Testimonials and Praise

The exceptional service that we received from Marlene was beyond compare. From the initial design to the final details, she handled every aspect of our project with the utmost professionalism. We were amazed how well she captured our style, while also staying within our budget. Marlene has an impeccable eye for detail and is a very innovative designer. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience and couldn’t be happier with our new dream space!

Allison Purdy

When I first met Marlene, I was just looking for a consult with a designer to give me confidence in my plans to renovate my master bath. She worked with my ideas and brought them to life on paper, making stunning drawings that my contractor called the most detailed he’s seen. She went above and beyond my expectations, directing the cabinetmaker repeatedly until he delivered what she knew I wanted. She helped me to feel confident in my materials decisions and I soon came to depend on her to steer me to sources for doors, windows and hardware. By then I was hooked on Marlene’s beautiful taste and delightful company. As I went on to decorate the master bedroom, I relied on her to consult on all my choices and to provide sources and workrooms. I am sad that the decorating is about finished because I will miss seeing Marlene at my home, which she has helped me to transform into my vision.

Ellen Docili

Marlene has a special keen eye, that seriously designs and creates, communicates and delivers a beautiful space in your home with such professionalism.

She not only designed a custom sofa with beautifully textured pillows, reupholstered a chair, purchased office pieces for my business and home, but chose paint colors, lighting, area rugs, hardware and more to make me feel so happy with my rustic, Cape Cod, French influenced style that I completely love and enjoy. A design story for sure. I am forever grateful. 

Sherrie Frizelle

I first met Marlene twelve years ago when I moved to Walnut Creek. She helped me transition my furnishings into a new home. Over the years she has guided me in designing the home of my dreams. Marlene possesses impeccable taste and attention to detail. She listens to my vision, makes suggestions, has guided me through the process and nails it every time.

The budget did not allow for an all in one remodel so I’ve had to make changes as funds were available including new lighting throughout, paint selection, new windows, flooring, remodeled fireplace, custom furniture, master bedroom, custom exterior door and hardware. Marlene has managed each project in a professional manner and successfully resolved concerns that came up to my complete satisfaction. The result is a sophisticated, comfortable, cohesive design pulled together over the course of 11 years.

Did I mention she’s a delightful person and a pleasure to work with?

Ann Heusted


A well designed room goes beyond just the materials, colors and textures. Function is crucial to making a space an environment that people want to spend time in. My favorite part of designing is creating a functional space that is custom to each clients personal style. There is no greater reward than seeing a client inspired to live well through the process of home interior design.