We had the good fortune of working with Michele Plachter Design. She recently transformed our entire condo into an incredible living space that went beyond our expectations. Always listening to our ideas, honoring our thoughts of what we desired the finishing product to be, she also gently pushed us slightly beyond our comfort zone, to create “wow” factors where it perhaps would’ve been more ho-hum. Michele used her talented, artistic sense of design and knowledge in everything from window treatments, furniture, floor coverings, lighting and paint choices in every area of our home….kitchen, bathrooms, living and dining areas. Delivery of items went smoothly and generally all deadlines were met. In areas of communication, she is well-organized and competent, always keeping you in the loop via email, text or phone. If any problem arose, she handled it immediately and efficiently…. Our Happy Factor would never have been a 10 out of 10 without her expertise. Thank you Michele!Leslie K.
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.
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.
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.
I was fortunate enough to find Michele’s design firm online by a google search. I was immediately drawn to the design work she had displayed on her website and the reviews I had read. After meeting with Michele and showing her our house, I knew right away that our tastes aligned and that she knew our sense of style. Throughout our project, she has been extremely professional and helpful. There are no surprises and the work is exceptional and timely. Her ideas are creative and out of the box. Her contractors are also very thorough, professional, trustworthy and reliable. I love how she made our house comfortable, but also classy and sophisticated. I love looking at my beautiful tile wall surrounding our fireplace while watching TV, resting my feet on the acrylic and glass coffee table that has additional seating for guests underneath, and the gorgeous jeweled sconces hanging in my dining room. This is just some of the work she has done for us and the results are amazing! Her assistants, Katelyn and Sarah, are also top notch, very knowledgeable, always accessible, and a joy to work with. I just asked Michele to help design some other rooms in our house and I can’t wait to see the result. I highly recommend Michele Plachter Design!Colleen 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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