Simone Renovation and Design
Christine Woodman - Design Assistant
Christine grew up the daughter of a builder on Long Island, learned to drive an excavator before she could drive a car and hauled sheetrock for her dad as her first job. She is currently the assistant interior designer at Simone Renovation and Design and feels lucky to be able to build In 3D without hurting her back. Christine believes strongly in the ability of space to influence well being and improve energy and asks a lot of questions to find out how this can be accomplished for each individual or family. She spends a lot of time modeling in Sketch-up and as a result believes she might be able to beat her kids at Minecraft. (Can you win Minecraft?)
Christine lives in Essex with her husband and 5 kids In her free time she does laundry while day dreaming about high end textiles and plays tennis whenever she can.
Michele Simone - Owner / Lead Designer
Michele has been a lover of interior design for as long as she can remember. As young as 8 years old, Michele recalls having strong opinions about the bedspread used in her bedroom, just ask her Mom about the fit she would throw when her she tried to change it to something she didn’t like!
Fresh out of high school Michele met an interior designer and gained a firm understanding of what design is. When she met that designer, a bright lightbulb went on and Michele immediately enrolled in College and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in the Applied Science of Interior Design, and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
Since graduating, Michele has never changed careers and has grown in various positions in the design field. She has worked in several types of design such as Hospitality, Restaurant Design, Kitchen and Bath Design and her favorite has always been Residential Design. She has often commented how rewarding it is to go into a clients home and make permanent changes that affects their daily life in a positive way. It’s amazing she has said to have the ability to impact the way someone lives and the way they feel when they enter their home.
She is experienced and wise enough to know that design is not just choosing pretty fabrics and colors. Michele notes that a lot of people have a good eye and can be considered good decorators. But being a great Designer is on a different level. Good Design is the creation of a space that is not only beautiful, but functions seamlessly. Good design should enhance your life and flow with your lifestyle. It will appeal to your senses and help you enjoy the time you spend at home.
Michele has been working full time as an Interior Designer for 23 years now, and has watched the design world change dramatically. She has remodeled so many homes for over two decades, that she is encountering clients returning to her after 20 years for an update on a project she worked on all those years ago. Truly full circle. She has hired sub contractors who she first met when they were children of old bosses or clients.
Michele always says, having someone with years of experience involved in your project pays for itself. When you hire an experienced designer, that person helps walk you through the myriad of land mines that are out there when trying to choose products and settle on a layout. A good designer will actually save you money on mistakes. A designer can “see” the space before it is created, and knows how to make it happen. When hiring a designer like Michele, you are acquiring her 23 years of experience and knowledge. A client with someone on their side who can help avoid problems is essentially priceless.
When she is not working on projects for her clients, Michele enjoys living on Plum Island with her husband Kevin. Michele loves the beach, and even enjoys the wild winter weather that comes along with living on a sandbar in the winter. She often remarks that there is never a dull moment on the island! Michele is a big football fan, and you will hear about her excitement for New England Patriots Football and Notre Dame College Football. She also enjoys being an amateur photographer, and has a real love of animals and advocates for their ethical treatment whenever the opportunity presents itself.