"This was my first time hiring a designer, and I was very happy with Ms. Hirsch's work. She decorated the main floor of my house, and everything really did end up looking great. She was able to get a good sense of the style I was looking for and help me choose furniture and colors that fit it."
Project Date: January 2016
Project Price: $10,000 - $49,999
J. Gentry, HOUZZ
"Services provided: Complete design of two bathrooms (one double, one single) of complex shape. Scope of work included layout and decor, selection and purchase of vanities and faucets, toilets, lighting (sconces, recessed, and pendants), hardware (hand showers, rain heads, mixing valves, towel warmers), tiles (floor, curbs, and partial walls), tub, sketching and commissioning of mirrors, sketches for cabinetry, shower dimensions and layout, wall and trim colors. All proposals had multiple options, but were not overwhelming. Services included the coordination with job site supervisor and subcontractors in the context of a larger remodeling project.
Experience was very positive. Designer was attentive to our sense of style, yet assertive, creative and encouraging the exploration of options we would not have considered on our own. Delivery of services was timely and well organized. Record-keeping was professional. Designer worked under difficult conditions in terms of space complexity."
Project Date: January 2016
Project Price Range: $50,000 - $100,000
W. Fontana, HOUZZ
"My husband and I have been working with Barbara and her assistant, Amy, over the past year on updating our family room and kitchen. We have repainted walls, added a backsplash in the kitchen, purchased new furniture, just to name a few of the updates. We have been extremely pleased with how everything has turned out. We just love walking in to the rooms now. And, equally important, we have been extremely pleased with our interactions with Barbara and Amy. They always make sure that we feel comfortable with the choices. They promptly reply to e-mails and calls. And, they have been patient with us as we take time to make decisions.
We would without any hesitation recommend Barbara and Amy to anyone who is looking for a gifted designer and a great all-around person."
Project Date: July 2015
Project Price: $10,000 - $49,999
M. Elmore, HOUZZ
"Barbara helped me with the redesign of our new home's 19 year old kitchen. It was very dated and dark and I needed help with updating granite counter tops and backsplash, lights, and a fireplace wall that was also full of granite. She also helped with adding pulls to existing cabinets, picking out window treatments for the space, and bar stools for a countertop. I was under a very tight deadline as we were planning to do the renovation on short notice after closing on the home, and had 4 months between when we closed and when we planned to move into the home to complete the renovation. I called her right around the time we closed, only 1 month before we started our 3 month renovation.
Barbara completely transformed the space into a modern, light, warm, family friendly space. The kitchen is where we spend most of our time in the home and we absolutely love it, as does everyone who comes to visit. Barbara really took into account my likes and dislikes, while also providing her expertise and steering me in certain directions when needed, which is what makes her an excellent designer. She is easy to get along with, professional, punctual, and accessible. She worked under a very tight timeline to help me get this renovation done, and without her, we could not have completed it on time. There were also no surprises with her in terms of charges - there is a flat fee per project, with the understanding that suggested items would be ordered through her as well. She was able to work well with my carpenter and contractor also.
Barbara is now helping me to furnish the rest of my home, including dining room, living room, foyer, and master bedroom. These projects are still ongoing but have gone as well as the kitchen did so far. I highly recommend Barbara to anyone interested in working with an interior designer."
Project Date: April 2015
Project Price Range: $10,000 - $49,999
A. Feldman, HOUZZ
"We hired Elza B. Design to help us with the renovation of the two bathrooms in our condo that hadn’t been remodeled since the late 1970s. One is a master bath and the other is a guest bathroom with laundry facilities. Barbara was attentive to our tastes, our functional needs, and our budget. She was knowledgeable, professional, and a joy to work with. She worked well with our contractor and both were diligent in promptly addressing the inevitable snafus that arise in any project.
Barbara suggested designs and finishes that are stylish (recycled glass tiles installed vertically on the accent wall of the shower in the master) and timeless (painted wood vanity with shaker doors in the guest bath). We particularly appreciated her solutions for incorporating the laundry facilities into the guest bath. Thanks to Barbara, we now have beautiful and functional and add to the value of our home."
