I really enjoyed working with Michele. She is a pleasure to work with: completely professional, very responsive, and sensitive to budgets. She has great ideas and integrates those seamlessly with client needs and aesthetics. The execution is flawless! I have had experiences with others that were nothing like her. Working with Michele felt like a dream! My husband and I love the results at our house!

Alexandra L.

We hired Michele Plachter design to help with design and decoration for our large living room and formal dining room in our historic Philadelphia home. She was a pleasure to work with and we are extremely pleased with the results. She did a great job of balancing our tastes while gently nudging us into places that we might not have thought we would go for. Thanks for a great job Michele and Emeline!

Clement P

Michele Plachter skillfully guided us to a lovely and comfortable home. Almost every room has been transformed by Michele’s guidance and innovative ideas. She was careful to consider our ideas and desired direction. Every presentation was exciting and included options. Budget summaries were always updated and available. Deadlines were promised and met. The details of each project were important to her while always acknowledging we, her client, needed to be happy. One of Michele’s greatest strengths was to guide us to a level of design beyond our imagination. She encouraged us to stretch our design style, but was never pushy. Examples include the use of black paint on a built in china cabinet and small hallway and a custom wood wall. These elements are some of our favorite changes to our home. Michele’s resources include professional contractors, a wonderful assistant, a natural eye for design and a zest for life. Working with Michele has been a true pleasure and a complete success.

Sharon S.

Michele has a wonderful eye! We worked on redecorating my dated dining room. She listened well about my concerns (messy kids, using some of existing furniture) and my wishes. She was always prepared with dozens of samples to look through. She had great suggestions for color coordinating fabrics and textures. I even chose a wallpaper she thought was a little too glitzy for my conservative taste and I LOVED it! She really had a sense of what I was looking for. The professionals she works with (painter, wallpaper hanger, tailor for drapes) are all top notch and great to work with. My dining room looks gorgeous!

Since my living room wasn’t matching the same pizazz she helped add a few things there too. Now both rooms flow nicely with each other.

Jen C.

Our project included adding a first floor powder room, completely gutting and remodeling the kitchen, and remodeling the existing bathroom on the second floor of our recently purchased Fairmount row home. From the day we met Michele we knew we had come to the right person. We felt that she shared our vision of modernizing the house while respecting its vintage charm. She is a skilled professional with extensive knowledge and resources. She coordinated and saw through all aspects of the the work, which was imperative to us because we do not live nearby. She steered us to an excellent kitchen planner and a contractor that we liked so much we were sorry when the project was completed. Michele’s attention to detail rivals anyone’s. She made many excellent suggestions on when we should spend a little more and when we could get by with a more cost-effective choice. She was flexible and responsive to questions or concerns as they arose. The project was completed in a timely manner, within budget and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.

Michele E.

We hired Michele to design the living room, dining room and foyer areas of a house we had recently purchased. We interviewed multiple designers and liked that Michele was enthusiastic but not pretentious. Her estimates as to both time and money struck us as much more realistic than those from other designers who were promising a great deal in a very short period of time.

Michele listened to our constraints (by which I primarily mean our two young kids!) and our must-haves, and found many unique and special furniture pieces, lights, and accessories for our house.

We felt that Michele’s greatest strength was in her eye for color and ability to choose paint and wall coverings that made our rooms look finished and lively. She also works with amazing contractors–particularly her painter and wall covering guru–whom I trusted completely in my home.
Since my living room wasn’t matching the same pizazz she helped add a few things there too. Now both rooms flow nicely with each other.

Jenna M.

Michele has the ability to size up a client’s aesthetic, and to not only meet but surpass their expectations. She was extremely tuned in to our sense of style, fully understood our goals in terms of function and space, and always kept budget in mind. Her strong relationships with artisans and contractors guarantees a quality result that is both unique and timeless. She transformed our new house into a stunning home.

Julie L.

As a former television executive of several design shows, I have worked with many design professionals. Michele has a great eye, but she is also a great listener and an excellent communicator. Throughout the process, she was always mindful of my ideas and concerns, and her suggestions were always reflective of that. From beginning to (gorgeous!) end, Michele made sure the process was a collaborative one, and her follow-through on even the smallest details was tremendous. Her professionalism, knowledge and sense of humor made her refreshingly easy to work with.

Rosina C.

My living room – A large space which went basically unused for eight years – through Michele’s vision, has become my favorite room in the house. I felt my aesthetic desires and expectations were surpassed, my budget met and the whole project completed efficiently while paying attention to every detail. Michele is professional, has great contacts and contractors, and yet, has an ease and approachability which made her accessible and a pleasure to work with.

Alex H.

It was an absolute pleasure working with Michele. She has a phenomenal sense of space and color, and she makes complex decisions with grace. Her attention to detail and get-it-done approach helped minimize the stress that often goes along with construction projects. All in all, she was able to transform my entry hall, living room, and dining room into a space that’s warm, stylish, and highly functional.

Dorothy N.

My husband and I hired Michele and her team to help us put finishing touches throughout our home. She really listened to us and gave us options that she thought fit the space and our sense of style. She even gave us options to take us out of comfort zone and was very respectful if we weren’t willing to take the leap. After everything has come together, I can honestly say there isn’t one thing that is out of place or wasn’t what I wanted. Working with other design firms in the past, I am so happy with the results we have with Michele.

Lauren P

Working with Michele was a wonderful experience. This was my first time working with an interior designer and I could not have been more pleased. Michele is very knowledgeable, creative and has a fabulous eye for detail and color. She listened to my ideas and turned them into something well beyond my dreams. The rooms Michele designed are warm and welcoming, elegant, tasteful and unique, and all within budget! You can definitely tell the rooms that Michele has helped me with and the ones that we have yet to tackle. I look forward to many more projects with her!

Nancy G.

I was ordering furniture for my living room and I thought I had it all figured out. After consulting with Michele, I completely changed the entire design and I am thrilled with the result. It is fresh and sophisticated. She has a great eye for color and fabric and is extremely attentive to the client’s needs. In addition, Michele was sensitive to my budget. She is a real gem!

Amy F.

If there was one single thing that has continually improved my quality of life this year it’s been walking up to my new beautiful new facade and thinking about how easy and cost effective it was. I love the colors, the scale and the overall vibe, as do my neighbors and friends, and the contractors she recommended couldn’t have been better. It was fun working with Michele and absolutely hassle free!

Carole T.

Michele’s best skill is listening to her clients. Of course she’s going to look to put her stamp on your project as any great designer does but she starts by gaining a keen understanding of what it is that you want from a project.
Michele is great at working under very different budgetary goals. She has helped us with several projects ranging from our living room where we had a fair amount of resources to our basement/playroom where she pointed out that going overboard on the budget did not make a lot of sense.
I love the way Michele keeps a project classic and refined but mixes in modern elements and a bold color here or there.
Michele is a pleasure to collaborate with on a project. She is very busy but she always makes you feel like your project is her most important project even if it is very small. She is consistently professional but also fun.

Kevin M.

Michele was great to work with. She was definitely able to interpret our vision into a reality, has great insight and is able to add flair to any project.

Frank S.