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Julie Giampaoli in Danville, CA on Houzz
 
Julie Giampaoli in Danville, CA on Houzz
 
Julie Giampaoli in Danville, CA on Houzz

Remodeling and Home Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie was wonderful to work with! She helped us choose window coverings for our new house then assisted us with paint colors, rugs and designing a custom bench cushion. She selected beautiful things for our home, gave us great advice and was very pleasant and friendly. We will definitely keep her in mind for future projects.

Deep and Keri
Dublin, CA

 

 

I've really enjoyed working with Julie. I purchased a 2,700 sq foot house and needed help to transform it into my dream home. Julie came to my house and we created a punch list of items to address. The first thing we tackled was window coverings (my house had none) and furnishings for the living room. Next was a complete remodel of one of my full bathrooms. She worked with me on the design, contractor selection, and finished materials. I couldn't be happier with the results and now we're collaborating on my master bath remodel!

Rachel
Danville, CA


 

I hired Julie to assist me in the selection of furniture for our family room & living room. Julie intuitively knows our likes & styles and consistently provides furniture selections, design ideas, etc. that match our vision. She is a true professional with a critical eye for a balance and flow among rooms. I would highly recommend her!

Suzanne
Alamo, CA

 

 

I LOVED working with Julie! She is smart, quick and so professional. Our project was a "rush" job and Julie really delivered at every level. She works well with everyone from the homeowner to the GC to the tile layer to the installers. She listened carefully to what we wanted to accomplish and offered to do the legwork for me (short on time) and offered me visual choices on everything, making it very easy for ME. I can't recommend Showcase Your Place highly enough.

Kathy
Danville, CA

 

 

We recently completed remodeling our 3 bathrooms and master bedroom in Danville. We asked Julie G. from Showcase Your Place to work with the remodeling contractor and develop the decorating design.

Julie was great help in:

  • Developing the style we liked in the bathrooms and master bedroom

  • Recommending and finding the bathroom fixtures and various tiles and connecting us with the best suppliers

  • Providing the furniture and accessories for the master bedroom plus the suppliers

  • Providing a wall fixture tradesman for the master

  • Working the tile contractor, flooring contractor, and general contractor on the details of installation of the materials.

  • Providing window covering recommendations

  • Developing and managing the color coordination of the design

  • Working within our budget needs

Julie was an outstanding partner to work with and we were extremely pleased with the results of Julie's work on our project. We are starting another project in our family room and fireplace area and have already starting working with Julie on this new project.

Kent and Aly
Danville, CA

 

 

We can’t say enough about the great job Julie did designing our bathroom remodel. She is not a cookie-cutter style decorator who imposes her taste preferences on you. Rather, she takes your style and taste into consideration then guides you with appropriate suggestions. Julie is proactive. She anticipates the job needs and sends you a list of choices in a timely fashion. She has great contacts and a tremendous network of material suppliers. They know her and trust her and as a result they treat you, the client, accordingly.

Finally, she gives great attention to detail and she communicates clearly and effectively with your contractor to make sure he follows her plan. Our contractor loved working with her because she was so organized and provided clear documentation and explanations. Her attention to detail is second to none.

We love how our remodel turned out and we attribute it entirely to Julie’s great work. We have no hesitation giving her the highest recommendation possible.

Reg and Nancy Saunders

 

 

Julie is a true professional and a pleasure to work with. We first found her through Houzz in April 2018 when we were seeking quick help with a couple bathroom remodels before selling a home. She helped with the design and the purchase of materials (on a very tight timeframe) and did an excellent job. We are now working with her on decorating and partial remodeling our new home, and she's quickly become our go-to person for all things home improvement related.

Julie has an incredible eye for interior design, but what really sets her apart from the rest is her responsiveness and work ethic. We are consistently impressed with how quickly she gets things done and with her honestly and price-consciousness. She's done a great job of mixing and matching luxury items with affordable accessories to get our living room and family room looking amazing in short time; we get tons of compliments on both rooms now. She has also come up with cost-effective solutions to help us avoid some high-cost remodels. We can't recommend her highly enough.

Andree and Curtis
Danville

 

 

We selected Julie to provide us with all of the finishes for our new 4 home subdivision. She selected, among other things, all of the counter tops, tile splash, plumbing and light fixtures as well as paint schemes, flooring and cabinet hardware. What she chose was truly outstanding and has been met with rave reviews from both the general public and the brokerage community. She worked overtime to assure that all the materials were consistent with her expectations and was meticulous in determining combinations. I would not hesitate to use Julie again and would highly recommend her for her design skills.

David Bradley
Bradford Communities

 

 

This review for Showcase Your Place comes after an immaculate engagement we had with Julie Giampaoli. We recently moved from the South Bay area to the Contra Costa area and needed help to decide which colors to paint our kitchen cabinets. We searched high and low for a designer to help with this and fortunately found Julie through a referral at an interior design firm who staged the home prior to our purchase.

Julie, acquainted herself immediately with us and got us acclimated to the design process by asking the right questions while guiding us with her rich experience. After our first encounter, we knew Julie was going to be the one to help us through this.

