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Mary Best Designs

Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

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16 November 2019

Mary helped us pick out living room furniture pieces, kitchen lighting, wall decorations in our foyer, bathroom tile design for our master, and so much more! She is full of great ideas , like when she had us paint a rug on our dining room floor (always get compliments!). I personally thought her aesthetic was perfectly on par with mine, so ideas and items she presented were perfect and saved us a lot of time and hassle. She has great resources and often brought samples to our home. Will work with her again and I recommend her to everyone. More...

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12 October 2019

I am actually pretty confident about my decorating but I hired Mary Best because I was going to redo 2 bathrooms, paint all of my interior and exterior, and buy all new furniture for my living room- and I’m so glad I did! I was surprised how stressful these projects could be and every step of the way Mary validated my feelings, gave me good advise, and was able to refer me to professionals (ie a professional wallpaper installer rather than a painter in my area). I was able to work closely with Mary even though she lived 2 hours away. I loved that she encouraged me to buy from whatever stores I liked from furniture store to a tile shop. She gave advise while putting my style and budget first. I highly recommend Mary Best Designs for small and big projects- I feel like she brought out the best in my house and style. She’s also fun to follow on Instagram at marybestdesigns - More...

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16 August 2019

In June, 2018 we worked with Mary on a lower-level remodel of our home. Not only did Mary produce a great final product, but she also listened to all of our needs including style and budget. When we wanted Mary to help reach a decision she did, when we knew what we wanted she allowed us to lead the process.

One particular highlight was our powder room. We would have likely opted for a more boring/plain option, but through Mary's insight and skill she told us to "go bold" now it is the first thing people compliment when they see our remodel.

I can not recommend Mary any higher, a true professional with a great eye for design.

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3 June 2019

I am a custom woodworking & carpentry contractor and we have worked with Mary Best on a number of projects.
Not only does Mary create beautiful designs - but she is also able to communicate those designs to the craftspeople who bring those ideas to life. This is invaluable because it allows us to do a better job in bringing the design to life accurately. It also prevents the client from having to answer a lot of questions mid-project due to an unclear design.

In the end - whether your project budget is large or small - a good designer like Mary is well worth her fee because she makes sure that you get the most value per dollar spent.

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28 December 2018

Mary was such a pleasure to work with in the design and layout of our new furniture. I was feeling stumped in what to buy, what sizes and shapes would fit and look best, and where to shop. She provided detailed layouts, made excellent furniture selections and was nice and easy to work with throughout the entire process. After our initial meeting, I still had questions and she was always available and happy to provide additional insight. I absolutely love the look of our new furniture and couldn't have done it without Mary. She is the BEST! More...

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27 September 2018

Mary was very easy to work with. She has a great eye for both colors and textures and is not afraid to try something new. We had a want for a custom reclaimed wood piece and she was able to both create the concept and find someone local to manufacture the piece,

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9 March 2018

I started working with Mary over a year ago on a kitchen project after finding her on Houzz. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results! The kitchen project started with choosing colors which turned into re-doing a sun room, painting and pulling together the first floor, window treatments and now we are re-doing the living and family rooms! She really listens to the look you want to achieve and helps guide you to get there within your budget. Mary is a highly qualified professional with a great personality and is very easy to talk to. We get so many compliments on her work! More...

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17 January 2018

I started working with Mary Best 6 years ago when we moved into our forever home and she was referred to me by a friend. Our house is an ongoing project and Mary has assisted me every step of the way from paint, to furniture selection, decor, room layouts, custom furniture design, to bath and kitchen remodels. She is amazing! She is fun, easy going, and responsive, all while having a superior eye for design. Slowly and with her expertise, our home has turned into the beautiful and functional space we envisioned raising our family in. She works within your budget, is well connected to other professionals you may need (carpentry, upholstery etc) and really listens to your wants and families usage/needs for your spaces. I love working with Mary and will continue to do so on all of our projects. I cannot recommend her highly enough. More...

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26 March 2016

Hi Mary,
Our party was a smashing success. Also, people really, really loved the house. I just wanted to pass on some compliments to you.
Just a few of the comments were:
Love the the paint colors.
Beautiful house.
It looks spectacular.
House is full of personality.
Each room is a bit different, but it all flows together.
And on and on...

I have to tell you, I really didn't like the inside of our house before. It was ugly and had a major personality crisis. I love what you've helped us achieve. Obviously how we feel about our home is the most important, but it's nice that other people think it's pretty, too.

Your happy client

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15 March 2016

We hired Mary Best to consult on material selections and paint colors for a kitchen, 2 baths and master bedroom remodeling project. I really appreciated her expertise, fantastic taste and positive attitude. It was fun working with her and I would hire her again. More...

