Words From My Clients & Associates...
"Carol Vandervelden is uniquely gifted in her ability to read and understand a client, enabling her to get a clear concept of their needs and wishes. While she gently guides them to an understanding of how and why specific components, colors, shapes, textures work or don't work well together, Carol maintains a steadfast focus on ensuring the client's happiness and satisfaction in the final outcome. Especially noteworthy is her ability to work within any budget, from lavish to limited, and with any personality; she is consistently non-judgmental, gracious, kind and encouraging. Most important, though, is Carol's talent to create your dream design that feels like a slice of heaven."
Service Category: Interior Design
Year first hired: 2009
Top Qualities: Personable, Good Value, High Integrity
Karen Saucedo, Poway, CA
"Having had the pleasure of working with Carol for over 10 years and on two different homes, as well as on my office, it would truly be hard to say too many good things about Carol. Having heard some 'decorator horror stories' from others, it was so wonderful to work with Carol and experience no pressure, but rather objective, creative ideas, options and resources with a range of pricing for me to select what appealed to me esthetically and worked for my budget. All my experiences have been exceptional with Carol, from color consulting, furnishing suggestions and sourcing, space planning, custom window treatments (which were fabulous and the crowning touch for both homes). And as a wonderful foot note, her communication is timely, responsive and clear, while being comfortable and pertinent, whether by phone or email, or quotes and billing. Her accounting is clear and easy to follow. In short, if you have a chance to work with her, you receive so very much more than you would ever expect for her fees. The friends who gave her name to me still work with her, and the friends I've referred her do, too! Everyone who has the chance to experience Carol, loves her!"
Valerie M., The Trails, San Diego, CA
"My husband and I had built a new home in Poway. Carol was recommended by my neighbor to help us with our decorating. After 10 years of working with Carol, I still owe my neighbor in a big way for that referral. My home receives wonderful compliments, but most important is that my husband and I love it. Carol's style is helpful, thoughtful and without pressure.
Carol, you can never retire!"
Terry Chaffin, Poway, CA
"I have worked with Carol Vandervelden on several projects in my house. Each time, she was able to bring to reality my vague descriptions of the ambiance I wanted to create and the preferences I wasn't able to articulate. She has always provided several creative options for my needs and had done so quickly. The results have exceeded my expectations every single time. Carol is very personable and responsive. I look forward to each new project with Carol, which always transforms my home in ways I could not even imagine."
Danuta G., client, 4S Ranch, Californa
"Now that our home is completely furnished, I must tell you how very pleased I am. I know it wasn't easy when there were decisions to be made since we were in New York. You made me very happy with everything you did on your own. I love the furniture, window treatments, wall treatments, color schemes and all the accessories. It is all in such good taste."
B. Mendelson, Jericho, New York
“Carol was able to get a sense of what we were looking for very quickly, choose appropriate fabrics and colors, stay within our budget, and make our living room look like the comfortable, casual space we wanted it to be!”
Amanda H., client, San Diego, California
“Caro'ls work is fabulous! Always unique, innovative and extremely creative. Her design capabilities are "top notch" with her clients interests FIRST at hand! She is a true performer when it comes to getting a job done with quality, within a budget, on time! I would highly recommend Carol as a designer in any setting be it commercial, residential or institutional!” -
Tom Bednar, Owner Masterworks Interiors, New Brunswick, Ohio
"In recent years, my wife and I have continued to make incremental improvements to our home. Whenever it's time to update design/styles on the interior, Carol is the FIRST person we call. She has great intuition about our tastes and she is always on time. She makes great suggestions, and offers truly creative solutions. Highly recommended.”
Rick , client, 4S Ranch, California
"To help us maximize selling potential, our realtor referred us to Carol to
stage our home. With limited time and budget, she quickly came up with a
plan, shopped for the needed items and went to work putting everything
together. Her choice of pillows, window treatments, artwork, light
fixtures, and various accessories enhanced the best features of each space,
making them warm, comfortable, and very inviting. And by using three colors throughout the house, our home now flows from room to room.
Carol’s creativity and talent are inspiring and it was a pleasure working
with her. I highly recommend her! "
Penny, client, Poway, California
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