We started with choosing colors for the kitchen but ended up doing a whole lot more. Julie guided us and helped with a full kitchen remodel, that consisted of the following:

New cabinets
New countertops
New sinks
Backsplash accents

After we finished our planning and design direction for the kitchen, we wanted to install new wood floors, paint the walls, redo the fireplace, redo our kid's bathrooms, as well select the right lighting and window treatments. Julie, supported us all the way through, providing us with sound design advice, selections, and colors to ensure everything would tie together and flow. Furthermore, she provided sourcing for materials, appliances, and contractors. We wouldn't have been able to get all this done if it wasn't for Julie from Showcase Your Place, Thank You, Julie!!!

Now that the project and the majority of the work is complete, we hope to continue working with Julie on interior design, as well as a few other projects later this year.

Jeff and Chau
San Ramon

 

 

It's been a great journey we have been on with Julie. We recently moved into our home at the end of December last year and reached out to Julie to help us with several projects. We did our dinning room, the guest bathroom, our second master bedroom. Removing wallpaper and demo the bar and bathroom. She also help to decorate our formal living room, the master bedroom, new dinning area and our family room. She also help selecting our motorized shades. She brought a new perspective that we would not have considered on our own but she was always respectful of our preferences and always made sure that her vision never supplanted them. She was also a problem solver. When we needed to redo the hardwood floors she found the right people to do it for us. She was always there and ever responsive to our questions and concerns.

Nghia and Noi,
Walnut Creek

 

 

Julie provided excellent interior design services for my remodeled condo. My goals were to use as many of my existing furnishings and wall art to retain items that I love, are memorable and sentimental as well as minimize my cost of purchasing additional items. Julie met my goals! Julie is an active listener, is easy to work with, friendly, professional and resourceful and knowledgeable. I implemented her ideas, including the purchase of some new furnishings that complement my existing furnishings. I am delighted with the results! Next step: showcase my place by throwing a party to share the look of my well-redesigned interior done by "Showcase Your Place"!

Marianne
Walnut Creek

 

 

Julie combined very well what I wanted from my house and what I though I wanted in feel, and created a bold and beautiful space. She creates an environment where we can talk and brainstorm, she made me feel I was making the decisions. She is easy to work with from a business standpoint and always kept affordability in mind, telling me when a piece or job was expensive. I liked that she was mindful of using some of my current favorite pieces, and she is willing to work with my sometimes quirky art. Julie is very easy to communicate with and always responded or followed up in a timely manner.

Kathy
Alamo, CA

 

 

The company hired Julie to professionally design investment properties. She is an absolute pleasure to work with. Her designs have individuality while maintaining elegance. She has an eye for design and creates that unique style we desired for our homes. During the process, Julie remained engaged with the project and was always available to answer questions or concerns. Incredibly, the homes sold within one week of being placed on the market. I credit this to Julie’s outstanding knowledge and professionalism. Julie truly delivers excellence and we highly recommend her service, because your home deserves the best.

Kayy

 

 

Julie has been a wonderful help in designing our main living spaces. She is responsive, worked with our ideas, stayed in budget, and kept us updated. The look of the spaces is warm and inviting, while bringing in the details that transform them into beautiful, professionally decorated rooms that also reflecting our personality. We will be working with her again for our next project!

Murali and Katie
Oakland, CA

 

 

I recently worked with Julie on a 10 year old house, and it was great. I chose the painting colors for interior and exterior, along with the right light fixtures for the foyer, dining room, breakfast room, hallway and much more. She helped make my vision into reality. She is very knowledgeable, and knows what to do or what not to do. She is so comfortable to work with, easy to contact, hard working, warm, and has lots of resources. I highly recommend her!
 

Mira
Lafayette, CA

 

 

When I met Julie Giampaoli I had just decided to remodel and sell the 3 BR/2.5 bath house I had been living in for 19 years and was firmly stuck in the 1980s with brass fixtures, ugly oak cabinets, linoleum and laminate flooring. I’m a scientist and really have no talent for interior design, but Julie gently guided me through the early decisions on budget, what needed updating, and pulled together a color palate and look that embodied “designed to sell” – neutral, but stylish with a flair - for the competitive San Ramon market. In all instances, Julie presented multiple options, allowing “clueless” me to participate in the design plan without being overwhelmed with too many choices.

Julie generously shared her vendor relationships so I could purchase discounted fixtures directly, and continuously assisted me with the smallest details. She brought in Francis Attwood, a local licensed general contractor, who was more than capable to execute on her design. He brought the electrical and plumbing up to code, converted the MBR soaker tub to a gorgeous walk in shower with mosaic accents that is now a showstopper master retreat, installed new hardwood and tile flooring, tricked out a gorgeous new kitchen, and did dozens of smaller projects that pulled everything together. Julie stayed with me throughout, ensuring that everything stayed on track. This 4 month project is done and there have been rave reviews on the final look, but even better, both of my neighbors were so impressed they hired Julie and Francis to help them “remodel to live” in their 1988 houses.

Julie Giampaoli is a delight to work with and her passion for design comes through while staying warm, funny and supportive.
 

Patty
San Ramon, CA

 

 

Julie G. of Showcase Your Place is absolutely outstanding! She was retained for all interior and exterior design decisions on new house construction. She has an amazing eye for color and incredible design talent. She has done a fabulous job with selecting all materials, such as counter-tops, tiles, plumbing fixtures, lighting, flooring, doors, windows/window coverings etc. as well as paint colors, furnishings, and interior decor. Julie is well-organized and detail-oriented. I have been so impressed with her expertise and efficiency. She really listens, and always responds quickly to any questions. And I was so happy with how she works collaboratively with the general contractor. She has such enthusiasm and positive energy --- it's been a real pleasure to work with her. I am so grateful for Julie's guidance and expertise. I could not have done this construction project without her!
 

