Client Testimonials

“I have worked with Maraya on several projects now. My gym, an outdoor deck and fireplace area, (my fireplace is stunning!) and currently my garage redsign, complete with a beautiful quartz epoxy floor. She always knows what to do, when, how and who to do it. I so appreciate her vast knowledge and experience. She knows my budget, she knows when I need to get it done, and she always remains calm, cool and collected through it all! Maraya is extremely professional, reasonably priced and very fast. I highly recommend her.”

–Diana Rice

“Twelve years ago we had the pleasure to have Maraya help in the designing of our home. We built from ground up and Maraya was there for it all. I could depend on her professionalism, creativity and, above all, her enthusiasm for our project. In the past several years I have also called Maraya to help with incidentals, and she was always there for me. We are in the process of another project and I know have the opportunity to work with Maraya again. Not only do we have Maraya, but her assistant, Auriel. A dynamite team who puts the clients first in all aspects of a project.”

–Lynn Kipp

I hired Maraya to design a kitchen, in my old stone house. I wanted a modern kitchen, that was functional,
and small. The house is all open and only one thousand square feet.
Maraya gave me 10 drawings within 2 days. I loved it that I had so many options.
We proceeded right away, and I am so happy with the kitchen. It is modern, and extremely functional and easy to use. The contrast of the modern with the old stone is my favorite part.

Thanks Maraya.

Hi Auriel,

We LOVE the sofa – Thank you for staying all afternoon. I really like the herringbone fabric you left – please order that ASAP for the ottoman. Also, can you send me the valance drawing you were talking about. Also, void the check you wrote for the cookies – I don’t need it. Thank you!

Liz

Hi Maraya and Auriel,

I just wanted to send a note and let you know how fantastic the Condo looks. It has been a pleasure watching it transform.

Thank you,

Jacqui Burge

“Maraya is a fabulous interior designer who possesses a true gift of imagining the end product and getting a client to that point. She has listened to our needs, and tried very hard (successfully) to make sure she compliments our desires and not imposes her designer likes and dislikes onto our house. I have to say that the house has turned out to be all that we hoped for, in a very large part because of her wonderful skill and talent to cover every detail possible. Anyone who brings Maraya into their project will be blessed with a very talented individual who can create any environment a client desires on a broad range of spectrums.”

–Ray Di Guilio, Ventura, Calif.

“I have been using Maraya Droney Design for well over ten years. She has completed numerous residential and commercial projects for me. She brings a unique talent that enables her to understand what the client wants and how to handle all of the details from start to finish. Her ability to provide detailed drawings, renderings and specs for each job makes it easier for the general contractor and sub-contractors to complete their work accurately. The end result of her work is always a satisfying experience. I would never consider using anyone else!”

–Stan Slaton, Lake Tahoe, Nev.

“Hi, Maraya. We have moved into our new home. It is beautiful and inspiring and we love it. It is very clear to us that this house would not reflect our vision and desire had it not been for your extraordinary talent and dedication. We are honored that you were our designer.”

–Steve and Christine Sunshine, Shady Canyon, Irvine, Calif.

We enjoy your spaces every day of our lives. You are amazing!

–Lynda

 Maraya -Thank you so much for making our house look like a home that we feel comfortable in.  You have done an outstanding job so far with the colors and finishes that you have selected as well as the people that we have used from your recommendations.  They have been very professional and respectful as well as highly competent in what we have asked them to do.If you pick something out for our home, I have every reason to believe that it was well thought out and exact in it’s selection.  Please feel free to continue to do so until the end of the project.Thank you also for your dedication to the team of people that we have employed to finish this project.  Marti and I are very happy with the progress provided by Milan and Mitch and selections made by you and your staff.We look forward to a successful conclusion.Bob Hedge
Direct Systems Support

“Thank you so much Maraya. I don’t really have the words to express how thankful I feel for you stepping in to make my house more like a home when I’m unable. You are an extraordinary person and I’m grateful for all you have done and continue to do for us.”

–Lisa Mazzarella

 

Maraya,

My package of samples arrived today!

I don’t have words to express the outstanding job you did!  You provided beyond what I envisioned, and I am happily overwhelmed with the beautiful, beautiful samples! You’ve made my vision come alive and I am absolutely thrilled with your magnificent choices.  The paint, the carpets, the fabric…oh my gosh, so lovely! Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I’m sure I’ll need some guidance once I come back to earth!

