Testimonials

Dear Kate, AWESOME!!- I cannot believe it is the same apartment! My mother's place was such a dismal place when I handed the project over to you. I hated going there. But, oh my what a difference now! Gleaming floors, crisp clean paint job (I love the color you chose..so warm..not the typical cold white) clever window treatment and super furniture and arrangements. It is just amazing. I know it will sell well. How can anyone not love it?Thank you! Thank you!
Mrs. S. Ogg Park Avenue, New York

Dear Kate,

I just wanted to let you know how pleased I am with the final results of decorating my new apartment. Moving from a home I had lived in for 60 years to a small apartment was such a daunting task. I am in my 80s and change is not easy for me. You made the transition so much easier. You managed to transform the apartment into a cozy sanctuary, while staying within my budget. Everyone who sees my new apartment thinks it is beautiful AND they are using some of your designs in their own homes! I never believed that you could create so much storage for me in such a small place, but you did! And Kate, you made it such fun to do. I am very comfortable in and proud of my new home. It has given me such a lift.

Thank you sincerely

Helen K. Newburgh, New York
You did magic on a shoestring! The results are so wonderful I can hardly express it. It is 5 star and worth every penny we spent on it.
Mary J. Owner/Seller
WOW! I can’t believe the changes you made to this apartment. It looks amazing in comparison to what it had been. You were great Kate, a pleasure to work with.
Marsha F. Executive VP Douglas Elliman
I wish I knew of you when I moved in. I never thought the apartment could look this good. You did a great job. Thank you.
Gary G. Owner/seller
Everything looks fabulous at Gary’s apartment. You did an incredible job with the budget he had. You were superfast, professional and had great vision in the furniture and décor you picked to use. I will definitely be using you again.
Dani L. Citi-Habitats
I wish I had more rooms in my house, so I could have an excuse to work with Kate Gallagher of Affordable Designs again. Kate is a special woman with an amazing eye, who leaves her magic touch on anything she designs for your home. She takes the time to understand your style, and opens you up to the potential of your space. It is a treat making decisions and watching how your home beautifully comes together working with Kate.
Mandy S. Larchmont NY
I have known Kate Gallagher since 2008 when I employed her to renovate my upper west side apartment- including a full gut of bathroom and kitchen. Kate was professional and innovative -maximizing space and visualizing structural and cosmetic details. She arranged and supervised all contractors and construction, as well as, facilitating, completing and submitting all paperwork required. Through the years I have continued to work with her, adding and refreshing my home. Kate was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her.
Wendy K. West End Ave NYC
My home is my safe place. Thank you for making it both beautiful and comfortable. You included my ideas and my home looks like me. Thank you also for taking care of the paperwork necessary to make this happen. It was a pleasure to work with you and Van!
Irma G. Lincoln Towers NY

Words cannot describe how pleased we are with the work provided by Kate Gallagher and her company. She helped us take a very small kitchen area in our apartment that hadn't been improved in decades and converted it to a much larger, extremely attractive and modern area. My wife and I still sit in awe and admire the area----it is just hard to believe what she accomplished. She managed every step of this process --- our permanent residence is 200 miles away --- included us in all decision making and kept us informed at every step. Her recommendations were always "right-on"; taking into consideration both our budget and preferences. I know this sounds too good to be true, but we feel the same about the finished project,,,,almost too good to be true!!!! We would most highly recommend her for similar projects---large or small. Our hope is that she doesn't get so busy that she won't have time to address our bathroom that will need updating sometime in the near future.

Neil K. UWS NYC
You really have beautiful taste. I am blown away by your designs
Tracy S. East 79th St

I LOVE MY NEW HOME! It is just so beautiful to be in.
Your design suggestions were dead on. Everyone who sees the place is astounded. It looks like it came out of a design magazine!