Ingrid
Walnut Creek, CA

 

 

It was just good luck that I happen to meet Julie in her Shop, Showcase Your Place, just before my wife and I embarked on a family room & kitchen remodel. I instantly felt comfortable. Julie was invited to our home and immediately came up with many ideas we never would have considered without her expert advice. She helped us with every material choice, presenting us with a number of options and spear heading the entire project. Julie kept track of all the ordering and scheduling making sure our contractors team was on time in every phase. We highly recommend Julie for all your design needs, five stars from us!!

Stan and Marina
Castro Valley, CA

 

 

Julie is a true professional with an innate ability to take a customer's vision and transform it into reality. Julie has a great deal of contacts and resources to fulfill customer requirements and she somehow manages to stay on top of every project detail. She is extremely accessible (phone, email, texting) and is very dedicated to meeting customer deadlines and requirements.

Karen
Oakland, CA

 

 

Julie Giampaoli is fabulous to work with. My realtor introduced me to Julie when selling my home. She helped me organize and stage my home which sold immediately and received top dollar! I loved working with Julie, my Guru, so much that I asked her to come help me design and remodel my new home. She introduced me to local professionals and provided all of the design guidance for the complete remodel of my 1975 townhome.

This stunning transformation included a new kitchen, two new bathrooms, new built in media cabinet, new entryway, gorgeous fireplace, and new detailing throughout my home. She assisted in all phases of design from layout, color, texture of walls, lighting, fixtures, stone, tile, wood flooring, window coverings, furniture, rugs and art work. Her beautiful and functional design always included several options within my budget and Julie was able to guide me on which pieces may need special consideration in creating my gorgeous new home. She did so with an elegant mix of custom-made and retail pieces. I really appreciated her intuition, sense of humor, understanding of my tastes, vast professional knowledge, and efficiency. Now I am enjoying my stunning, stylish and functional home!

I highly recommend Julie for your next project! 

Kris
Alamo, CA

 

 


Julie was recommended to us by our realtor. She is amazing! We moved to a larger home and decided to start with a blank slate. She has helped find the perfect fit, scale and price for each item we needed. If I found something I liked that was horribly expensive, Julie would find a similar item within our budget to work out perfectly. I highly recommend her and would absolutely use her again for our next project!

Belinda
Blackhawk, CA

 

 

Julie is an awesome designer!

Her gentle style helped guide us from a guest bathroom that went from ordinary to WOW! All of her choices and recommendations were thoughtful blending color and design features that created a elegant space that is both functional and relaxing.

Julie's design also brought in complementary colors and style from our recently remodeled kitchen and other living areas.

Julie's product knowledge helped us narrow choices confidently and resolve our confusion over how to proceed! Not only can she design, she perfectly negotiates resolution of concepts, color and style.

We highly recommend Julie. Her influence is gentle, positive yet brilliant! 

Murline and Allan

 

 

Julie's services were invaluable to renovating our home to ready it for sale. The entire house needed a facelift inside and out after being a rental property for 12 years. The transformational results enabled us to get a full price offer in about two weeks.

Julie has a keen eye for trendy yet tasteful design that embodies that WOW factor all homeowners desire. She was also very flexible to work with our budget expectations. She works diligently to find the right materials and contractors, managing the latter to complete the work in a timely manner. Clearly her aim is 100% customer satisfaction.

Above all, Julie has an energetic and pleasant personality and it was a pleasure to work with her. 

Lynne

 

 

Julie is remarkable. She is quickly able to discern your needs and taste. Her color sense is right on target. I love coming home and opening the door to my warm and welcoming home. I was frustrated trying to use furniture from two different houses. Julie was patient and gently suggested starting over. I don't know how she remembers all she researches, but she pulls things together with ease. I have a good start, but she'll be busy working on my whole house as long as it takes. And she makes it FUN!!

Dianne
Danville, CA

 

 

Julie is fantastic! Five stars is not enough! She really listened to us and helped guide us through the process. At every point along the way she made the most excellent suggestions. And we approved them all. We were on a limited budget and yet what she has been able to do was just perfect. The house is absolutely wonderful and we couldn't have done it without her! We really respect her design sense, professionalism, and patience. We would totally recommend her. We couldn't be happier!

Christopher
Lafayette, CA

 

 

Julie managed our home renovation project flawlessly. Everything went smoothly on-time and on-budget. Julie quickly understood our needs and translated them into a great project plan. I will use her again and certainly recommend her without any hesitation.

John
San Ramon, CA

 

 

In my line of work I work with A LOT of designers but for my own home there is only one! Julie is amazing to work with, she did not tell me what I needed to do, instead she worked with me to make sure I was happy and my home felt like me when it was done. She took the time to listen and really hear what was important to me then she worked her magic to make my dreams a reality all the while keeping my budget in mind. In addition to all her design guidance she was hands on throughout the entire project. She coordinated the contractor, countertop fabricator, electrician and painter and she was there at a moment’s notice if any little thing came up. My project came out perfect and I owe it all to Julie, she is the best, two thumbs up, five stars!
 

