Testimonials

Vivian was by far the most important part of our kitchen remodel. We cannot recommend her more highly. Her professionalism, design insights, lighting suggestions and project management moved us from two people with rough ideas into a dynamic, completed project. She made excellent design suggestions we would never have thought of, and helped to remake a dark kitchen with no natural light into a beautiful, open space. Vivian was easily available, communicated well, and always dependable. Plus she is a pleasure to work with and know! Her professional associates, contractors, painters, electricians, painters, were all excellent. If you are considering a remodel or need to improve lighting in your home, don’t hesitate. Hiring Vivian will be the best thing you ever did.
— Carolyn and Jean, Santa Cruz


Vivian is definitely your go-to professional for Interior lighting and design. My requirements were very defined; create a good lighting system for a small business office. We have very little natural light (only a few light tubes in the ceilings) and overhead lighting that was too bright and hurting everyone’s eyes. She came in, assessed the situation, measured the rooms and got light level requirements for every inch of the office space. She was very price sensitive when it came to sourcing the new lights and gave me options of prices, which was so helpful! If I have a budget that I just cannot go over, there really is no extra cash available. Vivian was very keen on making what we had work and able to find very good deals on what we did purchase. I really enjoyed working with her and she also offered very good contractors whose rates were right on par with current contractor prices.  It was wonderful working with Vivian and I recommend her to anyone doing home or business interiors.
— Roxy Lo – IBIS CYCLING, SANTA CRUZ


Vivian is wonderful to work with.  Her ideas are easy to implement as she works within your guidelines.  She listens to what you tell her and then comes up with a workable plan.  The best part is that she tries to work with items you already own.  She is willing to come up with multiple ideas and works with you to come up with what suits your home best.  She goes above and beyond the typical job scope to make things easier for her clients.  When working on our dining room, she was willing to pick up our chairs and deliver then after being recovered.  The subcontractors she recommended are top quality too.  They arrive when scheduled and get the job done.  I look forward to continuing our collaboration and I am 100% satisfied with her work and the way things are coming together.
— K.Deussen, Mountain View, CA


We presented Vivian with an outdated and sterile conference room and asked her to bring it up to date. She immediately saw the potential of the room and offered several ideas to make it warm, comfortable and inviting. From the flooring to the pictures on the wall, the room was quickly and methodically transformed. As the project manager, she orchestrated each of the stages seamlessly without any interruption to our daily business. Our conference room is now a source of pride. Vivian was such a pleasure to work with! Her impeccable taste and talent are highly recommended.
— K. Garnett, California Strawberry Commission


I recently had the pleasure of working with Vivian on a larger commercial new construction project with 44,000 of office space where my company was both the Architect and the Builder. When I was first told a Interior Designer was going to be the owners representative and Project Manager I was a little apprehensive. Wow what a surprise! Vivian and her staff were fantastic! First with meeting the stringent time and budget constraints of commercial building and then with her finish selections that made the end product stunning and something we at Ausonio are proud to be part of. In addition to the normal challenges of commercial design and construction, this project was registered with the US Green Building Council’s LEED green building program having the target of Gold Certification. This put additional requirements on Vivian to select finishes that were high in recycled content, regionally manufactured, and made of rapidly renewable resources. All challenges were met with great success both in compliance requirements and esthetics. Our experience with Interior Lighting and Design was so successful that we plan to include them as part of our team in our next Design Build proposal.
Jim Staniec, Construction Project Manager, Ausonio


“Combine old world work ethics with cutting edge artistry and you have Vivian. She transformed a 3,000 sq.ft, 100 year old house into a dream home, saved money and met a stringent deadline. Vivian never cut corners and always acted in a professional, positive manner. I give Vivian only the highest recommendation!! Finally, I found someone with common sense and good taste!”
— L.Haratani


“Vivian Gunnerengen is an experienced and versatile designer and project manager. The level and breath of experience she has garnered in the profession translate into effective, skillful, and beautiful results in the design arena, and when engaged to manage the Project, timely and informed decisions steering the course of the Project to success. Excellent results and highly recommended.”
— Daniel Silvernail, Architect


A stunning final lighting design product out of now where! Vivian’s ideas to transform our living room into some impressive display of comfort, accent and task lighting – all inclusive was beyond our dreams. We would highly recommend Vivian for any project, small or large.
— W. Smithe


After I purchased my new home I needed assistance in redesigning my home for handicap assistance, lighting and project management. I did not have the time nor energy to follow up with contractors and workers to make sure everything was done with quality control. The final project is a stunning and comfortable home that I absolutely love. The colors, decor, lighting and new cabinet designs hosts my art collection from years of traveling the world. I would highly recommend Vivian for any design or project management.
— P.T.Brown