From Caroline and Pat Conole Pat Conole – My daughter bought a condo in Lincoln Park last fall and wanted to do some updating. Because I had worked so successfully with Marianne in the past, I asked if she would meet with my daughter and advise her regarding what changes were worth making and which weren’t. Marianne’s advice was spot on when she advised my daughter not to paint the kitchen cabinets but to just replace the backsplash and counters/sink and to remove the “dry bar” area in the living room in order to open that area up. Marianne then drew up a plan for furniture placement. She also gave sound advice regarding a small bathroom suggesting to replace the shower enclosure but not to change out the sink or tile. All of Marianne’s advice was invaluable and she further guided my daughter in the selection of tile and quartz in the kitchen. I would definitely use Marianne again – even if it was regarding a location out of town as this was! Caroline Conole – I could not have been more grateful to Marianne for helping me connect with a top-notch contractor shortly after moving to Chicago. I was new to the city so it was very comforting to have gotten a recommendation from someone I could trust. The work was all top-notch and the project turned out better than expected, not only due to the great contractor work but also Marianne’s design suggestions. I’m sure I will need to call on Marianne again in the future.
Marianne is wonderful! She is a delight to work with and will continue to work with her on more projects. From the design, to management, she is such a great help during the whole process. If your looking for a great designer to listen to all your needs and wants with a great final product, Blue Hot Design is your interior designer to call! Thank you Marianne!
Highly Recommend this business!! The designer is so knowledgeable and creative in all aspects of her business. She designed and led the renovation of our home’s lower level. Construction personnel are aware of her talent and knowledge and respect and trust her. During our renovation skilled construction personnel called her at times for advice and direction. In addition, and fortunately for us, her involvement in our project included working with us to select furniture, rugs, flooring, window coverings, art work, stone work, etc. to complete the total picture. We would have trusted her to make these selections without our involvement as she was attuned to our style. Relying on her guidance we have also made changes to our main floor’s living room. We heartily applaud all of her work! A good friend of ours hired Blue Hot Design for a large project and speaks just as highly of her as we do.
Five star service is what you’ll what you’ll receive when working with Marianne at Blue Hot Design! Marianne is punctual, organized, efficient, a helpful decision maker with an eye for detail. Her kind and friendly demeanor make working with Marianne a pleasure. We have used Marianne’s service with several projects and have never been disappointed.
Marianne really knows her stuff. She knows how projects actually work from the ground up and it shows in her designs. We recommend her quite often because she does a beautiful job and makes the jobs run more smoothly. She makes sure selections are made on time and keeps the contractor and client informed. Our clients just love her and so will you. Julie – B&E General Contractors
We had been wanting to remodel our kitchen for a long time and met with several kitchen designers. We weren’t happy with what we were seeing so we called a builder we had used in the past and he recommended Marianne. She came to the house and we could tell immediately that she would be a good fit for us. Her attention to detail is amazing and she is an excellent communicator. And, she knows where to find everything. This fact alone saved us countless hours of shopping. She is super organized and kept us on schedule. And, she was able to gently nudge us out of our comfort zone on a few things that turned out to be the best parts of the new kitchen. We would highly recommend her and will be working with her again on our next project.
My husband and I did a kitchen remodel and could not be happier. We were so fortunate to have Marianne help us. She not only helped us with the remodel, but also helped pick up wallpaper, furniture, etc.. Marianne went out of her way to make sure we loved our designs and helped us build the perfect living space.
If you are in need of a designer who will listen to your wants, needs, and desires and help you navigate all the choices to make it a reality Marianne is for you. We hired Marianne to help us completely renovate our main floor of our Brookfield home. We knew we wanted to utilize the space we had, but didn’t know what the best layout would be to create a more functional flow for our family. Marianne listened intently to our desires and came up with a great plan to make our dreams come true. She suggested a general contractor to work with and was involved in the process with the contractor from start to finish. She followed up in a timely manner with any questions we had and was always checking in to make sure things were going to plan. The remodel was completed on time and on budget and we are so happy with our updated main floor. We are a year removed from the renovation and still as happy with the end result as we were on day 1. Every penny we paid for Marianne’s services was worth it in the end. Do yourself a favor and utilize Marianne’s knowledge and keen eye for design to complete your remodel or build. You won’t regret it.
Working with Marianne on our kitchen remodel was a great experience. She listened to what we wanted to do and improved upon our ideas. She worked quickly to find a contractor (which during the pandemic was tough; everyone was busy and fully booked). The end result is a beautifully remodeled kitchen we love!
We worked with Marianne on interior selections for a complete home remodel. She was amazing to work with. Always professional and a great communicator. She really listened and understood the things that were important to us, and made great suggestions that made what we envisioned into reality (and even within budget!). Would recommend 10/10!
Every now and then you find a professional who is in tune with your vision, and she brings it all to life. That professional is Marianne. She is creative, intuitive, and is outstanding in her follow up. Our remodel went smoothly and her attention to detail was spot on. We absolutely love our newly remodeled kitchen and powder room, and look forward to working with Marianne again and again!
If you need design help big or small, give Marianne a call! She helped us in a complete first floor remodel including a kitchen, dining room, mud room, and converting an under utilized formal dining room into an office & pantry. Marianne was a true professional, always on time, and very responsive. She also helped ease our mind when we were concerned with certain aspects of the project. She made sure our space was not only beautiful, but she thought of great details to increase the function of our space too. We loved working with Marianne and promise you will too.
Marianne and I have worked on many projects through the years and I have always found her to be friendly, knowledgeable and decisive. She is a true professional who knows how to work through the various issues that arise during the construction process. She is a pleasure to work with.
Bonnie D.Showroom Consultant
We have been working with Marianne since 2016. As a professional, Marianne has excellent design ideas, can be flexible with design, and gets creative when we need it. Every customer we have sent to Marianne feels comfortable with her from the beginning. As a remodeling contractor we appreciate how easy she is to get along with and she responds quickly to any of our requests or questions.
Greg PerkinsGMH Remodeling
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Marianne on my new construction condo project! She was extremely flexible and open-minded while blending her great designer’s eye to my quirky style. She was a great help in sorting the details and making sure the design, layout and flow merged seamlessly. Marianne was a huge help with design ideas and sources for products, all the while working around my busy schedule and an unpredictable build schedule.
I have worked with Marianne Kohlmann on many projects as an interior designer where I was the architect. I highly recommend her work either as a consultant to an architect or directly with the homeowner. She is sympathetic to the architecture of the home to arrive at solutions that fit the place, whether that be modern, Prairie/Organic, or traditional styling. She is also very organized and efficient, working well not only with architects and homeowners but various builders and tradespeople that will be constructing or remodeling these homes. Successful communication between all parties is very important in these projects and Marianne excels at this.
Ken DahlinGenesis Architecture
Our project needed a quick turnaround, as we bought our downtown condo at the end of October 2019 and we wanted the kitchen and two bathrooms remodeled while we were gone from February to June 2020. Marianne understood our urgency and really listened to what we wanted. She provided excellent designs and very efficient material selection assistance. Her relationship with suppliers was invaluable in this process. With her guidance, we had everything in place to begin demolition in two months! She and our contractor had a great rapport and worked together seamlessly. She was onsite when needed in our absence and communicated with us in a very clear and timely manner throughout the entire project. We love our new kitchen and bathrooms! And we could not have done it without Marianne!