Sheryl Doyle
General Manager - The Plumbery

 

 

Julie is a take charge professional who goes above and beyond in getting your home ready for sale. I was an absentee owner who had already moved out of our home and on to our new home. The home was still furnished as we had been leasing it out. Showcase Your Place made suggestions on what had to be done and executed them fully. Our home sold in 1 day at $25,000 over the asking price. Results say it all.
 

Christie
Blackhawk, CA

 

 

Julie is fantastic! She works within your taste profile and budget instead of bringing her own preconceived ideas of what should be done. She follows up on all the details and is easily reached and readily available for all questions, concerns, and moments of doubt. Julie provides an assortment of choices for each design option so that the result is unique to you and your home. The contractors and crews she works with are excellent and all of the relationships are relaxed and comfortable. Working with Julie has been a pleasure and has made me excited to continue my home redesign.
 

Cindy
San Ramon, CA

 

 

Julie is a superb design consultant with an excellent taste level that she combines to fit in with our style and tastes and budget. She's really good at bringing ideas and listening to ideas and thoughts. Our place is pretty darn nice and Julie has made a huge contribution to the atmosphere/ambiance in our home. Thanks Julie.
 

Mark and Karen
Blackhawk, CA

 

 

Julie has been wonderful at guiding us in ways to improve and update our home to maximize resale value when we are ready to list it for sale in the next 1-2 years. She suggested improvements that we would not have thought of or embarked upon, which, now after completion, we are thrilled with the results and have received many compliments from friends and neighbors. Additionally, she is great with decor and color, as well as with management of contractors and subcontractors, helping to keep the project moving forward. She is responsive, conscientious, fun, and highly professional. We are happy to highly recommend her and will continue to rely on her expertise and guidance.
 

Dex and Steve
Blackhawk, CA

 

 

I would highly recommend Julie at Showcase Your Place for any of your interior decorating or remodeling projects!!

My wife and I recently decided to remodel our kitchen, family room and one bath but we really had no clue as to what designs to consider, what materials to choose, which colors to have or really even how to get started. Fortunately, through a friend, we heard about Julie’s services at Showcase Your Place and wow, we are really glad we did. Julie helped us from day one with bids from contractors, interior design and various concepts for our kitchen, family room and bath. She listened to our desires of the outcome and informed us of various options, brought samples, arranged meetings with different trades and sub-contractors and was truly wonderful through the entire process.

Julie is very easy to contact, virtually always available to hear your concerns and/or complaints. If any complaints occur (who doesn’t have a complaint or two during a major remodel project?), she is very helpful to rectify them. I truly don’t know how we would have conquered our projects without her. Thank you Julie!! I whole-heartedly recommend Julie from Showcase Your Place for any of your Interior Design or remodeling projects.
 

Donald and Mary Ruddell
Concord, CA

 

 

If you want someone who walks in with preconceived notions of how things should be done and who will dampen your own sensibilities, then Julie may not be the person for you (although I am sure she would do that if that's what you want). What Julie does is figure out what you like, add a little of what she has learned, then offer a range of options within those parameters. She is high energy and very excited for you. We have called on Julie twice in the last three years, once to makeover our living and dining spaces, and more recently to redesign master and guest bathrooms. It's like we just picked up where we left of a couple years ago - as though no time had passed. She remembered everything about our last job and incorporated those ideas into the present. We didn't make a move without consulting Julie. We would text her, send a photo of something we wanted to buy, and she would get back to us almost immediately. But even if Julie were only a so-so decorator (which she is not), her knowledge of vendors, contractor and other service providers is worth its weight in gold. We were never disappointed with anyone she recommended. Did I mention we love our new bathrooms - or should I say spas? While she is working with you, I promise you will think of her as a member of the family - she may even offer to let you stay in her vacation home! We love Julie and I know you will, too.
 

John and Judy
Alamo, CA

 

 

Julie was awesome to work with! She came highly recommended by my beloved RE agent. Julie helped us get our house ready to sale by listening to us on what we felt was important like budget and working with what items we had as much as possible. She used her expertise to guide us on where to spend our money and what would appeal to the crowd. Once she had all the contractors bids in she guided us on who to go with and kept them all scheduled and meeting all the deadlines. My favorite part was her flexibility in taking me on a shopping spree to buy new things to stage with that I liked so I could take them to my new home. That day was like a dream come true!!! I really enjoyed working with Julie she taught me so much. Another thing I loved is that she knows how to say things about your house/ belongings in a way that doesn't hurt your feelings. I also enjoyed the day I came home and saw that everything was done, it was like an elf came while I was at work and make my house soooo beautiful. I would definitely hire Julie again and recommend her to my friends. I'd love it if she'd come to my new house and help me pick out all my new furniture!! She was definitely worth the money spent!!!
 

Jessica
Dublin, CA

 

 

Julie was very responsive, proactive and great at listening and understanding our goals and taste to help us accomplish a quick and rather extensive cosmetic remodel of our new home during the short window before we moved in. She helped short cut and focus our decision process with her vendor knowledge and contacts, and passed along contractor pricing or designer discounts which made her fees extremely reasonable.

 

Lisa and Steve
Walnut Creek, CA

 

 

Julie Giampaoli is a wonderful designer. She tailored her services to fit our needs. For example, we needed fabric for a project. She directed us to a particular brand and recommended a lovely fabric shop which gave us a discount! Julie helped us create a beautiful master bathroom and recommended a terrific cabinet maker. Julie makes herself available including answering questions at 7am! She has a fabulous eye for design. We have several more projects and I will be calling Julie again.
 

