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I highly recommend Romero + Obeji Interior Design. My husband and I decided a few months ago that we were ready, after 15 years and raising 3 kids in this house, to finally decorate our home the way we wanted. We realized that we had no idea where to start and we were afraid of making costly mistakes so I posted on Thumbtack that we were looking for an interior designer. I received many replies, but is was only Romero + Obeji Interior Design whose website I visited time an again and then who I ultimately contacted and hired. We are so happy that we found Romero + Obeji Interior Design. Hector and Chris spent a considerable amount of time with our family learning not only our decorating tastes, but also getting to know who we all are and how we hoped to use our space. They then successfully transformed our house, that was previously terribly dated and full of awkward and unused spaces, into a home that is current (yet timeless), welcoming and flows seamlessly from room to room. They found high quality painters and helped us select beautiful paint for our walls and cabinets that brightened every inch of our home; they sourced a beautiful counter top and back splash material that easily updated our kitchen; they designed our living spaces so that each room became a usable space; and then they furnished the home with a mix of new pieces (that you will not find in any furniture showroom or your neighbor's house) and some of our existing pieces to create a home that is beautiful and truly reflects our family and our tastes. We love our "new" home, but if the time comes for us to move on from here we would not hesitate to hire Romero + Obeji again.Aug 30, 2017Verifiedromero + obeji interior design - servicing so cal's reply
We are so happy and proud that you have given us this review! For us, your mentions are the main reasons why we do our work with such passion and attention to every detail. We look foward to another project with your family.
When I met Hector Romero, I recognized he was a professional and really knows his business. I didn't really know if I could afford to hire a professional interior designer. Turns out, hiring Hector was the best decision. I was happily surprised how fun the whole process was. With his trained eye and inspired thinking he created a space I could only dream of. My new home is warm, comfortable, elegant and beautiful. Thank you!Oct 13, 2016Verifiedromero + obeji interior design - servicing so cal's reply
What a transformation! Thanks, you for entrusting in us. I’ll never forget the look on your face when we did the big reveal. We hope you enjoy your new chic interiors that now reflects the whole package that makes you! Thanks for the review we appreciate it.
Hector and Chris were great! Communication was always clear and concise, and we love, love, LOVE the results.Sep 14, 2016Verifiedromero + obeji interior design - servicing so cal's reply
Thank you for taking the time to do this review, it means so much to us. Earning a client’s trust is not by our references or past projects but by starting out fresh with the right foot forward with each client, n never assuming and good communication. Thank you for recognizing our efforts to do our best. By the way your house is fantastic and we are proud to have worked with you to make it happen!
Hector designed 2 floors in my home including the kitchen, living room, dining room, master bedroom and office. All I can say is that it looks amazing and taken out of a modern house magazine. He listened to me and what I needed and my house is amazing now and very unique. I highly recommend him. He will not disappoint!Mar 12, 2016Verifiedromero + obeji interior design - servicing so cal's reply
Hi Elli, we realize we did not resond to your review and just wanted to thank you again for selecting us!
It has been great working with Hector. He did a great job working with us to figure out what we really wanted and provided alternatives to stay within budget. A big plus was that he recommended furniture that would work for us and our baby (e.g. furniture that can be easily cleaned and baby-friendly). The main reason why we're not rating 5 stars is because of delays on delivering some pieces of furniture and also because our budget wasn't enough to get as much done as we wanted. This is probably our fault, but we got our expectations high after our initial meeting with Hector. Overall it has been a great experience and I would highly recommend Hector Romero Design.Jul 3, 2015Verifiedromero + obeji interior design - servicing so cal's reply
Making a Nest Scope of work: Full Service Design by Hector Romero Design. Establish design style, furniture layout and true budget with client for living room, master bedroom, nursery, media room, dining room, office, lounge, 2 guest bedrooms, exercise room, back yard patio furniture including Jacuzzi and landscape. What went right? We enjoyed working with this transient couple and we were particularly motivated to assist because they were expecting their first baby. This couple is away from their family and friends and needed to put a large home together quickly. Throughout the home and especially the nursery, we selected items that were not just beautiful but baby safe, easily maintained and made well. They appreciated our recognizing that their two level home would require a downstairs baby station as well as the upstairs nursery. The home and its back yard patio are now stylized with furnishings that resulted in a casual coastal look which was combined with more tailored pieces and art to bring a more formal transitional overall feeling. The furniture layout enhanced spaces to create intimacy appropriate for the new baby throughout the home and still also provided the ability to entertain new friends and visiting guests that maintained an adult identity. The handsome new baby finally arrived and his new mom and dad are feeling more relaxed in their US home. Challenges: Because the schedule was tight with the first baby coming we had to act fast! When we first met these lovebirds we understood that they had moved to Houston from out of the country with only a few items because of a job transfer. To keep on track with time required to order custom furniture, we quickly presented a design plan that represented manufacturers who were able to deliver custom furniture quickly and matched the clients suggested budget. Because we knew this design plan, based upon their proposed budget, would not match their level of expectation, we simultaneously created an alternative plan that truly reflected the complete vision they had described for their new home. Because our clients are both visual, we needed them to quickly understand that the budget they were offering was not matching their level of expectation, especially considering the large size of the home. This dual presentation allowed the client to easily see all options available which helped them to decide and adjust their budget by selecting more high-end items for the important areas and more budget conscious pieces for secondary areas and finally actually waiting on some areas that we would help them with at a later time, once they were settled with the baby. The client was made aware upfront that we would do our best to get the home together within the short deadline and that we would concentrate on the important areas to be ready for the new baby including a full bedroom suite for the new parents to be. We also got their approval up front to have second installation at a later date for items requiring more time because of their custom nature and longer delivery times from manufactures. We did complete more than we promised in the first installation! This left us with a very light second delivery that was installed at the agreed time. Although one occasional side table came afterwards due to a back order issue from the manufacturer, we were able to provide a loaner table from our inventory while they had to wait an additional two weeks.
