During Hurricane Sandy, Nancy and Joe Alt discovered that living near a canal on the East Coast has its drawbacks. Rain and rising water flooded their entire first floor during the storm. Everything had to be thrown out, and the couple moved upstairs to avoid the water damage and mold. Eventually, the first floor was rebuilt but it needed finishing touches. Thumbtack introduced Nancy to interior designer Nanette Baker of Interiors by Nanette who, over the course of nine months, helped the Alts transform their once destroyed first floor into the home they’d always wanted.
Introducing Nancy Alt
When I initially met with Nanette for a consultation, she was a bit taken aback. My home had been gutted due to the tidal surge of Hurricane Sandy and when Nanette started working with us, all she saw was sheetrock and subfloors. Our entire living space was barren and raw. We barely had walls.
But about 15 seconds later she was brimming with enthusiasm and creative ideas. I hired her to transform three of the four rooms destroyed by the flood.
Nanette used computer imaging to integrate photos of the actual rooms with renditions of how the finished rooms would look with the vision she had in mind. She was a godsend for someone like me who has trouble visualizing.
We started with a gorgeous rug she found for the TV room. We then built the whole room around the style and colors of the rug. The room is now a masterpiece. People walk in, sit down and don’t want to leave.
The TV room flowed into a room I hoped to make into an office. Nanette recommended Custom Closets Direct and this room is now the most amazing and functional two person home office.
Our last challenge was the living room. From the window treatments to the sleeper sofa, lamps, carpet, custom pillows and more, the room is now beyond magnificent.
What she did is amazing. It’s months later and I still absolutely love it. I always tell Joe, “I love our house.”
Before Sandy, when we moved to this house (we’ve been here for five years), our decor was kind of a mix and match of all different things. After Sandy, everything had to be thrown out on the curb—the whole first floor was gutted.
I hit the jackpot when I hired Nanette. This woman is a magician. She listened carefully to my ideas and showed me pictures to ascertain my tastes and preferences. After getting a sense of what I wanted, Nanette presented me with suggestions that were thoughtful, doable and elegant. Nanette has a knack for finding the most beautiful fabric, furniture and accessories. I spent the first few weeks showing off my new home to friends and family. They have all oohed and aahhed, amazed at the transformation. We were not lucky to have been flooded, but we have been incredibly blessed to have found Nanette. She is a true treasure.
Photos by Michael Hnatov Photgraphy