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NuNu Designs
4.9
from 157 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 263 hires on Thumbtack
Paula C.
Verified review

I needed someone to move some TVs and art around to redecorate and refresh our office conference room, reception area and some of our executives' offices. Kerry was punctual and he did a great job. I chose him over several other highly rated providers because of his interior design and organization background and I am so glad I did. He enhanced the plans I started with and the project areas look better than I imagined. Kerry is a patient perfectionist!

  • 29 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
Grace A.
Verified review

Scott Gressitt is a master craftsmen. I feel qualified to say this as I studied wood working and furniture design with the world famous Wendy Maruyama at SDSU. Scott is passionate about his work and is an accomplish artist. In terms of business he is professional and personable. His prices are fair and his turn around is fast. I have used him numerous times and he has always exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend him.

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Fadi Soudi Interior Design
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy F.
Verified review

To whom it may concern, Fadi has worked on my team several times and had delivered the highest quality of work that can be expected. He is on time, very professional and a real pleasure to work with. He has excellent fast and amazing skills. He is competent to complete any type of interior design job with the highest quality and greatest attention to detail.

Shocase Staging
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Karena S.
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Our property was due for an opening house in a week and we desperately needed staging in a short notice. We came across Shocase Staging on Thumbtack and contacted Juel and James. They promptly came over for a competitive quote and we chose them based on their portfolio and great customer service. We will definitely be using them again for their modern furniture and interior design.

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StephGrafx
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rhoda G.
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We found our handyman! He did an excellent job completing the tasks we have for him- even provided an affordable solution to a home aesthetic issue we have since we bought our house. Awesome multi-tasker, he knew how to prioritize work such that he did work that would take longest time first and was able to complete other tasks concurrently. Stephanie is very responsive and coordinated the project well.

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Joli G Interiors & Designs
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Trish M.
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Michelle was absolutely amazing! When we first met she instantly "heard" my needs! She listened to my concerns and was able to bring creative ideas to bring new life to our dated home. She made me feel that my job was her top priority, her communication was extremely prompt. Her vision, knowledge and skill are top notch. Michelle's amazing design style, enthusiastic attitude and 100% BEAUTIFUL transformation was easy and exciting and all while keeping my budget conscious husband in mind! Our projects included picking paint, new fabrics and furniture. Michelle was able to repurpose some family heirlooms and existing pieces but all with incorporating new styles. Everyday we wake up pleased with the investments we have made with Michelle's creativity and design. We feel as if our home has increased with value every time she has walked through our door. We no longer avoid rooms we enjoy being in them! Thank you Michelle for helping us achieve our vision with your great taste and unique talent for interior design!

Spaces that Sell
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
RP P.
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Brooke provided great design services. She did an excellent job of guiding me through the process as I wanted to be very involved in my family and living room makeovers. She is very accommodating with her time and schedule. Brooke is focused, professional and budget-conscious... a pleasure to work with.

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Bunny on a Budget
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lauren D.
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Carolyn is passionate about her business and has the skills to back it up. I'm a finance person, so non-creative, and she waltzed into my home and re-designed what I thought could not be cozy into a warm, inviting home. Each room has a theme and all space is being utilized. Not to mention, we did it over 36 hours in one weekend. I highly recommend working with Bunny on a Budget for your home décor, interior design, and organization needs. - Lauren

BellaBianchi
4.3
from 13 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Brendan F.
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I hired Jennie to help me complete the design/layout of my kitchen; I was doing a top-to-bottom remodel there. Initially, I felt like I was selling out by "hiring" someone to help me do something that I should do on my own (I'm a creative guy with good taste!)...but now I am so happy I did. Jennie was great. She didn't come in and dictate plans to me, she wanted to know what I was already thinking for the space and then she helped to either confirm some of my ideas or offer other ways to better achieve the "look" I was after. While she was here, she lent her opinion to my bathroom and closet remodel too. She spent a lot of time and was simply great!

Smart Interiors
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Suzanne W.
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Kim Smart has been a dream come true as a collaborative, creative interior designer. Her ability to transform our ideas into a complete home environment met and even exceeded our expectations. She listens, uses time efficiently and just plain "gets it". What a joy! She's a true creative partner whose work was both on time and within budget. Extra bonus: we wanted the "Jeff Lewis design esthetic" and that's what we got!

