Judy and Paul Gully, Ocean Ridge Plantation

What do you say about someone who makes your dreams come true?
My husband and I had decided to build our dream retirement home in North Carolina. We are conservative New Englanders with very traditional taste. Our home in Massachusetts is a cape style with warm, comfortable and cozy rooms.

We had made a decision to build something very bright and open. We were charting a course in unknown territory. The entire living area including the kitchen was to be an open concept with high ceilings. I thought I knew exactly what I wanted. As the building progressed, I realized I had no idea how I was going to pull this all together. I had seen a model home and the colors and furnishings appealed to me. I inquired about the designer. I guess you could say it was our lucky day. We were given Rhonda Richardson’s name.

Not being able to oversee the construction, she ended up being our eyes and ears. She met with the builder, having an understanding of what we wanted and made sure it was accomplished. Her insight and experience are only a few of her assets. When I panicked about paint colors, she was there to help me get back on track. She took the time to understand our taste and was able to guide us in the right direction. She even managed to involve my husband in the process.

The endless hours she spent finding furniture for my rooms and finding the appropriate material that would flow was amazing. She made me think outside the box and pieces that I would normally have never considered brought out the exact look I was trying to achieve. She also spent many hours with us making sure what we purchased was exactly what we wanted. She worked with me and discussed different possibilities, never dictating what I should do.

We now have a lovely home. I love showing people how beautiful it is. When my friends come to visit, they are amazed at how different it is from my home in New England. Rhonda has become a friend and I’m not quite sure how she managed to put up with us. I do know that if there were ever another home, Rhonda would be the first person I would contact. It gives me pleasure to recommend her to potential homeowners.

The only way I can summarize my experience is to say: Thank you, Rhonda; it would never have happened without you.