Happy clients / Case studies

“My family living space is a nightmare”

Our downstairs area was quite disjointed and the living room in particular, was very dark and cluttered with pieces of furniture too large for the room. I was very reluctant to sell the dresser we had in there as it was a beautiful piece of furniture, just too big and dark for the room. The lounge suite was also very bulky taking up a lot of space. With Nancy’s ability to see the bigger picture, her guidance and reassurance, I sold the dresser replacing it with something lighter, smaller, more modern and at an affordable price. Nancy very cleverly made simple changes with the repositioning of the lounge suite making the area cosy and welcoming. These changes made the whole room more spacious, lighter and clutter free. We had the big old fashioned hearth removed down to floor level and replaced it with a log burner. Again, this made the room so much bigger and the log burner became the main feature. She suggested a splash of lighter colour paint and some modern curtains. We moved the kitchen table that was too big for the kitchen into the back section of the living room creating a separate dining area, which has made family meal times a pleasure. This is now our favourite room to be in and we spend many happy hours in there as a family with different areas for us all to use and enjoy.

Nancy did a wonderful job of transforming our house into a happy home with simple, clever and practical ideas and all within our budget. She has an eye for detail and taste whilst always being mindful of what the customer wants. Nancy is very professional and approachable. She made an overwhelming chore become a fun project. I would never hesitate to recommend her.

“I need help staging my 4-bedroom home to sell.”

Anna wanted help preparing her 4-bedroom home so she could sell it and find somewhere more suitable for her growing family. Eight years of living had added a general layer of clutter and there were areas of her home, specifically the fourth bedroom, which had no real purpose. Short on time, and not wanting to spend too much doing up a home she planned to sell, we set about devising a project plan.

After our initial one hour consultation, we agreed to an additional 6 hours of work to enable me to take a closer look at Anna’s home and devise a detailed project plan. In total I identified 80 individual jobs and projects in all the rooms which could be achieved cost effectively, but deliver big returns. We then went through the list to work out which jobs Anna could save money on and do herself, which she would like my help with and which she would like me to find suitable tradesmen to complete. Jobs ranged from quick wins like buying a valance sheet for a box bed in the spare room in order to create some under-bed storage, to replacing some of the damaged kitchen cupboard doors.”

Anna, said. “The task of decluttering and sprucing up our home ready to sell felt totally overwhelming, so I was delighted to discover Serene Spaces. Nancy has infectious energy and is full of practical and clever ideas. She was able to see the potential in our tired, cluttered home straight away. The project plan helped break the tasks down into easy chunks, and allowed us to think about where we could invest and where we could save.

The end result has been transformative, so much so in fact, we may not move!”

“Nancy was like my fairy godmother.”

“Help, my garden is out of control”

“I had let the garden get out of control and I didn’t know how or where to start.  I was feeling overwhelmed and when Nancy said she could help I was relieved and excited about what we could do.  I enjoyed working with Nancy which has helped motivate me to maintain the good work we’ve done and achieve more in the garden. Nancy is an incredibly hard worker, she has a good eye for keeping things simple and some great low maintenance ideas.  We will definitely be using Nancy’s services again in the future”

“I want to transform our small, overgrown garden into a new summer space.”

“I want to transform our small, overgrown garden into a new summer space.”
Charlotte has a typical small central Reigate garden. Since buying the property 4 years ago she had put a lot of energy into redecorating the house, but didn’t really know where to start outside. The garden was full of mature shrubs and bushes which while pretty took up a lot of space and made the garden feel crowded and dark.

After our initial one hour consultation, Charlotte invited me to spend a day working alongside her to clear the garden and decide which plants to keep. Once the garden beds were cleared, the space looked twice as large and we then discussed what she wanted her new garden space to be used for. A beach hut type shed was the inspiration for a seaside theme so I designed a new scheme with a deck at the back of the garden which gets the most sun, a perfect spot for relaxing in deck chairs, complemented by pebbly borders planted with low maintenance grasses. We dug up an old path and increased the area of the turf all of which made the garden look more spacious.

Charlotte, said: “I am amazed by how much Nancy has achieved in such a small space of time and with a modest budget. I have no confidence with plants and needed Nancy’s help to rip out a lot of old, woody, overgrown bushes and bring in a fresh, new and light planting look. Our garden has now become an extension of our modern-look home and is a new area of our property to relax and entertain in.