Our Testimonies

What past customers have said.

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Darlene & Gary

"We had the pleasure and good fortune of working with Mary Anne Elias - Home Design on a Budget during the months of May through September, 2010.

Mary Anne was referred to us by Certa-Pro Painting (one of the largest painting companies in North America) to assist us in choosing colours for our 2300 sq. ft. townhouse in Langley. Her expertise was invaluable and she was able to choose the most incredible colours for all our rooms. We were quite awestruck by her obvious natural ability to "see" what everything could look like, far and above anything we had expected. That was just the beginning of the most wonderful "journey" to complete our home.

Like the majority of people, we had never hired an interior designer before, thinking it was far too expensive and under the misconception that interior designers only worked for "rich folk". How wrong we were, and, like the name implies, Home Design on a Budget means exactly that. Mary Anne utilizes every means possible to get the best prices for everything.

We had just "down-sized" and had little furniture. Mary Anne was able to furnish our home completely, for a fraction of the cost we would have normally spent. But the best part, she made our home look like a "Show Home", while maintaining that "homey" comfortable appeal. Every person who comes to visit, is simply, quite awestruck. Her design "Wizardry" is second to none. She has helped us be very, very proud of our home.

We invite anyone who wishes to see her work first hand, to come to our home anytime. (Please contact Mary Anne for our address and/or phone number.) We would be more than glad to share our fantastic experience with "Home Design on a Budget" first hand. Thank you Mary Anne."

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Shelly & Warren

This older home is cute and cozy. Since space is at a premium, it is important to make the most of what there is. Organization is the key. Every area must be well thought out to gain the maximum amount of usage without looking cluttered.

"By introducing new pieces and reworking the existing ones, Mary Anne has made our older home look fresh and updated. Her natural talent for design was matched by her enthusiasm to ensure we as clients were happy. The effort she took to find the right pieces while working within our budget was beyond our expectations. The transformation in our home is so wonderful. It's a pleasure to recommend Mary Anne to others."

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Trudy & Dan

This is a good-size older home that needed some updating and the owners were on board for a total revamp. Rooms were once again given vitality and new purpose as their full potential was realized.

"Mary Anne is truly gifted. She was able to visualize exactly what we were trying to achieve and then used her talent and creativity to not only meet our expectations but surpass them to a whole new level we could never have imagined. She constantly amazed us not only with the incredible pieces she would find to decorate our home, but also the unbelievably low prices she was able to obtain them for. The change to our home is just spectacular and we couldn't be happier."

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This recently purchased condo needed to become a home. By thinking outside the box, this space has now come alive and reflects the personality of the new owner.

"I consulted with Mary Anne on the design of my condo involving furniture pieces, lighting, carpeting, paint colours and layout etc. and obviously she listens very well, because there was not one thing I did not like that she did. I trusted her ideas as she really has an eye for interior design and sense of style, and trusted her to go ahead and buy items which were incredible finds. Even just the different layout makes my place look so much more spacious. Mary Anne is very professional, creative, courteous and always made you feel like you came first. I imagined what I would like, but could never have imagined or done the design and creativity that Mary Anne did. I would definitely work with Mary Anne again and highly recommend her to others. Thank you for all your help Mary Anne in making my home warm, cozy, elegant and inviting."

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Julie & Vern

"I want to recommend Mary Anne from Home Design on a Budget, to anyone who is in need of staging their home to sell quickly! In fact, with Mary Anne's help staging our home, we were able to sell our home with the first showing! And, we had a second offer two days later! Mary Anne was very easy to work with and listened to our needs for the home while offering her own professional advice. She was very conscientious about sticking to the budget and getting things we were happy with to get the look we wanted. Her eye for arrangement and decoration of a home are excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed working with her in the short time we had to pull it together. Our thanks to Mary Anne for making a stressful situation like selling our home something we didn't have to worry about."


"Mary Anne was able to recreate the "Showhome" feel I first fell in love with when I originally purchased my home. Not only making it look gorgeous, but helping buyers see the warmth of the home. Mary Anne has a great eye for seeing past your clutter and finding ways to make your home a place people want to live in. Because of her hard work, my place sold in just over a week for full asking price. She made it a painless process eliminating the stress for me. A true visionary and great to work with, I would recommend Mary Anne to anyone who is looking to sell or even just give their current home a facelift."

Income Property

You would be very surprised at the amount of improvements you can make to a rental suite with very little money and a lot of imagination.

Improvements that will net you better tenants who will stay for a longer period of time which will increase your overall revenue.

Whether your income suite is large or small, it can be seen as a negative if it does not fulfill the long-term needs of the tenant.

A renter may initially move in, but certain deficiencies will cause them to keep looking for something that better suits their goal of living in "their home".

This will ultimately cause a higher rate of vacancies and, of course, a loss of revenue to you each time.

Your rental property should be seen as an extension of your own home. This will increase both your overall property value as well as provide the best possible income.

In order to ensure your suite is the one rented immediately upon presentation, allow me to do a walk-through to determine what changes are necessary in order to create a more appealing atmosphere than is usually seen in a typical "rental".

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