InFocus Designs

Crete, IL

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I like to use what the client already owns. My redesign is driven by the tastes & possessions of my client and if they need more or new things my choices will seamless fit into the existing scheme. If I do your home - it will be as unique as you are. So many designers just do what they personally like - I believe it's not about me - it's about my client!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Seeing my clients falling in love with their homes. Using rooms they ignored for years because they weren't comfortable. Saving my clients money.

Location

Crete, IL 60417

Years in business

16

Number of employees

4

Times hired on Thumbtack

76

Reviews

30 Reviews
  • Tammy P. Jun 17, 2017
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
    Great communication. Understood what we were trying to accomplish.
  • SHELEAH B. May 5, 2017
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
    Susan was great. She helped my every step of the way and gave us personal attention the rooms turned out great. I look forward to using her for the other rooms in my house.
  • Christina G. Oct 5, 2016
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
    Design basement/Picking paint colors
    Susan was great! Very helpful and informative!
  • Lisa B. Aug 19, 2016
    Home Staging
    Verified Review
    From initial contact to finished project, Susan was a delight to work with. She brilliantly used what I already owned and made the house shine. We received 2 offers in less than a week on the market, and the feedback from EVERY showing included how well the house presented. Worth every penny!
  • William S. Aug 18, 2016
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
    Susan was interested in our kitchen remodeling project and had many ideas, keeping in mind our budget.
  • Michelle M. Apr 23, 2016
    Home Staging
    Verified Review
    Very nice, I'm super excited!!!
  • Tony D. Feb 3, 2016
    Home Staging
    Verified Review
    Recently completed staging in an investment property we own. Susan came in prior to completion and provided room by room recommendations on color that would work best for our target matket. When it was time to stage, Susan and her team did a great job for us. She even threw in a few extras. Susan knows design, she understands what buyers want, and she's affordable. Hope to use her services on the next project.
  • Dwayne S. Aug 19, 2015
    Home Staging
    Verified Review
    I have a 2500sq ft, 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath investment property that I am 'flipping' and the smartest move that I have made during this entire rehab process is hiring Susan Powell. Her design and staging have absolutely transformed this rehabbed property into a showcase home. I believe that hiring InFocus Designs has greatly expedited the amount of time needed to sell my house and I plan on hiring them for every 'flip' that I do in the future.
  • Heidi E. Aug 6, 2015
    Home Staging
    Verified Review
    Susan was very responsive and did an excellent job getting my home ready for sale. It looked beautiful! And our house sold in 24 hours. Fabulous investment!
  • Brian E. Apr 14, 2015
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
    Really pleasant, really knowledgeable, definitely struck gold here!
  • Peggy S. Feb 23, 2015
    Home Staging
    Verified Review
    Susan was very personable, professional and helpful. She was very generous with her time and she more than met our expectations and hopes for this initial meeting. We highly recommend Susan to others.
  • Chris B. Feb 15, 2015
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
  • Suzanne R. Oct 31, 2014
    Home Staging
    Verified Review
    Susan is capable of staging a Chicago city townhouse to showcase the best features. She also identified and helped us complete all the little items that prepare a house for showing. We received compliments from our realtor, and we believe this staging will make a difference.
  • Deidra W. Jul 27, 2014
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
    Susan, was so helpful in hearing my thoughts and giving her opinion about my project. She was so knowledgeable about her profession,
  • Jane A. Jul 23, 2014
    Home Staging
    Verified Review
    Very knowledgable. Susan was great to work with. I would highly recommend her for your staging or design needs.
  • Jake H. Dec 28, 2013
    Home Staging
    Verified Review
    Susan was very pleasant to work with. Very professional and has great ideas, which we plan to impliment soon.I am hopeful and confident that her suggestions will pay dividends - to be continued...
  • Patti F. Nov 12, 2013
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
    We are downsizing and have multiple needs such as deciding what will fit in the new place, colors, efficient organization, etc. We tried to work by sending her photos of furniture and artwork but she was concerned that choosing wall colors compatible with the photo images may not work. Instead, she spent an entire day, first visiting our new place and then driving an additional two hours to our current home. We found her to be organized and creative, accomplishing a great deal in that day. She also suggested repurposing a large closet and dressing area not needed for clothing into a project workroom. Took us some time to get used to but we are really excited about it now. Although we've only spent a day together, we anticipate a longer term working relationship with Susan. She is a good fit for our needs!
  • Jean M. Nov 8, 2013
    Home Staging
    Verified Review
    Susan was wonderful! We made the changes she recommended and already it feels more like home. The color palette she advised us to use is both neurtal and pleasing for those who want more color. So many great ideas!
  • Janet C. Oct 28, 2013
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
    Susan is fabulous! She deserves more than 5 stars. Her professional expertise with decorating, choosing paint colors, tile design, baluster configuration and much much more were greatly appreciated. Susan is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about design. She took her time with me and answered my many questions. In addition to her decorating design, she will share with you various places where to purchase items you are looking for at the most reasonable price. Susan also will use current pieces you have in your home if she feels it will be more beneficial in another area of your home. I could not have asked for anything more from Susan she is WONDERFUL.
  • Rose S. Sep 17, 2013
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
  • Ellen A. Sep 11, 2013
    Home Staging
    Verified Review
    Susan did a great job staging our vacant condo. I told her what we were looking for and she came in and made everything look perfect, she added every little detail. She also helped give recommendations on paint colors and other small things to help sell our condo.
  • Fran S. Jul 10, 2013
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
    If are looking for any kind of help with decorating in your home Susan is the lady! She helps choose paint colors, gives decorating ideas and shares all her tricks and ideas on how to improve your decor without being intimidating. She helps you while listening at the same time. Susan spent 5 hours with me and at no point did I feel rushed at all! For her fee, she is honestly a steal! It does not end here! Susan leaves reminding you that you can call her for any additional advice or questions. What more could one ask for! I would highly recommend her services!
  • Kris W. May 30, 2013
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
    Susan was fantastic--full of ideas and suggestions on how to pull several rooms of our house together. She knows it all-furniture, lighting, A/V technology, colors etc.-and suggested where to shop for items we need. She was able to bridge the different tastes my husband and I have, and she was able to communicate her suggestions in a very effective way to each of us---not an easy task! She took the time we needed to feel comfortable and "own" the new room designs. All we need to do now is implement our plan. And, Susan said she'd follow through with us by answering questions etc.., so we feel like she's still partnering with us to make our new house a beautiful home.
  • Kim K. May 11, 2013
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
    Susan showed up on time, ready to work. She had resources she brought with her and spent a lot of time going through my house and throwing out ideas for colors, improvements, etc. she works with a lot of the stuff I already have and shuffles things around for better appearance and has lots of ideas for good changes. Highly recommended and affordable.
  • Karmen M. May 8, 2013
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
    Susan was such a pleasure to work with and gave us some really great design ideas. I would definitely recommend her!
  • Rafiq B. Mar 10, 2013
    Home Staging
    Verified Review
    What more can I say I would hire her again.
    Susan P. May 5, 2013

