It was a pleasure working with Larisa from the very beginning to the very end of our project to redesign areas used by students who need academic support to help them succeed in their university studies. Larisa spent countless hours meeting with us to make sure that the new design would fit our current needs and desires for how we would like the space to be used in the future. She always went the extra mile to offer us the best service possible, and was very responsive to us during the both the design phase and the construction phase of the project. We are very pleased with the final look, and have gotten very positive feedback so far from students, and are excited for the way the redesign will enhance our services in this area.
Katie A. Brenneman
Student Development Office Manager Eastern University,
St. Davids, PA
Larisa’s innovative style survey has been a unique and useful tool for creating a framework for designing our family room. The survey required a few hours upfront. However, we saved considerable time, angst, and money in the end by going through a written and oral concept development process at our first meeting. The survey provided Larisa with a clear understanding of both of our tastes and visions about the space before sketches were developed. Our family room had a lot of difficult design issues to over come in order to make the space attractive, comfortable and inviting . The survey had us right on track from the start of the project and now we have a beautiful new living space that exceeded our expectations.
Lori and Michael Banks
My living room project began with a large highly carved antique French walnut mirrored bookcase which required special lighting to spotlight the intricate details and carvings of the dark wood figures which would then make it become the deserved focal point of the room. I was fortunate to find a lighting expert in Larisa McShane.
She began by measuring and then placing every piece of furniture in the room to scale. After the furniture layout was completed, she then designed the lighting layout. With careful calculations and comprehensive knowledge of recessed lighting fixtures, switches, spread of lights, angles and lenses she was able to bring the entire room to life. The most pleasing outcome was the ability to totally change the mood in the room with easily controlled dimmer switches.
In addition, her discerning eye seized upon one predominant piece of red in an over mantle gilt framed painting. Building upon this, we then changed the wall color and introduced red and gold into the new draperies and area rug with dramatic results. Together the draperies and lighting have transformed my living room into an elegantly beautiful space and winning a design competition.
Realizing that proper lighting can effectively alter any room, I moved on to redo the dining room. The same format was followed and now plates on the walls, paintings and sideboard knife boxes are each individually beautifully highlighted. Simple, but very impressive, are two small lights flanking the chandelier, directed downwards and supplied with special lenses make my silverware sparkle beautifully on the dining room table.
Larisa’s flair for design, color and balance are outstanding. Her added lighting talents make her truly and uniquely an “integrated interior designer”. Pleasant to work with, she listens to and incorporates her client’s thoughts in all her planning. The end results having been well conceived and then well executed are worth all the effort.
Dee Dee B.
I was always looking for ways to improve my old bathroom—new wallpaper, different window treatments… But it never turned out the way I really wanted it to look. Larisa’s design process is unique and so effective. She was able to seamlessly bring together the elements and take care of all the details to make the bathroom exactly right for me.
Bryn Mawr, PA
I am a middle aged woman disabled from Rheumatoid Arthritis. My husband helps me in the shower. Our small master/bathroom had a tiny corner shower. I sat on a turned over tall trashcan while my husband helped me. Needless to say, it was a close fit. I employed Larisa McShane and Associates whose vision for a better functioning bathroom far exceeded my expectations. There were storage shelved next to our small corner shower with a main pipe taking up most of the inside. The pipe was moved back and the shelving eliminated to make a roomy shower with two showerheads so my husband and are both able to be under the water at the same time. There is now a beautiful wooden fold up shower seat for me. Larisa made up for the lost storage area by designing elegant wooden cabinets with from counter to ceiling that hold much more than the old storage area. Amazing!
Larisa took into account my needs, the style of our home and the tranquil colors we liked to design a beautiful bathroom for our home with. I can’t believe my small old bathroom was transformed into a much more spacious feeling room just likes the ones you see on HGTV. Larisa was professional and very personable. I recommended her to all my friends and look forward to using her expertise again.
Larisa, the shower area is just wonderful! What a great space. It is so roomy. I can’t get over it. The bathroom feels so big because of it.
Thank you. Working with you is really fun…Not even like work at all.
Larisa, I am thrilled about the new dining room. Thanks so much!
Bryn Mawr, PA