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I cannot express how lucky I am to have found Mary Catherine McCarthy. I did a simple Google search for "designers near me". I saw several lovely websites for some talented people in the Sea Girt area, but I connected with what I saw on the Mary Catherine McCarthy, LLC website. The photos that appealed to me were calm, serene, uncluttered. Finished but not overdone, not overly modern, but warm and inviting. This would be my first experience using a designer for furnishings, and I reached out. I knew I needed help to bring to my lifestyle a sense of sophistication and pulled togetherness, and creativity. We exchanged emails, and phone calls, Mary Catherine is very responsive and accessible. We had a date, and upon our first meeting, she had such insight into our home. Her thoughtful initial interview revealed a warm, bubbly, creative force. She made a very professional yet personable first impression, by no means intimidating. My husband and I both found her very easy to talk to. Her flexibility was demonstrated in her design approach, reassuring us she would be willing to help us with the smallest to the largest projects. Mary Catherine later presented us with her evaluation, and made such amazing, insightful improvements in our home with just a couple of pendant lanterns and a small swatch of carpet. We knew we were on the right track and had found the right designer to work with. We love her creativity and intuition, it has been spot on. She guides us through decisions, presenting edited options, of various price points, allowing our creativity, and budget, to shine as well. We started out needing help with room flow; we ordered custom furniture; and just completed a full kitchen renovation plan to begin in January, and we cannot wait. With Mary Catherine McCarthy anything is possible, and it's fun and exciting and eye opening along the way. Her passion for design is evident and inspiring. She is full service and has a relationship with so many worthy professionals in all aspects of design and construction, I am confident I'm in good hands. Our dreams of a fabulous home are a reality with Mary Catherine.

We love you and appreciate everything you bring to our lives.


Rosanne and Bob 

Sea Girt, New Jersey

We moved into Toll Brothers Sea Breeze community in Forked River in 2018. We had recently redecorated our previous NJ home of 35 years and wanted to preserve and hopefully repurpose our draperies. I also knew I’d want some help with window treatments for our new Farmington model home. We reached out to Toll and they recommended Mary Catherine, as she has worked with Toll and knew their models very well.

Mary Catherine came to our home in central Jersey and we loved her instantly! She was friendly, easy to talk to and very engaging. She scoped out our draperies – measurements and fabrics and arranged to have them taken down and stored while we were between homes. Knowing the Toll homes, she determined the new window sizes, and had the drapes altered (both in style and length) for our loft window and dining room bay windows. They were all ready for us when we were ready to move in!

We were thrilled with the drapes and asked Mary Catherine for window treatment help. She designed, fabricated and installed the window treatments for the whole house – shades, blinds, and additional drapes and valences for windows where needed. All the while being very cost conscious, and extremely respectful of our “budget”. And she will work with what you currently have, making it all look like new! Believe me, Mary Catherine has a contact for everything!!! We needed bedding for our master bedroom and one of the guest rooms where we wanted to do something special – she found it – including the decorative pillows to match!

Well – you can’t decorate a new home without painting the walls – and so she helped us select colors for each room, including the tray and coffered ceilings. She had an uncanny knack for sensing our taste, and knowing our fabrics, was able to creatively give our new home that “professional designer” look, keeping it warm and cozy and welcoming. Then, she recommended her master painter/carpenter to do the work at a price no one could beat!

And so, our relationship with Mary Catherine has continued over these three years, as she recently found us an upholsterer to re-stuff our sofa cushions and pillows and added remote control blinds to our very high (20 ft) windows in our great room. We love them!

So yes, indeed, you have found a real treasure in Mary Catherine! We can’t recommend her highly enough. 

Diane 

Forked River, New Jersey 

Just reporting that I enjoy my shower in the Master Bath and take fresh delight in the view through my double window. I watch the day dawning and am filled with hope and optimism. 

Jayne

Asbury Park, New Jersey

In 2019, my family decided to make renovations to our kitchen, living room, and deck. A dear friend recommended Mary Catherine, and we are so glad that she did! Mary Catherine is everything one could want in a designer: she is attentive, knowledgeable, experienced, flexible, and meticulous. Having never been through a home renovation, Mary Catherine and her team guided us through every step of the process with courtesy and professionalism. In the end we have a space that is beautiful, functional, and a true reflection of our taste and style. Mary Catherine, thank you for helping us turn our house into a home.

