“We had the happy chance to connect with Maria for a major refresh in our Great Room. She listened and understood our intentions. Although we were unsure on specifics, Maria had an immediate vision. She gently led us in a new direction, gaining our trust as she explained why a certain piece or fabric would work best. It is always a joy to see someone doing what they were born to do. Maria was born to design!” Maureen Orbe
“Maria is extremely talented in interior design. She listens carefully to what the client envisions and then helps make that vision a reality. Sometimes we had difficulty envisioning parts of our project and Maria was still able to create, knowing what we liked. She is able to “think outside the box” as well. Sometimes suggestions looked foreign to my way of thinking, but they were spot on when implemented into the design. Our house flows beautifully from one room to the next in color, texture, furniture choice/size, etc.; she loves to finish a room with unique accessories as well, to present a “complete” look. She is delightful to work with–one can’t go wrong in choosing her to design for you. ” Steve W.
“Maria was a pleasure to work with. She has an exceptional sense of style and an ability to personalize the design experience to meet the varying tastes and budgets of her clients. Maria designed my living room, dining room, and foyer. I constantly receive compliments on the beautiful pieces! Thank you, Maria! You transformed my home into a masterpiece.” Kate Clark
This project involved complete design services for the interior of an 1853 house in Elsah, Illinois that is listed on the National Historic Register. It was begun in 2009 and completed gradually as funds were available through 2013. The project included complete redecoration and furnishing of a garage apartment. Maria DeGange was both efficient and patient and willing to work with me on the schedule I needed. She was sensitive both to cost considerations and to my tastes and provided good alternatives when requested. She worked extremely well with my construction supervisor, who very much appreciated her approach and that she gave good advice while not being overly directive according to her own personal views. Everything provided is functional, aesthetically pleasing, and feels right with a very pleasant home atmosphere. We have close to 300 people coming through the house annually for a Christmas season open house. The most frequent comments center on the beauty and exceptional coordination of the design in the living room and apartment, the two areas to benefit most from her work.” Duncan Charters, PhD
“Maria worked on two projects at my house, one large and one small. The large one required moderate reconstruction and she acted as the general contractor on the project. She worked around my very irregular schedule. The project was completed on time, despite some time-consuming delays beyond her control. She had thoughtful and helpful ideas, some of which some may think were slightly out of the box, but which really worked. This now larger room is now the favorite in my house, where I spend most of my time. She freshened two adjacent rooms at the same time, with all melding with the topography of my lot. The second smaller project is also very satisfying. She made use of some existing furnishings and rugs, indicating a concern for economics, and worked these existing items seamlessly into the decor. Perhaps the best recommendation that I can give is that I will have Maria for my next project.” Dr. R. Smith
Maria did a fantastic job designing the interior of our new home. My wife and I couldn’t agree on what to do, so we contacted Maria, hoping for a combination designer and intercessor/referee.
She did such a great job. We wanted to change the style of furniture for the new house but didn’t know where or how to begin. Maria sure did. Her suggestions were just what we had hoped for and we couldn’t be happier with the results.
Thanks, Maria. We love you! Steve & Rosemary R
Maria worked with me to design my entire house in Florida while it was being built and I was living out of the state. The design is nearly complete now and I am so thrilled with the results. From the furniture selection, fabric coordination to shades and chandeliers, Maria planned it all. I met with her several times over the planning period and then we coordinated choices of fabric, furniture and rugs via email. I am pleased to say that I am very happy with the results. Karen B.
