I love my job! One aspect that I thoroughly enjoy is meeting other professionals in the home/real estate business. There are great businesses, lenders, inspectors, realtors, and more that are all about serving their customers, providing quality service and are delightful to work with throughout the entire process (and beyond)! I had the privilege of meeting up with Caitie McQuaid yesterday, and hearing about her company CM Fresh Perspectives, which is an interior design company based in Yakima. Caitie is an artist first and foremost, and her love and passion for what she does shines through in her work and when talking about the service she offers clients.
Caitie got started at a young age, seeing her Dad do interior/home design, and being an artist, she was involved and exposed to seeing how home design worked. She also used to do the SIMS game (I love that!) just to build and design houses, and knew that she wanted to do interior design. She went to a design school in Chicago, and then finished up at MSU in Bozeman. When she moved to Yakima five years ago she knew she didn't want to work at a store but wanted to be personally connected to projects and started CM Fresh Perspectives in 2016.
CM Fresh Perspectives offer space planning, interior architectural detail design, with specialties in Kitchen and Bath Planning. Caitie is able to translate any style to satisfy the desires of an assortment of different clients. Her personal design style consists of a balance of natural, farmhouse and modern materials and décor. She also has budget-friendly, offers tiered pricing and can do anything from help make a plan that clients can implement themselves to 100% hands on from start to finish. She works on offices, whole and partial home remodels, businesses, and more! Her consolation is free, and she gives her client's her discounts with vendors, which doesn't always happen when you work with interior designers. Her business is to help provide quality service to clients, and she works with and can recommend other vendors, contractors, etc.
I asked Caitie some questions to find more about her and her business:Me: What are your favorite jobs to work on?
Caitie McQuaid: I like so many! They're each so different. I love a new build or full remodel because it's a blank canvas and you can be so creative and showcase my work/artistry. Me: What are your favorite materials to work with on jobs?
CM: Right now, luxury vinyl planks! They're scratch resistant, waterproof, durable, easy to install, and they're not trying to be wood, it's a different product, but you can install in kitchens, bathrooms, offices, and even on walls. Me: If you were buying a home, what's your favorite type of home?
CM: If not a new build, then a 1920/1940 Craftsman, I love the details (and here is where we talked about our mutual love of historic homes, the moldings, the details, and all we loved for a very long while
)Me: What advice would you give someone who is thinking of remodeling or utilizing your services?
CM: It can be so overwhelming with all the choices, options and materials, so I advise to take it one room at a time. Talk to a professional. It's our job, and you can trust us to make the process easier and give you the results you're dreaming for. Me: Favorite local restaurant?
CM: Crafted! The Chef's Menu is amazing! Also Cowiche Canyon is very good!
I had such a nice time chatting with Caitie about her business, her family, and we also talked about Yakima, the growth the area is seeing, and potential for both of our businesses. She is one of those people you love to chat with and I am excited to work with Caitie as a professional (and hopefully on my own home in the future). You can learn more about CM Fresh Perspectives, Caitie, and see some of her work on her Facebook page