Thank you so much, Grace Ann! Your help the other day was fabulous. XXXX, her family and friends worked hard on Saturday to de- clutter, and her house looks so much bigger already. We will definitely keep in touch about her artwork and decorative accessories. I love seeing items reach a new home to have a second life. Thanks for all of your help. You did a great job with breaking difficult news to overwhelmed sellers!!!! We will be in touch! Kate, Lemont IL
Hi GraceAnn.....I absolutely loved last night's class -- I wasn't alone in that feeling because I walked out with three others that had attended and we were all gushing about how great it was! Best decision I made was coming to that class. Even though I do not have a lick of talent when it comes to pulling together a room or rooms, it made me realize that I NEED HELP!!! Such a great class...... ~Bloomingdale
You have actually made me happier to be in this home, and I cannot thank you enough for that! You have such a gift in helping people live with their homes with what they have! Thank you! ~ Bloomingdale, IL
What a surprise it was when we walked into our house & saw our living room. We could hardly believe our eyes! It is beautiful beyond words. Your talent, expertise and generosity is sincerely appreciated. Thank you for this "Welcome Home" gift. It will be appreciated for a long, long time. You are truly an angel in our book. George & Pat Pradel Mayor of Naperville & his wife
I was impressed with how updated the space looked with the restrictions placed. The room provided more seating which was wonderful as we entertain family & friends weekly. It seems really pulled together- cozier - with a more cohesive design. The pictures hung up give the room a finished look. Yes, it's surprising how updated a space can feel. I thought my room was already pulled together but I would have never been able to take the room to the level it is today! I wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for all your very helpful advice today. Having a plan makes a world of difference in my outlook about this undertaking and eliminates lots of stress. Your reviews on Angie's List are right on. Thanks again! ~ Kathy, Wheaton, IL
Wow, so thrilled. It was a wonderful experience to see what a re-designer could do with most of my own furnishings. My husband surprised me; He was the most apprehensive but loves it and still looks around the rooms and raves! ~ Elizabeth K., Lockport IL
Ahhh. You are so sweet! I love how you are so into the decorating and concern for your clients to be happy in their environment. I truly believe a comfortable setting makes a comfortable and enjoyable home. For example...I know I have beautiful furniture, but the way they were position was not appealing to me. I knew I had to change it around to give the room(s) a "wow" factor but I didn't know how. Well, that is where your expertise came handy. I like working with you and can't wait until I start up again. ~ T. C., Elmhurst, IL
Here’s the scoop…Last Fall I had the most marvelous gift bestowed upon me. I was so frustrated with my bedroom and trying to rearrange the furniture to look right and I could not come up with anything. A friend of mine sent her neighbor, who teaches Interior Redesign, over to my house to “redesign a room or 2”. If any of you have seen the new set up in my bedroom or in my living room, you know how much I love it and how much more amazing everything looks. I feel like I am on vacation in my bedroom. She really listened to me and created something I never would have thought of. It’s so creative and gorgeous – just what I wanted. ~ Naperville, IL
Shock? I could not believe my living room/dining room could look so good. I now have more floor space and the rooms are balanced. ~ Betty L., Naperville, IL
As owner of Harrison House Bed & Breakfast, I needed to get my interior rooms back together after a huge renovation. Using mostly the antiques and furnishings I already had, the redesign helped me create the feeling I had always dreamed of for our B&B. GraceAnn has a great sense of style and attention to detail. I recommend her highly. ~ Lynn H., Harrison House B & B
My office looks beautiful thanks to your magic. ~ Mike S., Former President & CEO, Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce
It was so different. I visualized many options but not how it was redesigned. I’m not changing a thing. ~ Mary V., Lemont, IL
I won’t change a thing. That’s what was so wonderful – now it was not only functional, but it looks great, too. ~ Linda R., Geneva, IL
I was very surprised and thought It looked beautiful. I love how you created two rooms out of one space. ~ Debbie Y., Westmont IL
Creatively “out of the box” thinking. I was a little skeptical, but now I’m a believer. ~ Dave S., Burr Ridge, IL
Thank you for giving me the living room and dining room I have always wanted. I would have never thought to arrange things the way you did. I smile every time I enter the room. Thanks ~ Lynn H., Naperville, IL
I still can’t believe “my junk” looks so good. It wasn't functional before. I hated it, I wouldn't sit in there. Now I’ll be there all the time. ~ Paula G., Naperville, IL
I absolutely was in awe it was so beautiful. How could all these things be ours? The beauty coupled with the utility is amazing. ~ Mary Anne B., Downers Grove, IL
Thank you for the wonderful job you did on our living room and all the other ideas you gave for us to work on. My husband was very excited to see our old furniture back in play! He was impressed with your creative work! My oldest son (perhaps you overheard him) was a bit distraught with the changes, but by the end of the evening was warming to it all. My youngest son took to it immediately and was wondering where you disappeared to! ~ Michelle S.
