Youtopia Designs

Saint Louis, MO

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

We go the extra mile to ensure you like every single piece that goes into your design. We don't pressure you to purchase any specific item, and we really provide as many revisions as it takes to nail the design!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love seeing the look on a client's face when they see their new space for the first time. Sometimes it brings tears to their eyes and that's what every designer really lives for.

Location

Saint Louis, MO 63128

Years in business

7

Number of employees

3

Times hired on Thumbtack

33

Reviews

10 Reviews
  • Muriel Z. Dec 21, 2015
    We hired Candice with Youtopia Designs to renovate our master bathroom. Candice did a fantastic job working with my husband who had very specific ideas, as well as me. She is easy to work with and will bend over backward to please her clients. She is creative, patient, and calm and has a lot of great resources. I would definitely hire Youtopia Designs for a future project. Muriel Zimring
  • Kelly K. Dec 12, 2015
    Our experience working with Candice and Youtopia Designs was terrific Candice helped us rethink the design of our family and living rooms. We were very pleased with the way she could quickly discern our style and improve on it with her own creative ideas. We love the outcome and would recommend the company to others.
  • Randy Z. Jan 27, 2015
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
  • Kristin K. Jan 23, 2015
    I am delighted to provide this recommendation for Candice Wideman and Youtopia Designs. I hired Candice to help me completely remodel and redecorate the first floor of my house in 2014, and she exceeded my expectations in every way. I needed someone who could not only figure out how to create a more modern, comfortable, user-friendly kitchen and living area within the space available but also provide attractive decor recommendations that could withstand use and abuse by my five cats. Candice expertly filled this role and helped turn a cramped, dated space into a beautiful, functional, easy-to-clean sanctuary. Throughout the project, I found Candice to be a great listener and an enthusiastic advocate for the project. She provided recommendations that fit within my budget and communicated her concerns regarding some of my less-workable ideas with a balance of diplomacy and frankness that I appreciated. She consistently provided updates via email, text, and phone and saw to it that contractor-interaction was as unintrusive upon my schedule as possible. Candice’s passion for her work is evident in all that she does. She’s confident, cheerful, and a true joy to work with. The kitchen and living space she designed for me are exactly what I wanted, and I will absolutely be contacting her when I’m ready to tackle the second floor.
  • Doreen G. Jan 7, 2015
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
    Candice has gone beyond my expectations in her imagination and creativity with my home. She has been able to understand my likes and dislikes and was able to add her stylish flare. I am so amazed at how she turned a house into my home home. Highly recommend her services
  • Joann S. Jan 5, 2015
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
    Candice helped me with a bathroom renovation and various other design projects around my house. She had great ideas and really helped my pull the rooms together in a way I could never have done on my own. I get so many compliments on the beautiful spaces she created in my house. I really appreciated that when Candice proposed design ideas, colors, fabrics, etc., we never finalized anything until Candice was sure I was 100% satisfied with the choices. Candice is very efficient and organized, and she worked very hard to make sure everything was completed perfectly. I will definitely use Candice for future projects.
  • Lisa H. Jan 4, 2015
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
  • Sherri A. Sep 30, 2013
    I have been so happy with Candice's (& Mallory's) work on our home. Candice helped us by designing a beautiful, elegant, but still very comfortable and liveable living room. I had floundered around for 2 months trying to pick furniture pieces and colors for our living room; Candice was able to provide a design that really works for us! She also helped us to plan a color scheme for all of our main living areas. This is the first time I have ever worked this closely with an interior designer, and I would definitely recommend Candice - she has great ideas, but was also willing to work with our thoughts and ideas, which was very important to us. My family could not be happier with the results!
  • Rebecca H. Sep 23, 2013
    Candice was excellent to work with. I had just bought a new home and was looking for help selecting furniture and coming up with an overall design. Candice drove to my home and spent at least two hours walking through the house, photographing and measuring everything. She asked me a lot of questions to get an idea of what I was looking for, and I'm sure I gave her some very vague responses because I wasn't entirely sure what I wanted... I just wanted the design to fit the overall character of the house and be kid friendly. She asked me what type of activities we enjoy as well as favorite colors, and was also very conscious of my budget. I felt very comfortable with her and asked her to start by doing the design for one room. One week later I got exactly what I asked for... A well designed, FUNCTIONAL family room for me and my kids that has a unique look to it and absolutely "pops!" She even figured out how to use some space under the atrium stairs for a cozy reading nook. I loved the pieces she chose and that she was able to provide 3D images from multiple angles so I could see exactly what the room would look like. This was the first time I have used an interior designer, and I am so glad I did. Rather than just buy some random stuff and stick it in a room, for the first time in my life I'm going to have a room that looks like it was well thought out and planned... everything from the furniture to accent pieces and artwork. It's beautiful, kid friendly and functional :-)
  • Samantha W. Sep 23, 2013
    We thoroughly recommend Youtopia designs, our experience with Candice was very positive we cannot speak highly enough of her. Her eye for detail and understanding our needs have given us the home that we love to walk into every day. We will always use Youtopia designs for any future decorating needs.

Q&A

Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
We make things simple, and I think that's why so many homeowners on Thumbtack hire us. Your first hour is free, and then we bid the project. You know upfront how much you will pay, even if it takes us 3x as many hours to complete. We bill half upfront, half on completion on most projects.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've always wanted to be a designer. I was re-arranging my room when I was a kid, and I've always been creative. It's just what I knew I would do for as long as I can remember!
What types of customers have you worked with?
The majority of work we do is residential, however we do take on commercial project! Both residential and commercial work is fun and exciting for us! Here are just a few samples of work we can do for you: Space Planning Furniture Selection Color Scheme Development Computer Generated 3-D Renderings Lighting, Flooring, Accents, and Finishes Selection Custom Artwork Production and Selection Graphic Design and much more
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We have been working alongside a couple local contractors lately to really design / build from the ground up. These blank slate projects are always exciting for us because we get to really be creative. Less boundaries really means more creative design ideas.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Interior Designers can save customers a lot of time because they know all the places to shop depending on a clients budget. We have a talent for putting all the pieces in a room together. A lot of people will get their room about 1/2 way to where they like it, after that they give up because it has cost them so much time and effort. We take all that work and do it for you. We provide a 3D rendering as well of what the room will look like so a client will ALWAYS know what their room is going to look like based on what we choose for them.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
We aren't here to pressure you into anything. There are pushy designers out there who want to charge you hundreds of dollars per hour AND markup furniture drastically above retail pricing. That's not us, nor is it the majority of designers out there.