Ellyn
Alamo, CA

 

 
Working with Julie over the past 10 years to renovate our entire home has been a real joy! She is very organized, professional, and very knowledgeable. Julie provided valuable and straightforward guidance and insight during our many renovating projects. She also communicated regularly with us which we really appreciated. Most importantly, Julie was also always available to us whenever "we" called to answer questions and provide advice. In short, I highly recommend Julie as she really provided exemplary service in a personal manner which really went a long way with us. Thanks to Julie, our home looks fabulous now!
 

Stephanie
Blackhawk, CA

 

 

Julie's interior design and remodeling solutions are excellent, and adaptable to persons with different tastes, projects and budgets. She brings much value to any client: familiarity with the latest styles and trends; an ability to fashion elegant and tasteful upgrades; knowledge of vendors and contractors who can supply top-quality products and services; and, the flexibility to engage clients on diverse projects. And, maybe best of all - Julie is a fun person to work with.

Julie's interior design and remodeling solutions are excellent, and adaptable to persons with different tastes, projects and budgets. She brings much value to any client: familiarity with the latest styles and trends; an ability to fashion elegant and tasteful upgrades; knowledge of vendors and contractors who can supply top-quality products and services; and, the flexibility to engage clients on diverse projects. And, maybe best of all - Julie is a fun person to work with.
 

Mike and Ruth
Blackhawk, CA

 

 

Thank you Julie for being the best in the business! You have made so many of my sellers happy with your spot-on recommendations to make their homes bring the highest prices possible. As one seller told me 'Julie was worth her weight in gold'. Without a doubt, you have the vision, the discipline and the contacts to get things done on time and on budget! You're amazing and I love working with you!

Judy Lynn
Blackhawk, CA

 

 

Very happy with Julie's service. She chose all the right colors and materials and designed a show stopper master bath. She knew exactly what to do and worked in a very timely manner. Her fee was very reasonable as well.

Mary
San Ramon, CA

 

 

I cannot thank Julie enough for helping us quickly transform our house to what is now our home....She was great about walking through the house completely and listening to what meant a great deal to us and what we wanted to do - and then providing her recommendations for completing a number of projects as well as gaps we were not aware of (lights, painting, sizing of artwork, etc). She not only has great experience and talent for interior design and decorating, she knows what adds value to your home for equity purposes. She provided us great contractors and managed them - as we both work this was very helpful to us. She is so timely on her delivery - truly passionate about what she does and loves to see the results. We wouldn't be where we are today in our home without her.

Thank you, Julie. We love coming home everyday.

Melissa & Manjit

 

 

My husband and I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Julie Giampoli over the past few years in the updating and renovation of our home. Julie is an exceptionally talented and hard-working home design consultant. Throughout the whole process she took the time to ensure that every step was being executed according to our wishes and never became impatient at “my” constant worrying. To put it mildly, I am a very detailed person who has a tendency to over think. Julie used her expertise and knowledge to help us make decisions, keep us on track and more importantly, stay calm during significant home renovation where there is simply no place for error.

Julie is exceptionally well organized, very punctual, and professional in every way. She is someone who can be trusted and someone who truly cares about the happiness of her clients. She has become a good friend to us and we recommend her very highly to anyone looking for professional home design/décor.

With sincere gratitude for all her hard work and dedication,

David & Stephanie Tice
Blackhawk, CA

 

 

Julie is the best gift anyone could give for someone moving into a new home. She has been able to understand our style from the get go, and makes recommendations that we would have never thought of. Her vision is intuitive, and she can turn any space into a magazine photo. She is fun to work with, and has found beautiful, complimentary items to fit our home. Her experience shines through. She is direct and easy to communicate with. Her attention to detail is fabulous, and sees things that many people would not, turning any space or home into a spectacular one. She has been such a wonderful resource, I don’t make any house decisions without consulting her first!!! I can’t say enough about Julie, and I am sure you will feel the same!!!

Robin
Alamo, CA

 

 

We had the pleasure of working with Julie on the decoration and furnishing of our son’s new home in Danville. We were visiting from London, England and had about six weeks to do everything. Our son was too busy with his work to spend much time on the project. With our zero knowledge of where to buy things and how to get things done in the US we would have probably achieved very little without Julie’s expert guidance, deep knowledge of what was available and understanding of our likes and dislikes. She gave her views in a straightforward no nonsense fashion but was sensitive to our (European) tastes and budget and listened to what we wanted. What we managed to get done was amazing and we have no hesitation in recommending Julie for her professionalism, instant responses and practical design sense.

John and Farzie Thompson
Danville, CA

 

 

I worked with Julie on the preparation of a 27 year old home that was to be sold. We had one month to get it on the market to be in the prime selling time. The home needed all floors replaced, counters tops and mirrors replaced, all kitchen appliances, all lighting, painting of walls and all woodwork, some windows needed replacing as well as replacing a deck and landscaping was overhauled. There were many other small things that needed replacing or sprucing. Julie was well organized, had great ideas and was connected to all the trades that were needed. She monitored the process the entire time and was always available for an update and made scheduling changes as needed given that every project has its surprises. I could not have done this without her; it would have taken months and I would not have had the talent in decorating. I highly recommend her work and she is a pleasure to be around.

