About Aegean Designing Whims

A Great Place to Live

Recently Chyrsteen Braun, Owner of Aegean Designing Whims and Tammy Avila of Tamara Rene Designs were interviewed by Larry Strawther on A Great Place to Live In Spite of Itself. Here it is in case you missed it.

Are You Thinking About a Home Project?

When you start thinking about working on your home, you have a lot of decisions to make. Perhaps one of your biggest fears in remodeling is making expensive mistakes, or not knowing where to start.

That’s why it’s really important to work with a company who can help you with everything: Kitchen and Bath Design, the remodeling process itself, floor coverings, and Hunter Douglas blinds, shades and shutters.

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We can help you work on a whole room plan, one step at a time.

Kitchen design and remodeling will not be complete without functional and aesthetically appealing cabinets. Custom made cabinets not only hold important things used in a kitchen but also contribute to the overall appearance of the area. With all the services offered by Aegean Designing Whims, you can be certain that your kitchen will be a fun place to be in and that food preparation will be more exciting.

On the other hand, bath remodeling is also an important aspect of home renovation. The bathroom could serve as a venue for retreat for a homeowner stressed from the day-to-day work. Moreover, an improved bathroom could perk up a home’s general appearance.

From home decorating to floor coverings to window coverings, if you are living in the areas of Cypress, Los Alamitos or Long Beach; Aegean Designing Whims has you “covered”. With professional personnel to handle your concerns, and top-notch services to match your expectations; your home will look better than you imagined it to be.

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Our kitchen & bath designers will help you create a personal style, whether you’re traditional or contemporary.

Agean Designing Whims is the only Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Showroom and Hunter Douglas Blinds, Shades & Shutters Gallery serving Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, Cypress, La Palma, Cerritos, Huntington Beach, Lakewood and Long Beach.

Chrysteen-Larry-Wendy, interior design professionalsWhere did the name Aegean Designing Whims come from?

When we specialized in only floor coverings, our name was Aegean Floor Coverings. And when we started doing design work, we thought people might have a hard time remembering Aegean, so we added Designing Whims. It’s a funny name, and I’m amazed how many people do remember us as Aegean. I think once you get Aegean, you don’t lose it.

Are you licensed and insured, and what does that really mean?

All California contractors need to be licensed and insured. The license “qualifies” that person or company to do certain work in your home. Contractors are also required to be “Bonded” which is insurance benefiting consumers and employees of the Contractor. Liability Insurance is not required, but necessary for any “smart” contractor, who wants to protect themselves and their customers in the event of any major catastrophe (such as causing a fire) in their customer’s home. It’s very important you hired only Licensed, Bonded AND Insured Contractors. You can always contact cslb.ca.gov/ to verify a Contractor’s license is current and that they are in good standing.

What type of work requires a Licensed Contractor?

Any job over $600, plus any job required installation. That means Carpeting and Floor Coverings, Window Coverings, Wall Coverings, and Remodeling.

Are you more expensive than Lowe’s and Home Depot?

I love it when people ask me this question. Anyone can be less expensive than anyone. On a day to day basis, we are not any more expensive than anyone. (We just look it).

When you go to a “Big Box” store, there’s no way you can get the personal service you can when you shop at a smaller store. They often carry some of the same brands as we do, but they don’t always have all the amenities. And sometimes it’s confusing, because when you see a brand, you think everything is equal. Sometimes manufacturers make special products for Big Boxes but with less, or it’s made a little differently. Manufacturers have 2 customers in this case; one the Big Boxes, and one the Independent Dealers.

When you shop at a store like ours, what you know you’re going to get is personal service, someone who really cares about you purchasing what’s best for you and your application, and you aren’t dealing with different independent contractors who have no idea who you are.

Lowe’s and Home Depot are great places to purchase hardware, toilets, appliances, drywall and wood. But shop with a store like us for the finishing touches. You won’t be paying more, and you’ll get more value.

Are you considered a High End Kitchen & Bath Showroom, or do you have reasonably priced cabinet options?

Sometimes customers have said “Your store looks expensive” or “I thought you were expensive until I looked at the prices. And you have all different price points.”

One of the things I love about what we offer is that you can get a great look at an affordable price. Sometimes you spend a little more on a one item that you’ll be using every day, but then can find accent pieces that cost a little less and do the trick.

The goal is to mix what you do, and no one will every know the difference.

Do you offer financing?

Yes. Financing is available. We’ve established a relationship with US Bank who can handle financing in 2 ways. One is with a home equity line of credit with very competitive interest rates. What’s nice about this, is you can pay the loan balance and then have the money to work with for another project.

Another way to go is to get a US Bank credit card, which works just like a credit card, but with no interest to you, There are different terms, and we can connect you with them if and when you think either of these is a way to go.

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