I held a dinner party not so long ago and was speaking to one of my guests. I texted Sean after the party seeing if his ears were ringing because here is what I said to my friend who was inquiring about my designer. "I looked carefully at Sean's portfolio having only had looked at the photos he has from the last decade - there are two more decades of portfolio to go!! Given the super high end scope and scale of the interiors he has created, I feel so fortunate that he brings the same passion to our budget conscious albeit gorgeous update. Sean listens attentively and spends hours scouring the market for something "special". He respects the process of creativity and will often suggest that in order for us to not make a mistake - we better hold off on a purchase. Most designers would have been satisfied to rush ahead and collect their fee. He is even willing to help deliver, shlep and put together furnishings like a trusted old friend. What is the kicker to the story of Sean, is while he is performing all of the above, he can tell you a story that will keep you laughing for days on end."
Patricia Rabinowitz Atlantic Beach, New York
"Sean has been my designer and friend for over twenty years. His talent is endless and his committment is limitless. Together we have acheived so much great beauty in each one of my homes. He is a true treasure."
Linda Pope Scottsdale, Arizona
"Sean Michael Waters Design & Decoration is the"THE GO-TO SOURCE" if you want to have a beautiful "completed" interiors that last and last and last...".
Megan Greenberg New York City, NY
"My dearest boy, what can I write that will express how truly grateful Harry and I will always be to you? You have beautified my world, educated me in the art of good taste and always remained the finest of professionals. The best money I ever spent was with you!!"
Harry and Janet Levine New York City/Tenafly/Palm Beach
"Sean Michael came over my apartment as soon as I phoned and made my Bookshelves look like works of Art!! LOVE!!"
Mrs. Lorna Cantor New York City
I have never used a designer before so I dont know if I qualify to recommend one. I will say that Sean had to deal with a lot of pre existing situations on my project that I thought were ultimately unsolvable and he literally solved every one of them and now i have no "situations" and I am left with a beauitiful apartment"
Jake Petersen New York New York
"Sean and I met several years ago when he was just going out on his own. I was in the middle of a very large construction project that was being seriously mishandled by another designer. A friend gave me his name and I called him. I have to admit I was a bit hysterical when I dialed him and I am still suprised that he didnt just hang up on me. We met and Sean literally took the reigns from me and in the most perfect way he systematically "righted" every "wrong". Both my husband and I will forever be in his debt for that because not only did he save us a small fortune but we have a friend in him forever"
Steven and Janay Bernstein Lawrence New York
"I am not good at these things but I will say this. Anyone who hires Sean Michael Waters can consider themselves the luckiest client ever. I was not the easiest of clients and Sean's bedside manner is unprescedented"
Jayne O New York City New York
"More than his great taste, more than his generous soul, more than his lovable antics. What I find most wonderful about my designer, Sean Michael Waters is his great passion he has for what he does. He has an amazing life story and history and brings great wisdom to the table."
Marlene and Richard Taub Rye, New York
"Sean has a knack for color, placement and a great eye for design. He was able to take my uptight northern furniture and place it in my Florida home quite easily. Not only is he a terrfic interior decorator--he's also lots of fun to work with. I especially enjoyed the litlle decorating gifts he would show up with!
Marlene Winsten Viera, Florida
"Sean Michael Waters did a wonderful job for me and my husband. We are retired so our budget did have some limits. Sean treated us as if we were the clients with his biggest budget. It really touched my husband that he did that and we recommend him highly."
Gene and Linda Green Boca Raton, Florida
"Working with Sean is very often an adventure, sometimes like a reality show and always an education. He is a very clever designer."
Shlomo Weinstein New York, NY
"Sean is not the tradtional style of designer with a perfect bowtie and a made up New England Accent. He is real, he is down to earth, he has his own personal style and he is super super talented. Very impressive individual."
Terry Shinderman New York/Aspen
"When Sean asked me to write something as a testimonial I was suprised. The reason being frankly is that we have had our issues in the past. Mostly because I am a control freak. What made our relationship work came down to one conversation that Sean had with me when we first met. He said "Payton, I do not ever need to win. This is your house period. I will give you my educated and experienced professional advice and if you choose not to take that advice - I will step aside and allow you to make the decision. If the decision you make turns out not to be the best one, I will also be here for you....in some time, we will have trust, a history of successful collaborations and god willing - a great amount of mutual respect." That statement was invaluable to me. I would never use another designer."
Andrew Krandell New York/Los Angeles
"I think my designer, Sean Michael Waters is the best in his field. He never compromises himself or the integrity of a project"
Kristina Sydell Great Neck, New York
"Mr. Waters came recommended to me by the broker who sold me my apartment. He did an absolutely fantastic job. He thoroughly understood what I wanted and delivered it in the most perfect way" Jason L. Greenberg New York NY
"Sean was my parents designer for years. In fact he designed my room when I was a kid. I just got married and Sean just got finished with our first home. Amazing job. He has the best taste."
Peter and Melissa Saperstein, Scarsdale NY
"Sean has donated his time and his talent to so many of our annual charitable events. He is such a committied passionate individual. We here at the jJunior League consider him our friend and our inspiration. Thank you dear friend. Felisha Marksman Scottsdale AZ
"I had just lost my partner and needed a new apartment to start fresh in. I am a very busy medical professional and didnt have the time or real desire to take on the enormous task of making my new place feel like a "home". Sean stepped in and was the most professional and also a quite kind soul. He understood that it was an emotiuonal process for me and made it all incredible easy for me. Thank you friend."
Dr. James Menkin New York, NY
"Sean Michael Waters is one amazing designer. My husband and I just had our third child and I was quite overwhelmed. Sean stepped in and made sense what we needed to do. We had to do some construction because of our newest child and Sean and his team were the best! I just recommended him to my sister. All the BEST!"
Mr. and Mrs. Shelly Kaufman Scarsdale New York
"Sean Michael was actually my third decorator. I had some bad luck yes indeed. Sean's style and demeanor was quite different than the others and what I liked best is that he never for one minute pushed his style on me. His suggestions were great and didnt break my budget. We ended up getting along very well and I was able to finish my small beach house."
Janet Yudell Atlantic Beach New York
"Sean and I had been friends socially for many years. I inherited enough money to allow myself to have a sizeable decorating budget. I had always dreamed of being able to hire him and I finally did. We had the best time and I finally got to see him in action. Incredible."
J.C. Cottman New York, NY
"Sean has a unique knack for dealing with difficult clients. A few years ago, one of my "challenging" friends asked me if I knew a good interior designer. I hesitated to recommend Sean. I ended up telling her about Sean and now three years later , her apartment is beautiful and she is none the wiser. Sean is a true professional"
A. Kringstein Tenafly, New Jersey
"Sean Michael is a busy interior designer. While I am thrilled that he is busy, what I appreciate most is that he manages to treat me as if I am the most important client he has. I know this not to be true but it sure feels great that he does"
Barbara Cowan New York New York
""My husband and I are so very grateful that we found Sean. Not only has he saved us a tremendous amount of money throughout the years but he has alos given us an education in Interior design!!!"
Mr. and Mrs. Theodore C. Sassower