There are times when you meet someone in business and you click:
Man, I love your energy and how quick you move. Winner!
OK, I'll leave a key tonight and e-mail you the location.
I spoke with Tom today too. He's going to have the wood delivered on Friday or Monday, and start next week early. I believe he will start with lower level first.
Recently I was hired by a young man who is renting a really nice apt. in San Jose. He had found some items on his own that he really liked but wanted to make sure he was purchasing the items that would fit/work in his space. In the past, he had made some costly mistakes, left to his own defences a while back, purchasing items on-line and getting them only to find the quality being awful and the overall size not working.
For one hour we sat on his beautiful hardwood floors and planned out his living space, plugging in the items that he really liked, that he found on his own.
"Joan was very efficient and answering all of my questions and I am very satisfied with her design advice, saved me thousands in picking the wrong furniture!"
This weekend I have been invited to stay at a client's home in Carmel, while we work on redecorating her home. I know tough life!
I am excited to get inspired by the natural surroundings and the fabulous specialty shops that thrive.
Maybe I will have a Clint sighting?
Joan was initially hired to help with measurements for a sectional sofa and update our home. After spending time with Joan and explaining some of our concerns, she helped to incorporate her suggestions and options while allowing us to be actively involved. She is very efficient, stayed within our budget, and was always accessible through email and replied promptly. Joan also did a great job recommending paint colors and gave us helpful ideas for future updating. She is professional and was a lot of fun to work with.
I love it when I get the opportunity to create one of a kind items for my clients. When a client has a specific need or constraint that I must work around sometimes it is the only way. All I need is measurements, the right person to make it and a photo. oh and trust!
Get Back JoJo of Bay Area Receives
Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Houzz’ Award
Annual Survey and Analysis of 11 Million Monthly Users
Reveals Top-Rated U.S. Professionals
San Jose, CA -- January 21, 2013 – Get Back JoJo of San Jose, CA has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design. The Bay Area’s firm for one stop design and home décor needs was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.
The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionals. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.
“I am delighted with the outcome of the redecorating project. The decorator was professional, experienced and responsive. She brought in several contractors to do various tasks (paint, carpet, window coverings) and they were all excellent! It is easy for me to recommend her to others”
“Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize Get Back JoJo among our “Best Of” professionals for exceptional customer service as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Get Back JoJo, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.
About Get Back JoJo
Joan Tesauro, owner of Get BackJoJo, is a distinguished interior decorator and home strategist best known for her enchanting take on interiors and her distinctive personal style. In addition to residences Tesauro has designed select offices, restaurants, salons, and retail environments in the Bay Area. There is absolutely no limit to the scope of work-she is happy to redesign an entire house or just help you pick the right pillows for a sofa.
Chosen by HGTV’s American Home segment for innovative wall dividers, Joan thinks outside of the box, and has a can-do attitude. Originally from Long Island NY, years of studying art and design in NYC and Italy as well as extensive world travel and shopping trips for fashion and home décor have cultivated an eye for extreme design. Joan began her career designing and styling fabrics for lingerie, swimwear and activewear in NYC's garment industry.
Tesauro received her BFA from the Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts. She currently resides in San Jose, California
Houzz (www.houzz.com) is a leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, ‘advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.5 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality. @houzz_inc
I have been meaning to call you to tell you how perfect I think the rug is but when I remember it’s always too early or too late. Thank you so much for your help with the rug and the throw. I don’t know how you did it but the tones are just right. We love them both.
Let’s figure out a time to look for a coffee table and we also need a chandelier for the dining room.
Thank you Dora!!!!
It was one of the best ideas to ask for the opinion of Joan before we moved into our house.
She understood immediately what we needed and gave really practical advice including:
- what type of furniture to buy with great attention to specific shapes and sizes (saves time in the shop when you are facing with choices)
- gave advice about which colours would work best
- how to arrange furniture to promote space and avoid crowding.
Joan is a practical thinker and has endless number of ideas. She comes up with numerous solutions immediately that match your budget and taste.
I was truly grateful to spend Thanksgiving in Napa this year. For the past two years we plan a get-a-way-and this year's was nothing short of magical.
We opted to stay in a 1929 English Tudor home, originally built by the Post Master general of Napa back in the day. I loved the charm: original built-in cabinetry, gorgeous hardwood floors, tons of doors, beautiful grounds, high ceilings and all the modern changes that had to be made were tastefully done. Good job Candlelight Inn!!!
