Designs by NMarie: Managing Dream Projects

Growing up Nicole Marie Evans-Lane always felt the influence of her grandparents – on both sides of the family. Now, while building her career in the structural design industry (and being the busy mom of four boys!) she’s grateful for the wisdom she gained through those tender years that has carried her far!

Nicole officially began designing in 2005, focusing on kitchen and bath remodels, and her company – Designs by NMarie – offers creative, honest guidance to clients looking to design from scratch – or redo – one of the most important rooms in their home.

“My grandfather built homes, so I learned from him about structural support and what’s important to look for, and my grandmother was a pottery maker and seamstress. She taught me about colors and patterns, and what works well together,” explains Nicole.

On the other side of the family, her grandfather was retired military and taught her the immense value of self-discipline.

“My grandmother on that side was also an artist and a teacher, and I learned a strong sense of personal drive from my parents, too,” she says. “Basically, I learned I can accomplish anything I set my mind on!”

In the design world, Nicole says she is constantly inspired by so many different generations: Millennials, couples with no children, families of all sizes.

“Every project is different! That’s what keeps it interesting,” she says. “But I like to put my personal touch on every project.”

She’s also devoted to keeping things real and being fully in tune with every client’s situation.

“I like to be mindful of a client’s budget, but also be realistic. Sometimes if this is what you want, this is just how much it costs.” Keeping a network of the best resources in the area, and seeking the best prices is also a top priority, as is offering discounts to those in the medical and military professions.

While she currently works mostly with residential clients, Nicole is ready to expand into commercial businesses as well. Her current package options include the following:

Window Treatments

Service includes a professional, in-home consultation for up to two hours, including sample books showcasing plantation shutters, shades, curtains, cornices, and blinds; an estimate which includes installation, taxes, shipping, and products.

New Home Design Coordinator

For a process that can seem overwhelming, Nicole provides an easy process for room-by-room selections that fit your style and personality. Service includes a detailed itinerary to follow for the room-by-room process, and the benefit of her industry connections for discounts and ease of scheduling

Interior/Exterior Color Selections

Keeping an updated look for your home can increase its value and your enjoyment of your surroundings but narrowing down color choices can be tricky! Nicole offers personal color pairing assistance and can supply professional painter contacts as needed.

Bathroom Design

Using the best tile companies and contractors, Nicole guides you in designing – or remodeling – to create your ultimate bath and relaxing retreat. Besides color direction, her services can include reviewing both old and new room layouts, honest recommendations regarding the move of plumbing, tile, and fixtures, estimates on square footage, and a 3D rendering.

Closet Design

Closets are important for organizing and keeping you fashion-ready at a moment’s notice. The first step is a meeting with Nicole at your home, to determine your dream closet needs and what space you have available. Services can include measurements from old to new layout, a 3D design, and meeting at a local resource for product and paint selection. (Hint: she’s also available for advice on “downsizing” all that clutter in your closet!)

Kitchen Design

In Nicole’s own words, a kitchen design or remodel can have 300 moving parts, all stressful! What’s needed is a resource that offers great service and a good, quality product – all at an affordable price. She can manage the project for you, while keeping you updated every step of the way. Services can include an initial meeting to review layout, honest recommendations on moving plumbing, walls, tiles, and fixtures, a 3D rendering, and rough estimate on square footage. She is also a certified PMP (project management professional) with skills necessary to coordinate your entire project – while you relax.

Reach out to Nicole at 540-645-2166 to discuss your personal design needs, or visit her website Designer Overview | Designs by NMarie (


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