Client Reviews


It’s such a privilege to be invited into a client’s home, to help transform it for the way they would truly like to live, and it’s the most fun job in the world. My goal for every renovation is that it be a joyful experience for the whole team: the clients, the contractor and crew, myself. The thank you notes I’ve received over the years just blow me away; this is a small sampling. More reviews are at Houzz and The Franklin Report (link via the icons above). 


Excerpt of a 6-page letter from Steve: “I’m so impressed and grateful for your ideas and their masterful execution . . . This whole renovation thing, including having to live elsewhere, wasn’t easy, but I’m so thrilled with the result that it’s going to take me a few months to get used to living in splendor. It’s a really exceptional job . . . . Redoing my apartment with you was one of the most exhilarating, exhausting, absorbing and satisfying things I’ve ever done. I know it’s what you do for a living but I feel the same way about firemen and police: I’m so glad there’s somebody else to do it!”

“My husband and I cannot speak highly enough about Clare Donohue & One to One Studio. Clare has impeccable taste, high quality standards, and is masterful at understanding construction and dealing with contractors and subcontractors. Clare worked with us on planning and managing a gut renovation project on a pre-war apartment. We had a lengthy co-op board approval process and issues involving the Landmarks Commission. Without Clare’s help, we wouldn’t have survived these processes. Clare is superb at communicating, followup, and anticipating and preventing problems. She is resourceful and has wonderful contacts for things like speciality painting. We are thrilled with our apartment and love Clare’s design. We would hire Clare again in a heartbeat and recommend her, without reservation, to anyone considering any sized project.” – Mary

“When we opened the door and walked in we were ecstatic to see how the touches you added completed the look and feel of the place. You did so many wonderful things to accessorize that we couldn’t take it in fast enough. Every time we turned around, we saw something new. It was a fantastic experience to see our renovation come to life in such a beautiful and dramatic way. You must really understand our moods and emotions well to have hit the feeling so perfectly.” – Sue

“LOVE LOVE LOVE the bathroom!” – Kathy

“I’ve been through enough remodeling disasters to know that an expert consultation at the front end of a project is the wisest investment you can make, and will spare you thousands of dollars in headaches during construction (Shout out to Clare Donohue at 121studio, my remodeling guardian angel!)” – Nuno

“Don’t be fooled by Clare’s easy demeanor. She’s an unwavering advocate for the client and the work.  It’s clear to her contractors (and she’ll make it clear to yours) that anything less than the best won’t do.”
– Jeff (colleague)

 “Worth every penny!” – Rich

“You have been tireless and great. We know that there’s no way we could do this without you. I imagine that people go at these projects solo but they probably spend more than your design fees on a divorce lawyer.” –Jason (a lawyer)

“Clare was a delight to work with. Before we even got together, she invited me to email her some photos of my space so she would be better prepared. She arrived on time and had lots of great ideas. Clare is very cheerful, warm and personable, and made me feel good about the choices I had already made, along with providing guidance on what I could do to elaborate on the theme within my budget. My husband and I were very happy with Clare’s suggestions, and at no time did we feel she was pressuring us in any way.” –Michelle

“The apartment is beautiful and continues to get rave reviews.– Pam

“We greatly appreciate all of your patience and grace under pressure. We clearly couldn’t have gotten done as fast as we did without your advice and counsel. Thanks again.” – Peter

“The colors look fantastic! I’ve gotten compliments from everyone who has been through the house, from the contractor to friends and family. Thanks so much for your help!” – Christina