Kirsten Smith

 

 

We moved into our new home almost five years ago. Since it was so much larger than our last home we had to do a lot and do it quickly. The first decorator we hired came in with distinct ideas (of her own) that had nothing to do with what my husband and I felt comfortable living with. Nor did she take into account our budget. We were at the panic stage when a friend recommended Julie.

From the very beginning, Julie listened and fit her suggestions to the type of people we are. When we want to budget on some areas, she budgets accordingly. When we feel like spending freely for top quality, she will steer us there as well. In other words, she keeps an overall design plan in her mind for our entire house but works with us not only on style but also costs. She keeps our likes and dislikes in mind but doesn't let us go astray.

We've been working with Julie for about four years now. We call her frequently for tune-ups or just isolated questions. She is always available and treats every job with equal seriousness regardless of the amount of compensation for her.  

Kathy and George
Alamo, CA

 

 

We are very pleased with how the house turned out. We think it looks amazing and you were instrumental in key remodel steps to get there. Removing the bank of upper kitchen cabinets between the kitchen and family room was one of the best ideas you had, and you did a great job with the color coordination for paint, carpet, fixtures etc., thank you very much. We really appreciated this as it is not something either of us are good at.   

Julie and Kristin

 

 

My wife and I recently had the distinct pleasure of working with Julie as we prepared for upgrading our home in Danville to put it on the market for sale. Julie was recommended to us by our realtor who had experience working with her.

Julie’s efforts on our behalf were excellent. She not only had a keen sense of how to upgrade our home to make it more desirable for a potential buyer but also understood the importance of a budget. We upgraded floor coverings, painted walls, upgraded kitchen cabinets, bathrooms and light fixtures and took the 80’s look completely out of our house. In large part it was little things like light switches, floor vents, and cabinet hardware that made a significant difference. We certainly would not have thought about that level of detail. Julie communicated with us and our realtor on a regular basis and sought our approval each step of the way. She would give us options but we invariably went with her recommendations.

In the end we had a very attractive home inside and out completed for a very reasonable expenditure. More importantly, our home sold immediately within days of going on the market. We not only got a return on our investment in Julie and her recommended upgrades, but certainly made a sale much sooner than anticipated.

We would recommend Julie to anyone who might need her services for "showcasing your place."  

Kirk
Blackhawk, CA

 

 

"Julie took the time to understand our tastes and concerns. She worked with our existing furniture and art work. She updated our home with new modern lighting fixtures, fresh updated paint colors and carpeting. She gave us a fresh new look (initially) outside our comfort zone giving us a warm and sophisticated new home! We truly love it and thank her for taking us in a direction we were not familiar with! We have had dozens of praises from our family and friends!"  

Debbie
Danville, CA

 

 

"Julie combines the virtues of extra hard work, a pleasing personality and the rarest of gifts; excellent taste. I would highly recommend her to anyone."  

David
Alamo, CA

 

 

"Julie Giampaoli has helped get my listings prepared for the market for years. Every home she worked on sold quickly. My clients loved her and many have asked her to help them with design services in their new homes. I have used her for my own personal residence as well.

She is extremely professional, reliable and interacts well with people. She has a gift of explaining what needs to be done without offending the client. Her instincts are spot on and her eye for design is exceptional. I would recommend her to anyone needing an interior designer. You or your clients will not be disappointed."  

Marilee Goodykoontz
Bay Sotheby's International Realty

 

 

Julie eases your path through the thicket of design choices. We quickly formed a ‘partnership’ and had a lot of fun. Julie has great taste and a keen understanding of what is right for your house. She is highly talented and has a serious work ethic.

Julie is very professional, always on time and with the right materials and ready to listen to her clients concerns. She has seemingly unlimited contacts with persons/businesses to find the product/service that is right for your job. Julie also has a great sense of humor and is very congenial.

The job went smoothly and quickly, and I am delighted with the result. I recommend you choose Julie for your design needs. You will be happy you did.
  

Carolyn
Danville, CA

 

 

Just some background: I have never actually "hired" a designer for any of our past projects, which were many, My wife and I have flipped several homes in the 80’s and 90’s, redecorated our last two homes.

Hiring Julie was the best idea we have had, in the last 20 years!. I found Julie easy to work with, her ideas and advise was well thought out, and (I was afraid it would be very expensive!) she didn't "break the bank", as she has a lot of ideas for decorating by using our own items, some from lower priced places such as the Consignment Center, Tuesday Morning, & places like that, as well as giving us a very good price on drapes, & other furniture we couldn't find elsewhere.

I also enjoyed how well she worked with my wife, who, of course, has a few of her own ideas for decorating, as well as her own particular taste. Julie gave us ideas, helped choose the right colors for paint, helped choose cabinets, granite, lighting, and a plethora of other items for the house. My wife and I are very happy with the results, and the house looks beautiful!
  

David and Jodi
San Ramon, CA

 

 

Our realtor suggested a friend that had used Julie in the past and highly recommended her, so I decided to give her a call. I'm so glad I did! From the start, Julie took the time to learn my tastes, then used her extensive network of contacts and suppliers to put together a great look. She helped us select a contractor, as well as hardwood and tile flooring, coordinating paint, cabinets, lighting, fixtures, granite, plus furniture and window coverings. She is very personable, and a delight to work with.