Nancy D. Upstate NY
Kate is an incredible designer and project manager. She has a sixth sense and is able to understand your particular needs and tastes She then translates what you want into something spectacular. Kate completely transformed our home in East Hampton into a beautiful sanctuary, worthy of a magazine spread. Trust Kate to do her magic. You will be happy you did.
Tracy C East Hampton
AMAZING! On Time, under budget and we are very happy with the results. Kate is wonderful to work with and never let me make a mistake while still listening to what we wanted. My highest recommendation!
Teresa R. East Side NYC
Kate has been reliable and professional. She has good ideas. She goes with me to look for kitchen cabinets, gives me suggestions and helps me decide what to go with. There is a lot of paperwork that has to go before the board and she has done all of that for me. The renovation should be done in 3-4 months. The renovation is complete and my apartment looks like something out of a design magazine. Kate supervised all the work, so I did not have deal with contractors, plumbers, etc. Although we worked as a team to choose all items for kitchen and bath, Kate did all of the leg work. Kate always kept my budget in mind and brought me a few choices of tile, fixtures, etc. All the contractors that she used were excellent and we encountered no problems. I would highly recommend Affordable Design by Kate and her staff. We are going to use her design expertise again to decorate a new apartment in New Jersey.
Steve G W72nd St
Amazing! We could not have survived the project without her. I will start by saying Kate is a lovely person, very warm and friendly. She dealt with my co-op board permits, as well as my super and doorman. They all found her a pleasure to work with. Kate got my style and stayed within budget. We did a complete renovation of the kitchen, updated the bathroom, replaced light fixtures, painted, furnished and decorated. In our absence Kate managed the entire process, keeping us involved and informed every step of the way. She went above and beyond for the fee we paid her. I would highly recommend using Affordable Designs by Kate.
Beth B East 57th St
Kate was always upbeat and professional and easy to work with. She was clear about her fee and what service she would provide. My big job was decluttering. Recycling, donating, discarding was a big job and more emotional than I expected. It was also more rewarding. It made space for things that suit my needs and please me now. My rooms are airier, prettier, and seem twice as large as they did before. The new things are super comfortable and functional, but prettier, more fun, and more up to date. Now I love to invite people over to my new space.
Pamela L W 78th St

Kate’s initial consultation was more than affordable, it was free. Two other designer/organizers I called charged $250 and $350 an hour with a 2 hour minimum just to talk about the project. The job entailed moving an elderly uncle and his prized possessions from a large home to a smaller apartment in Sutton Place. Kate measured the new space and made a detailed drawing. She visited my uncle’s apartment and worked for hours to catalogue, measure and tag items to move. Her design plan was bold and ingenious. She propped a 7ft gilt mirror in the center of the living room. She installed glass shelves in a useless shallow closet to create a display space for hundreds of small decorative items. Kate has great resources in NYC and shopping with her was efficient and fun. She was very respectful of the budget which was tight. When we needed a dining table of an unusual size, she found a very good looking one online for $260.00! She discovered a TV mounting arm at Best Buy that saved us thousands on a custom installation. Beyond being stressful, as any move can be, this process was also emotionally difficult because an elderly person was leaving a place he had lived in and loved for over 50 years. Kate’s unerring kindness and support were invaluable to me. She has a great eye and a great heart.

Veronica N. East 58th St
The renovation was a breeze. We met a few times in the beginning to go over my likes and dislikes. Met w/ cabinet maker, once initial plans were done, to review again all that world be done. Some small changes made. Never a complaint from her or the contractors. i was busy traveling and Kate took care of all necessary paperwork ie: paperwork for coop insurance, blueprints to board, lining up and supervising the contractors, following up on appliance deliveries and worked w/ building super. She made sure the apartment was properly prepped to minimize dust, dirt and damage to furniture. Plus had someone come in to clean up everything when the work was completed. The place sparkled. i was kept abreast of work in progress and any delays, which were minimal. Final cost was exactly as contracted. i was more than pleased with her and her professionalism. My husband and i love the new kitchen and bath. All my friends and family are envious of the results. it is truly beautiful!
Judy H. East 52nd St
It looks amazing. I am so impressed with what you accomplished. This has been such a great, stress free experience for me and I was expecting the worst. Truly you do top quality work at very reasonable prices.
M. Bosco