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?We are experts in identifying our client’s lifestyle and residential design preferences then combining this information to develop and execute interior/exterior space and decoration plans perfectly tailored to each client. Services available throughout Southern California – other areas considered. INTERIOR DESIGN + DECORATION All prospective residential projects considered. We have extensive knowledge and 18 years of experience in all residential design genres, traditional to modern and anything in between. We are also versed in various lifestyles from suburban to urban and work with many international clients. We specialize in multi-room or full home projects up to a turnkey result if required. Larger project clients receive the best value in design fees, furnishings purchase discounts, and contractor pricing. Clients are billed a one-time design fee for the entire project based on the scope of work. Courtesy initial meeting required to evaluate your project and provide a proposal. RENOVATION + PROJECT MANAGEMENT Interior design projects by us requiring renovation, structural changes or landscape implementation will be offered renovation + project management service by General Contractors romero + obeji inc. All work executed by our approved craftsmen to ensure the best value and highest quality work. Projects fully managed by us experience cohesive transformations with the minimum amount of inconvenience during any project. Clients may use their own contractors and management if preferred. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN Perfection in residential design is achieved when the same creatives connect interior design with exterior architecture and landscape design. Landscape Architect partner and we have worked together since 2005 and have perfected the ultimate indoor-outdoor experience by harmoniously layering predominately native plants, finish materials and architectural elements that are specifically molded to the client's life and design style. COMPLIMENTARY INITIAL MEETING We understand for most people the decision to hire an interior designer or contractor is a big step! Our initial meeting includes a casual in-home visit with us where you may ask any amount of questions both creative and business. In turn, we will gather information about you and your home afterward providing a professional evaluation/proposal which is based on your individual design requirements. New clients repeatedly mention how they felt at ease after their first meeting especially when they discover how knowledgeable and patient we are and become more excited when they learn what great value we offer. If you have questions or ready to set up your initial meeting contact us!
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?The most important part of our process is establishing a great relationship and earning the trust of our clients. We accomplish the best results by considering their individual lifestyle and design preferences. We always do whatever it takes to help clients relax and enjoy the experience of having professional designers make their vision a reality. STANDARD PHASES Initial Meeting Proposal/Agreement Discovery: includes working with the client to identify their design and lifestyle, level of expectation, timing and budget. Design Presentation Approval Procurement Execution of Renovations, If any. Design Installation Big Reveal
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Hector Romero 20 Years’ experience CEO Residential Interior Design + Construction Management romero + obeji inc. Ca. B-General Contractor #1043591 Custom Furnishings Designer + Manufacturer Color Expert Exotic Hand-Crafted Wallcovering Designer Recognized Fine Artist - Saatchi Art * Texas native - So Cal raised, father + partner. Both left and right brained. Detail oriented with a direct communication style that is tempered with a great sense of humor and warm nature. Chris Obeji 18 years' experience ASID - American Society of Interior Designers #2011107 Partner Residential Interior Design + Construction Management romero + obeji inc. Ca. B-General Contractor #1043591 Specializing in Ancient and Modern Architecture Furniture Designer, Art + Antique Expert Iron Welder - Artist Clark University - Fine Art *Long Beach native, father + partner. Passion for the arts, literature, and architecture. Intensely focuses on projects and has a strong discipline for a healthy lifestyle and exercise. Nurturing with a splash of sarcasm and humor.