Just met with a client who I have been working with for years. He had some Hunter Douglas Duettes installed, some by me and some prior to him purchasing his lovely home. I must say, they really stand up to the test of time. We are adding an additional shade, an applause shade with vertiglide, for a slider in his family room. They are so easy to maneuver and look great!
Drove to a lovely home in Burlingame today: about 40 minutes away-add torrential rain and it's almost more like an hour. The owner could not have been nicer! I helped pick out some paint colors for their TV room and lovely new kitchen. I chose ALL Benjamin Moore affinity colors. YUMMY!
Years ago, when I moved I literally got rid of almost 100 years of stuff! Grandma's, Mom's etc plus my own so that makes it...a Century worth of items-regardless....yeah there are a few things that I miss, My Vogue hardcover books that I have read a billion times, and my WHO books also read a billion times. Otherwise I really feel cleansed. I try to do that with relationships to: Disassociate with the negativity, the drama and the hysteria. That helps. I try to keep my work place clean and throw away the papers. Some of my clothes that I haven't worn, or that are frayed have been placed in the good will bag and any socks that have a hole are thrown away. There are still boxes that have been untouched in 4 years but I just can't seem to deny them a space in my home or shall I say my storage unit.
I will say that it is important to me that I like what I am doing and I am confident it will good when I am done. Or at least good to me and that is important right.
I recently had an interaction with a referred client that chose to work on his own. And that is fine. He called me after the fact, when he started to freak out. He was aware that his look that he spent money and time on just was not coming together.
The quote above (first paragraph) is from him. My answer:
If you are ok with spending thousands of dollars blindly, possibly having to buy stuff in two years because the items you purchased are of a low quality, are ok with living with sofas that don't fit in your space correctly, then if you like that who am I to stop you. Ultimately it is your home.
I always say leave it to the professionals....just because you are a real estate agent it doesn't mean you can space plan. Just because Im an interior designer doesn't mean I know how to do plumbing.....I can go on and on.
I try to keep people from making costly mistakes. I don't want the project to be about me, it is your home I just help you get it to where you want and need it to be!
Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons. Growing up in NY I can remember the crispness in the air, the smell of fireplaces burning wood logs and the way my cheeks would feel cold. In California I do not feel these temperature changes. I am still playing tennis outdoors and shorts and flip flops are still being worn. I find that Fall seems to bring about a sudden change for clients that need a quick fix, or want to feel cozy. Someone may want to start that outdoor project so it will be done by the next Summer. I have seen clients wanting shaggier, fluffier carpets on their beautiful hardwood floors. I look forward to the cooler weather, the gathering of friends and maybe some hot buttered rum!
Recently a client pulled me aside to give me some candid, constructive ctiticism regarding my website. Her approach was great and in a few words she let me know that there were some photos in my portfolio that she felt others may find a bit too out there, specifically my ABOUT FACE wallpaper in a powder bath. I understood and could see why she would feel that could be a bit too much for some.
I explained that my approach is to show clients I can really do all different styles and this was a professionally photographed job (Margot Hartford photography) and the more professional photos I get the more I post. There is no way I would remove it but I was grateful for the feedback.
2 days ago a new perspective client (who has since signed on to do a project) said that she LOVED the ABOUT FACE bathroom and thought it was SO GREAT and that was one of the reasons why she chose me out of all the designers that she was investigating.
Everyone has an opinion, and everyone is different. And that is why I love my job. I can change with every client and steer them in the direction they want to drive. if you don't like a look I have done just know it wasn't designed for YOU it was designed for someone else who has entirely different tastes, budgets, and wants.
I can't tell you how many times I have met families or individuals that have RUSHED and bought stuff because they were moving into a new home. The sadness and regret when they realise their purchases were not only the wrong fit and wrong color and quality but also cost them money. If you aren't a designer don't do the work. Hire a professional. Moving a buying/selling a home is really stressful and not always the best time to make any more decisions. wait a bit,live in the home and feel the vibe before you buy something you are unsure about. Or if you do like something and it costs a lot of money hire a seasoned designer, show them what you were thinking aboutpurchasing and then buy it.
What I liked most about Joan's style is her candor, which I welcomed. Right away, she told me I had great "stuff" but too much of it, and I saw that through her eyes. I wanted to use some of my existing furniture and she was enthusiastic about re-upholstery of several chairs, but we agreed a new couch was best. She arranged an appropriate variety of samples for the re-upholstery and gave several ideas for the couch, keeping in mind it all had to work together. It does, and I love it. This was based upon careful listening, good questions, and tactful suggestions. Joan has inspired me to "edit" items in other rooms and overall my home feels lighter and way better. I would (and will) recommend Joan as a decorator and also a nice person.
