We were most fortunate that our architect recommended Cillesa to us for our kitchen design. Our antiquated kitchen built in 1935 presented challenges, including structural idiosyncrasies, that made the remodel more difficult. We had sought input from two previous kitchen designers—both of whom provided us with no possible solutions for our remodel and, in fact, seemed put off by the challenges of our kitchen. When Cillesa arrived for her first complimentary visit with us, her excitement about the potential remodel was refreshing and her enthusiasm contagious. Even before we contracted with her, Cillesa recommended innovative strategies that creatively reconfigured our limited space.
Throughout our lengthy nine-month kitchen / dining room / bathroom remodel project, Cillesa coordinated closely with our architect and contractor—both of whom found it extremely easy to work with her. She was detail-oriented and conscientious, while being most cognizant of our budgetary constraints. We especially appreciated her expertise as she guided us through the choice of artisans who constructed our cabinetry and crafted our granite countertops. The professionals she works with are equally as creative and conscientious as Cillesa, and we greatly appreciated their talented work.
Cillesa has an important quality that most people facing a remodel forget to consider when choosing a design expert. Cillesa quickly comprehends what type of atmosphere the home owner is trying to accomplish and gently guides her clients in all their selections to assure that the final outcome meets their expectations—not just in craftsmanship, but also in the environment created. Her gracious, yet professional, demeanor is seen in all her interactions and in her work.
We feel extremely blessed that Cillesa was willing to take on our difficult remodeling project and know absolutely that without her, we would not have had such a beautiful outcome. Everyone who has visited our home agrees that she helped us achieve a warm and welcoming, yet elegant, atmosphere—and we are so grateful for her expertise.
–Karl & Jane, Hillsborough, CA