Carolyn Anderson Design

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and responsiveness.
  • Beverly B.

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    Carolyn is a professional with the ability to listen to what is really being said by the client. I had had a very unpleasant experience with a designer some years ago in another state and was apprehensive about looking for someone to help me figure out how to better use a room as well as color choices to repaint the interior. Carolyn wasn't in the house 5 minutes when I knew we were going to be able to work together. I cannot emphasize enough that she listens to the client and doesn't impose her own choices unless asked. Her vision, her talent and the ease in which she presents is amazing. I can't wait to begin the implementation. She also shared who the craftspeople were to help me get the job done. I can't say enough wonderful about her and the experience of working with her. While mine was a smaller job than I know she does, she treated it with the same enthusiasm as if it were our entire house. I can't wait to work with her again.

    Feb 13, 2018Verified
    Carolyn A.'s reply

    Wow, Beverly! This gives me goosebumps! Thank you so much for your kind words. I loved working with you, and seeing the light come on in your eyes as we walked through the ideas and talked of your dreams. I am really excited for you and hope the project turns out exactly as you imagine.

  • Polly M.

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    Carolyn Anderson did an outstanding job helping me determine color palette for my condo. She is personable and professional. She really listens and worked to execute my vision. I would not hesitate to recommend her or call upon her again myself.

      Aug 29, 2017Verified
      Carolyn A.'s reply

      Hi Polly, Thank you so much for your wonderful review, and for including photos! You are the very first to do that, and it is wonderful to have them right here. I really appreciate it, and look forward to being there for you in whatever way you might need me in the future. Fondly, Carolyn

    About this pro

    My work is deep, going beyond the typical process of making interior spaces beautiful. My benchmark for a successful project is how the lives of my clients are supported, uplifted, inspired, and/or expanded by the results of what we have created together. I am an active listener and involve my clients in the process. I never dictate but rather allow the dreams of my clients to direct where the design will go.. My favorite thing about my work is seeing the changes that occur in my clients in the months and years after the project is complete. It is most deeply satisfying when I see this in children. Nothing is more fulfilling to me than to have had a positive effect on someone's life.

    Years in business

    23

    Times hired on Thumbtack

    23

    Number of employees

    1

    Background check

    Completed
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      Q & A

      • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
        My fees vary between a flat fee and an hourly fee depending on the type of project. I typically charge 10% of the overall budget for kitchens and baths, and an hourly fee of $75/hour for decorating, as there are so many unknowns when the project starts. When I am responsible for selecting and purchasing furniture, fixtures, floor coverings, lighting window treatments and accessories, I charge my net cost plus 25%, which will represent a varying discount from retail for the client depending on my company discount from the wholesaler. I work with low income clients on a sliding scale depending on their need; and I do several pro bono projects each year.
      • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
        I not only take whatever courses come my way, but also teach homeowners courses that will empower them to take on projects that mystified them before.
      • How did you get started doing this type of work?
        I was a clothing designer before entering my field of interior design. I did that work for 20 years, and although successful, I didn't feel fulfilled by it. Moving from the NYC area to San Francisco allowed me to shift gears and consider new horizons. There, I met some really great interior designers who were incredibly generous and helpful, and learned how I could really make a difference in people's lives through this work. I immediately decided to go back to school and get another degree so as to be able to provide the highest level of service in my new endeavor. I've never looked back.
      Coverage Area for Carolyn Anderson Design is about 15+ miles of Asheville, NC.