Thank you over and over again,

Lois Wray

“Maraya has an amazing gift to hone in on a client’s exact taste and match it to perfection. In fact, not only does she ‘get’ our taste, she knows how to take it to the next level and create spaces that make people’s jaws drop. We live in a Maraya-designed house, and work in a Maraya-designed space, and there are no words to describe the added joy that she’s brought to our day-to-day existence through her beautiful design work and exceptional understanding of color, mood, and space. We are picky clients, and we will pick Maraya for any future project we can find for her!”

–LW and B H, Ventura and Ojai, Calif.

We enjoy your spaces every day of our lives. You are amazing!
–L

“Thank you so much for such a beautiful job for my office. It came out gorgeous. It’s such a pleasure to work with you and to be a part of your creativity. I’m looking forward to our next project.”
–M K Ojai and Ventura

“A few years ago I built a small Mission Revival home. Maraya took responsibility for all aspects of the design work including the selection of a color pallet, fabrics, tile, and stone in addition to designing a number of pieces of custom furniture. My strength was envisioning a floor plan along with interior and exterior elevations. My weakness was everything Maraya did for me. Imagine my delight when my inarticulate and uneducated verbal descriptions of how I wanted the home to feel were quickly and efficiently transformed into a wonderful creation just perfect for me including all the details from the flowers and vases to soap dispensers and candles. For this bachelor, Maraya made my house a home.”
–BC, Santa Barbara, Calif.

“Thank you so much for your responsive submittal to out request for and interior design to the area of primary usage in our home. Your work is imaginative, creative and in concert with our own life style expectations.”
–MV, Solimar Beach

“I have worked on several custom home projects with Maraya and her team. Maraya is a true proffesional with high standards and unique talent. Drawings by Maraya are very detailed and proffesional, with many strengths, Maraya and her team excel at listening to their clients and builders, providing detailed drawings, material selection, color and texture selection as well as furniture co-ordination and lay out. Combining all these strengths, Maraya provides beautiful, functional and highly detailed projects that fit her clients. It’s a pleasure to work with Maray and her team.”

–Stan Tenpenny

“Maraya is truly gifted. I have worked with many designers in the past but have never met anyone who is as talented and has such amazing vision as Maraya. I was drawn to Maraya upon seeing her portfolio. During our consultations together, she immediately understood my goals and helped make them a reality. I am overwhelmingly pleased with the results. I highly recommend Maraya.”

–Rouii

“We were extremely lucky to find Maraya to work with us on our renovation project. We realized we needed help about 2/3 of the way through the project, and she was invaluable to us from that point on. She listens, but also has great ideas; she was mindful of our budget but was able to suggest where spending a bit more would be worth it. She makes decisions quickly and has great design sense. I can’t recommend her highly enough.”

–Ginny McConnel

“As someone who has had the pleasure of working with this firm the last four years, I can’t recommend Maraya and Auriel enough. Not only are these ladies extraordinarily gifted and creative, they are a joy to work with. They listen to what their customers want, and they manage to find the best and most unique materials to finish the room. They have the ability to design in a variety of styles which allows them to be very responsive to the needs of their customers. They are professional, calm, and organized, yet very open. I encourage you to look at the pictures available so you can get an idea of the level of taste they are able to achieve regardless of the style. Every room is one you’d like to spend time in from warm, welcoming contemporary rooms to beautiful, traditional spaces that never look overly fussy. They work with color so well that the rooms are never bland, and yet nothing looks jarring or out of place. Whatever it is that you want, they can do, and do very well. I have had the pleasure of working with many designers, but I would Hire them. I have the advantage of knowing just how detail oriented they are and how very hard they work to get their client the perfect results. The level of service and ability available to you in this firm is truly outstanding.”

–Laura Smith

Lastly, I have to tell you how much we love living in our home since you helped us furnish and improve it.  We just love all of it.  Not only is our everyday comfort improved, but we literally get so much pleasure, visually, from every angle in the house. Thanks, Maraya!

Jane King, Montecito

Dear Maraya,

Thanks for all your wonderful help with the projects- and for efficiently getting everything done thus far! It’s been great meeting you.

–Diana Raab, Montecito, CA

“First, let me say I have seen your work first hand and I must say it is absolutely stunning. My wife Sheila works for Lynda.com as Event Marketing Manager and I was able to see the new Lynda.com offices in person just a few days ago and was frankly blown away by the wonderful decor and designs.”

–Richard John Jenkins, Ventura, Calif.

