Happy clients say...
“Realistic, team-oriented approach”
“Are you looking for a highly experienced designer that also operates with a high level of integrity? We were as well, and we were very fortunate to meet Amy May with May Designs a few years back. Our business is 100% referral and repeat clients, so finding professionals in the industry that we can build strong partnerships with and that have every client’s best interest in mind is paramount. Amy May is all of this and more, blending together both function and beauty in her designs. She also has a construction background which lends a realistic, team-oriented approach throughout the process. We have completed many successful projects with May Designs and look forward to many more in the future.”
— Ron Palmer, Palmer Residential
“Her background in construction was a true blessing”
"Not your typical remodel project that was completed to perfection!!! When we were referred to Amy a few years back, we inquired if she was willing to take on an unfinished basement and turn it into an Irish pub (see Irish Pub – Tradition + Taps). Somewhat unusual for remodeling job in today’s trends of clean, bright and sophisticated spaces. She was so excited to design our dream basement and took on the unique project with open arms. Her background in construction was a true blessing as she navigated the challenging design of a 1929 home with all its quirks and outdated structures, plumbing, HVAC and electrical issues. She came up with the perfect design for the existing unfinished space that had just the right “feel” of an Irish Pup but didn’t go overboard on theme. She worked tirelessly on trying to find us the perfect contractor and then provided them with exactly what they needed from the start to get the job done. She was a true miracle maker and now we have our dream basement bar living space with the perfect mix of entertaining, lounging, practicality and fun. Throughout the entire process, Amy was a delight to work with and I enjoyed the time we spent together. I would highly recommend Amy for any type remodeling project and have already started looking at other areas of the house where I can hire her for our next transformation. A true professional that I can’t wait to work with again!"
— R. Hiney
“Reflected our style”
“Amy designed and helped us manage a gut renovation of our master bathroom. During our first meeting, Amy helped us brainstorm different potential layouts and solicited ideas that helped her hone in on some choices for finishes. She came back with just the right number of options – we had good choices, but weren’t overwhelmed – all of which reflected our style and the design preferences that we had discussed.
After we’d settled on a design and finishes, Amy helped us arrange bids from multiple contractors then stepped into a project management role to assure everything stayed on track. She handled buying all of the fixtures and kept tabs on progress to assure there were no surprises.
Overall, we were thrilled with not only the end result that Amy designed, but also with the process of getting there. When we’re ready to pursue another project, Amy will be our first call.”
— Michael B.
“She gets things done”
"Amy is very professional and great with creative ideas, which we needed for the home bar she designed for us (see Organic Industrial Refinement). She gets things done on time and is very easy to work with. We would recommend her for any design or interior decorating projects!"
— Roger and Dana L.
“Background in construction”
"When I read in her bio that Amy May has a background in construction, that sealed the deal. She became our designer of choice, especially since our kitchen remodel including taking out a wall.
But that’s not the only area of her expertise. Amy read us like a book as my husband and I described what we wanted. She even figured it out when we were unsure. She continually asked questions and offered suggestions and choices so we were part of the decision-making process. Despite my initial feelings of overwhelm, Amy’s vision kept me assured that we were on the right page. She patiently took us through five designs before we settled on the one that felt right. Amy was always on time for our meetings and delivered what she said she would when she said she would.
We especially appreciate how well she communicated with the contractor and product vendors. By the time the work began, her design plans and drawings were fully in place, which enabled the contractor to schedule with detail. Now we have a gorgeous, spacious, kitchen/dining area that Amy took out of the 80’s and into the 21st century. A neighbor recently dubbed it the “Party Place.”
I highly recommend Amy May for any design project you want that will be creative in design, includes your ideas and preferences, honors your lifestyle, and is collaborative with contractors and vendors. She is a gem!"
— Patricia and Jon K.
“Create unique designs that include personality of clients”
“Amy worked with us to create designs for a master bedroom & bathroom remodel along with a dining & kitchen remodel (see Capitol Hill Charmer). She provided us with a number of creative initial designs which enabled us to land on plans for both spaces that leveraged the space and were much more creative than we initially thought was possible. It was great to be able to work with her to incorporate any changes we desired while having her guidance on overall space utilization and feel. She helped with providing guidance on finishes such as tile and fixtures to help bring the full design to reality. Her detailed design information enabled our contractors to easily execute on the plans and vision. I would happily work with Amy again as I’m confident she can create unique designs that include the personality of the individuals she’s working with. The outcome are two incredibly beautiful and functional spaces!”
— Aaron and Karen J.
“She understood the lifestyle”
“Amy has been great to work with. not only dues she provide excellent customer service, but understood the lifestyle I wanted to create and has totally transformed my home. My living room, dinning room, kitchen and family rooms are now welcoming, match my personally and is space I can’t wait to entertain in. Thanks Amy, you’re the best!”
— Clara M.
“Insightful and collaborative”
“Amy designed a “wow” renovation – on budget – transforming my cold, dark, uninviting, cluttered, unfinished basement. Thanks to Amy, we now enjoy a warm, light, stylish space (see Basement Spa Sanctuary) that makes you forget you are downstairs. With her construction industry background, she was able to help me work around my basement quirkiness and build out a beautiful, light, stacked-rock feature wall, with a gas fireplace and media center, and to retain my office work space and sewing area. Amy guided me on converting the dim, overflowing laundry-utility room to a “spa” room with Jacuzzi tub, rain shower and heated tile. She displayed creativity in suggesting we relocate and stack the washer and dryer behind a turquoise barn door in a much more usable location. Her materials selection was impeccable! I’ve done several remodel projects, and Amy is among the most insightful and collaborative design professionals I’ve known. She always listened to me and worked extremely well with the contractors to help me achieve my vision. I practically live in my basement now.”
