Client Comments

Working with Yoko was one of the best aspects of our extensive home renovation. She not only helped us with our kitchen and (several) bathrooms, but also with customizing bedroom furniture, closets, interior and exterior paint colors, lighting, floors, fireplace, etc. Her taste is impeccable and intuitive; she is extremely creative, flexible, and innovative, able to incorporate our ideas and needs into an outcome that is both eminently functional and beautiful. She worked seamlessly with our architects and contractor and is so well respected by all the vendors, distributors, and other professionals we came in contact with. Finally, she is warm, lovely, and fun – a wonderful person to have by our side!

JR & IB, Washington, DC 2011

We have nothing but praise regarding our collaboration with Yoko Barksy. We renovated the kitchen, added a bathroom, and finished the basement on our 1920s bungalow. We wanted the rooms to be modern, yet complement the arts and crafts style of the house. We were thrilled with Yoko’s elegant design, her unique solutions to using small spaces, and her guidance in selecting materials, fixtures and finishes. Working in an old house with a small footprint presented a number of challenges for the architect and the contractor to solve as we all worked together to bring the project to completion. We couldn’t be happier with the result – beautiful spaces that live and entertain with ease and grace.

M.G. and K.D. NE Washington, DC

Yoko Barsky is an absolute joy to work with and has such a thorough knowledge of design that retrofitting the difficult space we presented her with proved simple in its execution. Our post and beam Deck House was built some years ago. In renovating the kitchen and dining area, one of our greatest challenges was to remedy a poor lighting system. We had to work with the existing electrical plan and the solutions that Yoko suggested have proven a total success. The depth of product choices and the cleverness of her design gave us a kitchen, dining and entertaining area, which have exceeded all our expectations. It is a pleasure to come into this open one room space and experience its elegance every day; a true marriage of beauty and function.

Heathsville, VA

Yoko brings incredible insight and great care to her work, blending her understanding of your own style and taste with a dash of her artistic perspective and creative expertise. She helped us transform what was a virtually unusable and outdated kitchen space into the centerpiece of our home. Not only was her design impeccable, as she found ways to use every inch of our limited space, but she also served as a counselor and valuable guide in the process. The result, not simply a new kitchen that has brightened our home, but a relationship and an individual we will always turn to for our home renovation adventures in the future.

Thanks Yoko!

J. W. and E. W., Washington DC

In the past several years Yoko’s interest has been residential interiors and the concept of the great room with integrated kitchen in particular. Her works have won design awards and were published in magazines (Great American Kitchens, Kitchen Trend). A clever use of light in a shower was recognized by the Home and Garden Television Network. To view some of her recent works, please visit www.decodesignstudio.net.

Yoko is a sophisticated and creative architect who brings an international flair and insight to her design projects because of her extensive work abroad. She designed the remodeling of our kitchen and bathroom. She was always patient, attentive to our ideas and always worked with us to translate them from blueprints to the finished room, guiding us through the most difficult moments of the renovations. We feel very lucky to have worked with her (we still do on other projects) and to have her as a friend as well.

V.N. and R.N., Rockville, MD

Yoko Barsky has been phenomenal throughout every design/renovation/home project that I have undertaken with her. Yoko’s extraordinary talent lies in her creativity, ability to think outside the box, and unusual ability to listen to her client. She is tireless in executing her projects, and meticulous in every detail. What has been most exciting is her interest in collaborating with her customers and integrating new ideas into spaces that retain some of the client’s original possessions. Yoko seems to naturally understand her clients’ needs and she gently guides to them to cutting edge design, never beyond that which is comfortable for them. Working with Yoko over the past five years has enriched not only my home but also me as a person.

R.K., North Bethesda, MD

Yoko has an amazing eye for design. She is incredibly flexible, has great ideas and works well with our contractor/builder. We can always count on her to lead us in the direction of great design.

J.C. Arlington, VA

This kitchen is the heart of our home. We wanted a space that was warm and inviting, clean and contemporary, and a real working kitchen. Yoko made all that happen, with innovative touches that we could never imagined on our own —a bar height counter becomes a work station for our six-foot two cook and a breakfast bar which becomes a baking center and homework space. We did all this and more in a small alley-wide kitchen. We’re thrilled with the results and wouldn’t change a thing.

P.S.N., North Bethesda, MD

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