"Because of you, I now have the family room I always dreamed of! You had a vision for the room, and you pulled it together expertly---a touch of contemporary, a bit of Tuscany, and of course a little bling to make it interesting! Thank you, too, for understanding that Gary wouldn't give up his comfy chair, which you brought into the room's design as if it was meant to be there. You have a wonderful talent, Sarah. You listen and get to know your clients, then follow it up with a design plan that is uniquely their own. I couldn't be happier with what you have done for our home."
- Mary Jo, Plymouth, MN
"The situation: downsizing from an older home with many levels and many rooms; I was moving into a very open and spacious townhome. I was ready to make it my own...and had no clue how to proceed. Friends of mine were clients of Sarah Bernardy-Broman; they shared with me her name and contact information.
Sarah has quite a knack for asking the questions necessary for her to grasp a client's style and interest - especially if that client has no "picture" in her head! Over several years, Sarah has helped me to furnish my main living area, conceptualize and design my master bedroom and bath, and create for my family a Rocky Mountain Retreat, a.k.a. Dude Ranch, in a large family room.
Sarah's passion for design shows through in every step of the process; always with great attention to detail. She's always cheerful; with her ready smile, she's fun!
I am truly at home in my home; it really is a reflection of me and my family."
- Linda, Plymouth, MN (Gallery Projects: Dude Ranch, Retreat Master Bath)
"Sarah is an expert in her field! Besides the fact that Sarah is a pure joy to work with, she is beyond talented. Most importantly Sarah listened. She took what I said and made my home far beyond my expectations. It is the envy of my neighborhood. My family wants to live there and I never want to leave! It's beautiful! I find myself looking for projects around my home just so I can hire her back."
- Cathy, Savage, MN (Gallery Projects: Luxury Master Bath, Luxury Living)
"As a small business owner that has worked with Sarah on numerous jobs I can honestly say that she loves her work and brings a fresh perspective to interior design. Sarah's attention to detail is what makes her designs unique and flawless. I recommend Sarah to anyone who needs a designer who can think out of the box."
- Karen McLucas, Owner of Seams At Home
"Sarah is an exceptional interior designer with a keen eye for color, layout and aesthetics. I initially contacted her with a tight deadline to get my living room space updated, and I was impressed that she not only delivered but exceeded my expectations. As a result of her results and expertise, what started as a minor living room update turned into a whole scale remodel of the entire main level of my home.
You can tell Sarah absolutely loves her job. She has great vision and creativity and it is reflected in her work. Sarah also has a great network of professionals so you know you're getting the best in the business. My family and neighbors are just in awe of my home and I am very proud of the results.
I fully intend to hire Sarah for future projects. She is very personable and an expert in her field."
- Jason, Farmington, MN (Gallery Project: Modern Tuscany)
"Sarah begins and completes each new space with great design, inspiration, and best of all excitement. Sarah has a love for her field of work that is contagious; you can't help but become wrapped up in the excitement with her as she transforms standard rooms into unique and inviting spaces. Sarah not only listens to her clients and their ideas, but does one better and proposes unique and complimentary ideas that shine as focal pieces. Sarah's design is inspirational and I look forward to working with her on future projects. I highly recommend following Sarah's blog as I do to watch new projects unfold and get a little insight into the mind of a great designer."
- Tara Connolly, Owner of The Modern Patina
"Sarah Bernardy - Broman has worked with several of my clients. I think I can sum up my experience with her as nothing short of awesome.
When she presents her ideas to my clients it is very common for their eyes to light up at the different possibilities she presents. She is a careful listener, values relationships, and is an out of the box thinker.
I enjoy working with her and refer clients to her regularly. Thanks Sarah!"
