This is how I found Barbara: See a room on Houzz. Salivate. Save it to my Ideabook. Then realize it was once again the work of Barbara Grushow Designs. I followed her work -- though stalked is probably more like it -- and loved her glowing reviews. And all the raves were right.
Cut to my own family buying a house in Manhattan Beach. I knew immediately who I had to hunt down: Barbara. I sent a gushy email that night and heard right back. She knew I was under a tight deadline and assured me she'd get it done. She did and then some. Everyone knows moving is stressful, but you forget just how stressful the whole business is until you're in it. Our house fell out of escrow, everything kept going wrong, blah blah blah... but Barbara was right there, a calm force in the sea of chaos. She steered the project, found a contractor and kept things clipping. Her choices were impeccable (and she included me in the process, knowing I wanted to be hands on). She's also genuinely fun to work with. Her entire team is a delight and they went above and beyond to make sure the project was done and done RIGHT. Great eye for detail; she caught things I'd never see. She was also respectful of changes to our financial situation and worked with me to keep costs down. The end result is a house that is so uniquely us, such a fusion of what we had before and how we married it with the new. We have a cheerful, happy, beautiful and functional house. Each room makes me delight in its own magical way. I can't recommend Barbara enough.
Client | Heather Hach Hearne
From the initial meeting with Barbara, I knew we were in good hands and the end result is beautiful. Barbara is professional, she helped us express our style & design - all within budget. With Barbara's direction, fabulous style and keen eye she helped us create our favorite place. Her knowledge of products, materials & finishes is comprehensive - she knows her resources! We were able to get our project completed on a compressed time frame and remotely. Barbara has created a long lasting relationship; her attention to details is evident; she loves design and architecture. She is prepared to design any size project. Her greatest reward is a delighted client who is enjoying their new interior design!!
Client | Jill Cummings
Project Price Range: $10,000-$49,999
We manufacture custom furniture and worked with Barbara Grushow on several recent projects. She has a very eclectic sensibility and shows great attention to detail. We work with a lot of interior designers and we really appreciate the way Barbara sets herself apart. She listens to her client's needs and cares about the utility of the products she is putting in their home. She takes great care to also make sure the beauty of each piece shines and works on every detail from wood type to hardware finish. I would highly recommend Barbara to my clients needing the assistance of an interior designer.
Professional | La Bella Cosa - Custom Furniture
Barbara was an absolute pleasure to do business with. She hired my team to assist her by creating custom duvet covers and pillows for one of her clients. She is extremely detail oriented and hard working. Her choice in textiles was impeccable. We always enjoy seeing our products in such a beautiful space. Looking forward to working with her again!
Professional | Nancy Russert - Twist Upholstery
I have worked with Barbara quite a few times now, and am impressed with her ability to create fabulous design for residential and commercial interiors. Barbara is focused and dedicated on her clients and their needs, stays well within budget, is always on time and a pleasure to work with. If you are looking for an interior designer, I would highly recommend Barbara Grushow for your home or office.
Professional | Cathy Antebi-Galletta - Desert Business Interiors
I have worked with Barbara Grushow for the past 2 years and she has always been such a pleasure to work with. I am her architectural sales rep for Stone Source and have communicated with Barbara about several jobs. Her company purchased some slabs from us for a bathroom job and they coordinated everything from selecting the material, purchasing, and getting the slabs shipped to the fabricator. She is always very professional and organized with her projects.
Professional | Cathy Burke - Stone Source
Quite simply: we are thrilled we hired Barbara. Barbara is everything you hope for in a designer: she is easy to work with, she is great with budgets, works well with subcontractors and she really listens and is able to interpret your wantsand needs into practical solutions.
We hired Barbara to guide us through a major remodel. Before she came on board we were stagnant and could not make a decision to move forward. Barbara helped us focus, listened to our wants and directed us on everything from flooring to windows to the kitchen sink. She worked well with budget and time constraints and kept her sense of humor and graciousness throughout the project. She even helped us come up with dog friendly materials....a must in our home!
Barbara was instrumental in turning our house into a home that we will love for many years.
Client | Leslie Frost
I contracted with Barbara Grushow for several months to help with interior finish specifications and story boards for a design /build beachfront project in Malibu, California. She was very professional and worked tirelessly with her team to identify material and colors as well as specify furniture placement and lighting fixture alternatives. In addition to her design talent she always met or exceeded our time schedule and was very easy to work with. Her talent and work ethic allowed us to make informed decisions and finish our project in a timely manner. I would highly recommend Barbara for the 2014 best design professional award.