I recently delivered a beautiful rug to a client that hasn't made design decisions ever. A recent widower, he never really got involved in the decor decisions in his home and after a year of his wife's passing, he is slowly making the home reflect his taste. He has an arsenal of pals that he bounces my ideas off of, which is fine. A recent decision involved an 8 x 11 area rug. I was thrilled that he liked it and was approved by his advisors none of which are designers. Regardless, I delivered the beautiful Sante Fe style area rug, and after moving it several inches here and there and everywhere, getting my trusty delivery men to do the work...he says it looks great and escapes to the back of the home while I finish unloading more treaures. My delivery guys are off and heading to their van. My client returns with an image of the rug that he printed, slightly distorted but for sure the same rug there is fringe on the rug you delivered. I showed this rug to Susan(Im changing names here folks) and she said thank god it doesn't have fringe I hate fringe.( My original PDF file showed fringe-) If I would have known there was going to be fringe I would have never purchased it. I saw he was freaked out a bit, how could he have this rug in the house when one of his advisors told him she didn't like fringe and there it was. I calmly told him I can easily remove the fringe, I do it all the time. No big deal. He couldn't believe it. He just never thought you could do that. I packed up the rug and we placed it in my car, all while my 2 delivery men were watching in utter amazement. Wasn't this the rug they just had to move 4 times? My client said, hurry up I'm embarassed, they are going to think I'm nuts.
What I love about this scenario is I know there are solutions to every problem. This was an easy one. More like this and I am good! Designers who have been doing their jobs long enough can take care of minor design issues, and save some time. Luckily because I have been doing this as long as I have I know where to go and who the best person is for the job.
Last week was crazy and this week seems as though it could be following in the footsteps!
Usually when clients order product and have projects that near a holiday I always tell them that there may be delays. It is amazing that The 4th of July which should be celebrated to the fullest has become the excuse for companies and truckers to delay items by WEEKS! I get it, some companies really do shut down, but that doesn't make clients feel better when Summer guests arrive and they wanted to show off their new digs. Needless to say I have been challenged. Window treatments made in Colorado take 1 week to make and 5 weeks to ship....furniture delivering to San Jose gets rerouted to San Francisco....challenges. Luckily I have been blessed with some understanding and patient clients. It is so comforting to know that one can't take these things so seriously it is not like curing cancer here but I do appreciate the patience of my clients who understand how delays can happen.
The planets did allign for some though. My Willow Glen clients did receive their new sofa in time for the weekend and for entertaining a few guests.
I am currently working with a lovely couple in Willow Glenn. Their home is beautifully eclectic with fun items such as Auntie's chairs,old signs and tons of collections. When she asked for my help she really didn't know what she wanted but she knew something just wasn't right. We edited alot of things, got rid of old candles and decluttered. We were then able to see some of the great deatils of the home and see the items that were really exciting: a fabulous wing chair from the 1930's, a fun arm chair from the 60's....We picked some great fabrics and chose a brand new sofa.
I am in the process of working on a home that really hasn't changed in 30 years. I am working with a lovely couple both close to/or recently retired with no children.
They are a hands-on couple. A little bit do-it-yourself, but in this stage in their lives they are looking for some extra help and would rather work in their garden than paint a wall. Fine with me.
We have been so excited with the little changes that make a big difference;removing peach colored panels, painting the walls and trim, replacing the carpet etc. These have made such a difference-and we have a few more weeks before their new furniture arrives. Not a lot of stuff but enough to make a huge difference.
On a daily basis I get calls or emails with just pure joy and excitement. it is so great to hear someone happy and relieved. What I keep stressing is how we did this together. The process really started with them and I am just moving it along and giving them the ideas and resources that they never knew existed.
Tomorrow we get to play with her collections of china and theater masks! I am so excited!!!More pictures to come!!
For the past 13 years I have been traveling off an on to Mexico. My husband and I enjoy the culture, location, food, music, and ofcouse the weather!!! Maybe it is in my DNA because my grandpapernts whose one and only vacation every year was to travel to The Aculpulco Princess swore by it. Regardless....this past trip was incredible! We stayed in Nuevo Vallarta and enjoyed the serene settings of The Grand Luxxe and the Grand Bliss vacation rentals/suites. Both structures have impeccable design detail and luxurious finishings. Throughtout the resort the outside is brought inside with the ommission of doors,barriers, and really high ceilings. There are creating quite the little city at the resort and it will be under construction for about one more year but I can't wait to see the end result and look forward to visiting again!
