What clients are saying about their experience
with VGA Designs

“We strongly recommend Vanessa Alo to help you with your interior design decisions. We worked with Vanessa on our bathroom remodel and we're thrilled with the results. We've never considered hiring a designer before and we were pleasantly surprised by all the great ideas Vanessa brought forward.

Vanessa really took the time to understand who we were and she helped us articulate the look we were after. She digested the information and returned with drawings and photos, zeroing right in on our taste rather than trying to impose her own design preferences on us. The end result is clean and bright, incorporating the color and style we desired. Left to our own devices, we never would have hit upon the design solutions that Vanessa came up with. We think she'll provide the same value to you.”

Eric and Lori ~ San Ramon, CA
(Master Bathroom Remodel)

“I recently moved into a new Townhome in Livermore. Having no discernable sense of style of my own and a blank slate with which to work I felt a bit overwhelmed. I wanted my living area to feel comfortable yet stylish and clean. VGA Designs to the rescue! Vanessa came to my home and spent some time with me. We spent some time discussing colors, style and budget. She took a few pictures of the space and the furniture I had for her to work with and away she went. She and her team came back a couple of weeks later to do the final decorating. When I first saw the result I couldn’t believe the transformation. My living area looked better than the model home from which I purchased my house. The results exceeded any expectations that I had and the job came in under budget. This allowed us to decorate some other areas as well. Everyone that comes over is very impressed. I usually let them think it was all me for just a little while but then I have to finally admit that all the credit goes to Vanessa and VGA Designs.”

Bob ~ Livermore, CA
(Decorating of Entry, Dining Room, Kitchen and Family Room)

“Vanessa with VGA Designs was my saving grace while planning my October wedding. 4 months before the wedding, we found out we had lost our venue and I was panicked. We miraculously found an amazing new venue but with that, all our décor choices had to change and I knew I needed help. It had taken me a year to plan for the previous venue and with only 4 months to go, I needed someone like Vanessa with her eye for design. I had a vision of what I wanted and found pictures to show her so she knew the look I was going for. We spent the next 4 months picking out flowers, centerpieces and decorations. Vanessa always listened to what we wanted for our special day and helped make our dreams come true. On the day of the wedding, I knew everything was in good hands. I didn’t worry once about how the decorations would turn out; I knew she would make our vision come true. I still remember walking into the reception room after the ceremony was over; it was exactly what we had dreamed of. Everything was perfect and it made my wedding day that much more special. Vanessa is amazing and our wedding would not have been as special without her help. I would highly recommend Vanessa for any of your decorating needs.”

Kristen ~ Livermore, CA
(Wedding held at Dublin Ranch Golf Course)

“Deciding to put our home of 32 years on the market was a big step given the state of the economy and the housing market for top dollar sales plus we had owned the house since it was built. We contacted a Real Estate agent that came very highly recommended. After looking and the house, property and the area he recommended we get in touch with Vanessa Alo at VGA Designs and have her stage the house.

Vanessa made a number of recommendations worked with us and used most of the furniture we had. When we walked into the house after Vanessa and her team had completed the transformation we were in disbelief. The placement of things, the furniture and the layout was unbelievable, Vanessa and her team had done such a great job we questioned why we were selling the place, it felt like a brand new home. It was unbelievable.

Proof of a great job is in the results: Our Realtor held a two day open house after Vanessa completed the staging and we received 7 offers with 6 of them above asking, the house sold in 7 days.

30 days after the sale of our house we had Vanessa come in and transform a second house just 1 house away from our first house. This house would be the ultimate test for Vanessa and her team since it was vacant. Two weeks later the Realtor held a 3 day open house and again much of the same results. Multiple offers and sold in 9 days for more than the asking price.

What we appreciated about working with Vanessa was that she is a very dedicated hard working lady with a down to earth attitude and understood what both the homes meant to us, the memories and what we had put into them over the years. She worked around what was important to us and explained her point of view and why she felt it important to go in her direction. Vanessa is a very talented professional, punctual and worked hand in hand with the Real Estate Agent's timeline for selling the homes. Had it not been for her talent, knowledge of design and attention to great detail we do not believe we would have gotten such great results and such a quick turn around on both homes that we sold. During the open houses on both properties our agent sent out questionnaires to all the Realtors that showed the houses and we received many good comments on the appearance and functionality of both plans.

Vanessa you did a spectacular job on both properties, you and your team at VGA Designs stepped up and really helped Barbara and I through some very demanding times. Both of us have the highest respect for you as a person and a business woman. We would not hesitate to recommend VGA Designs to anyone that needs help in decorating or staging. As our future needs require a fresh look at our home, we will be contacting you for all our future design needs. It truly was a pleasure meeting and working with you.”

Mike and Barbara ~ Fremont, CA
(Real Estate Staging for Two Properties)

“I would like to give my highest recommendation to VGA Designs. I personally worked with Vanessa Alo on the interior renovation of my condominium. She helped with paint, carpet, tile, lighting, flooring and furniture decisions. Vanessa was not only creative with her color and material choices, but thorough and detailed as well. Her professionalism was more than reassuring and certainly unwavering. I felt her keen eye for design did not detract from a practical sense of cost or functionality. I would not hesitate for a moment in referring VGA Designs for any interior design needs.”

