Interior designer Sarah Walker recalls the days when she would travel back and forth on the water from the Eastside to Seattle, searching for cabinets, tiles, countertops, flooring, hardware, etc. Sometimes guests would also do these scavenger hunt-like hikes.
During her 15 years in the design industry, she dreamed of a place – preferably on the Eastside – where she and her clients could pick up all the necessities, in one place.
This place did not exist. So she built it. Nuance Interior Design Showroom is a Bellevue-based interior design showroom offering custom cabinetry and much more.
“Our Eastside customers aren’t interested in battling Seattle traffic to get to the area where most of the showrooms are and then walking through 25 showrooms just to get what they need. for their home,” said Walker, owner and principal designer of Nuance.
“Nuance Interior Design Showroom offers the largest selection of luxury and sustainable design products in Washington,” she added. “Here, discerning homeowners can experience custom luxury cabinetry and interior finishing materials all in one place. Our customers can know that I have reviewed every supplier represented in the showroom for the highest standards of quality, originality, customer service and durability. »
The showroom opened in June 2021. Walker wanted to provide customers with reliable and consistent custom cabinetry options, with the showroom offerings transforming from there.
“My design business has always specialized in kitchen and bathroom design, and we’ve been extremely limited by the shortage of high-end cabinetry shops,” she said. “With the Nuance showroom, I am able to deliver cabinets with truly custom configuration and finishes in a professional timeframe.”
Nuance customers have access to suppliers of lighting, plumbing, hardware, premium finishing materials, window coverings and even high-tech products.
“Our design team then takes care of the painstaking sourcing process entirely. As part of the end-to-end management, design assistance is also available, including a detailed and customized interior architectural specification book for new builds and major renovations,” Walker said. “This immersive space has benefits far beyond reducing travel times, allowing us to provide clients with an elevated interior design experience throughout their process.”
Sometimes people just aren’t sure what they want until they see it or experience it. The Nuance showroom offers a sensory experience where they can open the cabinets; feel the counters; and watch tile, wood, and hardware displayed like jewelry on black felt. People also don’t have to sacrifice style over durability; both are important features recommended by the Nuance team.
“The Nuance showroom contains several kitchen thumbnails, each showcasing different styles, features and solutions, including handcrafted finishes, smart technology and motorized doors,” Walker said. “Devices from the USA, Italy and Germany are seamlessly integrated into it. Finish samples are available to design fully custom handcrafted items such as hoods, shelving, hardware, furniture and rugs.
The space is welcoming, with large windows, lots of natural light and space to display products side by side. Walker, who is a licensed and certified designer and a member of the Interior Design Society, says she loves her work and the space she has created.
“By offering the largest selection of luxury and sustainable design products in Washington, we eliminate the waste that comes from poor design and inferior products. Our design-build studio truly offers a full service, which makes customer experience a priority,” she noted.