Client | Susan Owhadi
I have worked with Barbara on a few projects and have nothing but the highest regards for her. She is always very professional and respectful. Her eye for design is nothing short of excellent. Barbara also has great knowledge of product, vendors and contractors to always provide a perfect outcome. Barbara makes sure her customers always come first, and really does go above and beyond to exceed her customers expectations. I would absolutely recommend her to anybody I know.
Professional | Sound Environment, Aaron Guttman
Barbara is great! One of the finest professionals in the design industry! She's very personable and just a pleasure to work with. Has great ideas and a great sense of design and color. She's very detail oriented and resourceful because of her wealth of knowledge as a seasoned designer. I meet designers every day and not everyday I meet someone of the caliber of Barbara.
Professional | Porcelanosa USA, Manny Olguin
Barbara did the planning and design for an overall remodel to our restaurant in 2012 and the results are fantastic. The remodel has resulted in an increase in business and with many kudos to Barbara from our customers. In addition, Barbara completed the redesign within our budget and in summary, she is highly recommended and we give her five stars.
Client | Spruzzo Restaurant
Client | Steve Phillips
I was referred to Barbara and was very pleased with the outcome! I Purchased a fixer here in Malibu and Barbara was with me from the start. She worked diligently with my general contractor and crew and the design choices she made were excellent. She really took the time to learn what I wanted and made my vision into a beautiful a reality. Her eye for detail made a big difference and where we needed to cut costs, she was right on board with many different options. I am very pleased with my new home and will hire Barbara again for my next phase of remodeling.
As a manufacturers rep of some of the top lines in the home furnishings industry, I have worked with Barbara on numerous projects. It is evident that she and her team always have their clients best interests in mind and they do WHATEVER it takes to stay within budget and time frame. I love to see the final outcome of her work as they are always stunning and unique.
I work with hundreds of designers, so I feel I have a great frame of reference, if I were ever needed to hire a designer for my own home or refer one to a friend or family member Barbara would be at the top of my list.
Professional | Valerie Smicik – Manufactures Representative
Barbara is the consummate professional, and a true artist. She artfully and tastefully brings projects together with cohesion, reflecting her clients and their lifestyles. She is a pleasure to work with!
Professional | Kravet, Bradley Blair
I've had the pleasure of working with Barbara over the course of about 8 years on 3 different projects. It's been pleasurable because she's professional, level headed (a trait not always found in the design trades), capable and wonderfully creative. Last but not least, she's fearless, and I've yet to see anything she won't take on.
Dee Carawan Architect
Professional | Carawan Architecture
Client | Geoff Walsh
We purchased a condo unit last year as an investment property from long term owners. We knew the unit needed some updates when we bought it, so started to clean up the interior. After really looking closely and realizing the task was more than just a surface cleanup, we researched designers, and based on very positive recommendations and personal interactions hired Barbara. We have several investment properties that we've upgraded on our own, but this one had more potential and needed more work than any of our previous ones
What can I say about her, without sounding like an ad for her services? She's totally professional, responsible, easy to work with, understands her client and their project constraints, works hard, and comes up with creative options consistent with her client's personal taste. When I said "this is what we're looking for" she found exactly what I wanted. When I didn't know what I wanted, Barbara researched the options, showed them to me, gave me the tradeoffs, and helped me pick the best or right option the first time.
Doing the work was a breeze. I had some trades people I always use for some jobs, and Barbara worked well with them. Where I didn't have any particular ones, Barbara came up with terrific ones she often uses that were almost always less expensive that what I was expecting. Barbara was on the job site at least every day, or every other day, to make sure everything was being done right the first time. And when questions came up, she was always reachable, and would stop by several times a day if needed
In the end, what really matters is results, and Barbara delivered. Our job was done on time and came out way better than expected. We had a steady stream of potential tenants looking before we finished the job, more rental offers than we thought we would, and got better rent than we expected. The renters we picked? A couple from across the street saw our unit as we were nearing completion when they were walking their dog, told us our place looked so much better than anything else they've seen, and basically carried all their belongings across the street when they moved in!
I have had the distinct pleasure of collaborating with Barbara! It would be my privilege to work with her again on future interiors projects. She has impeccable taste and vision--a skilled natural talent concerning all that is aesthetic!
Professional |Joni Koenig Interiors
Barbara Grushow has been a highly valued client of EuroConcepts for over a decade. We first came to know her as she was renovating her own home in Beverly Hills. Following the completion of her own home, Barbara became a good friend and client of EuroConcepts. Barbara is a professional and skilled Interior Designer with a broad range of experience in all areas of home design, furnishings, and construction. We've successfully completed numerous projects with her for the clients she's referred to EuroConcepts. It is truly a joy and pleasure to work with her whatever the project may be. It is very exciting when we receive a call or email from Barbara letting us know that she'll be starting a new project and we will be part of her team. We love you Barbara...