Auxilio Design
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
April R.
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I hired Tanya for a lighting project after getting overwhelmed with updating my lighting myself. Tanya got a feel for my style and then found the perfect sconces! We decided on a kitchen pendant for the dining room and flush mounts for the entryway that compliment the look. She even coordinated the perfect ceiling fans. The difference a cohesive and edited look made was astounding! Tanya has excellent style and is so pleasant to collaborate with. Overall, the process was fun and creative, but also well worth the effort for something that has such a positive impact on our lives daily! I highly recommend Tanya for interior design, or just to help with a single project like mine. She'll change your life (or at least your living space)!

  • 13 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
David J.
Verified review

I was referred to Holly Chapin Interior Designs when I purchased my new home. I had very little belongings to work with and was overwhelmed. Holly reassured me she would provide great service to fulfill my wants and needs and stay within my budget. She did just that. My home looks great, better than I could have ever imagined. My friends and family are impressed by the style and comfort when they come to visit. I would definitely recommend Holly Chapin as your designer when ever you have a project, big or small.

Rachael Hodge Design
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren W.
Verified review

Rachael was a delight to work with in designing my new psychotherapy office. She really listened to my vision for the office and the passion for my work as a psychologist, bringing a safe, comfortable, calming look into my space. She was very knowledgeable about multiple vendors, and encouraged me to trust (more affordable) online options. Everything turned out beautifully and I highly recommend her!

  • 6 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie S.
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I was lucky enough to find out about Gabriel and his Retinal Substance team through some friends of ours. The way they work is impressive, they did some renderings for us as the design work was moving along that turned out to be perfectly accurate to what they delivered once everything got built. They also scored us some great deals on furniture, and were able to make some very impressive custom cabinetry and tables for us. Also, available to talk about the project at any time. Would definitely use them again.

Amy Noel Design
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Eric J.
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As a geneal contractor It's been a pleasure to work with Amy. In addition to her unique perspective with respect to design, her considerable experience with a wide range of projects, really helps those of us, who have to build what she envisions !!

The Green Elephant Designs
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
MJ M.
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I can't say enough good things about them! Their work was top quality and they finished work in time and beyond expectations. My husband and I moved into a new home and had a tough time deciding on the decor and arrangements. Amisha helped us figure out our style and used our inspiration pictures to find great pieces for our home. We got great tips and recommendations for each room. She showed us several options for key pieces such as the bed, sofa, and dining table at different price points. She was also very responsive and got back to us very quickly with all her suggestions. The whole process was great from start to finish and we found the price to be reasonable. Everything came together perfectly and we are thrilled with the results. I'd highly recommend this service to anyone looking for an affordable way to professionally decorate.

Borisoff Design Studio
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Travis G.
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Lauren helped me transform an older, tricky space into a great computer repair office. She was great at space planning and helping me figure out how to fit all my equipment properly while still making the office inviting and comfortable for customers to stop in. She also added some personality to the space through art choices and styling which everyone seems to love. I would highly recommend Lauren for any interior design project as she is knowledgeable, creative, and easy to work with.

  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Debra B.
Verified review

Cynthia will be helping us with our kitchen and bathroom updates. She gave us great ideas from the beginning and I can't wait to see to see her final design lay out and materials. Debra

Rose Studio Interiors
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Ariana L.
Verified review

Jessica Rose of Rose Studio Interiors is a colleague of mine. She is an exceptionally talented and intuitive Interior Designer. I have seen the amount of detail, research and time she puts into every project. You're in good hands if you are working with Rose Studio!

AD Interior Design
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 30 years in business
Janine S.
Verified review

I highly recommend Mrs Ada Duff for her profesionalism, quality of work and most all her creativity and knowledge on world of Art and Design. She delivers on Time and always works around your budget.

January Interiors
5.0
from 1 review
  • 14 years in business
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My work stands out for my clients because I can creatively design a unique plan customize for your needs not mine. I listen to your wants and needs. If you don't have a concept and are looking for my help coming up with one..well, I can do that too!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What does it mean to stage a home?

Home staging is the real estate strategy of decorating your home to be as marketable as possible to your target demographic. Home staging is done by interior decorators and other design pros hired by the homeowner or realtor, prior to putting a house on the market. Think of it as setting the stage for potential buyers to fall more easily in love with their future homes — and to spend top dollar to get them. It’s likely to be worth the investment: The Real Estate Staging Association reports that staged homes spend 90 percent less time on the market than those that are not staged. Home stagers can also be hired even if you’re not going anywhere. Stagers can consult on new layouts for your current home, much like an interior decorator.