You did such a great job of listening and observing and then pulling it all together. You are so talented and I am so glad I found you. I wish I had another new house to start over and do it all again. You gave me such confidence and great direction. I wish I had known you 3 houses ago!! ~ Memory & Bill, Naperville, IL
"GraceAnn of Yours Redesigned transformed my home using only items that I currently owned. By simply moving my existing furniture into more conversational and elegant placement, I feel like I'm living in a new home. It made all the same furnishings feel new. She showed such creativity in giving the house a fresh look. I couldn't wait to show it off to my friends!" ~ Angela L.
A simple 'thank you' does not seem appropriate for what you have given our family! You were more than generous with your time, and I will forever be grateful to you. I don't know how I would have gotten through this move without you ...starting with the staging. I would have wasted years as well as a lot of money trying to accomplish what you did in a matter of hours! You are so talented and I appreciate your patience. Thanks again, and I look forward to passing your name along to everyone I can! ~ Beth H.
I just want to tell you how much I enjoyed working with you today. You made a tedious and stressful process tons of fun! You are a truly gifted person. Of course I called all my friends and told them about you and everyone wants your number so hopefully, I can send you lots of referrals. I can’t wait to get my color samples and look at them in the sunshine and in the evening light. Thanks again for a great experience. I really haven’t had that much fun in I can’t remember how long. ~ Janeen B.
I was really hating the room. I was considering selling my couch and love seat in a garage sale. There was a wall hanging, rectangular piece of art that I just didn’t know where to hang, was going to sell that too! Plus the room was heavy to one side and I didn’t know what to do with this one corner — Now I LOVE the room. I call it my throne room. Sit in there all the time and not selling a thing!
I would recommend because sometimes you can’t see the forest through the trees especially in your own home. You come, and go, clean and entertain and envy someone else’s room. If you hire someone and they just use your items with their skill and suddenly you have the room of your dreams and didn’t even know it was possible.
I was in awe of how beautiful the bedrooms were! The office is the smallest bedroom, yet it looks so much larger now. I love the way you staged my diploma and awards on the bookshelves. And thank you so much for the suggestion to display my beautiful Shaklee products on the bookshelves rather than hiding them in the closet. The closet is or the junkier stuff! Now that I’ve experienced home styling and color consultation the most dramatic and obvious change come from the hone styling. But the color consultation was the foundation of the project. So I benefited from both. I’ve been so afraid of applying color, as you well know. Everything was vanilla before. So I really appreciate you suggesting and challenging me to try something new. I love, love, love the Spring Violet in my office!
This was the easiest and best experience I have had with someone helping me decorate any part of my house!
