"We were extremely pleased with Carolyn Moriarty's work on our home. We did a major addition and renovation and she was with us every step of the way. She participated in blueprint reviews and provided helpful input on door placement as well as the size and shape of the master bath and closet, which resulted in more usable space. Perhaps most importantly, she designed detailed drawings for two complicated areas of our addition. Our carpenter was thrilled to have such detailed plans and both rooms turned out exactly as we wanted, which is something I could never have accomplished on my own!
Carolyn's talent for design was enhanced by her superb interpersonal skills. She listened carefully to what we hoped to accomplish, she presented options that were consistent with the style we wanted, she was realistic about possibilities, and she was respectful of our choices. She was always on time for our meetings and followed through on every deadline we had.
We have worked with other designers in the past and I've found that many are long on creativity but short on execution. Carolyn truly offers the whole package: creativity, flawless taste, attention to detail, reliability, budget consciousness, and "green" awareness. We would highly recommend her."
~Jean and Pete Lawrence, Elmhurst, Illinois
"I am constantly complimented on the beauty of my home thanks to Carolyn Rice Moriarty. My husband and I were having a very hard time getting started on redecorating the front half of our house. We live in an older home with many style challenges and we have a hard time making decorating decisions. Once we started working with Carolyn, everything was so much easier. She quickly adapted to our budget and style to create an area that we love without compromising the charm of our 1920’s Tudor style home. Since we love how the other 3 rooms have turned out, we are now having her design our bathroom rehab. We’ve recommended Carolyn to several of our friends and we will continue to do so in the future!"
~Margaret Rask, Elmhurst, Illinois
“Carolyn Moriarty did a fabulous job with and for us updating the first floor of our home. She didn’t come in and say “this has to go” or “you have to change that” but she respectfully began by asking us what we were thinking of updating, really listening to understand us and our desires, to which she added her ideas and suggestions. Room by room we decided together what we wanted changed and often Carolyn shopped for the replacement items. One time we shopped together (selecting companionable Oriental rugs for the living and dining rooms) which would have been a huge challenge without her eye for color and pattern to go with our furniture, paint, etc. In the process with her, we learned a lot about scale and balance which we never considered before in decorating on our own.
Carolyn has a knack for getting really good value for the money. For the value we received from her, we felt that her hourly fee was quite reasonable! Some of her guidance was offered here in our home and she was also available via telephone or email when I had questions. We found her very responsive and helpful, plus she was always a delightful person to be working with in addition to the great creativity and ideas she offered. We are very much enjoying “our new home” and we would highly recommend her without reservation!”
~Steve and Mary Jo Hazard, Naperville, Illinois