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Maura has a great combination of design creativity, practicality, and attention to detail. Her design ideas well reflected our vision and she was flexible and open to change if needed. She was thoughtful about balancing design, quality and budget so as not to sacrifice overall quality but to remain in budget. And she was detail oriented (anticipating potential bottlenecks) and direct with service providers to make sure they completed as promised.
– J. & H. H., Chicago, IL
How often can one say that he/she enjoyed doing a renovation! I can!
Working with Maura made this usually challenging process both interesting and actually fun. She demonstrated immediately that she understood my taste and what I desired as a finished product. She had an impressive group of experts with whom she has worked over the years, whose talents she sought out for custom built-ins and other project requirements. Her professionalism was evident to me, and I could see the respect that she received from the people with whom she interacted in order to complete my renovation. The project proceeded smoothly, on time, within budget. Maura made herself available to address questions or concerns that I may have had. The completed project is lovely, and I am enjoying living and entertaining there immensely. I recommend Maura highly and with no reservation. (for photos, see Millennium Park)
– L. W., Chicago, IL
Maura did a excellent job in our home. She has helped us with various interior design elements in our home. She has always found what we needed, done so in a timely manner and made sure to followthrough with the workmen. I feel many designers can find what you need and bring it to you-the thing I really like about Maura is her followthrough. She comes and checks on the workmen if you have a issue she is right there. She sees the project through to the end. I find many designers find what you need, find the workmen and then just leave them to install and finish and often the job is not done correctly and the designer who started is nowhere to e found. Mauras professionalism and work ethic are excellent. I would highly recommend her.Also, she completed several projects for us we stared working with her maybe 15 years ago-so various projects with varying cost-mostly high end.
– D. & K. L., Highland Park
Maura is a delight to work with. Ten years ago she helped us design living, dining, sitting and foyer rooms. We were so completely satisfied that upon considering remodeling a master bedroom, bath and family room, there was no question who would do it. In all of our experience with Mauro we have found her to be brilliant with our personal use M space and desires for certain concepts. For example we live in a wood. area and want to feel as if the inside is just an extension of the outside, while wanting a cozy, intimate and comfortable space. Mauro makes It happen. Mauro builds upon our discussions, providing progressive design plans and options_ Carefully reviewing her drawings and ideas with us, she has a keen sense of the customers. understanding, and need for more or less detail; more or less options and examples, when to provide more drawings and actual physical products and samples. She encourages us to study samples in various light she helps at with mocb-ups - anything that will help us visualize and get a good feel for her suggestions. At times, we had to travel and leave large gaps in 1M process, We were impressed with flexibility and ability to keep us M the loop and on target, using email communication/updated drawings and mail delivery of product samples_ In general, Maur.. organizalional and cooMin.ng skills are wo.erfuL We had to do a lot if retro-f fitting of new arms with old 120 yr old house area. Mauro managed the whole process, providing us with a timeline/schedule of work to be performed. So many crafts were inmlvect having someone like Mauro who has a long catalogue of all of your build/decorating professionals is quite .sirahle for us, not really knowing which plumber, electrician, painter, etc M empby. From these professionals to the ordering and delivering of products. Mauro made life quite easy for us during the project. - M & G. G.. Riverside. IL