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Philosophy

Each new home project is an exciting opportunity for me to listen to, and understand my clients needs, hopes and dreams. On our journey together, I will honor each home and clients uniqueness, while collaborating together to create a space that is a reflection of who you are and how you want to live.

A new construction, or home renovation, lends an opportunity to let go of what no longer serves you physically and emotionally. In exchange, we will surround you with the things that bring you ease and a calm. Together, through mindful attention to detail, we will create an aesthetically beautiful home that provides rejuvenation from a busy day and offers you space to create joy with the people and things you cherish.

I’m a believer in that our external environment balances our internal environment.

Monique Sabatino

 

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About

Monique Sabatino

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”
– Walt Disney

As founder and owner of my Interior Design company in Rhode Island - Balanced Interiors I firmly believe that surrounding yourself in an aesthetically pleasing environment is vitally important. The way we care for our homes and ourselves can largely impact our health and wellness. When we consciously choose to make our home a place of harmony, it becomes a haven that allows us to rejuvenate and relax from our hectic modern life. I help my clients design their homes and work place so that they are a reflection of who they are and how they want to live. My goal for each project is that the end result surpasses my clients’ expectations. I accomplish this through mindful communication with you, my professional expertise in the Interior Design industry and my commitment to being environmentally conscious. I believe we can make not just beautiful rooms but a beautiful world.

My style is about creating balance in a room while remaining mindful of one of my favorite sayings, “less is more”.  I strive to create visual interest by integrating natures’ beauty and elements into my designs. That means balancing the right amounts of textures, shapes and colors to create a smooth transition between our indoor and outdoor spaces. I feel being in tune with nature’s rhythms allows us to feel more in harmony with our homes and the world around us.

I’ve always loved transforming an ordinary space into an extraordinary one that I can call my own. I began my formal career in 2002 when I enrolled in RISD’s Interior Design Program later graduating as a certified Interior Designer. I’m a University of RI graduate with a dual degree in Business Marketing and a minor in Nutrition. The journey that led to Interior Design came naturally because it is what I love to do. I believe we are the architects of our own lives and can create anything we are passionate about. I’m grateful that Balanced Interiors has grown into the design company that I envisioned when I took that leap of faith and followed my heart.

 

Design Services

Balanced Interiors is a full service interior design company offering a range of services that best suits your needs. We are experienced in projects of different scope, from new construction, additions, remodels, space planning, Feng Shui or simply selecting paint colors. We realize everyones project is unique and our services are tailored around specific requirements for your space. We manage all the details involved in the design process, saving you valuable time and costly mistakes. Our focus is to guide you through the complex process of interior design that results in a balanced and coordinated flow throughout your home. It is our priority to deliver to you a well detailed plan that will reflect your best self.

Balanced Interiors Services Include:

  • Comprehensive Planning and Design Concept
  • Review of Remodeling and New Construction documents
  • Kitchen and Bath design
  • Color Palette Development/Paint Color Consultation
  • Furniture Placement and Selection
    - Space Planning in 1/4” scale to ensure correct scale of furniture is purchased
  • Interior Finishes Consultation
    - Selection of tile, pattern, finish details
    - Schematics of built- ins
  • Selection of plumbing fixtures and finishes
  • Selection of lighting fixtures and finishes
  • Flooring Consultation
    - Type of wood species, size specification, finish, carpeting, rugs
  • Furniture Reupholstery
  • Window Seat Cushions and pillows
  • Window Treatments
  • Selection of Fabrics, Furnishings and Accessories
  • Art Consulting, identifies focal points and placement of art work
  • Feng Shui Enhancements are incorporated and essential throughout the design process.
  • Decluttering
  • Healthy Home Consultation

The most beneficial and inclusive Consultation is the Initial 90 Minute Consultation at the clients home. It allows me to assess the clients desires for the project, view the space or architectural drawings and determine its needs and best possible solutions. A scope of work is composed at the end of our consultation. Cost: $350.00

Lifestyle

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”
– John Muir

A home renovation creates an opportunity for a fresh start to launch healthier habits. Whether in the kitchen, bathroom or other living space we create an environment that leads to fitter bodies, better sleep and happier lives.

I am dedicated to helping my clients create spaces that are not just aesthetically pleasing but are actually good for them and the environment. My services include recommending cleaning products to care for your new space, personal care products to care for you and nutritional tips to stock your kitchen’s pantry. Call to set up a personal in-home consultation and learn what products Balanced Interiors recommends.

 

Healthy Homes

“Going green is like protecting your health: it comes down to respecting the place you inhabit.”

Imagine a world where fighting dirt doesn’t mean we need to be breathing in harsh chemicals or endure watery burning eyes. Balanced Interiors promotes products that are naturally derived and biodegradable, clean well, smell fresh and leave nothing nasty in their wake to harm you or the environment. Cleaning should feel, smell and be good for you. Let me help you stock your new cabinets.

