Following are duplicates of some client-submitted reviews from the Houzz website.
what our clients say
Carol and Larry
We are the delighted owners of a recently finished project by Kelly Shannon of 2 Blue Chairs. From first contact it was reassuringly evident that Kelly was interested in creating a space that reflected our design esthetic. Through a series of meetings he agreeably tweaked the design and guided us through the selection of finishes while remaining sensitive to the budget from start to finish.
We asked for an updated kitchen, laundry room and patio that blended with our mid-century home. The finished product is more than we could have imagined - both lovely and highly functional. Kelly Shannon listened and we ended up with a timeless space that continues to reveal to us the beauty of a 2 Blue Chairs well designed plan.
Having Kelly engaged in the construction phase brought the project to life. With his excellent communication skills, eye for detail and building knowledge, he coordinated the implementation of the design with the general contractor. This involvement proved invaluable. Kelly was always available for questions and assistance with decisions.
Kelly has completely redesigned a bathroom, bedroom, living room, dining room and kitchen.
It all started with a meeting in which Kelly went over the (old) house and started asking questions. Almost all of the questions were about me, how I lived and what I liked. "Strange", I thought at the time. Only later did it become clear that Kelly was trying to formulate a picture about me that would help him in his decisions. He listened.
In all the proposals and discussions, I would often ask him which of the options he liked. His response was always the same: "Well, I'll be happy to tell you what I like but why don't you tell me which one you like first."
The other thing I really like about Kelly is that he is not afraid to give you an opinion when he thinks you are about to make a big mistake accompanied with lots of reasons why he thinks so.
I have enjoyed working with Kelly. He has given me a house (and most especially a kitchen) in which I enjoy spending a lot of time. I hope to have him work on other projects.
Molly and Geoff
When my wife and I decided to do a complete gut job and remodel of our kitchen, we first thought we could come up with a concept and design on our own. Immediately it was apparent we were way over our heads. Having been familiar with another 2 Blue Chairs project, we choose to interview Kelly.
From our first meeting we knew that Kelly’s priority was to create a space that we wanted and, more importantly, that functioned and worked for our family. He really listened to our wants and needs and then built his design around that. The end product is both functional and beautiful, and only time will tell, but we believe it will also hold up well and not become dated in a few short years.
Kelly was very detailed and exceptional at managing the project. One of the things that impressed me most was that Kelly was prompt and accessible – he actually answers his phone and returns emails. He worked very well with our contractor and the subs. Our builder even used one of Kelly’s subs which saved us substantially. Overall, I think that if you choose to use Kelly and 2 Blue Chairs, you can expect to get a designer who will a) listen to your needs and ideas; b) give you very professional and adept service; c) deliver an end product that is both beautiful and functional.
All these years later, after any significant conversational break-throughs, we still say "that was a real two blue chairs moment!"