Amare House & Design by Chiara Ricci
Kitchen full remodel
Classic but contemporary
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Yes, my home is furnished
We have just started working with Chiara, but we were so impressed by our first meeting. She understood what we wanted and will work with us as we embark on a multi-year project to update our home. She had such great ideas and insights. On the personal side - she's a sweetheart!Jul 9, 2017VerifiedAmare House & Design by Chiara Ricci's reply
Than you Lorraine for your review! It is my pleasure to take care your house and I am so excited to be working for you and your husband! Thank you for entrusting me with your home!
I am currently working with Chiara on our family home project. I love how easy she is to work with and how she is guiding me through the process which is a completely new thing for me. She is taking care of furnishing our house entirely! We are super excited with the ideas she came up with to make the design fit to our style and needs; she came with a lot of fabric and other samples to review (no need to go to showrooms with her if we don't want to) and we are now waiting on new beautiful custom pieces! We just ordered the chandelier and pendant lights and we are very happy with those too!May 1, 2019Verified
Chiari is very timely and professional! We love the designs she created for our home. She was able to understand what we wanted without me being able to fully articulate it. We will definitely use her for any future projects.Jun 22, 2016VerifiedAmare House & Design by Chiara Ricci's reply
Thank you! I can't wait to see the house once is all furnished! Have a great summer!
Chiara was very professional and took the time to understand my style. Looking forward to redecorating my home!Jun 5, 2016Verified
I've worked with Chiara on 3 projects so far. I initially contacted her because we recently purchased a new home that needed to be completely updated. We did an initial consultation and also met at the house so she could see the space. She presented a paint selection which we were both happy with at the first try. We only made some minor adjustments to the first colors she chose due to the lighting in the house. In addition to the paint selection she found painters who were top notch - and they did the job in on a tight schedule. For the sake of this review I won't go into extreme detail but the week of our move we were on a previously planned vacation and I had no hesitation giving her a key to the house for access for herself and the painters while we were gone. She supervised the job while we were gone and we were extremely happy with the result and having that done before moving in. At the last minute we decided we wanted to have the master closet redesigned and installed. She quickly created a functional design and found a contractor to do the building of the closet. While the installation of the closet itself took longer than I thought it would (this was not due to Chiara - our communication and expectations of the contractor could not have been more clear and besides, these things happen sometimes), I'm very happy with the finished product. Most recently I contacted her for the kitchen space. I purchased and refinished a kitchen table & chairs but wasn't sure about the color so I reached out to her to talk about the kitchen design even though we won't be starting that remodel until a later date. We did a consultation and talked about the design for the kitchen in detail. I was again very happy with the initial design and only made a few minor changes while we were talking about some of the details. She was able to get the kitchen chair cushions reupholstered for me in beautiful fabric that fits with the design we are doing in the house for a reasonable cost. Before contacting Chiara for the kitchen I was trying to figure it out myself and did some driving around town looking at fabrics. If you have never done that before it is completely overwhelming! I'm so glad I gave up on the DIY plan! She has oodles of resources, contractors, upholsterers, painters, people who do wonderful, quality work for a reasonable cost. We are currently working on floors for the extra bedrooms in the house. Truly, Chiara has been a pleasure to work with. She is very professional, prepared, she listens and works to incorporate your "vision" for your space while giving good design advice. She has been able to work on our timeline, doing one project at a time, little by little. I know a lot of people think that with Pinterest and HGTV you can do it yourself. Not true!! The investment in a designer for your home can make all the difference and without reservation I would recommend Chiara for any size project of whatever style/taste.Jan 31, 2018Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?These are special promotional prices for new clients contacting me thorough Thumbtack and could change depending on size and complexity of project -Consultation only $200 for 2 hours with the designer, in which you can ask all type of questions and get custom solutions and ideas for your house project. -Other design services $95/hour -Flat rates available for some projects I offer a $50 discount on first consultation if hired for additional services, making it truly affordable. Please note: in-house consultation isn't free and there is a minimum charge based on project type and/or project location. I do offer a free 30 minutes assessment phone call. No travel fee is ever billed unless previously agreed with the client on special occasions. There is a minimum charge of 6 hours for all design and home staging projects with the exception of consultation-only services. A deposit or the minimum hourly charge depending on project is due on the first visit by check or cash. Other payments can be made via electronic payments and invoicing system (3% charge on credit card transaction, 1% on Bank Transfers)
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?The first consultation takes place at the client's house or commercial space. This is a very important moment to begin the design process. It's when I get to know my customers and their needs and design preferences. I go through a sort of "interview" to make sure I won't miss anything important for them. No detail is irrelevant, what is important for them and in their life will have a great impact on the way the design will be created. After that, depending on the project, I will create design visual boards to make sure the design is coming to life in a way that will satisfy the customer. Visual boards will be completed with specification sheets and details of furniture, finishes, materials, accessories etc... When all of this is decided, I will handle the process of buying furniture and accessories for a smooth and complete result. My team can take care of all installation, from pictures hanging to furniture assembly and we also offer cleaning services to achieve impeccable results. However, every project is different and very personal, and this is just an example of a standard process, but it would vary depending on size, complexity and preferences.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have an Associate Degree in Interior Design and an Advanced Certificate in Interior Design (which is recognized as equivalent of a Bachelor Degree). I also studied art history, art critique and preservation at the Verona University, Italy.