Distinctive Design Studio offers personal touch

by Jeff Pederson Sheboygan Falls News Editor

STEVEN PESKIE is set to debut the new headquarters of Distinctive Design Studio at 215 Pine St. in downtown Sheboygan Falls, during a special grand opening event Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson STEVEN PESKIE is set to debut the new headquarters of Distinctive Design Studio at 215 Pine St. in downtown Sheboygan Falls, during a special grand opening event Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Falls News photo by Jeff Pederson No matter the size, shape or location, there are few tasks in life that are as daunting as a home improvement, remodeling or design project.

With countless details and requisite decisions required for a home design project of any scale, the process can make even the most handy and savvy among us a bit weak in the knees

Drawing on 10 years of experience in the field and a deep-rooted passion for residential design, Steven Peskie of Distinctive Design Studio in Sheboygan Falls is aiming to put customers’ minds at ease.

“I spent 10 years working in the residential design and architecture division at Richardson Lumber,” Peskie said. “During that time, I got a chance to refine my residential design skills and develop a strong relationship with customers in the local community.

“Over time, I found myself thinking about the next chapter and what I could do to bloom my passion for home design and helping people achieve their dreams,” he said. “Things developed to where I had an opportunity to go out on my own and I jumped at the chance.”

The Stevens Point native opened Distinctive Design Studio in August 2013 aiming to serve as a one-stop, all-in-one source for residential design needs in the Sheboygan County area.

“We do really anything and everything related to residential design from a simple bathroom remodel to a brand new home,” Peskie said. “My goal with Distinctive Design Studio is to be there for all customers every step of the way.

“One of the biggest keys is to listen to the customer to get to know their likes and to gauge what they are looking to achieve with a particular project,” he said. “Once I get a feeling for them on a personal level, I can help guide them through the process, which no doubt can be intimidating for sure. A home is a very personal thing and that is why I feel it is so important to have a good, close personal connection with the customers.”

After operating Distinctive Design Studio mainly out of his home for the past year, Peskie is set to open a brand new showroom adjacent to Fasse Decorating Center at 215 Pine St. in downtown Sheboygan Falls.

“The business has been open for over a year now, but I have not had a permanent location to serve as a showroom where I can meet with customers and really show people what the business is about and what we can do for them,” Peskie said. “I have known the Fasses and Greg Neerhof, the manager at Fasse Decorating, for a long time and when they moved out their paint division, we started talking about the open space they had available.

“In May I started working on the space to make it into the type of showroom that I had envisioned,” he said. “We took out the carpet that had been covering the hardwood floor and did a few other improvements. I am pleased with how it has turned out. It has been revamped and has a unique look, but I think we’ve also been able to preserve the architecture and heritage of the building as well, which I thought was very important.”

The showroom features some standout design features sure to capture the imagination.

“We are going to have a conference table in the middle of the showroom made of a 50,000-yearold piece of wood,” Peskie said. “We will also have TVs displaying design projects and pictures of some of the projects we have done in the past.

“We will also have some stools and chairs and some other decorative items that will showcase what we are about from a design standpoint,” he said.

Peskie has enlisted the expertise of Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer Mary Grunow to assist with the all-important kitchen and bath elements of home design.

“Mary previously worked at Paul’s Cabinet Shop here in Falls, so a lot of people are familiar with her work,” Peskie said. “She has a great background as a kitchen and bath designer and I am really happy to have her here.

“Our main focus is home design, but we also sell cabinetry and countertops, which gives us a unique option for customers that are looking for something a little bit different for their kitchen and bathroom projects,” he said.

Peskie is more than willing to go the extra mile to bolster the comfort level of his customers.

“There are not a lot of places out there that help customers with every step of the design process like we do,” Peskie said. “We are there to help with not only the details of the design, but also contracts and bids, color selection or anything really that the customer needs. A project could have 50 different decisions and for each of those decisions there could be a hundred or more options for each. It can be overwhelming for sure.

“I have built up a lot of local contacts and I have a good idea where to go to find items for a home design project,” he said. “My goal is to go beyond comprehension and invention and problem solving to comfort and reassure the people I’m working with. I want to do everything in my power to make sure the customer loves the final product.”

Just over a year into his business venture, Peskie is pleased with how Distinctive Design Studio has progressed and he is looking forward to seeing what the future holds.

“I’m really ecstatic with where we are at after a year in business,” Peskie said. “It has been fun watching it grow and I want to see it continue, but at the same time I don’t what to get so I lose touch with the customers. I want to be able to maintain close involvement with every design. I love what I do and I am always excited when a project is completed and people get to enjoy it.”

The new Distinctive Design Studio showroom will host a grand opening event Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“I am very excited to have a showroom in Sheboygan Falls,” Peskie said. “I live in Sheboygan Falls and I have set my roots here. I really like the community. The people here are great and the quaintness and historic feel of the city is really neat.”

Distinctive Design Studio will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment.

For more information, call 946- 0243 e-mail steve@distinctivedesignstudio.com or visit distinctivedesignstudio.com

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