I found Carol Adolph of Duende Design on Houzz. I am new to the area and needed assistance furnishing an entire house. I needed someone with experience, confidence, and the ability to take control of the project, while still considering our design style and our budget. She assured me that she possessed all of these skills, and proved herself every day over the 6 or more months that we worked together. She respected our opinions, yet prevented us from going awry, when necessary. Carol manage the project efficiently and ensured a timely completion date. She also has an outstanding group of sub-contractors that do exceptional work. Carol was supportive and calming, and an absolute pleasure to work with. She pulled together a beautifully decorated house that is warm and inviting and feels like our home. We couldn't be happier and are so happy that we found her!
“It’s really fun working with Carol. Since we’re only part-time desert residents, she made it really easy for us. We gave Carol full access to our home; we would come back and see what she had done and always would be pleasantly surprised. All of her recommendations were great and the various people she used were all very professional and did and excellent job. We had used a designer before and found working with Carol was different; she was much more thorough. She really gave us peace of mind because we weren’t there much of the time. We would work with her, select things and come back, and it would be perfectly done.”
”I’ve found that working with Carol has saved me quite a bit of money. She really does her homework and gets me the best prices. She’s also easy and fun to work with.”
Carol was very professional and always followed through on what she promised us. We relied on her to coordinate with all of the contractors. She would bring samples to us so we didn't have to spend our time shopping. Once our initial large project was completed, she assisted us in smaller projects so we could continue the flow throughout the house and onto the patio. Carol has an eye for unique details, which makes our home special, comfortable for day-to-day living and a great venue for entertaining family and friends.
“The first word that comes to mind about working with Carol is ‘delight.’ She was incredibly easy to work with. She listened and wasn’t into making the design she wanted like some other designers. It was all about the way I wanted it. “I used her services on two occasions; the first when we built a home at Ipswich Country Club. She was involved from the very beginning through the end. I also worked with her on a home we purchased in Florida. She’s very organized and detail oriented. And, she has NO attitude! I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to recommend her services to others."
"We bought a second home in the Desert this year which needed a lot of renovation. After our realtor suggested that we contact Carol Adolph of Duende Designs, we hired her to complete the renovation as well as purchase new furniture for the home. Carol is a very trustworthy designer who has incredible taste. She has wonderful contractors she works with; and even though we were not there while the project was being completed, we always felt comfortable that it would be done just the way we wanted. Carol definitely gave us the best quality for the money. . I would highly recommend her for any level of project. We love our home, and Carol is a huge part of that."
“Carol is really fun! She does a great job of listening to what you want and creates something beautiful. She incorporates what she knows with what you want. She’s so funny…I would be looking at something and she would say ‘it’s so overpriced.’ Then she would steer me toward something equally nice but less expensive. She wasn’t doing everything for the money like so many other designers. She did everything that was right and good for us and our home.”
"Carol was very professional and extremely easy to work with. And she has a great sense of color and design. Both my husband and I were very sastified with her and the work she did. Our home needed updating with window treatments, fabrics and paint. Carol got everything done quickly and exactly the way we wanted."
Terry & Jim Tracey
"Carol recently completed a significant interior design project for me on a home I purchased and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking design expertise. She was a pleasure to work with throughout the process and I could not be happier with the results. Kept the project on schedule, great attention to detail, and provides great feel for what works while keeping your tastes in mind."
“It was a delight working with Carol. She has a remarkable personality and, after a few minutes of talking with her, you feel like you’ve known her for a long time. She was very easy to deal with and is such a hard worker. She helped me choose my furniture and advised on window treatments. Everything turned out wonderful!”
Duende Design, Inc. - one important phrase comes to mind: Don't start without them! Whether your project is large or small, Duende will exceed your expectations, as they did mine, as to quality, creativity, style and cost efficiency. Our interior design project covered the entire home. Carol's recommendations were an extension of my style, my taste and my budget. The end result was our dream home; a home perfectly suited to our needs and desires. Duende Design Inc. and Carol Adolph easily win the 2014 service award in our household!
I can't say enough about Carol!!! The fact that this is the third time I have used her, over a period of "thirty" years, should really say it all...before I mention the fact that she is professional beyond the beyond, I must say that she is purely and simply, easy to work with...she has knowledge of ALL aspects of a design project, but that speaks to her years in the business...she is respectful of other opinions, but really knows her stuff, so keep that in mind...hopefully I will be around long enough to use her, yet again, on another project...Brava to Ms. Carol!!!!!
"Carol is a delight to work with! She is professional, proficient and OUTSTANDING at what she does! Also, despite being 3 time zones away (2nd home) and 2,500 miles apart, Carol makes working with her effortless, and is often on the job site keeping the builder on task as our eyes and ears on the job. We have used many decorators over the years, but have found Carol to be an absolute gem and unlike others, she works with your budget to give you the biggest "bang for your buck". We could not recommend anyone higher than Carol to decorate your home!"