You have actually made me happier to be in this home, and I cannot thank you enough for that! You have such a gift in helping people live with their homes with what they have! Thank you! ~ Bloomingdale, IL
Hi GraceAnn......well, you are a hit with my friends. Everyone has been coming over to see the "magic" that you performed and were duly impressed. We all thought this room was a lost cause -- until YOU showed up. I absolutely love what you did......thank you so much for helping me to love this house more!! And, I did order the chandelier below that you suggested. I think it will make a difference over that table. Thank you so much for taking the time to find this lamp for me...... Thank you, again, GraceAnn! I am a believer in what you can do. ~ J.L., Bloomingdale, IL
I re-visit the room more frequently and find myself using the desk area to get work done. It’s wonderful to have my own space. My husband was so amazed we didn’t need to go out an buy all new furniture and accessories. He actually agreed with the ‘wish list ‘ and I feel more confident that I will select the right items. The Guidance and visual examples you showed were so helpful to me. ~ Western Springs, IL
After my husband saw what our bedroom looked like he even said he was ready to paint! We’ve been in this house for 2 years and thought we needed to save $$ for a remodel. It’s amazing how we can feel more settled just by placing the furniture in a better places. Our room isn’t as big a project as we first thought. Can’t wait to paint and finally settle into our new space. Also we both seem to be sleeping better too! It feels right. Thank you! ~ L.K., Western Springs, IL
GraceAnn and crew, I want to tell you how much I LOVE my family room. My husband absolutely loves it, too, so you and your team hit a home run! ? I keep walking over to the doorway and continue to take it all in and marvel at what you did in such a short amount of time. I didn't know that room could look so good! It really looks and feels amazing in there. It feels spacious, yet cozy, and cheerful. The service that you provide is an amazing way to breathe new life into a room/house without expending a lot of cash. You came up with so many fresh ideas that surprised me (and I loved) which made it even more fun. The little changes that you made elsewhere in the house are also really great. There isn't anything that I would change! ? ~ L.J., Lisle, IL
I wanted to share a great experience that I had last week with GraceAnn of Yours Redesigned. My family room was looking very tired... after many years in this house, I knew I needed to do something in there but really did not know where to begin. I did not want to spend much money and I had a difficult time purging. So many books, pictures, trinkets that held memories were difficult for me to purge from the room. I needed outside help to update the look. GraceAnn first came out and met with me for a consultation and we discussed what were some of our needs for the room and she shared some of her tentative ideas with me. She then returned about a week later to do the restyling. In an afternoon my family room was reborn and looks amazing! I left and came back in when it was finished I was absolutely astonished at what she was able to do with existing items in my home. She also listened and responded to the needs that I expressed for the room. If you are looking to stage your home before selling or are just a bit lost like me, I highly recommend her services. It's been so much fun to come home each day and get excited to see that room! ~ Linda J., Oak Hill South, IL
Thanks so much for the beauty you're helping us create!! ~ C.J., Willowbrook, IL
I was concerned that I didn’t have enough ‘right’ furniture for either space. I was afraid my room’s wouldn’t be worth your time and effort. I was Wrong! The redesign makes an amazing first impression when people come in my home. I didn’t realize the space could be used this way. It’s so much more inviting and I want to sit in the room rather than just walk through it. ~ Western Springs, IL
Today was totally amazing. After you left Dani and I sat in the living room and just enjoyed the moment. Unbelievable to me. My husband honestly loved it. At first he said, "I am impressed." Then he said, "I didn't expect to be this impressed." Great job by you and your class. You did things I have tried to envision (like a table behind my couch) and did it in such an unexpected way (using the sewing machine). I also couldn't see past the square box of the room - and therefore thought a table would block things. I have envisioned change for so long and was blown away by the possibilities. Your work has given me so much food for thought especially as I keep finding hidden treasures that you uncovered. Concerns: Nothing really. I was already committed to changing the space. I did not realize you would draw from things throughout the house - I might have been more worried about the messes that abound if I had known that. But it was a brilliant way to go. I was glad it was the day after my cleaning service! Initial reaction: Thrilled! Surprised! Incredulous both at the work done and the effort it must have taken. One sentence: This was a transformation beyond my expectations in that it made the space more livable and also showcased out life's interests in a perfect way. Value to price: This is the cost effective way to go! Great value for the money - like getting an entirely new home. Again, Grace Ann, thanks. I will let you know when someone in my circle is looking for redesign work. Janet
Here’s the scoop…Last Fall I had the most marvelous gift bestowed upon me. I was so frustrated with my bedroom and trying to rearrange the furniture to look right and I could not come up with anything. A friend of mine sent her neighbor, who teaches Interior Redesign, over to my house to “redesign a room or 2”. If any of you have seen the new set up in my bedroom or in my living room, you know how much I love it and how much more amazing everything looks. I feel like I am on vacation in my bedroom. She really listened to me and created something I never would have thought of. It’s so creative and gorgeous – just what I wanted.
A simple “thank you” does not seem appropriate for what you have given our family! You were more than generous with your time, and I will forever be grateful to you. I don’t know how I would have gotten through this move without you…starting with the staging. I would have wasted years as well as a lot of money trying to accomplish what you did in a matter of hours! You are so talented, and I appreciate your patience. Thanks again, and I look forward to passing your name along to everyone I can! ~ Beth H.
