Claudia Leah at Decorating Den Interiors makes it easy for seasonal residents.
With so many seasonal residents in Naples, decorating winter homes can be a little more complicated. They’re only here three to six months and they have so many other fun things to do!
This may present a problem for them, but not for Claudia Leah of Decorating Den Interiors, who specializes in decorating long-distance.
“I can provide the same customer service for my seasonal clients as I do for my year-round customers, thanks to the Internet,” she explains.
Chris and Kristin Seeger are perfect examples. They had just purchased a three-story town home, which was a mess: dark carpeting, heavy drapes and Mediterranean light fixtures. The only furniture they had was a patio set they had purchased to use in the condo they had rented.
They called Claudia the day before they were to return to Vancouver and literally met with her hours before their return flight. They walked through their new home with her. Claudia took measurements and photos, and listened to their needs. They wanted their new home to be light, bright and airy.
By the time they returned to Naples in mid-October, most of their decorating decisions had been made and deliveries had been scheduled.
“This house was decorated by Claudia and us between Naples and Vancouver,” Kristin explains. “Through internet selections, emails, fabric swatches mailed to us and returned, and numerous conference calls, she got the job done.”
Claudia uses a computer program to create a home’s rooms. She adds furniture to scale, colors, fabrics, lighting fixtures, window treatments and accessories. She then sends it to the client via the Internet so they can get a visual of her design recommendations.
As soon as the Seegers returned to Naples, the deliveries started coming: furniture, window treatments, lighting fixtures, bedding, lamps and accessories. Within two weeks their town home was about 75% complete. During the next couple of weeks, they worked with Claudia to tweak every room, incorporating their personal possessions and artwork into the design. Claudia even custom-embroidered a pillow for them to match a sculpture they had purchased at an art show.
They love their new home. It’s light, bright and airy. And, they give all the credit to Claudia.
“We just think the world of her and her team,” says Kristin. “People from Europe, any out-of-town people who are buying homes here now and will have to leave, should know that the project will be in good hands with Claudia Leah of Decorating Den Interiors. It can be done long distance – on time and on budget!”