- Mike Otto, Fair & Square Remodeling, LLC
"We would like to thank you for helping us remodel and update our master bedroom suite last year. The project took much longer than anticipated, from our initial discussion to completion, but it was well worth the wait. We love our new space. Our new bathroom is both elegant and functional. We were after a "Wow!" factor and I think we achieved it without breaking the bank. We love the new wall colors, linens, and window treatments you selected to tie everything together to create a master bedroom suite. We know the planning and design process took longer than usual and we truly appreciate your patience, thoughtful suggestions, creativity, and willingness to work with us to develop a design that reflects our vision for the space within the financial constraints we set for the project.
This is the sixth project we have tackled together (i.e. foyer, living room, dining room, kitchen, family room) and this was by far the most challenging from start to finish. Even though we have been married for 28 years, we had divergent visions and expectations for the bathroom and it simply took time for us to work through those issues. However, a good design is the key to every successful project and our master bedroom suite was no exception, so it was time well spent. Thank you!" (Continued)
"Finally, we would be remiss if we failed to mention that the collective impact of each of these projects has been turning our "house" into a "home" that we love to come home to, live in, and hate to leave.
We look forward to our next project together and wish you all the best in the interim."
- David & Laura, Plymouth, MN (Gallery Project: Modern Living)
"Sarah helped us with all aspects of decorating our condo, including choosing wood finishes, flooring, colors, window coverings, furniture, etc. . We receive many compliments, and continue to enjoy it as much as the day we moved in."
- Carol, St. Paul, MN
"Sarah can work with any design style and make it look great. She is easy and fun to work with and can work with any size project, small or large. She's responsive and knows a variety of exclusive vendors to work with to make your home special & completely yours, and most of all, work within your budget. She is a delight to work with!"
- Alison Caputo, Schumacher & Co.
"Sarah Bernardy-Broman was referred to us by a friend who had used her interior design services. We liked what we had seen of her work and asked her to meet with us regarding the remodeling/redecorating of our family room.
When Sarah first visited our home, she asked us what our goals were for the remodeling/redecorating of our family room. In asking us clarifying questions, Sarah helped us to identify our goals-from how we want the room to function to how we would describe our decorating style. In addition, Sarah walked through the rest of our home to get the "feel" for how we live and the colors, style, etc., to which we seemed to gravitate. After discussion with Sarah, we came to the conclusion that we wanted to accomplish the following:
- Accommodate a new television
- Create more storage space
- Make better use of the available space
- New treatment of the fireplace
- Generally, update the family room
Sarah designed cabinetry to house a new television, our computer and additional storage space. She selected new furniture for the family room, while making use of existing pieces of furniture we indicated we wanted to retain. Sarah developed a new floor plan for the new furniture. The new layout has more open space and provides more seating area than the old arrangement. We found the furniture selections; fabrics and color Sarah chose to be very much in keeping with our tastes. She was right on target.
Our old fireplace had always seemed wrong for the room. It was very plain, red brick, with an insignificant mantel. The fireplace looked dwarfed and out of place in the family room; as the ceiling is 18 feet high and the fireplace only went about five feet up the wall. Sarah designed a new tile and wood fireplace surround that goes all of the way to the ceiling and makes a dramatic statement, without overpowering the room.
We were also extremely pleased with the subcontractors Sarah used for the project. The tile work on the fireplace is lovely. We cannot say enough about the beautiful custom cabinets, which were built by the cabinetmakers. The workmanship is exquisite. In addition, the cabinetmakers were able to build the cabinets to be consistent with Sarah's vision and design. The cabinets fulfilled our requirements for both form and function. The painters also did a thorough and expert job. All subcontractors were respectful of our property and cleaned up well after themselves.
Sarah's organizational skills in scheduling, follow-up and management of the subcontractors were phenomenal. Her attention to detail, sensitivity to the schedule and keeping us informed made the project painless for us. There were no "surprises." We trusted Sarah and she functioned well as our advocate.
From beginning to end, our family room remodeling project was an extremely positive experience. Sarah's professionalism, knowledge and personality were key to the success of the project. Not only was our "mission accomplished," but, the end product was better than we could have ever imagined. We would not hesitate to highly recommend Sarah Bernardy-Broman to others."
- Cathy and Dick, Plymouth, MN