Call to set up a personal in-home consultation and learn what products are Balanced Interiors' recommended favorites.

 

Personal Care

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
– Audrey Hepburn

People on average use nine personal care products each day. We assume they are safe and that there is some sort of government testing and regulation but that is not so. “…a cosmetic manufacturer may use almost any raw material as a cosmetic ingredient and market the product without an approval from FDA.” (FDA 2012) Personal care products are manufactured with 10,500 unique chemical ingredients, some of which are known or suspected carcinogens, toxic to the reproductive system or known to disrupt the endocrine system. Many of these products are restricted in Canada, Japan and the European Union.

It’s important to know what’s in the products you bring into your home and how those chemicals can affect your health and the environment. Balanced interiors provides consultations to help you make informed purchasing decisions, call or email me to set up an appointment.

 

Nutrition

EAT A RAINBOW of colorful fruits and vegetables.
– Center for Disease Control

Many of us have recognized an imbalance in our eating habits and are consciously making life style changes and modifying our diets. What better time to modify your life-style than now when you’ve just completed a fabulous new kitchen! Not only does it look and feel great, but what’s prepared there is an important part of your daily life. Lets stock your pantry with healthy food choices and begin anew. From promoting local farmers markets, tips on what to buy, to offering recipes using local harvests, Balanced Interiors wants to help you transform not just the look of your kitchen but what’s cooking in the kitchen.

 

 

 

Essential Oils

“The oils are beautiful and I am passionate about what I do because of what the oils do.”
– Gary Young, Founder of Young Living Essential Oils

Your home is the place where total wellness begins - from cooking and cleaning to personal care. Research studies have shown the positive effects of essential oils for a variety of health concerns including infections, pain, anxiety, depression, tumors, premenstrual syndrome, nausea, and many others. These healthy, natural and nontoxic plant extracts are a staple in my home that I'm proud to say I've been using in many different ways since 2008! Surround yourself with their clean, purifying fragrance and experience the benefits nature’s aromatics have to offer.

 

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    “what our clients are saying”

    This was my first time going through the home renovation process. I had no idea where to start, but luckily, I came across Monique very early in my search for help. It was obvious she was the best person for the project even before our initial consultation was over. I was immediately blown away by her expertise and overall vision for the house.

    With any home renovation, especially a total home renovation as in my case, you would expect some bumps in the road along the way. That didn't happen. The entire process was seamless due to Monique's professionalism, transparency, and meticulous attention to detail. It made it even easier that every idea she had or selection she made was always perfect.

    I am absolutely in love with my new house. The finished product is vastly better than I could have ever imagined. Working with Monique was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I give her the highest recommendation possible. Thank you, Monique!!

    Jay Jeannotte
    Project completion January 2023

     

    Monique was instrumental to our successful home building project. She assisted from the early design stage through completion. She took the time to understand our personal tastes and present us design options that fit our vision. Even with the countless number of decisions that needed to be made, Monique never lost sight of the big picture and the overall flow of our home. Our home is everything we dreamed it would be and more. We cannot compliment her enough.

    Monique was a pleasure to work with and we would highly recommend her services.

    Heather and Jeff
    Project completion November 2022

     

    After a failed attempt to try to put together a full bath and half bath remodel myself, thank goodness I met Monique from Balanced Interiors. There are no words to express my gratitude for all her help and inspiration. She has such a great sense of what designs are current but will also stand the test of time while considering the style of your home and budget. Monique is so attentive to every detail and making sure everything is done perfect. I absolutely love Monique and have already used her for a bedroom makeover and plan on using her for all my future projects. I honestly can't thank her enough! I highly recommend Monique for your interior design needs!

    Nancy
    Project completion October 2022

     

    After working with Monique 7 years ago on a complete kitchen remodel we contacted her again for her expertise knowledge as we embarked on construction of a new home! She was instrumental in the design/layout of our kitchen, pantry and bathrooms including selection of all cabinetry, tile and countertops! She also assisted in lighting selections for the entire home (which I love) and all window treatments! During construction she was always quick to respond to questions and was in direct contact with our general contractor so everyone was always on the same page. We have an open kitchen/great room with a tray ceiling in the kitchen and coffered ceiling in the great room which she designed so it looks seamless and adds to the overall beauty of our home! Besides her depth of design knowledge she is a pleasure to work with and is a thoughtful, kind person! Would recommend to anyone in need of an interior designer!

    Dean and Christine
    Project completion March 2022

     

    Monique’s guidance was invaluable. She is especially gifted with paint matching and kitchen layout. We could not have completed our ADU without her assistance.

    Cathy and Jim
    Project completion February 2022