Our designers start with you and your needs. We ask about the space, your likes and dislikes and how you want the room or home to feel. Design is subjective, and by starting with you, the customer, first, the end design is born from your unique style and tastes, not what a designer dictates.
Working with a designer at the Norfolk Idea Center is more than looking at products and color swatches. We help you apply your style and tastes in ways you may not have even considered. We love it when visitors say, “wow, we never even considered doing that.”
Words From Our Design Clients
I live in the beautiful community of Ghent in Norfolk, Virginia. I own a cozy 2 bedroom, one bath, third floor walk-up condo just off Colley Avenue. My building was built in 1930 so it had some “interesting” colors and décor. I had redone most of it, but the bathroom was last on the upgrade list. That bathroom with its tiny multi-color tiled flooring (gray, pink, green), peeling wall paper, cracked and molding ceiling, crumbling window pane, too small toilet, aging subway tile, a medicine cabinet that had probably been there since the 30’s, and the GREEN tub. That tub – what a nightmare color.
I contacted Jim Schneider, the owner of the Norfolk Idea Center. I wasn’t sure if my job would be too small. It wasn’t. He and his team came in and scraped off the old wall paper, pointed up the tile, replaced the toilet, put down a new floor, new shelving, removed the medicine cabinet and replaced it with a large mirror and complementing light fixtures. The cracked and peeling ceiling had been perfectly replaced. Removed the old free standing sink and put in its place a lovely vanity that covered the exposed plumbing and then the age old porcelain tub. The green tub was reglazed and in its place was a gleaming white bathtub. All the fixtures were replaced with brushed nickel and the walls were painted a gorgeous smokey blue. All of which were selected with help from Jim’s staff of experts. I could not be any happier with the way my bathroom has been transformed. Its perfect! – Trish Ferris, Homeowner
I am a Remodeler and would like to say that Jaime Simpson at the Design Center is the best Kitchen Designer I’ve found. I use her exclusively on all my Kitchen Remodel projects. I love how the Design Center has expanded and it’s a resource I enjoy bringing clients to! – Jim Hicks, Jim Hicks Home Improvement
Great customer service and beautiful design options for anyone’s needs! Everyone is very friendly and the showroom has a warm homey feel to it. The perfect place for any of your needs, ranging from wall tiles to an entirely custom built home. – Danielle, visiting from LA
Come in, meet our design team, see our showroom and talk about your home. We want to know about your lifestyle, your hobbies and interests, and how you use the spaces in your house. The best part of working with our designers is their ability to listen to what you say, and create a design you will fall in love with again and again. Don’t worry if you’re not sure what your “style” is — that’s why we’re here!