Maria designed a custom home for us. My husband & i were blown away every meeting that she captivated our needs every single time. Her attention to detail in every viewpoint is amazing. We immensely enjoy our space & enjoyed working with Maria. Our custom home just sold and the buyer insisted to buy the Home completely furnished,That’s just how good Maria’s design is. We look forward to working with Maria on our future upcoming project. Suzi Jones
My experience working with Maria has been absolutely amazing! I met Maria shortly after moving into my dream home. I had all the space that I ever wanted and no idea what to do with it! Maria was and has been extremely patient, kind and creative! She has transformed my house to a beautiful, airy, livable, elegant magazine worthy home! I am bragging! My home is gorgeous! Staci Suggs DDS
We found Maria on Houzz with great reviews, only fitting that we give her the same. We completely furnished a new home in Jacksonville while we were in NC for 6 months. Maria made it all possible with email and a few phone calls. Loving our furniture selections, window treatments are to die for! She works with very good team of drapery/installation folks. Highly recommend! Lynn Sneed
Maria was and is a tremendous help making our new home “us” with an elegant Florida feel. From the first day we met she has gone above and beyond with every detail furnishing our new Florida home. Her professionalism, attention to detail, constant communication and active listening sets her apart from other designers. We could not wish for a more wonderful and talented person to work with, especially with us making many decisions from Kansas City. Ann & Paul
I have enjoyed working with Maria and expect to hire her again as I get closer to the renovation of my condo. I would highly recommend her as she is very easy to work with, has wonderful ideas/suggestions, listens to your vision, maintains your budgetary constraints and always has your project in mind should she feel it might need a minor adjustment. She made me feel like I had someone watching out for my best interest. Thank you Maria! HeleneMaglaris
“Maria DeGange makes it happen! Maria carefully listens to her clients, then applies her professional design talent, knowledge, experience and expertise with the result being a room design that you will love! I hired Maria because the rooms in my home did not feel pulled together. We were transitioning from traditional to classic-contemporary but I wanted to keep my family keepsakes, travel mementos, and my traditional dining room furniture. Maria listened to our concerns and then went to work! She worked within our busy schedule, even at times long distance, always with an emphasis on practicality which we love, and never loosing sight of our personal ideas, dreams, decorating style and budget. Maria works fast, finding the perfect fabrics, paintings, furniture and fixtures, then ordering, scheduling and expert delivery. She took care of every detail!” Madeline Young
“Maria developed a tremendous plan for our residential project.
She came in exactly on budget and schedule. No job is without delays, but Maria guided us to alternatives that turned out to be equal to the original, keeping us again on time and budget. She is on top of the latest offerings from the best and most trustworthy sources. Without doubt we will be using her on our next project.” Cindy P.
“I have worked with Maria on several projects – Formal Dining Room, Living Room, Kitchen and Breakfast Room in two different homes. She has a wonderful sense of style and I value her opinion. Anyone that comes to my home loves what she puts together. Maria can visualize things I would not even think of, while combining what you want to see in your home. She is usually right in whatever she recommends. She just has a flair and is extremely dedicated to her work.
Maria gets a 5 ++++ star from me. If you want style and eclectic she is your girl, although her talents are limitless and encompass all styles.” SueM
“Maria helped us patiently find just the right size and design for our space. Then gave us many options of high quality coverings, and recommended just the right accent pieces. They had an excellent grasp of our style and taste, and seemed to know all the right questions to ask us. We were delighted with the results.” Becky and Dave
“We have been absolutely thrilled to have worked with Maria for 5 years and 6 rooms. So much so that we have now asked Maria to make some much needed tweaks to my father’s bachelor home.
What has been so great about Maria is that she comes to a project primarily interested in understanding the way we live, our needs, our tastes and our budget. She focuses on our vision and not a preconceived idea of how it ought to look. With this focus in mind she has helped us transform our house one room at a time into a home we love and are proud of.
Maria has helped us completely redecorate our living room, dining room, and master bedroom and she has collaborated with our builder on kitchen and bath remodels. She has the patience of a saint and is a master diplomat – essential attributes when the Mister and Misses do not always see eye-to-eye!
We wholeheartedly recommend Maria for a decorating or remodel project.”