Also, my job requires extensive travel, making it difficult to oversee the work being done. Julie worked well with the contractor, coordinating purchases and deliveries, making sure everything went smoothly and was completed the way we wanted.

We are very pleased with the look she created and highly recommend Julie for your next project!"
  

Kathi and Dave
Alamo, CA

 

 

We loved working with Julie on several projects. She was brilliant in helping us stage our old house so of course there was no question that she would be the consultant on our new home. She always has an eye on what is appropriate for the house, the neighborhood and the current real estate market. We ended up doing all three baths in our new home with Julie's design. She was invaluable both in assisting us with design decisions, making sure the materials were on the job site and managing the details with the contractor.

We're now talking about remodeling the kitchen and wouldn't even think about the project without having Julie involved. Having done MANY jobs both big and small, I know the value added that Julie brings to the job, she understands our taste, has excellent vision of what the finished product will be and knows when to step in and make suggestions. Her knowledge of the products available helped us to select what was appropriate for the job rather than having to sort through endless possibilities. "We'll work with Julie again" is perhaps the strongest testimonial we can give!  

Rob and Laurie
Alamo, CA

 

 

We have to say we are thrilled with the kitchen / breakfast / family room upgrade. Your tips, advice and critiques have been invaluable. The glazing and choice of wall paint turned out to be excellent. The results are fabulous and we've already received plenty of praise from others.   

Ruth and Mike
Blackhawk, CA

 

 

"After searching for a new home for over 12 months in the brutal California housing market we were exhausted at closing but knew we had the move ahead of us. We had some tough decisions to make and fortunately our realtor introduced us to Julie whose interior design skills and knowledge of the local contractors made everything come together. She was great to work with. We walked around the house tossing ideas back and forth and came up with a plan. Julie took that plan and ran with it and things happened fast. She scheduled the paint guys, carpenter, electrician and carpet guys immediately. She also ordered most of the material that we needed. Within a week after closing most of the projects were completed and we were able to move in. We love our new home and really appreciate everything Julie did for us. We highly recommend her!"

Jim & Kristine
Walnut Creek, CA

 

 

"I really appreciate working with Julie on so many levels. She's knowledgeable, professional, honest, responsive and diligent. More than anyone I’ve worked with. And, she's a lot of fun. I feel really taken care of with her. I'm looking to have a long term design relationship with her."

Sheren
Alamo, CA

 

 

"A co worker of mine recommended Julie Giampaoli to me. The thing that stood out my mind was the trust that she had with Julie to make everything beautiful. I called Julie and met with her and felt full confidence. I love everything that she has done for us in our home. She is now my designer for life. I won't make a move without her."

Rose
Danville, CA

 

 

"Julie is GREAT! Julie helped me select shades, drapes, fabrics for our new house . Everything was such a pleasure because she listened to my ideas and came up with solutions that seemed to fit what I liked. She works very quickly and has excellent installers as well. She's fun to be with too!"

Jean
Pleasanton
, CA

 

 

"We recently completely remodeled our home. Julie was very helpful along all of the steps. She provided references for contractors, she went on shopping trips with us to select the flooring, tiles and granite, and she followed up with the vendors on the delivery of the materials. Julie visited the site often to talk to the different contractors and make sure everything was installed as planned. Without her assistance and patience we would have had to spend much more time and frustration finding what made the finished product our new home. We love the results and have had many compliments."

Jeff and Joanne
Blackhawk, CA

 

 

"Julie helped dress all our windows in our new home. We selected Silhouettes and Roller Shades by Hunter Douglas. Julie is efficient, dependable and very talented. I recommend her and her services wholeheartedly."

Rita
Martinez, CA

 

 

Hi Julie,

I wanted to thank you so much for making our home look so beautiful! I can't even imagine what we would have done without you, we needed all the help we could get! In fact, without your incredible talent, I have no doubt that we'd STILL be trying to sell! The value of your service was returned many times over -- in terms of "speed of sale," as well as the sales price!

Best of all, you helped us achieve these great results with the least amount of time, money and stress!! You actually made it fun! I am forever grateful that you were recommended to us!! The only downside is that you made everything so pretty, that it's harder to leave!

But now that I see the "miracles" you can perform... I'm eager for you to help us make our new home look just as beautiful!

Beth
Danville, CA

 

 

If you have ever wondered how those home-improvement shows get things done so quickly yet come out looking so great it is because they use professionals. Working with Julie is like having your own personal HGTV episode without the hassle of the cameras and fake drama.

In fact, Julie removes the drama. Just try to remodel a bathroom or bedroom with your significant-other. Then reflect on all of the stress, outcome, and time expenditure that could have been avoided by having Julie orchestrate the process. Visiting all of those stores – tile, carpet, molding, paint, fixtures, and furniture – is a waste of time. The result is often incomplete and sometimes even amateurishly comical.

My wife and I have had the best experience using Julie’s services and the outcome speaks for itself. She has found ways to design spaces that not only accommodate our “sometimes different” tastes, but also impress our guests when we have visitors.

We will use Julie again and again. She might just be the least expensive marriage therapist in the East Bay.

Grant and Roxanne
Alamo, CA

 

 

Julie,

I thought staging was too expensive and a waste of money. You proved me wrong.

My agent convinced me that it could make my house stand out in the crowd. I sold my house in May of 2008 for full price in 14 days. Nothing was selling in my neighborhood. Julie made my house look so good, I thought about staying. Julie's staging cost is a lot less than the cost of a delayed sale.

