Beth DeTullio and Julie Mitaro started Centsible Designs in New Canaan in 2009, working with clients throughout Fairfield County.
“We target a mid-point market by having transparent, hourly fees with no minimum commitment — creating a high-end look on less than a high-end budget,” Beth says, noting that they also have plenty of experience with high-end customers.
The project shown here started when the homeowners wanted to turn their sunroom — which had become more of a storage room — into a room they could use for relaxation and entertaining.
With the exception of one small table, all of the furniture is new. The desk was re-used as a craft table in the family room. Most of the rest of the furniture was given away or put in storage. The treadmill went into a room on the lower level that was turned into an exercise room.
The sunroom was repainted — the wall paneling white and the ceiling “a beautiful shade of green,” Beth said. The floor did not change since it was already in good condition.
The window treatments are woven Roman shades. This saved money in two ways: 1) The homeowners did not intend to actually raise and lower the shades, so the shades were created as valances with folds, which look as though they could go up and down but don’t, and therefore cost much less, and 2) The old valances were a project that the homeowner had started some time ago and did not finish. Though the valances themselves were discarded, the left over fabric was used to create the chair pillows and bench covers seen in the photos.
And, the best part: “We only spent $8500 of the $10,000 that was budgeted.”