Sally Fretwell's Coastal Design
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Hired 43 times
25 years in business
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Jul - Dec
House painted for resale
Create upscale feel
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Craftsman / Farmhouse,
Rustic / Southwestern,
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My wife and I have had a wonderful experience working with Sally to renovate, design, and decorate our new home. Sally provided excellent advice and recommendations for wall colors, flooring, counter tops, backsplash, and furnishings / accessories throughout, and catered her recommendations based on her observations of our tastes and preferences. Sally’s network of trusted contractors have also been great to work with, and have continued to point out potential issues and fixes for us at very competitive rates. The attention to detail and quality of the craftsmanship has been excellent. Sally is very responsive, personable, easy to communicate with, and efficient with her time. We also appreciate her commitment to us, including furniture shopping for hours. She pointed out many things we would have never thought of on our own. We would highly recommend Sally - the quality she brings to the table is worth it. Thanks again and can’t wait to see the finished product - Steve and OleaNov 7, 2020Verified
I cannot say enough good things about working with Sally. We had no prior experience working with an interior designer, so we were a bit intimidated going into the project. Sally was fantastic from start to finish. She contacted us and listened to our ideas, afterwards providing a recommended path forward. Then she came to our house and worked with us on paint recommendations, as well as provided furniture and accessory recommendations from various web sites. Her knowledge on paint is thoroughly impressive (you can buy her book on Amazon!), and she is very fun. Essentially, you pay for her time, with no hidden fees or product commissions to bias her judgment. And she has a network of skilled trades to get the job done efficiently. We give Sally our highest recommendation and will not hesitate to contact her for our next project. Neither should you ;)Jun 21, 2019Verified
First met her for the paint consultation in April 2018, I have made the best decision she has so much experience and knowledge about colors and paints, not only paints she gave a lot of ideas for decors and decorations around the house. one of the best designer in this area who will go by the customer vision. I told her what I want, she came with a lot of options, after picking the colors and started painting, I had my doubts but she reassured me and it turned out to be very nice and got the output as expected. Even at the short notice, she squeezed me in for the same day appointment, one of the best interior designers with down to earth personality and in future if I need any design services will get in touch with her.May 11, 2019Verified
Sally really knows her colors! She is excellent working with the light in your home and is very thorough with various options. Sally has color BOARDS not tiny swatches, so you get a much better feel for how the color will look in your home. Highly recommend, beautiful personality and very, very knowledgeable! Sally would get 10 stars if that was an option!!Oct 14, 2020Verified
I read Sally's Feng Shui book Back to Balance a long time ago before I moved to Florida so when we moved into a new house on the water and I was searching interior decorators I couldn't believe she was here in Florida and working with clients in my area! I was so excited to meet her and thrilled to work with her. Within the first few minutes of meeting Sally, I knew she was the one for us! She is professional, fun, insightful, honest and doesn't make it all about breaking the bank instead she really listens to what you want and like and brings it to life all while making sure she's withing your budget! She's always making herself available even though I know she is swamped with other clients as well but she always makes me feel like I'm her only concern. She and Bill her husband who is remodeling our kitchen are the most detailed hard-working people we've ever had the pleasure of working with and I can't wait to continue remodeling our home with them because so far the results have been amazing! I would recommend her to anyone and everyone. I'm a Real Estate agent and do not normally refer vendors as sometimes it doesn't work out but I will recommend Sally confidently and in a heartbeat! I already have a referral in mind for her!Oct 31, 2019Verified
Sally Fretwell Seemann
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Many of my clients are in Tampa, St Pete, Lutz, Seminole, Clearwater, and I do not charge for my travel time. I also do not up charge on products I find for my clients, I pass along the pricing to my clients, such as 50% off on paint and I charge only for my time. I can accomplish a lot in an hour, and often within an hour or two my clients are set to go. If it is a bigger project I am willing to work within a budget. If a client is looking for initial ideas and guidance, and would like to schedule a few hours my time, to offer suggestions on design, wall colors, decor, flooring, lighting ideas, the over all big picture. I would charge 300.00 for the 2 hours. For personal shopping and finding product to see in the home or office. 90.00 an hour. 125.00 an hour for consulting time if a client would like an hour here and there to discuss their project. I do not charge for emailing ideas, texts of pictures or when answering questions from my clients. Many of my clients, when out shopping, want a "second set of eyes "on a purchase they are considering. I am their shopping buddy. For sending pictures on the internet for visual ideas, no charge. I often Face Time with my clients or Skype with my clients that need help outside of Florida. Here is a quote from one of my clients in California. In an hour we had all of her paint colors. "What I liked about Sally Fretwell is everything. I had her help me select colors for my house in NH about 7 years ago. When I needed help for a house I just purchased in California I gave her a call. She is patient, (you do not feel rushed) so very knowledgeable about color and all the different effects (lightning etc.) has on the color paint she chooses, and someone you will enjoy working with. I highly recommend her. I could go on and on but I think you get the message." Louise Scianna
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I have a phone conversation with the client to see how I can help them, as well as answer questions they might have about how I work. If everyone is comfortable I schedule a meeting at their location and go over all the things I see. Many clients want to discuss all aspects of their project they are working on, like flooring, lighting, architectural designs, furniture and picking paint colors. How to bring out the best features that already exist in the home is an important part and how they can pull all of it together. What works and what doesn't and how to maximize their living space. Some clients just want to pick paint colors and some want to remodel their home, I am happy to help. We also have an upscale-affordable cabinet line for kitchen and bathrooms. So depending on what our client wants to work on, is the direction I start with. I have painters and craftsmen that I recommend, as well as an in house CAD design center.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I have 30 years of experience in the design industry, I owned and operated 3 design paint stores, have written 4 books on design and the use of color. As an architectural psychologist, I feel your home is your buffer zone, the place where you are able to recharge your battery. What colors you have on your walls can make all the difference in how your home feels. My philosophy is your home should be your sanctuary, where you are able to feel uplifted and re-charged after a long day. I am qualified to teach continuing education classes to Interior Designers. In 1999 I wrote the book, Back to Balance, a Common sense approach to Feng Shui, all aspects of your home should support your well being. I have been assisting my clients for 30 years, choosing products such as, paint color, flooring, lighting, interior and exterior, as well as completion in whole home remodels and office design. Love the home you live in.