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Interior Design Services in the greater Sacramento Area

Your home is a unique reflection of who you are. Creating a beautiful, stylish, inviting space for your family and friends to enjoy is one of the most rewarding parts of owning your own home. 

We’ll guide you through the interior design journey to bring the perfect look to your home. With our turnkey custom design solutions, you don’t have to worry about finding (or dealing with) contractors or movers, we take care of all the details for you.

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Luxury bathroom remodel
"We were privileged to have Cathy and her team remodel our master bath. Cathy is an excellent designer, contractor and project manager. She surrounds herself with an outstanding group of experts. The quality of our completed project is so appreciated. Cathy is very responsive and communicated step by step throughout the process. We are very pleased with our results."
— Kathy
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"We found Cathy Tonks and DWYIM, from the first site visit we knew we had a winner. Cathy listened to our ideas and asked us what worked and what did not in the existing space. Since extraordinarily little worked, and we wanted a more open plan it was decided to remove several interior walls and achieve the open floor plan that we had dreamed of. Cathy was able to achieve our dream space. We now have top of the line appliances, 30-inch French Door double wall ovens, an awesome copper vent hood, and a space that is both functional and beautiful. We love our kitchen."
- Laura L.
"We were privileged to have Cathy and her team remodel our master bath. Cathy is an excellent designer, contractor and project manager. She surrounds herself with an outstanding group of experts. The quality of our completed project is so appreciated. Cathy is very responsive and communicated step by step throughout the process. We are very pleased with our results and would recommend Designs With You In Mind."
- Kathy B.
"We had DWYIM do a kitchen remodel! Our ceiling was really low with horrible lighting! We needed new counters and a breakfast bar. The whole kitchen Was retextured and painted throughout. Our experience was amazing with this team! They were always on time, professional, and allowed us to be involved in all of the decisions! The designer was fantastic!!! We would definitely refer this company to anyone that is looking for the best experience of remodeling!"
- Sharmy G.
"I had the pleasure of working with Cathy Tonks and her team. Cathy gave us our dream home! She is knowledgeable, organized, friendly, communicative, and pays attention to detail. Her team was professional, skilled, and trustworthy. My before and after photos are just the kitchen, however Cathy basically was involved in the renovation of the entire home (approximately 4200 sq ft). If there were ever any issues (very few) Cathy promptly corrected them. My husband and I are busy professionals so it was so nice to have someone like Cathy to coordinate and oversee our home renovation. She handled everything and consulted with us when needed.  We knew our home was in the best hands with Cathy. I would highly recommend Cathy for any of your home renovation/remodel/decorating needs."
- Lori A.
"We furnished our front room with Cathy, it turned out AMAZING. Our room is functional and beautiful. She took so many factors into consideration, from maximizing seating to choosing high quality materials that could survive our lifestyle. She has years of experience with a wide variety of projects. Her expertise was evident as she navigated the way through the process. Highly recommend!"
- Kaeli T.
"I had worked with Cathy in 2006 when we completely remodeled our home. Everything worked out so well at that time and is still so beautiful today that I contacted her when it was time to replace my cement floors and refurnish our family room. She knew exactly what I wanted in a functional, yet unique flooring. Installation went seamlessly and my floor is gorgeous! The new sofa, rug, coffee and console tables came in today and are spectacular. Warm, organic and perfect for us. She was available every step of the project and brought personal touches that truly completed the room. I will use her services again!"
- Jody D.
"This team was extremely professional. Their design ideas were right in line with what we asked for. They transformed our kitchen into a work of art. We would highly recommend them for any type of designing or construction projects. You, as their client, will receive exactly what you have pictured in your mind! This team brought in numerous samples of paint, flooring, tile, etc to make sure we were completely sure on colors and designs. It was so much fun working with them instead of it being stressful which we had experienced with other companies."
- Gabby S.
"Cathy's company is perfectly named since she wants the final product to be what the customer had in mind! She and I spent time looking at pictures of remodeled bathrooms so she picked up on what I liked (and did not like!) but once we had a good relationship, she threw out some great ideas that would not have ever crossed my mind. Example: my guest bath is a bit on the small side so she suggested wallpaper. In fact, she suggested a wallpaper with glass beads that sparkles in the light - along with a crystal pendant light and that small bathroom is more than just the toilet and sink. She has a great aesthetic but picks up, very quickly, on customer needs and desires."
- Cyndi C.
"Cathy came to us from a very dear friend's referral. She immediately discovered our taste and lifestyle towards remodeling the kitchen. She drew up plans that worked so well for function and space and I love the layout and I look forward to having our friends and family share it with us. Cathy was very attentive and always kept in touch making sure everything was taken care of. I highly recommend her for your remodel needs."
- Sandra D.
"Cathy has been absolutely amazing to work with and my husband and I are in love with our home. Our home is exactly what we wanted, and in fact, it is better than what we could ever imagine! I find that I am more of a homebody now because I love spending time in our home and cook in our amazing kitchen. I felt completely comfortable having Cathy's people in my home (whether I was home or not) because I know Cathy only works with the best and most trustworthy people. We basically upgraded our entire home which included the kitchen, flooring, guest bathrooms, paint, crown molding, baseboards, etc. I would HIGHLY recommend Cathy for all of your design needs."
- Lori A.