— Diane B.
“Keen eye for design”
“Amy is absolutely fantastic! She is professional, communicates well and has a keen eye for design. My project involved converting a wood burning fireplace to gas, adding built-in cabinets/shelving around the fireplace and covering the current brick with stacked stone. The design choices were endless and Amy helped me to narrow them down, in addition to helping me incorporate space for a large oddly-shaped curio piece I needed to make a home for. I’d recommend her in a heartbeat.”
— Sasha B.
“The perfect partner”
“Amy May is an exceptionally talented design professional, and we have her to thank for our stunning new family home!
She first served as our design coordinator, assisting in the selection of all finishes for our custom home (see Refined Classic Elegance). Amy took every idea we had and made it into reality, always considering a multitude of factors, including our lifestyle and budget. Never afraid to give an opinion, but always respectful and professional, we found that working with her was a lot of fun.
In addition to her amazing eye, Amy also understands every aspect of construction, which makes her truly unique. As our home neared completion, she was the perfect partner to help select our furnishings, window treatments and accessories.”
— Georgy Ann P.
“Better than what you expect”
“Amy did an amazing job with our master bathroom remodel! Communication was great and her response time was excellent too. She has a knack for creating a space that exactly fits what you want yet 3x better than what you were expecting. Colors, textures, form, and space all seem to come together to create not just art, but actual, useable, liveable spaces that work. I would hire her in a heartbeat and recommend her to anyone who is looking for a fabulous interior design pro.”
— Carrie J.
“Keen attention to detail”
“Amy is a gem! She helped us immensely, both in developing an interior design concept for our new 6,000 sq. ft. home and then executing it efficiently, on time and on budget.
Amy designed our custom-made cabinetry and shelving and also sourced stone counter tops, wood, tile, carpet, lighting, hardware and more. In each instance, she focused first on our requirements, listened carefully to our comments and then responded with a few well-chosen options. Invariably we were very satisfied with her initial selections.
As a result of Amy’s design instincts, all of these elements were integrated to produce stunning rooms (see Organic Modern). She has a delightful manner along with her keen attention to detail and professional demeanor. Amy made the complex process of building a home much more enjoyable than we ever imagined — and we love the results!”
— Anne C.
“I love coming home now”
“I would highly recommend May Designs to anyone, because Amy May is fantastic! She gave me a number of great suggestions during my initial consultation and followed up with a design board for a new living and dining space. Her suggestions inspired me to take a few risks with purchases I never would have considered making previously, and I am so pleased with the result!
I feel like I have a brand-new condo! I love coming home now to a tranquil, yet fun and welcoming environment.”
— Darcy T.
“Always thoughtful and proactive”
“Amy has the fabulous combination of great taste and ability to work within a budget. She’s always thoughtful and proactive, bringing a beautiful vision to each project (see Airy Office Digs) and exceeding expectations. We trust her completely!”
— Nathan C.
“No ego or pretension”
“We’ve worked with Amy three times now largely because of who she is. She’s fun to work with, there’s no ego or pretension, and she never pushes her own agenda.
Of course, her work is amazing, too. In 2009 she helped us select new paint and replace light fixtures as we were moving into our new house. In 2010 she redesigned and managed the complete rip-out of our kitchen and fireplace. And in 2012 she redesigned all of our bathrooms.
Remodeling can be stressful, but Amy is a calming influence. She listens patiently, learns about what you want (and what you don’t), and creates practical, beautiful living spaces for real people and their families.”
— Becky and Ross G.
“It was a pleasure working with Amy May. She met with me soon after I reached out and developed a great design for the interior of the modern home I had just moved into. The space was a blank slate and she was able to suggest innovative design elements including custom items like live edge countertop / built-in pantry / built in bench/ custom reclaimed wood table / custom closets / built-in storage / and more. She also found sleek furniture pieces and developed a smart layout to maximize space and function. She designed my living room / dining room and bedrooms. She project managed the entire effort including handling all details with the various vendors & stores as well as storing all the delivered furniture pieces till the time was right. The end result has been fabulous and I love coming home every day to a home that makes me smile. I definitely recommend Amy.”
— Mary Ann B.
“She listened to how I live”
“Amy is the best there is from her professional knowledge to her listening skills to overseeing the execution of the remodel. I love that she really listened to how I live in my space and came back with great ideas that reflected my life style. She introduced me to wonderful artists in the community for local touches that I treasure (artists who designed my rug and dining table). She was always clear on timelines, costs etc. and worked with my contractor (who actually introduced me to Amy) to create a fabulous space that I treasure and enjoy coming home to!”
— Lori O.
“Super fun and easy to work with”
“When we wanted to remodel our condo, our time — and our budget — was limited. Amy learned about what we wanted to achieve and then recommended the best way to accomplish our goals within those constraints. Her suggestions for every aspect of the project, from floor plan changes to décor details, were excellent.
Amy is organized, responsible and in general super fun and easy to work with. I strongly recommend her work and I’m looking forward to working with her again in the future on bigger projects!”
“Warmth, creativity and passion”
“Amy completely redesigned my two-bedroom condo in downtown Seattle, with a focus on modernizing the kitchen, bathrooms and storage space. The result was an elegant and comfortable home that I absolutely love.
She was very easy to talk to, and made several thoughtful and creative recommendations to remodel my living space. Amy quickly was able to assess what would help transform my apartment, opening up spaces and using design ideas to create the modern contemporary look that I desired. I also turned to her for decorating advice, and the furnishings and accessories she suggested harmonized perfectly with my existing furniture and enhanced the new living space.
Amy’s professionalism and eye for detail — as well as her warmth, creativity and passion for her job — made our collaboration an enjoyable and fairly easy process. I would highly recommend Amy and would definitely use her interior design services again.”