Those lights at 208 Rosewood look amazing. And your paint colors rock. Thanks for your help! ~ P., Westmont, IL
No doubt, this is a tough market! But your staging expertise does it again and again to help the the sellers sell their homes. Many times, I feel my listings sell in below average market time with the assistance of your staging ability. You are very careful about respecting the client’s budget, and making the most of what the client is willing to accomplish. I truly believe that with your help and proper detailing of the home, aggressive marketing and correct pricing make a winning combination and help a seller attain the highest dollar in today’s market! ~ Linda Feinstein, Real Estate Agent, REMAX Signature, Hinsdale, IL
GraceAnn Simoni and Yours Redesigned have become an important part of my team. Her skills, keen eye and gentle but firm bedside manner engage my clients and inspire them to take action. Whether they employ all of her ideas or just a few, the result is a better home presentation that dramatically improves marketability. An added benefit...I am no longer the bad guy! Instead of a novice opinion that may be interpreted as being too critical, suggestions from a professional are far better received and appreciated. I look forward to selling GraceAnn staged homes for years to come. ~ Mike Dybas CRS, GRI, e-Pro, Bartlett, IL
Thank you GraceAnn! Your feedback was critical in us getting a contract within 6 days of listing!! ~ Staging Client
I wanted to thank you so much for running your expert eye over our house. I knew you were exactly the right person for the job. Your assessments were right on the money. We could tell easily that your suggestions would make a vast improvement in the sale ability of a home ‘very lived in’. Thank you I look forward to more of your advice in the future. ~ G. K., Oak Park, IL
"The first open house was held yesterday. I saw the way everything was laid out and it was great considering what you had to work with! A few who went through the open house commented to the broker -- 'this looks like a model' -- does anyone live here." ~ Ivy B., Chicago, IL
Just wanted to let you know we have a 2nd showing today on the client's home. Looks like your business does work! The agent who showed it yesterday and going to show it again today, saw it before and now afterwards. She told me it was a GREAT improvement, which I already knew! Thanks again! I look forward to you helping get more of my listings sold! ~ Carmen Keslin, Realtor, Palos Park, IL
Thank you so very much for the total house "makeover" today! I was absolutely stunned by the quality of your work, and the collective creativity that proved to be a definite recipe for success! Seeing my own furniture and accessories used in new and exciting ways made me feel as though I was walking through a brand new home...no, a MODEL home! You gave "odds and ends" new life that radiated an aura of " House Beautiful" from top to bottom. Truly, you are more than Stagers, you seem to be somewhat of Alchemists who can change a lump of coal into a diamond! I am forever grateful. There is no doubt that our house will sell quickly, even in this tough market. Please extend my heartfelt thanks again to your crew. They were all sweethearts! ~ Janet A. and family, Algonquin, IL
Hi Grace Ann, I have taken one of your [2 hour]classes in the past so gladly get your emails. Know I can ask a realtor but remember how dynamic you were at the seminar. Think I can get some great help from you! Sandy
GraceAnn, Thank you SO very much for joining Starting Point realty for our Thursday’s “lunch and Learn”! Everyone agrees you were one of the best seminars and we loved learning more about utilizing home design in real estate sales. We appreciate your time and look forward to working with you in the near future! ~ Brianna W.
Wanted you to know that we had put out house on the market on Monday this week and had 4 offers by Tuesday. Thank you!!! A job well done! Now we are working on an offer for our new space. Which I will be calling you for help in arranging! ~ Diana B.
As a realtor, I took a basic staging course through our park district which was taught by GraceAnn Simoni. I enjoyed that course thoroughly and was very excited to see that she had a more in-depth program where I could learn a lot more about home staging and practice it as well. The three day course was even better than I had expected. We had the opportunity to stage a home that was occupied as well as a vacant one with rental furniture. The experience has helped me develop my skills. I look forward to, some day, being able to attend her redesign class as well. ~ Jill A., Graduate, Naperville, IL
“I really enjoyed your class and your teaching style! You made the class very interesting and fun!” ~ Linda S
GraceAnn thank you for the great class. I am so excited to get started and can't wait for the certification program. Your class environment is informative and interactive. The small class size is a great way to meet others interested in the field. ~ Meghann H., Graduate