Tom and Cathy Jansberg
“Thank you for all your time and effort, at the beginning I knew this was going to be like a very long hard journey up Mount Everest, but meeting up with you, made it very short pleasurable journey and the finished product is far more than we ever imagined.” Adrian C
“Maria is an outstanding design professional! We recently bought a whole house full of furnture, and Maria was extremely helpful in coordinating all of the rooms. Her ideas are flawless and she stays involved with the project until it is completely finished. I would highly recommend her for any interior design projects.” Sharon Richardson
“Maria, I can’t believe I live in a house so beautiful. You have really been an angel. I love everything about this house!” JoanneE
“Maria completed my kitchen renovation. She oversaw all stages from design, through construction to furnishings. Her patience and professionalism provided for a seamless renovation. Her selections and recommendations were very current while taking into consideration my families needs. My kitchen is stunning and I love spending time there. She also completed renovations of adjoining dining and family rooms. Here style is timeless and sophisticated. We would hire Maria again and it is a privilege to work with her.” HLong
“Maria is truly a gem! She has been invaluable in navigating my recent kitchen/breakfast/pantry/bathroom remodel as well as furnishing my dining room. She listens and is decisive and develops a vision quickly. I look forward to using her to decorate the remainder of my home. She is fabulous!” LaFuller
“After seeing my friend’s amazing results, I enlisted the help of her designer, Maria. Maria spent time analyzing my floor plan, my needs (including budget!), and thoughtfully put together a layout that functions perfectly and a color/fabric scheme that looks looks amazing. We are so happy with our new space! I trust her opinion and will definitely come back to her to help me with any future decorating/furniture projects. She really has an eye and a feel for her clients tastes.” Sarah Plaskett
“Maria DeGange changed our uninspiring, disjointed living space into a beautiful, harmonious space in which we now feel comforable to spend time in alone and with friends. Everyone who comes to our home always tells us what a beautiful home we have, which never happened before Maria came to the rescue. With a few new pieces of furniture and her color recommendations our living space was transformed into a harmonious and very welcoming space. I can always count on Maria’s recommendations to be able to decorate our home in a tasteful manner. I’m very grateful for all the time she has put into helping us create a special home.” Heidi Drake
“We worked with Maria for our family room and entry way. She was nothing short of professional, patient, talented and creative with our space. It consistently receives a wow from those who see it. I have already recommended her to more than a few close friends and colleagues and will continue to do so.” BdBuckle
“Maria is amazing. Her designs are beautiful and livable. She is sensitive and caring and designs spaces that fit the home and inhabitants. I would recommend Maria to anyone doing a remodel or just redesigning their spaces. Also, Maria bakes the most delicious pies!” SarahCa
“You don’t want Maria to be your designer – unless you want a home that welcomes you in, the moment you open the door.
Maria is not just a talented designer, she is gifted. Her ability to understand what her client wants goes beyond design elements, fabrics and furnishings.
She somehow captures the very essence of what you want your home to feel like. Then co-creating with space, color and light frequencies she creates the most amazing spaces of sanctuary, magic and function that are all you!
The whimsy of color, the spirit of welcome, the play of light and movement all say – Welcome to my Chroma Home!” Robin King
“I recently moved into a new home. Prior to the move, Maria came to the home and looked at room sizes for the main living areas of dining, family room, and kitchen. Those areas were the ones that I wanted her expertise to be utilized. She has done a great job of incorporating some of my older pieces along with the new pieces I am so happy with the results being a casual and somewhat European look in these areas. Maria is sensitive to the customer needs, taste, and price point. She does an outstanding job of presenting her ideas.
