We learned about Gretchen when we decided to paint the entire inside of our newly purchased 1932 home thirteen years ago. We did not have the talent to pick the colors ourselves, so we searched for help from color professionals. Before we found Gretchen, we had used four others. It was painful. We did not connect with any of them and wasted much time and money. When we were about to try picking the colors ourselves, we found Gretchen Schauffler. The minute she walked in the door, we knew she was the one. In about thirty seconds, she told us exactly what needed to be done, with zero hesitation… my type of gall! I was so relieved to finally find the one. I thought I would have to pick the colors myself, which I knew would not be good. The colors Gretchen picked were nothing that we expected. They were loud, confident, yet soft and subtle somehow. It instantly reminded me of a ring I didn't purchase but had always regretted. A statement… large, bold, hand-pounded rustic sterling, yet so delicately surrounded by little diamond chips. The perfect balance! We still love the colors in our house that Gretchen picked for us years ago. I honestly think they will last a lifetime.
We recently met up with Gretchen again, twelve years later, when we decided to remodel our kitchen. We had decided to go with color custom appliances but were overwhelmed with the color choices available. There were at least twenty different shades of each color. She has a great way of making everything in the house flow, and our kitchen has always been the eye sore in our house. Our kitchen designer said that the appliances we picked would not go with our house because they were not the right style. I wasn't sold on her comment. In my mind, these retro appliances just had to become a part of our house, and we needed a second opinion. We knew to ask Gretchen because she is really honest and blunt. She makes it clear if she doesn't like something and will not be shy to tell you. We sent her photos of the appliances and set up a meeting.
"When she first walked into our house, she proudly stopped to look at the colors she had picked so many years prior... she was very proud and still very confident with her past decision-making. Moving to the kitchen, she says, "you have two choices, red or blue. Which one do you want?" I was shocked that she could narrow it down to just two colors in about two seconds, but first, I asked if she even approved of the style of appliances. She looked at me as though I was an idiot. "Are you kidding me? These are gorgeous and would fit in anyone's kitchen if they knew how to put them together." I was so excited and floored at her confidence once more.
Once we picked the color, we all met at Ann Saks Tile to pick out the rest of the kitchen. It was like watching a modern-day Picasso at work. She picked out the wall color, kitchen tile, flooring, cabinet, and trim colors… everything we would need in our kitchen in one hour. She even picked the grout color. No detail is too small for her. She is the most incredible color consultant out there. I honestly dare you to find someone better. It just won't happen!! Gretchen Schauffler is the color whisperer." —David, Homeowner & Whisky Lover