In the Fall of 2016 we downsized to a one bedroom apartment. The space in the new apartment was generous but it was hard to imagine where to begin. Kate started by listening and understanding what we wanted to bring with us and what we were looking for in terms of lifestyle in the new apartment. We jokingly described the style as “Homey Dense”. Kate came up with a detailed layout that made the issues easy for us to understand.
On moving day Kate was at the new apartment directing the movers. When they finished she worked on the final adjustments to make sure we were pleased with the result before she left. Thanks to Kate our apartment is the home we were hoping for.
The bottom line is Kate is fabulous to work with. Kate listened to us, helped us understand our options and gain perspective and then worked with us to achieve what we wanted.
-Margie + Win
I would recommend DesignSmith and especially Kate LaVigne, to anyone! She made my life so much easier. I am a widow and my children recommended that I sell my home and downsize to a condo after 47 years. The amount of accumulated STUFF over the years was overwhelming. Kate checked out my condo and created a floorplan detailing what existing furniture would fit and where. Together we decided how to get rid of all the other STUFF. I did not want a yard sale and preferred to donate all furnishings, etc. to a church thrift shop, The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries. The balance went to the town dump. Except for the dump, my job, Kate took care of all the other move details including the mover, organizing kitchen cabinets, closets and furniture placement. She also has a great eye and helped me choose paint colors, flooring and decorations for the condo.
I paid DesignSmith a very reasonable hourly fee which gave me peace of mind, with very little stress. I am so grateful Kate was recommended to me!
When my two children were toddlers, our playroom area in the finished basement was a total disaster. Kate came to the rescue! She cleared out the clutter, repurposed furniture, and found practical pieces that fit the space and made the playroom a happy, clutter free, vibrant space for my family to enjoy. She was a total dream to work with and I would turn to her again in a heartbeat.
Kate LaVigne is a gem. She definitely holds true to DesignSmith's logo, "where design and organization meet."
I first hired her to help me declutter my husband's home office as a surprise gift. After only 3 hours the room was cleared of noticeable piles, everything was filed into appropriate drawers and furniture was moved into an inviting arrangement.
When she showed up at our house for a second project, I immediately felt like I was greeting an old friend. After listening to our wishes and measuring the space, she promptly sent us two design plans with lots of samples for lighting, furniture and rugs. We now have a comfortable and welcoming space in which to entertain that reflects our style and tastes.
Without a doubt, Kate is worth every reasonable penny I spent!