Heidi

Avon By The Sea, New Jersey

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MCM2Design did a staging on two of my condo units at The Emporium at the Beach Condominiums, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.

The models came out absolutely beautiful. Mary Catherine was a delight to work with. She was very professional, her service was excellent and the pricing was fair. I would highly recommend MCM2 Design!

The Emporium at the Beach Condominiums

Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey

I have been associated with Mary Catherine and her exceptional team on three homes. I have always found her to be an excellent designer who is professional, knowledgeable, and very creative. She has the ability to envision the entire project and then follow through all the details to completion. Her effervescent personality enables her to be easy to work with and to make the entire experience very enjoyable. I would recommend her very highly and would welcome anyone to my beautiful home to see all that she has done.

Barbara

Spring Lake, New Jersey

We have used MCM2Design for several projects, the largest of which was a major renovation of our Queen Anne Victorian in Ocean Grove. Mary Catharine is fun to work with, creative, and uses capable vendors for special items such as textiles and tile work. She is generally punctual, honest, and seems genuinely interested in providing service excellence. Attention is personal and she communicates well. It might not be the least expensive out there, but the service has usually been provided at a reasonable value considering the skill and level of attention we receive. It's especially valuable if you want to buy custom furniture, which saves lots of time and effort.

Michael & Janet

Ocean Grove, New Jersey

Mary Catherine proved to be an inspiring designer. She bursts with ideas and enthusiasm. She is also practical and happy to get her hands dirty. On top of it all she's a lovely person.

Sky high recommendations from us.

Ted Howl

Storrington, England

I am a Kitchen Designer and have worked with MCM2Design on several high end projects. Mary Catharine has always been professional in her

work and her communication with the clients. When a client need interior design work done MCM is always my first choice. Definitely recommended.

Dom Ciambotti

Belmar, New Jersey

Mary Catherine has worked with me on several wonderful projects, selecting furniture and fixtures, as well as consulting on design aspects. She has a great working knowledge of products and manufacturers. MC and her staff are enthusiastic, focused and attentive to you and your projects needs.

Cate Comerford Design PLLC

Port Townsend, Washington

Mary Catherine was recommended to me by someone from my new community. My home in fact is featured on MCM2Design's website titled "Traditional".

I was moving into new construction and needless to say, I was in a mad frenzy to be settled in my new home. MCM2Design from the beginning was patient, extremely professional but more importantly, she listened. She offered me the opportunity to finally leave my comfort zone and try new colors and furniture. When people walk into my home, they say it looks like a model home. She worked with me on every room in the house and I can't praise her and her team enough. From window treatments, to area rugs to furniture and accessories, to hanging my artwork, she did it all and she was with me every step of the way until it was completed. I got what I asked for and more. Thank you MC.

Linda

Princeton, New Jersey

Mary Catherine, thank you for the years of transforming our living spaces into warm and comfortable homes. On each of your three engagements with us, you tailored the projects to capture our changing lifestyles and tastes. The unique decorating solutions you provided balanced our traditional antique furniture and original artwork with new contemporary designs.

We so appreciate that you worked collaboratively with us, and your highly qualified team has consistently completed the finest workmanship and impeccable attention to detail. A favorite improvement design of ours was the transformation of our master suite. You created tray ceiling lighting and custom features such as a beautiful pallet of color featuring an original piece artfully crafted by a staff member, an upholstered headboard and matching bench, window treatments that showcase the waterfront, and new traditional furniture inspired by our antique mirror. Others in search of design solutions will surely find your creative abilities as captivating as we have.

Frances  &  Pete

Point Pleasant, New Jersey

After working with Mary Catherine McCarthy, LLC on a home buyers seminar, I recommended her to a new home builder to design his condominium sales model. The builder loved the work so much, he asked her to design another unit. I would recommend them again-they are professional, creative and honest.

Suzanne

Lacey, New Jersey

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