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11 August 2015

I read a feature article about Mary Best Designs in the Sunday Journal two to three years ago. I was impressed, and since that time, Mary has been working with us, She has guided us in updating a family room and living and dining space over two years ago. Mary listens carefully to our thoughts/needs. She has a wonderful eye for color and is both creative and practical in her suggestions. Currently Mary is assisting us with second floor bathroom and bedroom updates. When we began working with Mary, I said, "I want to learn from you." I have learned and continue to learn. More...

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29 July 2015

Hired Mary for help choosing wood flooring, countertop, and backsplash. She hit the nail on the head for all three. The floor is WOW, and the countertop and backsplash are serene and beautiful--just what I wanted. The flooring was a challenge as we have different color baseboards and cupboards throughout the house. She chose From The Forest mahagony which has several tones of color. It is perfect.
She is easy to work with! I highly recommend.

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11 February 2015

Working with Mary was a wonderful experience. I didn't know where to start to remodel my condo and Mary got me through the entire process. She is a pleasure to work with and very professional. She knows her business extremely well and I enjoyed every minute I worked with her. I highly recommend her. More...

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15 December 2014

I hired Mary because I wanted to develop a tasteful and appealing external look. I also wanted help incorporating my mother's and grandmother's eclectic treasures from the Orient into my living spaces.

Mary helped me with interior and exterior paint selections to give my "dated" home a fresh and modern look. I replaced flooring on the 1st and 2nd floors and her ideas were ones I never would’ve come up with on my own. She accompanied me to purchase the flooring, making excellent suggestions and giving me her designer discount. She also helped me incorporate my eclectic furniture pieces in a new layout and found new ways to use some of my old tired pieces. She gave me referrals for my other projects: upholsterer, woodworker, flooring installer. They all proved to be excellent and a great value.

Mary was a delight to work with. She truly is a gifted professional and an expert in her area. She asked pertinent questions about my wants and needs, delivered many options and above all, respected my budget. She is very creative, a wealth of knowledge and never appeared to be rushed for time, which is a pretty big deal, as I know she is very, very popular. She was very accomodating to my schedule. I highly recommend her!!

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3 November 2014

We are currently working with Mary on our bedroom and bathroom. She has a great eye for balance, flow and color. She listens to her clients and works hard to find items that the owners will love. We have really enjoyed working with Mary and always look forward to meeting with her. Her personality is fun, relaxed and professional. More...

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29 October 2014

Mary recently helped us with our master bathroom remodel. We felt we had a pretty good idea on the general look that we wanted and Mary really helped us put everything together. Mary's personality and communication skills were excellent and she doesn't show up to a project with a particular style or agenda. She is very thoughtful and worked with us based on the style of the home as well as our ideas. We strongly recommend Mary. More...

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7 November 2013

Mary Best is a delighful persn, fun to work with and really listens to her clients. She works within your budget, can help make existing pieces in your home look new just by moving them around, and works hard to get you exactly what you are looking for. If you're not sure, she'll get to know you and your family - your lifestyle and find the right things that will make your house your home! She is a total professional and very easy to work with. I highly recommend her. More...

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3 November 2013

We have used Mary Best for many different projects in our home and each time been thrilled with the results! We recently remodeled the first floor of our house- kitchen, floors, bathroom, daughter's bedroom with Mary's help. She always has so many great ideas for making the most out of small spaces, which we have a lot of. She helped us figure out how to keep our old house (built in 1946) look updated but not lose the charm and character that we love about it. What impresses me most about Mary though is her knack for getting to know her clients' style and taste. She'll email me a picture and say she thought it looked like something I'd like and she is always dead on. She's a great listener and observer and this shows through in her ideas and suggestions. I have friends who have used her and have said the same thing. I very highly recommend Mary! More...

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27 June 2013

Mary Best has been a tremendous help to my husband and me. We have completely redecorated our home with her professional expertise and her wonderful ability to work with us by listening to us, understanding the ways we truly live in every room and wanting our home to be relaxing, inviting, warm and friendly. She did such a fantastic job in accomplishing this that she now is helping us redecorate our enclosed screen porch. She is very talented and a wonderful person to work with. More...

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24 June 2013

I have been a customer of Mary Best Designs for 2+ years. Mary not only has excellent taste, but is well connected, stays current with trends and honors the archititure of homes. Her talent also impresses me that she can quickly identify customers' styles and make great suggestions to fit their needs - - extremely talented is an understatement. Mary's flexibility to work around customers' schedules and ability to easily read customers is something I also strive for when looking for a professional to work with - professional, well educated and cool comes to mind when working with Mary Best Designs. More...

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