“Randy and I have been living with our new furnishings now for several weeks, and we just love them! Thank you for your talent, hard work and professionalism. You made the process practically painless (writing big checks is always a little painful). We’d recommend you in a heartbeat (and we will). Thank you again!”

–Randy and Jane King, Montecito, Santa Barbara, California

“I just wanted to let you know that Chris and I think you are doing a truly wonderful job. You are making a difference and we are thrilled that you are helping us.”

–Steve and Christine Sunshine, Shady Canyon, Irvine, Calif.

“Thank you so much for such a beautiful job for my office. It came out gorgeous. It’s such a pleasure to work with you and to be a part of your creativity. I’m looking forward to our next project.”

–Margo Kelly

“Maraya and her team are currently working a second project for me. The first was a complete master bath and closet redo along with a new kitchen in a 1970’s dated ranch house. I told her I wanted it to look like the newparts had always been there.WOW it was beyond what I thought could be done. I am so happy with her professionalism and her team. If I asked if something could be done her answer was “of course why not?”. She was always on time, attentive to detail and a joy to work with. You will be so fortunate to work with her. I will post later on the new project…outdoor kitchen with all the bells and whistles. As expected with this new project we are on time and looking great!”

–Peggy Melton

Dear Tim and Maraya,

A big thank you to you and your team for helping to make our vision of The Oaks come to life. The lobby project has been one we feared executing, however, I think with our collaborative efforts it went even smoother than we could have predicted or imagined. The guests were taken care of as were we. I appreciate the attention to detail, timing and staying close to budget. We are very proud of the outcome, as I hope you are. You definitely showed a dedicated effort to make this project work.

I look forward to the next one.   Happy New Year!

Thank you,
Cathy Cluff,
President, CEO
The Oaks at Ojai

 

“Hi, Maraya. We have moved into our new home. It is beautiful and inspiring and we love it. It is very clear to us that this house would not reflect our vision and desire had it not been for your extraordinary talent and dedication. We are honored that you were our designer.”
–S and C S, Shady Canyon, Irvine, Calif.

“I just wanted to let you know that Chris and I think you are doing a truly wonderful job. You are making a difference and we are thrilled that you are helping us.”
–S C S, Shady Canyon, Irvine, Calif.

“Thank you for rescuing us from a very daunting task, one that might have turned into a nightmare if you had not stepped in with your creative talent!”
–C and J S, Ojai, Calif.

“I have been using Maraya Droney Design for well over ten years. She has completed numerous residential and commercial projects for me. She brings a unique talent that enables her to understand what the client wants and how to handle all of the details from start to finish. Her ability to provide detailed drawings, renderings and specs for each job makes it easier for the general contractor and sub-contractors to complete their work accurately. The end result of her work is always a satisfying experience. I would never consider using anyone else!”
–S S, Lake Tahoe, Nev. and Ventura, Calif.

“Randy and I have been living with our new furnishings now for several weeks, and we just love them! Thank you for your talent, hard work and professionalism. You made the process practically painless (writing big checks is always a little painful). We’d recommend you in a heartbeat (and we will). Thank you again! By the way, we kept the dog – his name is Oliver”
–R and J K, Montecito, Santa Barbara, California

“We have been in the decorative painting business for over 20 years and Maraya is one of the best designers we have ever worked with, both from a talent standpoint, as well as from a personality standpoint. Her sense of design is impeccable and she is incredibly easy to work with. She is eager to listen to her clients to deliver what they want and trusts her sub-contractors with their areas of expertise. A person can be known by the company they keep and Jeff Raum Studios has found that all who Maraya works with; clients, sub-contractors and her assistants have been a joy to be around. We hope that we can continue to create beauty with Maraya Interior Design for many years to come and we cannot recommend her design firm highly enough . We wish more designers had her level of professionalism.”

–Jeff Raum

“Maraya is a great designer and is wonderful to work with. She is very creative and attentive to details. She has a full service office which is great benefit to any client. I would highly recommend her.”

–Kurt Magness, Architect

Maraya has been a wonderful asset every step of the way as my husband and I remodel our dream home in Montecito. She is very talented and truly helps her clients develop the concepts the homeowner wants. I always feel she is there for us and we work as a team on every decision from paint to appliances to interiors. Her team from Ojai is impeccable and service oriented and gets back to you promptly via email with information requested. They are all gifted professionals who respect the client yet are super easy to work with.

