"We have worked with Carisa to redesign our entire home. What we appreciated most is her ability to adapt to any style and budget. She sought to understand what we were looking for in each space, how we would use it and then proceeded to reshape the entire space into something that really worked for our family. She envisioned where the biggest wins would be and where we just wouldn’t get the payout.
"In addition to her amazing design abilities, Carisa was also a huge asset to the overall project. Her experience was critical in helping us to understand timelines and key milestones, and kept us on track in our decision-making. Her structural knowledge of what could and couldn’t be done was amazing. We also appreciated the way in which Carisa pushed us to expand our design realm of possibility. At the end of the day, she gave us a home that we are extremely happy in."
Mary Beth & Bruce G. — Bedminster, NJ
"Carisa gets to know you and what you want to accomplish. She knew us better than we knew ourselves when it came to our home. She presents you with plenty of options, but go with her recommendation—she will never lead you wrong."
Rosanne & Emil J. — Basking Ridge, NJ
"Carisa has total integrity- both in design intention and execution. This isn't just a job to her and we can see that everywhere we look in the homes she designed for us. Little things she fought for that seemed so unimportant to us during the process are now the very details that we love the most. She has such a sure hand in mixing the old, new and the functional, that we have learned to trust her instincts completely. If you just look at her pretty pictures you will miss her real mastery-creating extraordinary spaces that live just as beautifully as they look. We are now on our third house that Carisa has designed, the last having sold at full price within a week of listing-in this market - a miracle that we can only attribute to the incredibly inviting mood she creates with her designs. She always spent our money carefully as if it was her own-trading less expensive options when she felt it wouldn't compromise the design and encouraging us to splurge when she knew it would make the room. She is also an absolute joy to work with. We call her our "Design Therapist" because whatever our project needed-a calming word when we were nervous about a decision, a tough talk with a contractor or a late night change-she was there. We joke that we moved just so we could have Carisa design another house, but I am not so sure we are kidding."
Sam & Katherine K., Basking Ridge, NJ
"Carisa has an uncanny ability to see what I picture in my head, and turn it into a reality. I have the most amazing basement anyone has ever seen because of Carisa."
Colleen B. — Far Hills, NJ
"Thank you so much for all you did to make our home the Arts & Crafts showpiece that we hoped for. Living here is a dream!"
Dana & Tim W. — Mountain Lakes, NJ
"We are a young couple with small kids who recently moved to the suburbs from Manhattan. We've been working with Carisa on a total rehab of a 1960s split-level home. She has been instrumental in planning everything from the big picture design to the minute details. We love how Carisa has been able to help us figure out our style, (what she has dubbed "schoolhouse industrial") and has elevated our aesthetic to a totally different level. As beautiful as her plans are, what really impresses us is the functionality of it all. From her many years of experience, Carisa is able to anticipate what spaces will be too tight, where lighting will be poor, or which storage areas will be lacking. She fixes these issues before we are even aware of them. Although Carisa works multiple projects at a time, we can't help but feel like we are her only clients. She indulges our changes of opinion and amateur perspectives and is always available to meet in person.
"Initially we thought hiring Carisa would be a luxury expense, but in fact it has been the opposite. Her extensive resources have been able to save us thousands. Even though she does a lot of work with unlimited budgets, she has been great in staying cost conscious when working with us. We highly recommend her for small and large projects, nonexistent and exorbitant budgets, country home and city dwellings. Hire her quickly before she gets snapped up by HGTV! "
Ania & Tim H.- Mountain Lakes, NJ
"I had avoided consulting an interior designer in the past because of my personal interest in design, and fear that a designer would not fully understand my aesthetic. CMDG has exceeded my expectations, introducing creative solutions that helped us execute a sophisticated design story. I found CMDG's project management experience and trade only resources invaluable. A project that began with only one room, has since expanded to four! CMDG turned our house from a blank slate into a truly special home that reflects our family's personality and lifestyle."
Leigh & Daniel A. - Mountain Lakes, NJ
"CMDG transformed my house into a home. Their artistic skills were invaluable and they demonstrated a level of professionalism that was greatly appreciated and beyond reproach. They made what could have been a stressful process, seamless. We used them to build our home initially and for each and every project since then."
Debra & David S.- Mountain Lakes, NJ