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Our Reviews that we so greatly appreciate!

It took only a few minutes after first meeting Karen that we knew that she would be the perfect person to help us with our major home remodeling project. We had learned about her and her Blue Aster company through the Next Door app.
Ms Noftsger listened to our ideas and helped us mold these into a concrete reality. She provided access to a highly –skilled construction team and guided us to painters, flooring specialists, cabinet designers, etc. She communicated on a daily basis as the project unfolded. Karen made sure that things were ordered with adequate lead time, double-checked the work done, made further suggestions to improve the project and acted as a “go-between” when small issues developed. She smoothed out the “bumps in the road” that occur in any building project. Most importantly, she never pushed her own specific agenda on us. Her fee schedule is most reasonable. She understood what we wanted and made it into a reality even better than what we expected. We recommend her most highly and without any reservation. 
P & C in Clive

We knew we wanted to make changes in our home but very unsure of what it should look like or where to start. Karen made us comfortable from our first meeting up until the project was completed. She listened to our needs and ideas but also took us out of our box to create a beautiful space. Karen was very detailed in every aspect of her dealings with us and the team of professionals that worked with us. Karen’s professionalism and communication skills should be a model for anyone in business. We would HIGHLY recommend Karen & Blue Aster.  B & G in Urbandale

Where do I begin? First, Karen helped me re-think my deck space and layout and then found the perfect pieces to make it come to life! The functionality, coupled with the homey feeling Karen brings into every space, makes it a space that our family wants to use every day we can! It is truly an extension of our indoor space...and we couldn't love it more.  Then we moved indoors to our office space, which had been neglected and a dumping ground since we had moved into our home. It was a room I kept trying to "figure out", but I just did not have a clear vision of what I wanted. Karen to the rescue! She asked all of the right questions to understand exactly what we needed in an office space and then designed the perfect space for us! This includes a custom built-in desk with all the storage we needed, but didn't have; custom floating shelves for the photos and treasures we have collected that fill us with joy; a much needed lighting upgrade, including installing canned lights, a new light fixture and undercabinet lighting in the shelves; changes to paint colors which even included painting a built-in that was already in the room, but that completely changed the look! She found clever ways to give us everything we wanted and MORE!  The sub-contractors that Karen works with are top of the line in terms of quality....both in their craftsmanship and end products, as well as their character. It was an absolute pleasure working with all of them and I will certainly use them again if I have an opportunity! So, if you are looking for someone who is incredibly talented at helping you spruce up a space or completely re-imagine, re-design or remodel it, I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you consider Blue Aster! You will not be disappointed...rather their vision and their work making your home a reflection of your family and a place you never want to leave!     Kris in Ankeny

I always look forward to working with Karen on projects. Her attention to detail is superb and she knows how to really listen to her clients needs. She also works well with other professionals and keeps the line of communication open so everyone is informed. She stays involved throughout the entire project and really cares about the outcome. I would highly recommend her for any of your design needs.  Whether your project is large or small, Karen will work hard to make the outcome just what you imagined and often more than you could have ever thought possible.    

Peggy Triggs Owner,  President at Cabinet By Design, LLC

I cannot recommend Karen enough! She lead me through updating my kitchen space and several other changes throughout our main living area. I am VERY pleased with the results and very pleased with the process. Karen is responsive, patient, creative, kind and just great to work with!     De Ann in Urbandale

I love Karen at Blue Aster!  She was wonderful.  We remodeled my bathroom.  It is amazing and was affordable.  It looks like it should be in a magazine.  She worked with all the tradesmen, making sure our vision became reality!  I will definitely use Blue Aster for my next project.  I highly recommend them.     Deb in Urbandale

Working with Karen is fantastic. She asks questions, listens to understand what is important, provides ideas and makes it comfortable to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and narrow in on what you want and why. She is very attentive, responsive, creative, professional and conscientious of budget. She helped me create a new look and feel in my Edward Jones office, and it’s exactly what I wanted. I can’t wait to start working with her on updates to my home. Thank you, Karen!!     Stacey in Ankeny

Karen with Blue Aster is outstanding! I worked with her on a small bathroom, entryway project. Karen listened to my thoughts along with looking at the style of my entire house and presented a look that was perfect to the house.   Karen managed the sub-contractors to make sure the tight schedule for completion was done. All the contractors were on time, respectful and did quality work.  Karen presented affordable options for everything, from the flooring to the shelves to re-purposing some things I already had. This was such a relief when you are working within a budget.  This was a relatively small project however Karen treated me and the project like it was a million-dollar job. I could not be happier with the way the bathroom and entryway turned out! It is classy with a twist of fun and glamor. If this wasn’t my bathroom, I would be envious of it.  Karen is a true professional and I look forward to the opportunity to work with her again and recommend her to my friends.     Melinda in Waterbury, Des Moines

Karen has been an absolute joy to work with!! Her amazing keen eye for style coupled with her consummate professionalism makes for the perfect combination. Karen has the ability to see the project completed in her mind and is so knowledgeable every step of the way. Every detail of the project is thought carefully out. We were so appreciative of the contractors she works with too-all are top notch. On top of this all, Karen’s fees are super reasonable and she has made awesome design affordable!!  Kate in Urbandale

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