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No one wants a cookie cutter house. When seeking to create a space that reflects your family’s unique style, there are experts in Sycamore who can help turn your house into the home you’ve always dreamed of having.

Ronesha Pena, owner of Fargo Home Furnishings, often deals with clients who are looking to make a house into a home. Whether it is new or being remodeled, they want a comfortable space that reflects their individual style and responds to their particular needs.

Fargo Home Furnishings is a furniture retailer that also offers design consultation. It specializes in offering options, which is what customers want when they are creating a space, Pena said.

Fargo carries four or five nationally-known, high-quality brands including the HG TV Home Furniture Collection and Bassett Furniture. These furnishings, whether a chair,

dining table or a sofa, can be modified in material or style to suit a customer’s needs.

“People want more options. They want to be able to change things around,” Pena said.

For example, a customer ordering a sectional sofa can create a unique look by choosing from 600 fabrics and over 70 leathers as well as customizing the style of the body of the sectional. Dining tables can be created for different family sizes from 34-inch diameter to 112-inch diameter with chairs to suit each
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Pena said one of the best parts of her job is seeing clients’ reactions when they see their new furniture and how great it fits in their home.

“I love helping people design their furniture. Their eyes light up because it’s the perfect style they wanted,” she said.

She also likes knowing that her customers are furnishing their homes with items that will last for generations.

“I like seeing that people are getting quality furnishings,” Pena said. “I know these furnishings are going to last a long time, for generations to come.”

Kim Kramer, owner of Kramer’s Kitchen and Bath, finds that clients today are a lot more knowledgeable about options available and trends.

“The trend now for kitchens is quartz and granite countertops,” she said.

Painted cabinets are also a hot item because they can be customized.

“The major paint companies are working directly with manufacturers so that your cabinets can be finished in any color they offer. This is something that wasn’t an option even a couple of years ago,” Kramer said.

A hot trend in bathrooms is to eliminate bath tubs, which provides more space and safety.

“Bathrooms are getting larger,” Kramer said. “People are eliminating bathtubs and incorporating walk-in showers. This allows many of us to age in place and utilize the space most effectively.”

Whether you’re looking at changing cabinets, counters or just hardware, Kramer said the options in colors and materials can make each project unique. There is no right or wrong style, it just has to be right for you, she noted.

Kramer, who has owned her business for nine years, encourages clients to bring photos of home interiors they like to help her understand what they are seeking.

“When you take the time to sit and listen you begin to understand what they like and how the space is to be used,” Kramer said. “Then we really get the ideas flowing to make a kitchen or bath exactly what they’ve dreamed about.”