    & I would love to work with you again!

  • Patricia V. Jul 23, 2011
    When my husband and I decided to look for a bigger house and after we contracted with a real estate, I contacted InFocus Design for advice on colors and decor. Susan's knowledge of the area was invaluable in making our final decision on which house to purchase. She then helped me choose colors to replace all the white walls and suggested a painter and handyman to do the small fixes that needed doing. These tasks were completed efficiently before we moved in. After our furniture was in I realized I needed to replace some furniture (old couches) and add some other necessary pieces (dining rroom table and entertainment center). Susan took me shopping at several different stores and made suggestions how each piece could fit into my new decor. As a result thanks to Susan, I found just the style I was looking for. Even my husband was pleased with the new look for our new place. Susan was always available to answer any question I had and offer suggestions and solutions to any problems that occurred. I wouldn't hesitate to use Susan's services in the future or recommend her to friends, family and perfect strangers.
  • Rosemary M. Jul 19, 2011
    Susan was great in helping me design my new home. She listened to the colors and theme that I like in my home. She took what I had in my old home (furniture and accessories) and incorporated them into a new style idea in my new home. She brought color swatches and came up with decorating ideas I would not have thought of. I have received lots of compliments on my design and color choices in my new home. I would use Susan again. She made my new home feel very comfortable.
  • Felicia G. Jul 18, 2011
    Susan is a true design expert. Her knowledge and creativity enabled me to create an amazing living room Her guidance allowed me to overcome my fear of using color. My space went from bland to wow. I now have a room that's colorful and sophisticated. I found my style. Thanks InFocus Design for a wonderful experience.
  • Laurie F. Jul 16, 2011
    Susan Powell is a complete professional and does amazing design work. She transformed one of my listings into a beautiful showcase house which helped it to sell in a very difficult housing market. The new owners love their pretty home! Susan is delightful to work with and is willing to do the work to get a project done from beginning to end. I very highly recommend her for your design project. You will be very satisfied and happy with her and will love your home's new look.

Q&A

What types of customers have you worked with?
My biggest request is to help a client pick out colors for their rooms. Color selection is very hard and considering the cost of having a room painted - you don't want to make a poor choice. There are so many colors available - it can be overwhelming, so the majority of the people choose white. White is not a color.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Ask them why they do it. It's not just about where they went to school, pictures of past jobs - it's all about what they will do for you. If they have a passion for making things look good and helping people fall in love with their homes - then they will listen to what you want - not what they want. Be sure they listen to you. But just as important - you have to be honest with them. Them them what you hate as much as what you love and please tell them what your budget really is. They can not help you and do their best unless they know exactly what they have to work with. Contrary to popular a design will not spend all your money cause they can - we will use what you have in clever ways to get the biggest bang for your designing buck