Client Comments and Recommendations

Dear Kathy,

Without your help in decorating my home, I wouldn’t hear the “oohs’ and “ahhs” it regularly gets from company.Your sense of color is so dead-on at this point I absolutely refuse to paint without your input. Most of all, I value your ability to work with my taste and the feeling I am going for in a room, though my style is very different from your personal one. Your intuitiveness to understand what I want, even without my being able to verbalize it well, is extraordinary. I have come to very much rely on your input and I trust your judgment. Thank you for helping me to turn my house into the home I love spending time in.

—Honey, Putney, Vermont

I had very little experience with home decorating—paint colors, window treatments, etc. Kathy came to our home, engaged my husband and me in dialogue, and we came to decisions that combined her expertise with our lifestyle and personalities. She helped us rearrange our living room furniture, making the room more attractive to the eye and more comfortable for us. I recommend her highly.

—Rosalie, Avon

Kathy made my home amazing! Not only does she care about the rooms, she cares about the people who use them. She took the time to understand me. Her creativity is that she doesn’t have a canned solution. She looked at me, my life, and the junk I couldn’t part with to create an amazing home for me and my young son. People walk in and say, “Wow! This looks exactly like you.” Yet the truth is that I would never have come up with it on my own. 

I told her my favorite colors, showed her the furniture and accessories I absolutely wanted to keep. I wanted formal but not stuffy, comfortable but not sloppy, cool but not ultra-freaky. Oh, and by the way, do this in a house with a small child. Kathy created a look that feels exactly like means perfectly accommodates my son’s endless toys—who knew that toy baskets could become an accessory. I’m glad this is my place because if I didn’t live here, I’d wish it were mine!

—Ellie, West Hartford

I needed help choosing a paint color for my new kitchen. Kathy picked the perfect color, one I would have shied away from without her encouragement. Since then, I have called upon her many times for color advice—from my front door, to hallway, to sun porch—and eventually guidance for complete living and dining room redo’s. I couldn’t be happier with every outcome. Her advice saved me time and money and now I have rooms that are “so me.”Now, when in doubt, I call Kathy. She gets it right the first time, every time.

—Jane, West Hartford

Kathy was recommended to us when we were remodeling a new house. We knew how we wanted it to feel and function but had no idea how to get there. Kathy took the time to get to know us and our taste, and succeeded beyond our expectations. Her eye for color is justly famous but that's just the beginning. She took a process I dreaded and made it not only easy, but fun. She even saw a handmade table on vacation, knew it would work for us, sent us pictures and made all the arrangements. She's an absolute pleasure to work with and we are now clients for life.

—Bob, Bloomfield

We were apprehensive to work with a decorator, thinking that they would try to impose a certain style or design. Kathy proved us wrong time and time again. She is a remarkably creative and professional designer. Among her skills is helping clients explore and think about the kind of space that they want. With an exceptional flair for color, Kathy helped create an inviting, warm and livable family room and kitchen. Even following completion of the work, Kathy was committed to providing full customer service to help with questions about furniture comfort and quality. She has a wealth of contacts in the area too, notably in the rug industry, that offer quality and beautiful products. We look forward to working with her again.

—Lisa, Avon

Kathy Hayes has decorated many rooms in our home from the kitchen, dining room, great room, living room, daughter’s bedroom to our master bedroom and bath.  We are very pleased with Kathy’s creative approach, sophistication, professionalism and she works within your budget.  Kathy is a pleasure to work with and creates your home to be one that is truly beautiful.  We receive many compliments on our home and it is all due to Kathy.  We highly recommend the Inside Story.

—Susan, West Hartford


“I love the color, but. . . .” “Will this tile actually work with that fabric?” Who hasn’t had questions like that? Kathy Hayes takes the fear out of decorating. She has gorgeous taste, but more important, she’s a deeply perceptive person who will first figure out *your* taste and, with amazing creativity and skill, help make your home reflect your character. Kathy masterminded the remodeling of our kitchen and main bath (as well as numerous smaller projects), and we love them all. She has an incredible knowledge base and access to resources I never would have known existed. Plus, she has the scoop on all kinds of talented and *reliable* contractors, plumbers, upholsterers, etc. (and that takes the stress, as well as the fear, out of remodeling). Working with Kathy makes decorating what it should be—exciting and enjoyable—and her sense of humor makes it fun, too.

–Clare, Wethersfield

“The ideal of happiness has always taken material form in the house, whether cottage or castle; it stands for permanence and separation from the world.”                                                                                                                   – Simone de Beauvoir