Project Date: February 2015
Project Price Range: $50,000 - $100,000
B. Prescott, HOUZZ
"Description Of Work:
We had recently moved into a new house and we were looking for a completely new look to our family room and sitting room. Barbra helped pick out color scheme, fabrics and sourced the majority of furniture and accessories.
Barbara was a great help in getting two rooms furnished. My wife and I had never worked with a designer before and had little understanding of the work that each room was going to take. Barbara came up with a plan and offered a variety of options based on our initial consultation. We had a number of meetings and finally settled on a design. Barbra sourced almost all the items we purchased and the rooms turned out great. She also had to deal with very challenging vendors who were not always as reliable as we would have liked. We will most likely be using her again for a number of other rooms we still need to decorate."
A.Graham, ANGIE'S LIST, January 14, 2013
“It was hard to only pick three of the positive attributes Barbara has, as listed above!!!! I hired her to complete an interior design for a large formal living room/dining room space in my home and I was extremely happy with both the results and overall experience of working with her! She has a wonderful eye for design and turned a bland space into a restful and beautiful formal living room/dining that my family and I are enjoying immensely! She stayed on budget, was professional, easy to work with, pushed me to move outside my comfort zone on certain pieces (and I now LOVE them) and even helped negotiate some design choices my husband and I had to make together! I would recommend her for anyone looking to hire an interior designer!“
K. Ford, LINKEDIN, July 15, 2012
“When I was lost in a mess of paint chips, I called Barbara to help pick colors for a kitchen, hallway, and living room. She arrived with her color samples and set to work considering the existing colors in the kitchen and adjacent rooms. She gave me the pros and cons of various options and gave me 2 recommendations to try for each area along with some other tips for improving the spaces. They were all great suggestions and saved me time and money that I would have spent trying wayward paint samples. Barbara followed up by email and phone to see how the colors worked out which I appreciated. Now I'm inspired to raise the bar throughout the house, and I will likely call on Barbara for input before I even step foot in a paint store!”
S. Reisner, LINKEDIN, December 20, 2011
"I had a very positive experience working with Barbara. She was extremely intuitive regarding my taste and she came to me with creative ideas that I immediately embraced. I loved the final outcome! She had extremely high integrity and I would work with her again in a heartbeat.”
A. Silbermann, LINKEDIN and ANGIESLIST, August 1, 2011
"I hired Barbara to help me with two rooms-a Master Bedroom and a Nursery. I really liked her approach, how she presented her ideas and how she managed expectations. I loved all the color options she presented for the rooms, as well as suggestions for accessories, layout and window treatments. I'm so happy with the results-the rooms are so beautiful and perfect for us."
S. Murphy, LINKEDIN and ANGIESLIST, December 10, 2010
“I was delighted to find Barbara. Finally I had a designer who was practical and sensible yet creative. We worked together to find a way to decorate several rooms in my house that had needed help for a long time. She was thorough and timely with excellent results. I have rooms I am now proud of. I am looking forward to working with Barbara to do the rest of the house!”
S. Plent, LINKEDIN, February 2, 2010
"When I hired Barbara, I gave her a tough task. I was on a tight budget, and I wanted her to come up with a look that was appealing and functional, and would work well with some of my existing furnishings, fabrics, and decorative items. Barbara listened carefully to my ideas and then came back with drawings and fabric swatches. I loved the fabrics she picked out. She has an absolutely brilliant sense of color. (She is also a painter!) I am very satisfied with what Barbara accomplished as a decorator. She is very talented at listening to her clients' needs and visions, and working within their budgets. I highly recommend her."
J. Adler, ANGIES LIST, May 7th, 2009
“I hired Barbara to help us redecorate our living room and front entry way. Barbara was wonderful to work with. She listened carefully to our thoughts about style, comfort, and look, and put together a plan that fit our budget and our taste. The colors, fabrics, and overall design came together in a way we never could have achieved without her help. I would highly recommend her if you are looking to redecorate, remodel, or just refresh the look in your home or office."
L. Hanson, LINKEDIN, February 10, 2009