When my clients want a quick design fix, or friends want a little help with a room they have been having trouble with the first question I ask is "have you done any editing?" I find that sometimes spaces have too much stuff. Clutter can really confuse the eye. We acquire so much stuff through out our lives, people give us gifts etc....doesn't necessarily mean we have to put out every item we have ever received. if you have difficlty getting rid of things, or have become attached there is nothing wrong with removing items, storing them and then bringing them out at certain times. But I must admit donating ones old records that haven't been played in 20 years, recycling the magazine stack, donating the clothes you don't fit in or haven't worn in over a year or giving away the college liquor bottles, that are over 20 years old can really make a difference.
I am really digging this virtual design work! I have a client, a family on the East Coast, and between scanning, emails, phone calls we are really doing just fine. Technology is really cool sometimes. Every once in a while I get a little frustrated by slow scanners or a down internet but for the most part I cannot imagine life without it!
I am trying to commit to taking more before and after photos. It is important for potential clients to see what I am capable of and what the scope of the work that I was hired to do.
Nothing makes me happier than getting a call from a prospect client who was referred by a client. For me it is a testimony to a happy customer. I take my work very seriously and we don't always hear all the good all the time but when we get a referral we know! Keep them coming!!!
I had a great meeting with one of my clients over the weekend. We work very well together and husband and wife are present at all meetings. This particular couple could not be more polar opposites of each other but their common thread is that they both rely on me to get their home in order. How great is that!? They absolutely defer their decorating decisons to me and we all are on the same page. Their latest decision is pictured above for their dining room. I love my job!
I received my Right Wing/Left Wing art for my clients in the Rose Garden. The art has exceeded my expectations. I had seen the wing in Las Vegas and they looked great there. I cannot wait to hang them!! I also received my Global Views wall mount bowls. SO COOL. And to hang them is genius. They make it easy!!
This week has been a blur of rain, deliveries and paperwork. All things that tend to either stress me out or drive me crazy. One of the positives that came out of this week was receiving my home office rug from Global Views. I have been without for such a long time and when the opportunity lent itself I picked out the Arabesque in a 5' x 8' and placed it. I am thrilled and so are my cats! Although I am really worried that they may have an accident...but so far so good!
I have about 20 years worth of fabric swatches thrown everwhere. I am coordinating colors and placing them in clear plastic bins for recovery!
I am off to check on my flooring installation in Los Gatos. Yesterday they were still ripping out the 6 x 6 ceramic tile. After that I am meeting with a new client also in Los Gatos. She needs her Living Room decorated and I am up for the challenge!
WOW blast from the past and it feels so good! I am calling this one a CHRISTMAS MIRACLE because it has been a long time. I just love it when clients reach out and what an update. I can't tell you how happy it makes me!!
Whew I am spent! LOTS going on and it's a good thing. I have a new home in Los Gatos, new client meeting tomorrow...I can't complain. Is it time for an assistant?
One of my favorite all time mantels-pictures do not do the justice. I have always enjoyed elements of shells in the home, preferably painted black but this took the cake! Size wise it measured about 6 feet high so it really became a focal point in the room. I cannot take the credit of this masterpiece but I enjoy sharing it with my friends. Come on you beach communities get creative-this it real design!!!
I must reflect back on my trip to Nantucket once again. I love when people use a designer and get the results for a project that they could not accomplish on their own. I must share an image from one of the guest bedrooms. Obviously a room for small chidren but I cannot imagine an adult not appreciating the detail and nuances that this room posseses. Using Brighton Pavillion furniture does help make things a bit more over the top!!
Back by popular demand! I added nailhead trim and TEFLON coated fabric at the top. My cats are trying to kill me!
I spent a glorious week visiting family and friends on the East Coast. Every time I go back I get so inspired. This time we took a little side trip to Nantucket. Hard to belive that while living out East I had never been. 30 years without a visit! We had the amazing opportunity to stay at a home that had an Ocean front view. To say it was awe inspiring is not enough! The home was designed and furnished with every detail in mind. My favorite item in the house? The seashell encrusted mantel. AMAZING!! I spent my 2 days sitting on the beach and listening to the waves crash on the shore. I was at peace.
Got my long table yesterday. 12 feet of wonderful storage and desk area. I can put all my books on it and spread out! I am getting my bulletin board made as we speak-cannot wait! This way I can get even more organized!
