It is with great pleasure that we write this testimonial for Gwen and Amber of Bayberry Cottage. When we saw several homes that they had decorated with a coastal and casual feel we knew that it was the style we wanted and that they would be the ones to guide us through an extensive remodeling project. In the beginning, Gwen and Amber encouraged us to write our ideas down and share our vision for our home to ensure that they could capture everything about the way we live. They provided invaluable guidance in regards to paint colors, flooring, lighting, counter tops and window treatments. In addition, they were creative in designing furniture pieces like a custom dining table, banquette and vanities for our bathrooms. Thru the many decisions that were made before and during the renovation they were creative in their ideas coming up with many different ways to make more space for our growing family. After many months of living in a construction zone, the house was finished and it was time for the installation of furniture, pictures, lamps and accessories. We will never forget that day we went off to work and returned home after Gwen and Amber had set it all up. It was so emotional to see what they had professionally put together. We just couldn’t believe our eyes as we stood and stared in awe. It was truly like one of the makeover shows you see on TV. It is a true testament of their talent that our family and friends who have been to the house love the renovation and say the same thing we did the first day we lived in our completed home, “we just don’t want to leave”. In summary we would strongly recommend Bayberry Cottage for your decorating needs. It all started with an architect plan from John Hurst and then the professional design team of Bayberry helped make it reality. They were there every step of the way. Thank you Gwen and Amber. It really is amazing what you have done for us and we want everyone to know that you have a wonderful talent to make people's’ dream home a reality!
Lively Lakehouse | September 2015
Having been in the window treatment business since 1987, I find it a delight to work with decorators of the caliber that I have found at Bayberry Cottage.. Often it seems, designers of any sort put themselves on a "pedestal". Not so in working with Gwen and Amber. Their down to earth attitude combined with great amounts of design and decorating knowledge shine through their smiles and an occasional heart felt laugh. It truly is a rare find to come upon and have the delight of combining my window treatment experience with a business that has the same feeling of customer service. Simply put, if you are looking for a " full house" decorating shop, you will find your needs met by using Bayberry Cottage in South Haven.
Expressions | December 2012
Wish I could give 10 stars to Gwen at Bayberry Cottage! I have enjoyed working with her twice; remodeling a summer home and an urban condo. In both spaces Gwen used her eye for style and color and her attention to detail to make our homes PERFECT!
BB | January 2013
I have worked with Amber and Gwen on two condos which required different strategies. Our needs for the first condo focused on maximizing the space as it is small and the focus of the renovation/decoration was to create a warm and welcoming environment that was casual as the condo is in a resort town. We had the most fun working with them as they are creative, classy, intelligent, and extremely knowledgeable. We trusted their advice as they knew what we wanted. They created a wonderful place with accessories, bedding, furniture, lighting that made our place a showcase at only 1000 square feet. We wanted to use our paintings from Brasil. The attention to detail - buttons on window fixtures that matched the materials on furniture, the color scheme that went throughout the condo, working with the contractor to ensure that everything blended to maximize space - was amazing. Because of what they did at this condo, we asked them if they would help us on another condo. The challenge for Gwen and Amber was that we lived in China at the time, had bought a condo sight unseen, and we wanted to have major renovations done to the kitchen, bathroom, and mudroom as well as having them integrate all of our "treasures" from around the world - furniture, pottery, paintings and other accessories from China, Korea, Africa, Brazil, Middle East, and Europe without ever having seen these treasures. Gwen and Amber took on the challenge and worked with us virtually to create a home that reflected our style where we could entertain and make our guests feel at home too. Not only did they handle all the decorating and interior design - Gwen managed the contractors for us. Everything came together on time and within our budget. Gwen is a master at visualizing what your needs are, offering options with a range of costs so that you have choices, advising on what blends together or not. She is also very patient and diplomatic when we wanted to add more Chinese furniture. She would listen and then patiently explain that we were looking for a more global look and not just Asian. Then she would come back with a piece of furniture like the Chinese one that would be a better match and quality. You could not find two interior designers who are more professional, creative, cost-conscious, and elegant than Amber and Gwen. They are trustworthy, innovative, and have an amazing work ethic. They work 24/7 so it was always easy to contact them virtually. Also, they are a lot of fun to work with as they have a positive, can-do attitude in getting things done in the least stressful way as you work through all the details to make your home what you want it be be. They took our ideas and made them better. I would use them again if I bought another home regardless where I lived as I know that they can and will work virtually. I would highly recommend them as I know they can do anything that they set their minds to in helping someone create their dream home. I bet they could even do offices too!!! You can see our living room and dining room on their website. We love what they did to both of our places. They are a great team!
Global Infusion | August 2012
Love Bayberry cottage! When Bayberry first opened in South Haven I remember walking in the store and just fell in love with everything, especially the warm cozy feeling. In 2003 I asked Gwen if she could help me create that same feeling in my home. We started with an old log cabin that was completely remodeled to a "cottage home". The overwhelming response I hear from everyone that enters the home is how warm & inviting it is. Bayberry has since designed another residence for me winning 1st place for condominium design & decor from the Kalamazoo Builders Association in 2010. From personal service, great vision and overall design they are the best!
Casual Sophistication | May 2010
We hired Gwen and Amber to redesign our living room. We wanted it to have more of a "cottage" feel and to have more seating. It was a difficult space to work with. After reviewing our preferences and working on a plan, they presented us with three different options. We liked all three, but ultimately chose the one that we felt was the most fun. We are very pleased with the end result.
SN | May 2013
We built a new house and asked Bayberry Cottage to help us furnish it. They were able to get an idea of our tastes by having us post our likes and dislikes on Houzz. They did an excellent job of giving us a couple different options, choosing furniture that we loved, and even helping us pick out paint colors. When possible they worked some our existing accessories. I've known Gwen and Amber for years and would recommend them to others.
Douglas Cottage | September 2013
The builder we selected for our remodeling project had worked with the Bayberry Cottage decorating team, so it seemed like the right choice. The scariest part for us was, we could not be present for the project! Well, we did not need to worry. Gwen, Amber and the rest of their efficient team listened to our concerns, color choices, and style preferences and did a first class job. The tiniest details were especially nice; interesting handles, door knobs, pulls all thoughtfully chosen and working together so well. The staircases are perfect, with beautiful moldings and trim. The bathroom fixtures, mirrors, and cabinetry make each one a little jewel. The bedrooms are playful and soothing, with lovely fabrics, window treatments and rugs. Detail, Detail, Detail!!! We are happy.
Driftwood & Seaglass | October 2014
We purchased a condo in South Haven MI, a beach side town on Lake Michigan, that was in need of updating. We knew of Gwen, Amber and Bayberry Cottage from our previous visits to their store in South Haven. We contracted with Bayberry Cottage for inspiration, planning and project management. Gwen and Amber's care and attention through all phases of our project was brilliant. Their commitment to fulfilling our wishes and vision was more than we could have hoped for. They always responded to our many questions and concerns in a professional and timely manner. Their expertise and calm characters were a perfect combination! It was clear from our first meeting that they love what they do, really seek to understand their clients and deliver on their product with a great team of contractors! We were especially pleased with their thoroughness and commitment right to the very end. We would, without reservation, recommend Gwen, Amber and Bayberry Cottage.
River Retreat | July 2015
Gwen and Amber have the ability to make every project unique and every home personal. I have been working with them on a professional level for many years and have seen them in action on dozens of projects. I have witnessed the way they interact with their clients and their Contractors; always professional, always approachable and friendly, and always exemplary. A real pleasure to work with.
Legacy Hardwoods | June 2015