Michael Trame

 

 

"Julie never ceases to amaze us! We use her services to stage every home that we market and have considered her part of our team for 7 years. From the initial consultation to the date of staging Julie is always available for assistance. Her artistic and designer creativity work together to bring glamour and WOW to every home. Her abilities to walk into a home and immediately assess the clients needs and how best to present the home are incredible. We also consult Julie for advice in redecorating and remodeling our own personal homes and are always thrilled with the results. We say 'Call Julie' when it's time to make a designer decision!"

Leslie Mills and Debbie Smith, Realtors
President's Elite Team
Top 5% Northern California
Coldwell Banker
Walnut Creek, CA

 

 

"The service and value Julie has provided me over the past 5 years has been exemplary. Her staging abilities and superior aptitude for creating a warm home environment has really  made a difference for my clients. I have been very impressed by her knowledge of current  market trends and buyer’s hot points. Her staging accessories, furniture taste and talent in enhancing each home has become absolutely necessary to many of my successful closings."

Stephanie Tice, Realtor
Alain Pinel Realtors
Danville, CA

 

 

"I cannot say enough to applaud the staging advice my clients have received from Julie Giampaoli. Julie is a consummate professional from the client consultation through the execution of the staging itself. Julie has exceptional ability to see what need to be done to maximize a homes potential and the organizational skills to get it done on schedule.

I know Julie's staging has greatly helped my listings to sell faster and for more money. I highly recommend Julie. She is the best!"

Mary Ann Schultz, Broker Associate
J. Rockcliff Realtors/The Blackhawk Real Estate Company
Danville, CA

 

 

"Without a doubt, I am certain that Julie’s keen eye for design and staging has facilitated several sales of my listings. She is excellent with the clients, and offers them advice while respecting their budgetary concerns. I have no hesitation in recommending Julie at every opportunity!"

Diane Gilfether, Broker Associate
J. Rockcliff Realtors/The Blackhawk Real Estate Company
Danville, CA

 

 

"Julie's unique, soft touch wins over the most resistant clients! Her friendly style and people skills give her the ability to make recommendations and staging suggestions that are generally embraced by my clients! The transformations she accomplishes are remarkable and she is a joy to work with!"

Linda Cookson, Partner
Empire Realty
Danville, CA

 

 

"I have been using Julie Giampaoli’s company Showcase Your Place for the past six or seven years. She is my secret weapon when I meet with potential clients. I always call her in to suggest ways to increase the value of their homes. My clients have all commented on how much they like working with her and her vendors. Julie is tactful, prompt, and professional at all times, even with some very difficult clients. I believe so much in her abilities that I am willing to pay for a percentage of the cost to insure that my clients get the best price when they sell. I consider Julie to be an integral part of my marketing efforts."

Judith Brickman
Pacific Union GMAC
Alamo, CA

 

 

"Julie is the only stager I work with… her professional problem-solving manner is the perfect fit for my client’s needs. When I introduce Julie to my clients I am confident that my listings will be ‘market-ready’ inside and out in every way!"

Tom Hart
Empire Realty Associates
Danville, CA

 

 

!"Julie and I have been working together for over 7 years. In that 7 years I have listed over 105 properties and Julie is always the first person I call after signing the listing agreement (sometimes even before I have a signed agreement). Staging is something the client has heard about but is not always sure they need for their home. I explain to the sellers that I am going to have a professional come in give them a consultation about what items we will not be using in their home for staging and that after the consultation Julie will be returning to rearrange their things to make their home look like a “model home”. Julie is always very professional and sensitive when it comes to consulting with the client. Julie takes the time to listen to the client’s concerns about the process and makes them feel comfortable. Julie has exquisite taste and the items her crew brings in are always beautiful and enhance the client’s existing décor. I believe that the clients have always gotten a higher price because their home was staged by Julie, whether it was a small condo or a custom estate."

Karen T
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Pleasanton, CA

 

 

Dear Julie,

I wanted to thank you for all of your assistance with staging my properties over the past 7 years. I truly believe that staging a home when trying to sell, is a must to get the most money in the shortest amount of time. From my experience, I feel that you are top notch in your field. I really appreciate your professionalism and customer service.

From the consultation through the day of staging, I know that my clients are in good hands. You definitely have an expertise when it comes to interior design and the property owners are always pleased with the results.

Sheri Platter, Realtor
Hometown GMAC

 

 

"Having been privileged to be one of Julie's first clients, 7 years ago, I'm so very happy Julie is on my team of professionals who assist me with my successful real estate business! Usually, when I am getting a new listing, Julie is the first call I make, before I try to schedule anything else! Julie is always accommodating her Clients, making sure she gives us her best professional opinion, in a timely manner! I also like the way she interacts with the Homeowner, making them feel important, helping them adjust! She knows just how to get them to remove their many 'treasures', move or rent furniture, in order for Julie to work at her best, in transforming their home into a 'SHOWPLACE'! Julie even has Homeowners asking for her assistance in their NEW HOMES, to make their new homes a showplace, as well! Julie is also a wealth of information, providing a FULL SERVICE for us, with contractors, painters, gardeners, who she uses on a regular basis. When Julie stages a home, it is a transformation, and a faster sale for us!"

Helen Schmidt, CRS
925-785-4320
Sotheby's International Realty, People & Properties
Danville office

 

 
 

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