Reviews & Testimonials
From Our Happy Clients
From Our Happy Clients
About five years ago, my fiancé and I moved to the very unique city of Santa Fe . Our plan was to combine our two traditional homes from Texas into one new southwestern adobe home and have it ready in time for our wedding which would take place in three months.
Our new neighbor, who owns a home decorating store, recommended Patti Stivers. The instant I met Patti, I knew she was the person for this job. She accepted our challenge with a very upbeat, positive attitude. She came up with a plan that incorporated our style and all of our needs.
Patti worked tirelessly to make everything just right. On the day of our wedding, our new home was perfect. We received so many compliments and still do. Patti has great resources, vision and insight into decorating. I would never use anyone else to help me with my home.
Kitchen Designs by Stivers and Smith Interiors – This letter is written in support of the professional capabilities of Stivers & Smith Decorating Services. Stivers & Smith were contracted by Peak Medical Corporation to design, procure, and install all of the furnishings, accessories and wall coverings for our 79 unit Assisted Living Facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
The project was completed on time even though the decorators had only 60 days to select, acquire and install. The interior of this newly constructed facility was its single largest marketing attribute. Peak Medical Corporation intends to utilize the services of Stivers and Smith on all future construction and refurbishment projects. Peak Medical Corporation owns and operates 38 luxury long term care facilities located in seven western states.
We moved into a lovely spec house in Monte Sereno, Santa Fe in early 2007 and didn’t have much useable furniture for it. We realized we needed to find someone of great competence to help us immediately furnish it. Our agent recommended Patti Stivers and our relationship began after initially meeting her. Patti has worked with us from that point on and we’re tremendously pleased with her talents, suggestions and the ease of working with her. She never ceases to amaze us. She’s done this with our complete involvement, guiding us through the difficult task of turning a bare house into a marvelous home to live. She’s perfect for our needs and think she’d be the same for anyone who works with her.
Patti and Virginia are “the best.” I have known them for many years now, and have used and observed their work in various settings. Though their work has been centered in Santa Fe, Dallas, and Austin, their services have been sought throughout the Southwest. They are truly “client-centered”, always starting by listening to their clients’ desires, preferences, budget, and ideas as the place to start. Then, they go to work to identify decor themes, seek furnishing options, and find unique pieces, always working closely in communication with the client(s) to ensure a best solution. Once the “look” starts coming together, they proceed with the installation. Both of them are masters at putting that finishing touch on each project – allowing their clients to enjoy their new space for years to come. They have expertise and experience in both home and commercial settings, and I am always proud to help show off the public spaces that Stivers and Smith have enhanced.
Almost seven years ago, I moved and decided to change out most of my furnishings. Being in the Dallas area, I worked with Virginia Smith at a very casual pace over several months as we truly collaborated to furnish and decorate my new condo. The building architecture was Tuscan, so I wanted to include that look with a few of the pieces that I had wanted to keep. It was so helpful to have Virginia as a “team member” to help me select upgrades, flooring, and window coverings while we were in the building phase. Being retired, I was working within a budget, and I was continually amazed at how Virginia knew exactly where to go to find something special, but at a price that was amazingly affordable. Often I would find something on sale, and then ask her to check it out, and we would decide together whether it would work. When moving day came, Virginia and I worked together to get everything positioned just right, creating warm and cozy conversation spaces surrounded by unique furnishings, casual gathering and snacking spaces near the open kitchen, comfortable and relaxing bedrooms, and an inviting guest room that doubled as an office. Even the patio became a special haven with the perky red rattan furniture, a wrought iron table and chairs and an accent rug.
While visiting in Santa Fe, I have had the opportunity to observe Patti and Virginia working together on a project. They are easy to work with, …efficient, creative, fun and gracious, …and so talented. Both depend upon input from the clients and each other, and their teamwork yields an optimum solution, regardless of whether it is an upscale project or a small enhancement for a part of someone’s home or business. They are comfortable working with any number of different decor styles, and whether it’s fabrics, furnishings, bookshelf arranging, art object placement, flooring selection or pillow puffing, each detail is done with love and their desire to help the client define and realize their dream.
I highly recommend Patti Stivers and Virginia Smith as experts in interiors – capturing the look the client envisions, and making it reality! I’ve never seen or heard of anyone being less than TOTALLY enthralled with the result! You can’t go wrong by checking them out for your next project!
Decorating a new home can be a painful experience. But not with Virginia Smith and Patti Stivers leading you past the pitfalls of your own wrong choices. The best part is that they do it with grace and charm, making you feel like what you are purchasing is truly your decision. And if you can’t be there through the endless hours of searching and shopping, they make sure you have several choices of each item, still allowing you to feel totally involved and part of the process.
Not only do they both have impeccable taste, they exhibit great diplomacy when telling you “well, maybe not.” They remarkably channel their talents so the end result is a home that is both comfortable and spectacular.
Virginia and Patti helped create an environment that we love to be in and love to show off as well!
My wife, Helen, and I have worked with Patti Stivers sand Virginia Smith for the past two years decorating our second home in Las Campanas, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
They worked well with our builder, who has remarked often about how well they partnered throughout the process. This was a long distance project as our primary residence is in Houston, Texas and we have three young, school age children. The house in Santa Fe took almost 2 years to complete and we were on site fewer than 10 times. Helen made several trips with Patti and Virginia to Dallas, as well as Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Houston.
This was a reasonably large decorating project as the house is about 8,000 square feet including two outside portals and, since it is a second home, we started from ground zero.
Both Helen and I have very strong ideas about traditional French and English antiques but were relative novices with respect to Southwestern and Spanish antiques, art, etc. Patti and Virginia were extremely creative, but also very patient throughout. In summary, they are a delight to work with and we have worked with many different decorators, both in Houston and New York. We would both rate them at the highest end of the scale and most importantly will continue to work with them going forward.
Patti Stivers and Virginia Smith have a “GREAT EYE” !!!
They work with the things you have….. but aren’t afraid to introduce new and exciting elements. They also LISTEN, which I believe is the most important criteria in creating spaces which reflect the personality of the client.
Stivers and Smith are energetic and full of resources and ideas. Whether it’s a lamp, a showroom, a fabric, an antique, or an entire home, they know where to find it or how to make it happen.
They INSPIRE, FOLLOW-THROUGH, AND DELIVER!