My best description of her attention to detail was when she came back to my home after some furniture was delivered and quickly began to rearrange some things and even hung some wall hangings herself to bring everything together. It was a treat to watch her work and her results amazing! We are happy with our new furnishings. I would highly recommend Maria as a designer. Mimi Deslott
“Maria was amazing in her ability to analyze the existing items in my Hearth Room and quickly present her recommendation on their placement to enhance the room’s appearance!! In addition, she selected paint color for the walls as well as the addition of an area rug to pull the room together. I am delighted with the results!! i would highly recommend using Maria and I will continue to do so in the future.” Anne
“Maria helped us remodel our master bathroom. Our main objective was to make it totally different from the existing master bath. Maria listens to your ideas and somehow makes them come to life in a way you could never imagine. Not only does Maria have great ideas and a wonderful “eye for color”, she makes the project fun! I highly recommend her.” BethTrend
“I have worked with Maria for more than 2 years for different projects. She is a good listener and tries to understand my plan or goal. At the same time, she is a good educator; she tries to inform me with updates and trends so my plan does not turn out to old and out dated style. She has tremendous sense of style and are very careful about budget. She really works hard to help her clients enjoy well designed environments without breaking bank account. She is also very responsive despite her busy schedule. I feel so fortunate to know her. I still have lots of projects to be done and I feel I am in good hands. I cannot wait to see all my projects done. I am sure it is going to be fabulous. She is genius, but still very humble.” Dr Meeaeng Park, PhD
“My husband and I bought a Mediterranean style home in Ponte Vedra on the ocean and Maria helped me turn it into the most wonderful beach home while keeping with the Mediterranean style of the home. She worked day and night to make sure I was happy with everything, lighting, window treatments, furniture, paint colors and artwork. If anyone in this area is looking for a decorator/shoulder to lean on, Maria is the superhero for the job! We absolutely love our home and we often say “if it weren’t for Maris’s patience, lord knows what would have happened” From top to bottom the house is beautiful!” Annette Dircks
“I am very thankful for Maria DeGange and the expertise she offered to redecorate the main floor of our home. She was able to meld together our existing usable pieces and color palate with fresh ideas and furniture selections to create an attractive and welcoming new space. Along with the experience and vision she offered, she established honest open communication that led to a trusting working relationship.” Karen Nick
“Maria, you are a treasure! We wanted to thank you for helping us make a vision become a living reality in our new Destin, Florida home. It is a creation of beauty, warmth and comfort.
You were able to to accomplish a lot in a short period of time and we appreciate your patience with us, especially when we would change our minds on elements of the design. We knew we wanted it to have a different feel from our St Louis home, but we felt overwhelmed with the size of the project. Your expertise and guidance reduced the anxiety and opened our eyes to new possibilities as we developed the layout and chose furniture, fabrics, and accessories that look perfect in our home. No project of this undertaking can be done cheaply, but we felt you kept our budget concerns in mind as we continued to make decisions.
You helped us “step out of the box” many times during the designing and those elements of the design turned out to be great decisions. You were always respectful of our thoughts and feelings, and if we headed in a new direction, you were always there to guide us. We also are thankful you were with us when the furniture actually arrived. Your energy and creativity helped us get everything into place quickly. Working with you is always a pleasure. We value your hard work, imagination and friendship.” Steve and Terry
“Maria, I just wanted to thank you so very much for helping us put new life into our aging home. Even my husband commented on how ‘ cozy’ our hearth room is now. The way you have put together our wonderful new pieces has actually made the area seem much larger and far more inviting! I am so glad to have met and worked with you; someone that cares, someone that creates and recreates until it’s just right and someone that not only has ideas but gets timely results. So thanks again for your creativity, energy and passion. You love what you do and it shows!” Robin G
“Thank you so much for helping us update the look of our living room and dining room. We feel very lucky that we have gotten to know you and work with you. When we started, we had ideas about how our home could look and were quite frankly overwhelmed by the choices and possibilities. We didn’t know where to start, or even, how to start. You listened to us, and learned our style and respected our ideas. You provided a plan for decorating that worked with some of the furnishings we already had and treasured, and sequenced the decorating into manageable parts, both spatially and financially. We feel that you are most expert at reducing the confusion and you provided a manageable number of options. Your knowledge and talent have helped match colors, patterns and materials to create truly unique and inviting living spaces. We feel our home is now fresh, stylish and truly our own. Thanks again!” Jim and Mary Pat G
“We have worked with Maria DeGange on two different projects. Maria is very talented in all aspects of decorating. She only wants the entire room to be of the clients choice – not what she wants. I will always call her when we are ready to do another project.” Marian S.
“Maria was able to capture my vision and translate it to a beautiful design that is both stylish yet comfortable. I look forward to working with her on my next project and would recommend her to all.” Alaina Macia
“Maria is very professional, has an eye for detail, and stands out amongst designers I have worked with over the last fifteen years. If you are in the high end market for truly professional design work she is your woman… Windy+Nick