referrals

“Michala has a rare combination of creativity, focus and attention to detail, thoroughness, professionalism, resourcefulness and a willingness to see a project through to completion on time and on budget. I have worked with Michala on several projects over the last several years, and will continue to work with her and would not hesitate to recommend her. She is a joy to work with.”— Dachis (New York NY & Austin TX)

“When we tell people that we renovated our entire kitchen remotely while we were out of the country, they express surprise and sometimes incredulity. When they see the results (MCM Kitchen), they are impressed. We are quick to credit Michala for the success of the project, although we needed to see the place in person to be sure it functioned as beautifully as it looked online. Now that we have been home for several days, we are over the moon with the kitchen that Michala designed for us. Thanks to Michala’s vision, attention to detail and project management, we have our dream kitchen. We found Michala on Thumbtack, and after meeting her twice in person, we sensed she had the experience and personal qualities needed to guide us through the design and renovation process even though we would be communicating online in different time zones. Still, the decision to go ahead felt like a risk. As it turned out, Michala made the process easy and fun. She truly has a unique combination of talents:  the ability to listen, to filter and synthesize options and preferences, to gently but firmly make recommendations that keep a project on schedule and budget, to solve unexpected problems and to create a thing of beauty. She’s a star and we cannot recommend her highly enough.”— Christina & Chris (Brooklyn NY)

“After purchasing our pied-à-terre in Manhattan, we were very fortunate to be directed to Michala Monroe to help us with our remodeling project. Not only were we impressed with her design work, but also we were thrilled to retain her as our project manager. Because our primary residence is in Texas, Michala and her staff meticulously managed every aspect of our project from start to finish interfacing with our contractors on a daily basis. Michala was also so insightful with our overall contemporary mid-century approach. Due to Michala’s extreme professionalism, attention to detail and intelligent design, we could not have been more pleased with the final outcome. We are enjoying the Upper East Side and our fabulous home in New York thanks to Michala.”— Looser (New York NY & Houston TX)

“I had the pleasure of collaborating with M Monroe Design on a New York City apartment project in 2008. Her working process – from visioning and idea generation through execution and finish – is efficient, effective, thoughtful, professional, and produces exceptional, high-quality results. To this day I am thrilled with the home that she brought to life for me. I would recommend M Monroe Design without hesitation to anyone looking to complete an interior design project, large or small.” — Pound (New York NY)

“When I first decided to completely renovate the very outdated kitchen in my Union Square apartment, I did not know where to start. I bought magazines, researched on the web and asked friends. I was referred to Michala by a coworker and while still figuring out if I could manage the project on my own figured that I would meet and hear her thoughts. Needless to say, I knew as soon as we met that she understood my vision and respected my budget — two very important things when making home improvements! Michala made me actually enjoy the process and I was able to be as much or little involved as I wanted. She made it easy to make decisions by narrowing down my options to a manageable size and then came to me (even to my office!) when it was convenient for me. She also updated me on the budget after every milestone and was able to leverage her connections to get me great deals. I otherwise would have gone crazy and way over budget juggling all the details that Michala managed for me. People that saw my kitchen before and after cannot believe the transformation and I owe it all to Michala!” — Ryan (New York NY)

“I can not say enough about Michala. I have been recommending her to my friends and will continue to use her services in the future. She was able to take an empty and very small space, two personalities with very different tastes, and create a beautifully designed apartment that we both love. She understood that we didn’t know much about interior design and helped us every step of the way. She not only found pieces we would never have found on our own, but also suggested items that we wouldn’t have ever thought of. Michala created a cohesive look from living room to bedroom and all within the budget she quoted! We could not have done this without her!” — Bhaduri/Lawlor (New York NY)

“Michala is a joy to be around and her tremendous energy transends into her work in a many ways. She has a wonderful creative sense and is very personable and charming when working with clients over the most intimate details of their homes and personal effects. Also, she is very budget conscious and has a tremendous work ethic – two key elements to any business, but particuarly to budget minded home owners. She also has a great rolodex of vendors and a solid network to ensure you get great results. She comes highly recommended.” — Nolan, Corcoran Real Estate (New York NY)

“We hired Michala to convert our home office into a nursery. Challenged with a small space, and not knowing the baby’s gender, we didn’t have much to start with. After our initial meeting, Michala quickly understood our aesthetic, took our feedback, and always came back with solutions. She was very mindful of our budget, and kept us updated. I love that she’s creative, but also practical. She repurposed existing pieces seamlessly, and respected that not everything always needed a major overhaul. I value and trust her opinion whole-heartedly. Michala made what could have been a stressful process, into an enjoyable one. She alleviated headaches by accepting deliveries, coordinating with vendors/stores, purchasing and returning items if needed, and offering up organization solutions. We loved her so much that after our son was born, we had her design and create a cohesive look for the rest of our apartment. Throughout the process, she listened, offering her expertise, while being thoughtful about our lifestyle. Our bedroom was transformed from the darkest, most boring room in the apartment, to my favorite part of our home. She took a few ideas I had in my head, and brought them to life in a way I never imagined. She challenged us, and gave us the confidence to take risks we never would have taken (or known how to do elegantly). We have gotten so many compliments on this room! Best of all, Michala is a sincerely sweet, incredibly likable person. She’s considerate and unobtrusive when needed, but also an easy person to spend time with. Everyone I’ve introduced her to raves about her professionalism, and exquisite taste. She will be our designer as long as she will have us. I want to move just so we can design a new space together!” — Klatzko (New York NY)

“I hired Michala to assist with staging my Park Slope, Brooklyn apartment for resale. Attempting to declutter on my own I struggled with having a vision of the completed space. Michala made it all very easy for me. After our initial meeting she came right back with a floor plan, and together we established budget and timetable for getting the apartment ready to show. I mostly worked on my own but each time I got stuck she was ready to help and got me back on track. She suggested simple enhancements that made huge differences and narrowed my choices so selection was simple. In addition, Michala had great recommendations for other professionals who came and worked on the apartment. She was willing to listen to my ideas as she offered her own. It was a great collaboration, comfortable and fun. And the best part, she was on budget on time. I can’t wait to work on another project with Michala.” — Brodhead (Brooklyn NY)