Picked out the upholstery fabric and bedding. So much fun!! Thankyou bella Notte and Robert Allen!!
So excited- my Monte Sereno client and I are meeting today. It has been a few months since we finished reupholstering her living room. She wants to update her bedroom, pick out some new bedding and reupholster her furniture. She also needs some fun art for her downstairs party room. I love their home and most importantly I get to see SASSY! Sassy is their tea cup persian cat, one of the most beautiful and friendly cats I have ever met!
So happy! We decided on the sofa, coffeetable/ottoman, swivel chairs,lamps, panels, side table and console. It is going to look soo cool. And we are using Kravet, and Clarke and Clarke fabrics.
I am putting together a living room for a client and we are meeting tomorrow. I am having a blast picking out the fabrics, furniture etc but I think Smudge is REALLY enjoying himself!
Excited to meet a new client in San Ramon!
Oh boy! Quite the eventful day yesterday: due to Fed ex' poor service and complete lack of professionalism I had to pick up my own package in the bowels of San Jose! The package, a gorgeous rug from Surya, weighed almost as much as I do....regardless...installed stunning and stylish worth the pain!!
How much do I love space planning? I love plugging items in and moving stuff around to see what fits best. I am still old school-do it all by hand and with physical templates...call me old fashioned...
I love choosing paint for clients! It is so much fun and with decks from Benjamin Moore, Kelly Moore and Farrow & Ball I just can't lose! I am excited to see the finished look. thankyou Serena for embracing color and being willing to make some changes!
I am always so excited to go through years and years of resources when shopping for a client. Some people just think whatever marketing material they recieve from a catelogue, or shops in a mall are the only things they can purchase, let alone afford. I am always so happy to tell my clients about my resources and the great pricing and availability I have. Wouldn't you want something completely original tailored to you and your wants and needs? I would.
I am excited about meeting my new client tomorrow. I love when there is communication and information. It makes me work better. I also like the fact that both the husband and his wife want to meet me at the same time. I can't tell you how important that is! When helping a family put their home together knowing what the goals and wishes are for everyone living in the house really makes the difference. Usually one party will attest that they can do "whatever I want, my husband doesn't care" and every time I hear that statement I cringe because I know it isn't true. All I ask for is one meeting with both parties involved and than after that I can do my thing.
Just got all of my Designers Guild samples from the new collection! pretty amazing!!!
I received an email from a client that was working on redoing their home gym and were looking to hire an experienced decorator for color and placemnt of equipment. When I followed-up the email with a phone call , I was floored. Basically this perspective client was looking for an intern, a relatively unexperienced person to "trade work for a gym membership". She did not want to pay anyone. I will never understand why some people just think that what designers and decorator's do should be done for free. Is it because it just looks easy? As we designer's know, we make it look easy so people think they can do it themselves when in reality we have cultivated years of experience and education. Is it because HGTV has warped the industry with false budgets and HOLLYWOOD endings? Don't get me wrong, I have had WONDERFUL interns but an intern has yet to graduate to professional and as I always say...HIRE A PROFESSIONAL it is worth the $!
Yet another staging request. I love staging! I know i keep talking about it but it is something I love to do. I am working around a very neutral paelette of wall color, carpet color and floor color. I chose furnishings that had some bright color and that flowed nicely from room to room. Hopefully this will all happen within a few days. Photos to follow!
Why can't people figure out when they are selling their homes they at least have to tidy up!? I have done several staging jobs that have been a great success, offers within one week..., and I visited a few open homes this weekend and boy I was shocked! Home owners have to get rid of the clutter, take down the ripped posters on the wall and CLEAN! How can you sell a million dollar home if it looks like a homeless shelter! I know the real estate agents are not at fault but they at least have to get home owners to pick up clothing, dust and put away stuff and if the homeowners don't then they should! If you can't afford a good staging at least edit what you have..remove the excess. Editing what you have can keep things neater and give the viewer a sence of organization.
There is nothing like getting a referral. They are a very important aspect of growing a business. I recently helped someone with wallpaper, a single gal with a beautiful home in San Jose. She chose a Thibaut damask for her living room wall and she was so thrilled with it. Her friend just called yesterday and wants paper for her house. I call it THE CIRCLE OF LIFE when it happens. I want it to happen more often!
The pictures from the Almaden staging job came out great! We had a great time putting together the rooms. One of the most important aspects of selling a home is to make it look its best for the sale. Staging has proven to work well and I wish more people would embrace it.