Mike ~ Newark, CA
(Interior Renovation of Condominium)

“Having worked alongside Vanessa at numerous charitable events, I am constantly struck by her exceptional organizational skills and abilities. Vanessa has the unique ability to quickly size-up a challenge, and then just as quickly put in place a process/procedure and a solution that is efficient, cost-effective, and right-sized for the situation. Vanessa is a collaborative individual who seeks out input and she connects with people in a way that bring folks and ideas together to achieve a common goal.”

Jeff ~ Skylar Neil Foundation
(Organizational Project for a Charity Golf Tournament)

“THANK YOU! Everything looks great! LOVE it! It's much cozier and spacious. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!! You did a wonderful job!”

Melanie ~ Fremont, CA
(Interior Redesign of Living Room and Family Room)

“It is fantastic how you can take ordinary pieces and place them appropriately to make the whole room look great! Thanks so much.”

Lynnette ~ Fremont, CA
(Interior Redesign of Living Room and Dining Room)

“I always felt I had a comfortable house, but I had no idea by strategically repositioning my existing furniture and accessories that I could have a beautiful home. I was extremely pleased with Vanessa’s eye for design and her ability to create an overall feeling of warmth and style.”

Randy ~ Newark, CA
(Interior Redesign of Family Room)

“I had VGA Designs redesign my backyard patio area. When I saw the finished product, I almost wept. I just loved it! I recently had a BBQ and everyone enjoyed the new layout. It was so comfortable that my guests did not want to leave. My backyard now looks like something that should be featured in Home and Gardens and became the backyard that I had always dreamed of.”

Esmeralda ~ Pleasanton, CA
(Garden and Patio Makeover)

“My experience with VGA Designs was amazing. It was a difficult transition for me to go from a hospital into a board and care facility and to also give up my home. Vanessa just did everything for me – she went through my home and picked things that were perfect to include in my room at the board and care facility. I did not have to think of anything. She decorated my room with things that I love and cherish and also organized all my personal belongings. I have my mother’s lamp on my nightstand, which means a lot to me. It is just a joy to come into my room. I have all the things that I love around me. It was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend VGA Designs.”

Kathryn ~ Paso Robles, CA
(Elderly Transtition from Home to Board and Care Facility)

“Vanessa is a very personable young lady who was eager to help. She assisted me in transitioning from my home to a room in my son’s home. She organized all my personal belongings and set up my room for me. I would recommend her very highly. She did an excellent job. I was very happy with her and would hire VGA Designs again.”

Georgia ~ Newark, CA
(Elderly Transition from Home to Room in Son's Home)

“Working with VGA Designs has been a great experience for me. Vanessa is very personable and easy to work with. She listened to my likes and dislikes and then put together some design choices to select from for a bathroom remodel. Vanessa's efforts gave me the comfort to know that whichever selection I made, it would have the stamp of a professional behind the design. The results were fantastic! I look forward to working with Vanessa on future design projects. Thank you VGA Designs for the wonderful remodel. Vanessa, you are the greatest! I hope to be calling you soon for the next project!”

 Carole ~ Fremont, CA
(Bathroom Remodel)

“In April of this year we were just moving into our new house when a family emergency hit. Scrambling to complete the move so we could attend to our family, we stuffed our possessions into the house without much thought or care. A few months passed, and we found that we had never gotten around to properly organizing and arranging our new home. Now, months of living in chaos had piled up, and I was feeling very overwhelmed. I needed some professional help, but I was intimidated: Did 'normal' non-wealthy, working families ever hire interior decorators? Would the interior decorator judge the mess we had created, or turn up their nose when I requested that we buy interior design elements from Target?

I jumped on the internet to do some research and found Vanessa Alo from VGA designs. At the first consultation, I knew I had found the right person. My house was a mess, but she was personable and kind -- down-to-earth and approachable, with a keen eye for design and a hard-working ethic. She made the overwhelming task of organizing, shopping for, and redecorating our home seem manageable. She listened carefully to how we used our space, our likes and dislikes, and our budget limits and then poof! -- it was done. Well, actually it was a whole lot of work and time on her part, but it sure felt like 'poof!' from my perspective when I would come home from work to find my once disorganized and not-so-attractive space transformed into something both beautiful and functional. I started out thinking I would just do the office or my son's room and ended up having Vanessa do almost the whole house. (The only rooms she didn't touch were the kitchen, bath, and laundry room.)

So, the moral of the story is this: Vanessa is awesome. If you need organizing or decorating done, hire her! You won't regret it. Don't be nervous, embarrassed, or worry that 'people like you' don't have interior decorators, because Vanessa feels more like a really great, creative girlfriend who is available to help you out. Maybe she should change her tagline to: 'Design without the Diva' because that's what she is -- all the great, creative, wonderful things you need in an interior designer without all the snooty-attitude. Thanks, Vanessa!”

Lisa ~ Alameda, CA
(Redesign & Decor Shopping for Living Room, Family Room and Child's Bedroom)
(Professional Organizing & Decor Shopping for Office)

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