I cannot give enough praise for the entire team!
Bravo!
Andrea Dunlevy

“Maraya and her team are a pleasure to work with. Her ideas and delivery are almost always spot on and she is always open to my suggestions. She is very experienced and professional and highly recommend her services.”

–Joe Ostrowski

“Maraya has been a pleasure working with over the last year one of our projects! She has amazing taste and a great eye for what all works together. We hope to work with Maraya on many more projects in the near future.”

–Tim Curran

“Thank you so much for your responsive submittal to our request for an interior design to the area of primary usage in our home. Your work is imaginative, creative and in concert with our own lifestyle expectations.”

 –Michael Viola, Solimar Beach, Ventura, CA

“Your drawings of the house are gorgeous! Thanks so much for helping us.”

–Annie Camou, Ojai, Calif.

“We have used Maraya on both of our homes. One by the beach and the other in Lake Tahoe. As soon as we met her I knew that I would love working with her.  I’ve never seen anyone before making sketches that are so accurate to the completed project. She is truly an artist. In addition, I know what I like and she never overwhelmed me with too many choices. Our house at the beach is very light and sunny whereas the house in the mountain is darker and warmer. Everyone that comes to either house is always saying how warm and homey the homes are.  We are still using her as our houses change with kids moving out and things getting old!”

–Gunilla DeArkland, Carpinteria, Calif. and Lake Tahoe, Nev.

“Thank you for rescuing us from a very daunting task, one that might have turned into a nightmare if you had not stepped in with your creative talent!”

–Chris and Jennifer Sutton, Ojai, Calif.

“A few years ago I built a small Mission Revival home. Maraya took responsibility for all aspects of the design work including the selection of a color pallet, fabrics, tile, and stone in addition to designing a number of pieces of custom furniture. My strength was envisioning a floor plan along with interior and exterior elevations. My weakness was everything Maraya did for me. Imagine my delight when my inarticulate and uneducated verbal descriptions of how I wanted the home to feel were quickly and efficiently transformed into a wonderful creation just perfect for me including all the details from the flowers and vases to soap dispensers and candles. For this bachelor, Maraya made my house a home.”

–Bill Cottingham, Santa Barbara, Calif.

“Maraya has an amazing gift to hone in on a client’s exact taste and match it to perfection. In fact, not only does she ‘get’ our taste, she knows how to take it to the next level and create spaces that make people’s jaws drop. We live in a Maraya-designed house, and work in a Maraya-designed space, and there are no words to describe the added joy that she’s brought to our day-to-day existence through her beautiful design work and exceptional understanding of color, mood, and space. We are picky clients, and we will pick Maraya for any future project we can find for her!”

–Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin

“We hired Maraya to design our remodel which turned out to be more of a complete renovation. Maraya was creative and professional throughout our time working with her. We appreciated her promptness, knowledge and patience as we went through the design phase. Maraya had wonderful ideas and beautiful drawings which helped us visualize her creations. We are completely happy with our decision to hire Maraya and would definitely work with her in the future. My husband and I would highly recommend Maraya and Auriel to anyone looking for an interior design team.”

–Tomi Tchejeyan

“We have used Maraya on both of our homes. One by the beach and the other in Lake Tahoe. As soon as we met her I knew that I would love working with her. I’ve never seen anyone before making sketches that are so accurate to the completed project. She is truly an artist. In addition, I know what I like and she never overwhelmed me with too many choices. Our house at the beach is very light and sunny whereas the house in the mountain is darker and warmer. Everyone that comes to either house is always saying how warm and homey the homes are. We are still using her as our houses change with kids moving out and things getting old!”
–G D, Carpinteria, Calif. and Lake Tahoe, Nev.

“First, let me say I have seen your work first hand and I must say it is absolutely stunning. My wife Sheila works for Lynda.com as Event Marketing Manager and I was able to see the new Lynda.com offices in person just a few days ago and was frankly blown away by the wonderful decor and designs.”
–R J J, Ventura, Calif.

“Your drawings of the house are gorgeous! Thanks so much for helping us.”
–A C, Ojai, Calif.

“Maraya is a fabulous interior designer who possesses a true gift of imagining the end product and getting a client to that point. She has listened to our needs, and tried very hard (successfully) to make sure she compliments our desires and not imposes her designer likes and dislikes onto our house. I have to say that the house has turned out to be all that we hoped for, in a very large part because of her wonderful skill and talent to cover every detail possible. Anyone who brings Maraya into their project will be blessed with a very talented individual who can create any environment a client desires on a broad range of spectrums.”
–R D, Ventura, Calif.