Denise Smith’s creative flair has manifested in many forms since an early age. Always drawing and painting as a child, it was no surprise to her art teachers when a series of animal paintings she made to decorate her room won a blue ribbon in a regional art show. Even in college, Denise did not have the average dorm. Her room became the “visitor model” because of her attractive use of plaids in the school’s blue, gray and white.
At this time, Denise began working in the retail sector for a young women’s clothing chain, and quickly gained notoriety for her creative store presentations. Her solid designs became the merchandizing model for the entire chain.
Although twelve years were dedicated solely to her two daughters and her community service, Denise was continually helping others decorate their homes. She began consulting with an interior design shop in historic Occoquan, but when the shop moved out the area, Denise decided it was time to hang her own shingle.
It was with this experience that she realized a need existed that was not being met by the interior designers she met through her connections at the Occoquan shop. While the designs created were undeniably beautiful, they often did not address the functional desires of the client. Selling furniture, accessories and window treatments was the focus of every client’s plan, as high commissions could be gathered from these items, thus creating a conflict of interest for the designer. After researching the metropolitan area firms, Denise learned that ALL took some sort of commission, often hidden, from the recommendations that they made to the client.
Denise’s suggestions are based on exactly what the client wants and needs. A detailed well-written step-by-step plan is given with each consultation called the Design Recap. It features full color source suggestions, room layouts and all the notes from the visit.
Decorate Your Space offers the complete range of decorating services. From the traditional decorating services such as room layout, color harmonies and shopping services to the up and coming Real Estate staging, Decorate Your Space was born out of a life’s passion for good, practical yet beautiful design.