Essense Interior Design

Seattle, WA

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How does your business stand out?

Our goal is to create holistic designs for your home that reflect the desired "look and feel" for everyone living in your home. As a Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP), we work together to ensure that your home is designed for both current and future needs. I design beautiful spaces while also thinking about health and safety needs for you and your family members. Whether you're buying a new home, refreshing an existing home, downsizing for retirement, or transitioning out of your current home, we create a design plan that works for you and your family for years to come.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I have a passion for beautiful spaces! Colors, textures, structures, organic lines...these are the areas of design that most define my style. The best part of my design work is seeing the spaces transform before our eyes. I love to see that "Wow" look on my clients' faces! It also makes me happy knowing that I have created a home that will take my clients well into their future years with health and safety as a core tenet. And they like that, too!
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Seattle, WA 98118

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3 Reviews
  • Sue P. May 30, 2017
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
    She helped us with selection of paintings and also helped us with areas to mount them. Color coordination ideas for furniture, accent walls etc.
  • Rhona M. May 24, 2017
    I absolutely love the new furnishings in my office, all thanks to Carole’s wonderful sense of style. Working with a designer was a new experience for me, and Carole patiently walked me through the process, and along the way helped me discover my style preferences. Carole did an amazing job of selecting beautiful furniture and art that really transformed my very drab office, and even designed a custom lamp using a thrift store vase as the base. I get compliments continually from visitors to my office. I’m very happy with my new space, and grateful for Carole’s special touch!
  • Annette Wadiyah E. N. May 19, 2017
    Carole created a kitchen and dining room space that enhanced the living room area of my home. She suggested colors for my walls that embraced the diversity of my artwork. She encouraged me to not only think about what I wanted in those spaces but how it would make me feel when I entered those spaces during the morning, afternoon or evenings. I benefited from her spirit, heart and commitment to creating spaces where great dinners happened, celebrations occurred and warm memories were created.” W. Nelson-Shimabukuro (Seattle, WA)


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
One-time design consultation fee (no more than 2 hours): $250 Hourly rate: May vary depending on scope of work
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I typically provide my initial consultations free of charge so that I am able to properly discuss the scope of work involved with your design project. If you only desire a one-time consultation, then I will charge a one-time consultation fee. Once I understand the overall scope of work, I will prepare a contract for your review and approval. Upon final approval of the terms of our agreement, we will begin the design process. Every design project is tailored to my customer's specific needs. However, I will typically do the initial "legwork" to create the design palette for your space(s). I will present the design palette to you for further discussion/selection. If needed, we will iterate on this process until you approve a final design palette. Then, implementation of your selected design(s) will begin! This typically involves purchase orders and waiting times for selected items to arrive. If it is just color selections, then you can proceed with your painter on the selected colors. I like to be involved with your painter to ensure the paint colors are "true" to what we selected. Same for fabric selections in terms of assuring "true" colors as dye lots can vary. At the end, we will step back together and reflect on "befores" and "afters" before I depart the scene.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Residential Design diploma from the Art Institute of Seattle. I have been working in residential design since 2007. I am a Master Home Environmentalist. I am a Certified Living in Place Professional (CLIPP).
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I remodeled my own home back in 2001, and really enjoyed the design aspects of this project. So, in 2003 I went back to school to gain training and education in residential design.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked primarily with residential home owners, but have also worked on small, commercial office projects as well.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I created darling spaces for a client who wanted her interior gathering spaces to remind her of pictures she cut out of a Home & Garden magazine. Her colors were fuschia pink and lime green - loved it! And her home is an adorable cottage which made my work that much easier!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Hire an interior designer who focuses on customer service first and foremost. Your designer should integrate your style preferences with his/her design sensibilities. A designer should provide "value-added" services (e.g., Feng Shui, home environmentalist, color specialist). Look for a designer who has strong design resources for desired services such as custom fabrics, furnishings, upholstery, window treatments, lighting, softgoods (such as pillows, slipcovers). Most of all, your designer should "resonate" with you as their customer. Your personal energies should integrate with his/her professional energies so that the final "look and feel" is exactly what you were looking for!
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What colors do you like? Not like? What type of "look and feel" do you want? What style(s) do you most prefer in home décor? How long do you plan to stay in your home? What health and safety needs to you and your family members have, if any?