Written by Blake Ashley Freeno Girl
Pictures of Becca Slay
For over 30 years, Susan Shapley has been providing interior design services. Originally from Indiana, she was “the kid who used to rearrange furniture in rooms” and let her creative side shine.
When Chablis moved to Orange County and started working at the Laguna Design Center in 1989, she never looked back. Working with designers and gallery owners and seeing their work in Architectural Digest and other trade magazines ensured that she was learning from the best in the field.
Learning each aspect gave her the confidence to start her own design venture, which culminated in Veranda Home in Paso Robles, where she offers full residential design services, as well as seasonal gifts and decor. Design services are free as long as the customer purchases at least $3,000 worth of products from the showroom.
Chapley’s favorite part of the job is observing a homeowner’s reaction to the transformation of their space. “Creating spaces that provide a sense of comfort, pride and enjoyment beyond their expectations is what makes my job special,” she says.
By designing interiors throughout the United States and internationally, she has learned about different regions and cultures and thus applied them to design, making it one of her favorite aspects of her career.
“We strive to make the process as seamless as possible by sharing what we’ve learned over the years,” notes Chapley. The expertise behind Veranda Home is to collaborate with clients and refrain from making costly mistakes or taking too long to furnish a room.
They don’t just create the look of the moment from something “seen on TV or on Instagram.” Veranda Home creates any style that suits the client and the space, whether it’s adding a single piece of furniture or redesigning the entire home, and the goal is to make the process easy and fun.
The balcony of the house
1732 Spring Street, Paso Robles
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