Press + Praise

My husband Dan and I have worked with Erika and Alexis on numerous projects over the last six years. Their professionalism, unparalleled work ethic and high taste level along with their ability to really listen to what we, as their clients want, lead me to highly recommend them to others and continue to use them ourselves for every single project, big or small we encounter in the future. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and they make every project a fun adventure.

-Ellie H.

Erika transformed the dismal (truly awful) interior of my 200-year-old wreck of a house into a stunning contemporary, serene and comfortable space. Her energy, organizational skills, and attention to detail were all amazing, but her design ideas even more so. To say that the house’s layout was/is quirky is an understatement. Yet Erika actually transformed some of the quirks into beautiful features and worked with my general contractor to eliminate those that could be eliminated. She took the furniture and design choices I had already made (a fraction of what was needed overall) and presented me with choices for other furniture, floors, carpets, tiles, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and the like that worked seamlessly with what I had chosen and really captured the vibe I was looking for.

I was living 7 hours away for the duration of the project, but I trusted Erika completely to be on top of every detail and to make sure that the project was completed in a timely manner. When I arrived for the big reveal, I was stunned – it was so absolutely perfect and exceeded even my most optimistic expectations!

-Liz B.

Erika and Alexis are the dream team! Both are easy to work with and drama free.

My project was a partial gut of a 175-year-old house. We wanted to keep certain characteristics. We rewired the electric, gutted two bathrooms, added a laundry-room and den and did work on the kitchen. It was a tight schedule, but they got it done to perfection in two months. We were not there for the renovations at all. Everything was done over the phone. I sent furniture from another state and they had it placed where I wanted it, which included a full kitchen unpacked and ready. It was unbelievable! The process was simple and straight forward. Any problems along the way were discussed and decisions were made collectively. No surprises! There was honest strict accounting of every single item- it was a breath of fresh air. I highly recommend this amazing team - they didn’t disappoint.

-Stacy B.

I had the recent experience of collaborating with Swank while upgrading the Colgate Inn's public spaces. Erika and Alex are the utmost talented professionals. They worked diligently to help shape our vision and make it a reality that exceeded our best expectations. I would highly recommend them to anyone!

-Kendra Y.

Erika and Alexis of SWANK by Design exude professionalism with a huge dose of enthusiasm for the client's wishes. I contacted them in 2013 to help me correct the incorrect green paint color I had chosen for our guest room suite. The carpet was also wrong, as were so many other aspects. We visited often, exchanged multiple emails and calls, established timelines, discussed costs, and, most importantly, found our collective creative voice. I was not only enthusiastic about the color scheme selected, but immensely enjoyed the collaboration that ensued. Erika and Alexis suggested new uses for a pair of our 1850's farm home's original cellar doors and my collections of antique lamps and horse pictures. They mixed it all with fresh white duck slip covers for my existing furnitureand the most perfect pieces from SWANK. Eight years and five rooms later, I am still calling on SWANK to guide me as I try to make and keep my home beautiful, comfortable and hospitable.

-Melissa D.

I cannot say enough good things about working with Erika and Alexis. They helped us convert a small lake cottage built in 1907 into a year-round home that we absolutely love! Erika is incredibly talented. Without her vision and attention to detail we would never have achieved the home of our dreams as she took the architects plans and significantly improved them. She knows how to work within your budget and can make the ordinary extraordinary. In addition to their talent they are fun to have around – can’t wait for my next project!

-Joanne B.

My relationship with SWANK started after visiting a friend’s home and seeing their work. We then hired them to help with our new lake house. They were great to work with! Allelements of the design were a true collaboration. They listened to our needs, wants and goals for the project and then used their expertise to create a well-designed home. Their attention to detail is unparalleled and the ease of knowing that someone was assisting was a huge help, as undertaking a new build is time consuming. I am extremely happy with the finished project and highly recommend SWANK for any project.

-Susan B.

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