I live in Minneapolis with my landscape architect/urban designer husband, my daughter who believes she’s my design assistant and sous chef, a cuddly black cat, a feisty Siamese kitten and a menagerie of turkeys and other wild animals that visit our backyard for the free food. When I’m not designing you’ll often find me cooking up a Paleo feast, playing house with my daughter, or hiding in a corner with my nose in a book.
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"We brought Colleen into our remodel project late in the process, and her impact was immediate! She really helped us prioritize and guided us through the entire design process. Colleen helped turn a previously overwhelming process (who knew there were so many granite and tile options!?) into a manageable and fun experience. Her eye for color, her network of suppliers, her creativity and ideas, and her impressive technical lighting knowledge were all instrumental to the success of our project. We are delighted with the results and would highly recommend Colleen for any job – big or small. We look forward to working with her again in the future! "
Becky & Al
"I would highly recommend Colleen for any project. We hired her to assist with redecorating our newly purchased condo in downtown Minneapolis. She was patient and took the time to help us figure out the direction we wanted to go. We asked that she narrow down the options, providing us with several that would all work and we would pick from there. She also worked with our contractor to ensure the work went smoothly. The result has been wonderful! As she described for us, our condo now has a "warm, modern sophistication with a playful side. Thank you Colleen!!"
Paula & Steve
" I had the good fortune to meet and work with Colleen on several smaller projects prior to undertaking a “big project” in my 1924 home. One of the best experience was that Colleen escorted me to a tile and bathroom showroom. We reviewed tiles, colors, finishes and layout followed by fixtures. Colleen worked well with my contractor and his staff, which made the process go really smoothly. I do not think I could have worked as quickly without Colleen’s help nor could I have made the design sensitive choices she guided me through. The end product is a lovely bathroom on the second floor, which created a master bedroom suite. Not only is it functional, but it is beautiful. It feels like a luxury to work with an interior designer, but I believe the value from Colleen is design and beauty as well as practical application appropriate to the context. She is well worth the investment. "
" Colleen was recommended to us by our real estate agent, and I must admit that we were a bit leery about working with an interior designer. We had a limited budget, and were concerned about whether we would be listened to. We had lots of ideas, but as two busy professionals, we had no time to flesh out those ideas or research products. We were worried about hiring contractors who would take us for a ride. As it turned out, there was no reason to worry, because working with Colleen was fabulous! She listened, and developed a kitchen design that perfectly fit the aesthetic of our house. She was prompt, detail oriented, and steered us to products that were classy and fit the budget. She was patient, sensitive, and a pleasure to work with. The remodeling team that she works with were tops, and were at our house every day until the job was done. We couldn't be more pleased, as we know that kitchen remodels can be a nightmare. Our kitchen is beautiful and so much more functional to cook in. "
Anne & Geoff
" When we decided to make the investment in remodeling our home, we interviewed several designers, architects, and design builders. What impressed us about Colleen, besides her great portfolio of work, was the way she worked with us. She's a great listener and interpreter, and we really relied on that as we waded through all the decisions that needed to be made. It's a good sign when you can tell your designer you're looking for "Scandinavian-Modern-Organic-but-Not-Contemporary" and she just gets it. She filtered out the distractions and consistently kept us on track, helping us first with the overall floor plan, then space design, and then materials selection for our kitchen, bath, and living room remodel. The result is definitely something we are proud of! "