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You deserve the finest materials from the best brands

Your home deserves the best - which is why we only stock the finest materials from the best brands in our studio. Once a month, we meet with each of our brand’s reps to consider their latest product lines. We like to make sure you have the best selection of the most beautiful home decor options available. Browse through our current collections of hardware, carpet, tile, furniture, cabinets, fabrics, window coverings, soft furnishings, and bedding at our Granite Bay studio.

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"We just finished a remodel of the great room in our 30 year old home. We have never used a designer before and chose Cathy Tonks simply by reading reviews and visiting her website. How fortunate it was that we chose Cathy! Our great room was beyond dated, with old cabinets and shelves, a non-functioning gas fireplace, and a small, dark, empty room in the corner. Obviously, we wanted to update the room, but wanted something different and unique. On our first visit with Cathy, we could tell why her company is called “Designs With You In Mind” as Cathy prioritizes what is important to the client. We knew we wanted to have a modern look with fireplace, TV on the wall, and shelving, but because of the asymmetry of the room, we struggled with coming up with our own design. When Cathy later showed us her design for the wall, we were blown away. The design also recreated a full bar in the small room in the corner with quartz countertop, beautiful sink and fixtures, and stunning backsplash/shelves. We also thought that her contractor and workers were excellent and easy to work with. In closing, thank you, Cathy, for transforming our mundane great room into a piece of art!"
- Dean K.
"Cathy and her team did an outstanding job with our whole kitchen refresh and entertainment center renovation. They addressed all our concerns, including the too-high kitchen island and dated TV niche, with skill and creativity. The new range hood not only solves the functionality issue but also adds a stunning aesthetic touch to the space. I appreciate how Cathy intuitively understood our desire for a French Country feel, translating it into beautiful color choices and design elements. The increased prep space has significantly improved the kitchen's function, and the unified look between the kitchen and family room creates a sense of openness and cohesion. Throughout the project, Cathy's professionalism and ability to collaborate made the process smooth and enjoyable. We couldn't be happier with the results and would eagerly work with Cathy again in the future."
- Chris O.
"Cathy & Brian are so talented and professional. I have used them in several design categories and their resources are unmatched. They also have excellent taste and they don't try to persuade you to "like" their taste and ideas, but rather work within your ideas and budget."
- Lisa P.
"Cathy helped transform my office from a mess to a functioning asset that helps me work. I thought it would just simply be ordering some furniture and having it setup, but it was far more than that. They went the extra mile and helped with organizing the space to make it function better. I would highly recommend them for any project."
- Glen S.
"Cathy has done work for me for over 7 years and has always impressed me! She is insanely talented, professional and ensures a project is done with high quality. Cathy has an ability to visualize a major transformation to your living space and always exceeds my expectations!!"
- Pearce
"Cathy was easy to work with and listened to what we were looking for. She provided great suggestions and has a great design skill set. Cathy stayed on top of all our projects and maintained great communication throughout. Cathy was a pleasure to work with and always had a great attitude."
- Deane
"Cathy did a remodel for our home. She was not only professional and friendly, she was an amazing person to work with. Her prices are so fair for all the work she put into our project. I would highly refer her. You will not be disappointed."
- Dodi, Sacramento
"Cathy has the sixth sense to gauge your taste and style and takes it to perfection in designing and choice of colors and materials. She is very professional and works well with people. The house I bought was 30 years old, and now it can be featured on the pages of sunset magazine!"
- Mohini J.
"I so enjoyed working with Cathy Tonks, Designs With You In Mind, on a major remodel where we doubled the number of bedrooms and baths and redesigned the entire kitchen and family area. I especially liked her attention-to-detail and the ability to assist my contractor in solving problems. Her ideas were inspirational and her vendor contacts made decision making a joy. I highly recommend her for projects large or small."
- Lynne H.
"We have worked with Designs With You In Mind on a number of projects. Cathy is extremely talented and very professional. It's evident she has a passion for what she does. Communication and attention-to-detail are excellent!!"
- All Phase Plumbing
"I highly recommend Cathy Tonks of Designs With You In Mind for any design project of your home and business space. She is packed full of creative and functional ideas. Cathy also has a network of resources to work with-other professionals who can bring the improvements to your space in an efficient manner. Thank you Cathy!"
- Camille, Sacramento