When I decided to redo my home, I knew I’d need a lot of help. I’m not good with color (my color scheme ranged from beige to grey), I hated the carpet and blinds that I hadn’t replaced since I bought the house, there were built in shelves next to the fireplace that were nothing but dust collectors, and I couldn’t find the perfect chair to replace my 20 year old leather chair. Thankfully I found Cozette!
In our first meeting, we looked at the pieces of furniture I wanted to keep and discussed what I liked about them. I also told her that I didn’t want to choose from dozens of options and asked her to narrow down my choices. She really paid attention to my style and started sending me pictures of other pieces I might like and, I have to say, she was right on the nose with her suggestions. And she (very patiently) whittled my choices down to two or three for each piece, fabric or color, making my decisions much easier!
The work in my house included a lot of carpentry, painting, some electrical work, window treatments, carpeting and furniture and Cozette worked with the contractors seamlessly so that I didn’t have to worry about coordinating each aspect of the job. And each of these contractors was a skilled professional who provided me with budget and time estimates that they met.
Cozette took me through every step, from choosing a new stair railing to hanging pictures, and after two weeks, my house looks and feels new! Most importantly, she helped me find my own taste and style so the house doesn’t feel like it’s been “decorated”. It just feels like home.
Never having worked with an interior designer before, I was a bit apprehensive about hiring one. My husband and I had recently relocated to New Jersey from Florida and left most of our belongings in our home there. We purchased a 3000 square foot condo in northern New Jersey and really didn’t know where to begin furnishing and decorating it. My sister suggested I visit the website of the American Society of Interior Designers and look at a few portfolios to get ideas.
When I saw Cozette Brown’s portfolio and went to her website, I was intrigued by what I saw. Her designs were simple yet compelling, able to showcase her client’s existing furnishings and artwork while adding new pieces which gave the space an entirely different feel. Having such a large area to decorate, we were very concerned about keeping the job within our budget, but decided to meet with Cozette in person to discuss our project.
She was so easy to talk to and listened to our needs, getting a great sense of how we live in our home. She clearly explained her work methods and pricing policies so we had a full understanding of how the process would work. After speaking with a few other designers, we decided to hire Cozette and are so glad we did.
Our home is more beautiful than we ever could have imagined! She worked within our budget and created a space which perfectly reflects our taste and our lifestyle. Every vendor Cozette recommended was as talented and professional as she is. The painter, drapery maker, furniture dealer and rug dealer were all fantastic and each of them, working under Cozette’s guidance, produced an amazing result.
Cozette is not only a talented designer, she is also an excellent administrator, staying on top of each and every detail of the project, always communicating with the client and making sure all deadlines are met by each vendor. She immediately returns phone calls and emails and is proactive in coordinating deliveries and installations. As a client, I never had to worry about anything from the beginning of the project to the end.
In this era of vendors who regularly over promise and then under deliver and consumers who are routinely faced with paying more and getting less, Cozette Brown is truly a breath of fresh air. Although we were apprehensive about using a designer at the beginning of our project, by the time it was completed, we felt that we were saying goodbye to a trusted friend and are absolutely certain that no one could have made our home more beautiful and comfortable than Cozette Brown.
I fear the direction my family room renovation would have taken without Cozette to the rescue. I do not enjoy decorating but wanted a warm, comfortable room that my family would actually use. I was spending time that I didn't have shopping all over for deals for furniture that I didn't actually need. Cozette came in and made it all fun and less overwhelming. She immediately earned my trust. She respected my budget and figured out ways to use some existing furniture so that I could buy a few nicer pieces that really completed the room. When I come home and walk through my family room I can't believe it's really my house!
"Wow, elegant and gorgeous.....great size too".
Majda Kaprelian, Kaprelian Carpet Co.
"I am happy to tell you about the work Cozette did for our family. She did the entire design and delivery for our master bedroom.
Construction - We needed to replace the paneling with sheet rock. Cozette recommended quality custom molding, paint colors and worked with the contractor flawlessly. Painting - Cozette recommended a fantastic painter, who was on time, on scope and on budget.
Furniture - Acquired high quality furniture at the right price.
Design - She was always available to discuss and execute. Cozette designed living space as well as arrangement of family photos consistent with the room and the artwork. This perhaps was the highest value of her efforts aside from what I previously mentioned.
Pictures - Cozette helped us select a classic print from a great artist to focus the entire design."
The finished product is beautiful. Thought is put into every decision. The furniture, lighting fixtures ,fabrics, colors, rugs and accents pieces are carefully thought out to coordinate with the design concept. It makes you want to redecorate every room.
She is cost conscious, without compromising on design.
I have completed 2 rooms and a foyer and I love them.
Working with Cozette was so easy! She has the best ability to really know what her client is looking for. I struggled to put finishing touches to what I currently was living with. Cozette designed my rooms, utilizing some of my own furniture and artwork. She really knows how to warm up a space by using the right colors and fabrics. Her help with my window treatments was fabulous. She completed the rooms so well, the fabric choices were perfect! Her talent in design is great, but her personality and ease is what really made it such a great experience.
Being in the furnishing business for over 30 years, working with Cozette is a pleasure. She has a great eye for design and color and always is able to work within the requirements of her clients as well as budget. I highly recommend her services.
Mike from Palisade Furniture