonderful design ideas and expertise in the use of color, and I was able to create exactly the look I wanted inside. And she was fun to work with!

Question and answer

Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?

A. Please read about my background and design philosophy on my detailed website (which answers all these other questions as well) -- Thanks!

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