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“Falk Designs gave us exactly the basement we were looking for. Ellen, herself, was extremely hands-on regarding every phase of the project and her design suggestions were very helpful and creative. She was consistently able to suggest ideas that we never would have thought of on our own and, happily, really added to the beauty and polish of the final product. From the new closet and bathroom, with its hand-made tile backsplash, basin sink and unique fixtures to the individually cut slate tile floor and newly painted basement walls, Ellen had every detail covered with skilled colleagues and assistants to make it all a reality. Looking back, we really felt that Ellen truly listened to what we wanted and built upon our ideas and vision to help give us a basement that we absolutely love. We couldn't be happier.”
Amy & Brian M.
Randolph, New Jersey
“Ellen has been helping me decorate my living and dining rooms. I love my dining room and what we’ve done so far on my living room. Ellen has a real flair with textiles. Everyone who visits is impressed with the design and fabrics of my window treatments and the overall effect of my rooms. I was a little reluctant to work with a decorator because I didn’t want to be pushed to accept things I wasn’t completely happy with, but that hasn’t been a problem with Ellen. She is dedicated to the idea that the customer has to be happy and comfortable with the results. When I’ve had trouble making a decision or changed my mind after a decision was made, she would graciously present me with more options. When I had problems with a couple of things we bought, Ellen pursued the providers for satisfaction.
I have appreciated that Ellen works to keep my costs down. She hasn’t lost sight of my limited budget. I still have much of my old furniture, but it seems to look so much better now. Ellen is very creative and has lots of ideas to offer. She got me beyond my conservative inclinations to a result I can really enjoy. I needed that!”
Summit, New Jersey
“When Michael and I decided to remodel our kitchen, we met with various contractors and consultants, visited kitchen stores and met with “so-called” kitchen professionals and designers. At the conclusion of each such meeting, I left feeling more overwhelmed and confused than I had bargained for. I was at my wit’s end. I sent an e-mail to a realtor that I knew and asked her if she knew anyone who could help me with my kitchen; if she felt comfortable, I asked her to please have them contact me. Within a week, I heard from Ellen Falk.
Upon my initial meeting with Ellen, I instinctively trusted her. With each subsequent meeting, I was thrilled with her enthusiasm and her ideas were exciting and limitless. Ellen, as with any artist, is passionate about her work. She had a vision and animatedly tried to describe for me the concept that she was working towards. She coaxed me and she coached me; she held my hand when I needed guidance, and she also respected my ideas and my individuality. She very patiently took me through the process, step by step, and she was a constant presence, overseeing each and every phase of the work performed.
Ellen has a keen eye for detail and paid close attention to all aspects of the job. The result is stunning. I had a “nice” kitchen. Now, my kitchen is a beautiful work of art. I’d like to adopt Ellen as the daughter I never had.”
Boonton, New Jersey
“I wanted to thank you again for my DREAM KITCHEN. As you are well aware from the countless and repetitive pictures I supplied to you during the planning phase, I had a definitive look in mind and you made my dream a reality. You nailed the look I wanted and worked tirelessly to make sure that it was planned in just the right way. I appreciate the time you took in planning and designing the layout as the flow is amazing and everything has a proper place. I am grateful that you pushed me into going out of my comfort zone in just the right places. Everytime I look at the glass doors and the rise and fall of the cabinet heights, I can't imagine how frustrating it was for you that I was fighting those issues for so long. Now, I can clearly see now how critical they were and how it creates focal points of interest making the kitchen that much more spectacular.
I know that a lot of the relationship between client and customer is based on the customer’s trust in the designer. Even though our tastes are sometimes completely different, you didn't let it interfere in the process. You strived to find just the right cabinet, color, tile, stone and knob that was keeping in the style I so desperately wanted. That is a true design professional!
I know that we have some final details to resolve and I can't wait to see your suggestions for the bar stools and paint color. Now that everything is in place I promise it will be easier for me to make decisions as I can now envision what was so clear to you all of this time. Thank you again.”
Wayne, New Jersey
“Ellen helped me and my husband with our downstairs remodel. The main room was the kitchen, but off of that room are the laundry room, and the powder room, with the foyer leading into this area. Her ideas allowed us to unify the floor for this area. This gave our house a much grander feel than the four different floors that each room had. Picking out the cabinets for the kitchen would have been torture without her to guide us. She helped us maximize the area so that we could get the most storage and countertop space out of the kitchen area. I could not have picked out the granite for the countertops or backsplash without her. The selections out there are endless and it is easy to get distracted by all of the options. Ellen kept us focused on our original plan as to how we wanted the kitchen to not only look, but feel as well. The final touches were the wall colors in every room downstairs to tie in the new with the existing. Now when I walk into my house through the front door, it is a dream come true. Not only is my kitchen beautiful, it is 100 times more usable in every aspect. Cooking is easier, cleaning is easier and entertaining is easier.”
Denville, New Jersey
“We have utilized the services of Ellen Falk of EGF Designs, for two design jobs. The first, our guest room had just become our 12-year old son’s new bedroom and we needed help in paint colors, and generally tying the pre-existing bedroom elements together. Ellen worked with the bedding colors we had already purchased, came up with different colors of paint for the walls and ceiling, designed a fabric headboard to coordinate with the quilt and walls and found reasonable, functional and high-quality furniture to fill in the voids.
We were very pleased with how efficiently and creatively Ellen handled the project. The room came together nicely in a very short time. She even hand-sponged the woodwork with her own special technique. She did not push us to accept her ideas, but laid out the possibilities with pre-researched pricing for our consideration. The room turned out to be a comfortable, timeless and pleasing.
The second project that Ellen helped us with was the design and creation of window treatments and chair upholstery for a double-room that functions as a living room and dining room. It is a very formal room in our turn-of-the-century Victorian house that, if decorated in the true style of Victorian design, would be quite stuffy and overdone for our tastes. Ellen was able to incorporate elements of the Victorian style but in a much simpler and informal way. The fabrics and colors tied the other elements of the room together, and brought out, and up, the colors of our oriental rugs, making a more pleasing, balanced and colorful room.
She considered all our specifications very carefully in all her decisions. For example, the window treatments needed to account for the option of privacy and the need for light coming into the room. These two criteria were satisfied, with consideration for our budget and style preferences. Ellen allowed us to call the shots, and was patient when we changed our mind after she had put things in motion thinking the decision we made was final. Overall, we were very pleased with Ellen’s services.”
South Orange, New Jersey
“Ellen has a great gift for picking the right color and lighting. I first hired Ellen for a color consult, and this blossomed into a full design for my now-finished basement. She created a beautiful living space, and you would never know you are even in a basement.
One project led to another, and she created a beautiful living space in the dining room, living room and bedroom. I feel Ellen has significantly added to the overall value of my home and its resale value, but first I want to live in it a while! I highly recommend her services.”
West Caldwell, New Jersey