Home staging can take place while you still occupy the house you plan to sell, or when the home is vacant. For an occupied home, the home stager will clear out clutter, rearrange furniture, and bring in decor and furniture as needed to create the perfect environment. Usually an occupied home has far too much of the current owner’s personality stamped on it, which makes it hard for prospective buyers to envision themselves living there. A home stager should neutralize and beautify the space. In vacant homes, a home stager will bring in furniture and decor so that potential buyers don’t walk into an empty house, which can be equally hard to imagine living in as a cluttered, occupied home.

 

What do interior designers do?

Interior designers do much more than pick complementary paint colors and choose matching furniture — although those tasks are important parts of the job. Unlike decorators, interior designers usually have an associate of science degree or certificate of achievement in interior design from an accredited program. They’re trained in drafting, lighting and computer aided design (CAD), and are experts in room-specific design and residential space planning. Interior designers use these skills to plan and design safe, highly functional and beautiful interior spaces, from kitchens and bathrooms to family rooms and bedrooms. They determine space requirements, work within building codes and inspection regulations, and meet accessibility standards. An interior designer’s day-to-day job includes creative and technical tasks, both of which often require great communication skills:

  • Creating model rooms and visuals using design software.
  • Researching different textiles, materials, finishes, lighting and furniture.
  • Hiring suppliers, vendors, and contractors.
  • Estimating costs and making bids on potential jobs.

How do you find a good interior designer?

For many homeowners, the difference between a good interior designer and a bad one is simply a matter of taste — but all good designers have similar skill sets. Interior designers usually have a degree or certificate in interior design, with training in design principles and lighting, drafting, and computer aided design (CAD) software. Good interior designers have strong color balancing skills and understand how different colors influence spatial perception and moods. They know the building and electrical codes in the areas where they practice, and they make sure that any contractors they hire also work to those codes. They are knowledgeable about different upholstery fabrics and draperies, stay ahead of residential design trends, and maintain their own individual creativity. Also, good interior designers have excellent space designing skills, so they can arrange a space efficiently and with ideal traffic flow. Ultimately, hiring a good interior designer means pinpointing one whose signature style is complementary to your personal style — so checking out many designers’ portfolios is a must — and whose communication methods match yours.

How much does it cost to stage a home for sale?

Nationally, the price for home staging ranges between $750 and $1,500. The price varies based on how many rooms in the house need staging, whether furniture and decor are needed or the stager can work with the client’s belongings, whether the home is occupied or vacant, and the sale price of the home. Occupied homes typically cost less to stage as they are already furnished, and can require less time and resources than staging an empty house. The main tasks when staging an occupied home are rearranging and decluttering. Staging an empty house can be more expensive as furniture and decor need to be trucked in, requiring transportation, physical labor and potential rental fees. Here are some examples of average home staging costs:

  • 2-hour consultation: $200, includes DIY tips and guidance.
  • 1- to 2-hour consultation and design session: $250, including written report.
    • Additional design consulting: $65 per hour.
  • 8 hours of staging an occupied home: $800.
    • Hands-on staging involving moving furniture, hanging and moving art, and decluttering.
  • Starting price for staging a vacant home could be $2,200.
  • A home stager may charge 1 percent of the home’s selling price.

How do you choose an interior designer?

Choosing an interior designer is all about finding one whose signature style fits well with your tastes and who can work within your budget. To choose the right professional for your interior design project, ask yourself these five questions:

  • What is your signature style? Good interior designers can both describe their personal aesthetic and demonstrate their signature style through their portfolios. Make sure it appeals to you.
  • How will you make sure the design fits my lifestyle? Good designers understand that the interior design must improve a homeowner’s experience in their home and fit into their lifestyle; for example, a white suede sofa is a poor choice for a family with large dogs and small children.
  • How much do you charge? Depending on the project, an interior designer may charge an hourly rate, a flat fee or a percentage of the project’s total cost.
  • How will you stick to my budget? An interior designer should have a plan for staying within your budget, which includes full transparency of costs and flexibility when choosing materials and furnishings.  

Because an interior design project is highly collaborative and based on hard-to-define personal preferences, it’s most important to choose a designer who communicates clearly and listens closely to you.

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