This review is to enthusiastically recommend Elza B. Design — Barbara Hirsch is the owner and designer who ran our project — based on our first-rate experience working with them on our new apartment. What did we do? We downsized from a condominium that we sold to move to a space about half the size we used to have. Logistically it was complex but more importantly we knew that our use of space would change dramatically. We had to give up some significant flexibility. We wanted our new home to be interesting, comfortable and visually consistent with the way we live. We will be spending a lot of time there and it needs to be stimulating and yet homely. Of course, we had no idea how to actually achieve all that! We found Barbara through the recommendation of a friend of a friend. Her process worked well for us. But having never done this, we had some concerns. What use were Mood boards for! Why send her pictures of things or colors we liked and things we did not! How could we trust the process? This was not comfortable as it was outside our experience. But it WORKED. We needed to be patient! She is a professional and knew exactly how to get us there where we wanted to be. Net-net: we are super happy with where we have arrived. The new space is a delight to inhabit. It works really well for us. We simply like being there. Many thanks to Elza B. Design for all they did.

Project Date: March 2020
D. Cooper, HOUZZ

When we downsized and moved to our new home, my husband and I hired Barbara to furnish and decorate the open spaces, including the entry and living/dining area. We wanted to move away from the traditional style of our long-time family home to a more contemporary and lighter style. We are thrilled with the outcome – an inviting, elegant, yet comfortable and functional space. The project included choosing a color scheme and furniture layout and purchasing furniture, lighting, area rugs, and accessories. Barbara drew on her experience and wide array of resources and connections to find the perfect pieces for us, including a locally-crafted custom console and artwork from a regional painter. Barbara spent time up front to understand our vision. The execution of the design was stress-free. Barbara and her staff are professional, ethical, and well-organized. They hold suppliers to the same high standards. They handle any questions or concerns promptly and efficiently. We are very pleased with the outcome and the process. It was a pleasure to work with Barbara. We highly recommend Elza B. Design!

Project Date: June 2019

Project Price: $50,000 - $100,000

M. Johansen, HOUZZ

We hired Barbara initially for a full renovation of a 20 year old and very outdated master bathroom, bedroom and closet as well as our family room. We were very pleased with the end result. Barbara has a lovely aesthetic vision and convinced me on a few choices I would probably not have considered. The spaces were completely transformed into brighter, lighter and much more pleasing to live in rooms. We then added the dining room and formal living room for mostly cosmetic changes. Again the spaces without any structural work were lightened up and updated. As in any renovation, some problems cropped up. Barbara was very responsive and worked with vendors to rectify issues.
Project Date: February 2019
L. Bertelson, HOUZZ

I hired Barbara from Elza B. Design to help me with converting a bedroom into a TV room. I found Barbara to be extremely personable and interested in my thoughts and ideas. Her process is thorough, and before beginning the design she wanted to get information about me, my lifestyle, my color and fabric preferences, everything. She came up with two different design options and I loved both of them. Barbara is honest and will share her opinion, and this is exactly what I wanted. Her ideas are practical and aesthetically pleasing.
I chose to hire Elza B. for the design only, and am going to try and manage the project myself from there. That said, she is available for hire on an hourly basis in the event that I need more help with purchasing and other issues. That’s a real plus for me.
I feel very fortunate that I found Barbara. She is easy to work with, warm, and knowledgeable. I know I’ll be calling her for future projects.
Project Date: February 2019
Project Price: $10,000 - $49,999

L. Beaudry, HOUZZ

Barbara helped me on a small project with my home with intent on using her for larger budget projects in the future. She helped to simplify the process for me, and provided helpful feedback when I needed it. She has great ideas on how to make small changes that can make a big difference, which I really appreciated. Her communication and follow-up were excellent.
Project date: January 2019
Project Price: $1,000 - $9,000
M. Kauppila, HOUZZ

I hired Barbara Hirsch of Elza B. Design to re-design our family room which did not function for our family of 4 and was very outdated. Having no interior design experience of my own, and no time to learn, I relied entirely on Barbara to meet our goals of using the space in a way that was not only practical for the family, but also aesthetically pleasing. Barbara did a fantastic job. We changed the room in ways I hadn't even considered, including removing a wet bar that we had never used, adding built-in shelving to better utilize wall space, painting the wood paneling and trim, and wall mounting the TV. Today the room is a wonderful place for the family to hang out with an arts and crafts area for the kids and flexible seating area for the TV and fireplace areas. Barbara and her assistant Amy were great to work with. Both were highly accessible and responsive, and both listened when we had ideas or concerns. Barbara is very passionate about interior design and it shows in her work.

Project Date: November 2017
Project Price: $50,000 - $100,000
C. Goddard, HOUZZ

We chose Barbara to help with our basement project because of her design aesthetic and wonderful character. We had an L-shaped, partially finished basement with over 9-ft ceiling height that we hoped to use for entertaining. Barbara created the design, and we bid it out to a few contractors. She served as the consultant throughout the project.

Barbara's design is both sophisticated and practical. She pays high attention to detail and excels at color coordination, effortlessly pulling together a coherent look. She listened to what we like/want and also let us know if she didn't think it would work well, which was exactly what we needed. We never felt we were forced to choose anything we didn't like. She was also responsive at helping us with any concerns or problems with the vendors. Overall, we enjoyed working with her and loved the end result. Our basement now feels elegant, eclectic, and fun at the same time-- thanks to Barbara and her team. We highly recommend her, especially to those who are busy and indecisive when it comes to design (like us!).

Project Date: July 2017
Project Price: $10,000 - $49,999

S. Matchacheep, HOUZZ

"We chose Barbara and Elza B. Design because we felt her work reflected our eclectic style. With two working parents and two kids under four, we're busy and we needed help to tackle a decorating project that covered most of the house. Barbara created a cohesive plan, sought our input, and curated the choices so that the project was manageable for us. She not only listened closely but also made her own views known, and the final results are better for it! We're very pleased with the results and wouldn't have gotten here without Barbara."
Project Date: June 2017

M. Rigney, HOUZZ

"We couldn’t be more pleased with how our project turned out, which is a direct result of Barbara’s design abilities and collaborative approach. Barbara’s focus on getting to know our sense of style was really reflected in the fantastic outcome. She developed a cohesive design plan for our entire house, including a color scheme, wall color, furniture, rugs and artwork - all in keeping with our aesthetic. Barbara was very clear and open with expectations which was important for us as this was our first time using a designer. She presented an overall plan, which included sketches and computer generated room views which really helped us visualize the different proposals. She also provided a number of options of each piece which helped us make well informed decisions. Her warm and approachable style put us as ease, and the overall project was very well organized and had clear timelines. We are so happy to have been a client of Barbara’s and will definitely be using Elza B. Design again in the future."

Project Date: February 2017
Project Price: $10,000 - $49,999

C. Chesworth, HOUZZ

"Working with Barbara was a dream! She was patient, professional and thorough. It was a small project but she gave it the time and attention of an entire house. I got exactly what I wanted and I'm ecstatic with the results. From choosing the exact fabric based on my room's color scheme, to texture, color and design, I got a slipcover that transformed my room and met my vision, down to the stitching detail."

Project Date: April 2017
Project Price: $1,000 - $9,999

J. Bemis, HOUZZ

"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.

Member Comments:

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