"Total renovation of my North Wildwood condo. I hired Beach Dwellings to decorate the condo. Maria was great to work with. She nailed the initial design which I only made a few minor changes to but I was impressed with her design ideas. She coordinated ordering, delivery and set up. She is a true professional and easy to work with. I highly recommend her if you need design help."
"Having known Maria personally for several years and also having seen her work, we were very excited to hire her for our own project. To summarize, the result was spectacular. I would say that we were very opinionated in what we wanted and the style we wanted our home to portray about us. She got it and implemented the concept perfectly. She steered us in the right direction when we went astray, and inserted her creativity at various points to give us that extra 'punch' that we definitely wouldn't have initially thought of, and always keeping within the lines of our key concepts. Everyone who visits or walks through our home can't say enough wonderful things. Maria and her team showed exceptional professionalism and attention to detail (which for me is the #1 thing in working with a designer). We loved working with them and would recommend Beach Dwellings for any size project - from the smallest to the largest."
Teresa and Rick Marino:
"My husband and I contacted Beach Dwellings to help guide us with our whole-house renovation. Wow, did we hit the jackpot! We couldn’t be more pleased with that decision. Maria worked closely with our architect and contractor to ensure that we had an intelligent layout that worked beautifully for our home and family. She was integral in that initial design process, making sure the spaces were functional, as well as aesthetically pleasing. She and her amazing assistant, Kathy, worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that we had a stress free experience with our renovation and we are so grateful for that. They were available from day one. What a difference!
Maria’s love for design is apparent and the quality one sees in her work reflects that. She is definitely the most talented designer we’ve ever worked with and we would use her again in a second. Maria has a personality that is warm, engaging, enthusiastic, and she’s a complete professional. Her gift for design and is a true pleasure to see. She delivers and she’s fun to work with!"
"Two of the best decisions my family and I made in the last year were to buy a townhouse at the shore and hire Maria from Beach Dwellings to completely re-design the interior. We are new to Stone Harbor and actually found Beach Dwellings by doing an internet search. I soon realized Maria was one of, if not the best, interior designers in New Jersey.
The initial consultation was at our home, and she quickly made me feel at ease with her confidence, vision and sense of personal style. I knew by the end of that meeting and having already seen her portfolio, it was an obvious choice to hire Beach Dwellings.
Over the next several months, we met in her design space and had a lot of fun. We are the types of people that like to cut out pictures in magazines of rooms we like, but don't want to sort through books and books of fabric, wallpaper and furniture (isn't that why you hire a designer?).....Maria made the process easy!!! She listened patiently as we showed her pictures and then asked questions to start the process. She would pull out swatches and suggest 2-3 options and each were amazing. Then building from that, we picked out furniture, carpet, paint colors, lighting, accessories, molding, granite, tile, etc...I am happy we made that decision, as in the past working with other designers, we would only do one section of a room and never felt like it flowed together...for the first time, we have a place that is coordinated.
I also want to mention, Maria is a very fair person....I never felt like I was over charged (which you have to be careful with, I am sure you have heard of the Stone Harbor and Avalon "mark-up") and billed for things I didn't want. In the end, we love our new house and it honestly is thanks to her. Now if only I could get her to move near our full time residence so she could re-design that.
I cant thank Maria from Beach Dwellings enough for all her help, patience, style and talent in making our Beach home feel like it could be in a magazine"
"Maria is amazing! She has a great sense of design and was so easy and pleasant to work with. I wanted to have input on the project and she let me while making sure I didn't make any big mistakes. She had so many creative and unique ideas that we implemented from the blueprint phase through the final touches. I love that she doesn't decorate every home the same way; she really works with the homeowners to customize the house based on their style. Our house was on the 2017 Cape May Hospital House Tour and Maria pulled everything together perfectly and on time so it wasn't a stressful experience. I would absolutely hire her again!"
“Working alongside Maria could not have been easier. Her style and design expertise took the guesswork out of every decision.
Maria combined a good mix of classic furnishings to create a beautiful, comfortable living space with inspiration taken from our coastal location. Our home is sophisticated, polished and fresh, yet still functional and timeless in a soft palette of blue and calming grays.
Our goal was to make everyone feel welcome as they walked through the front door and feel the tranquility of the space.
Maria accomplished that for us!”
"We contacted Maria to assist us with updating the interior of our old beach house in Stone Harbor. The challenge was the old "Stone Harbor" pine paneling in the front room. Maria was extremely easy to work with and she understood what we wanted to accomplish. She worked within our thoughts and improved them. Her color palate was perfect. Becky and I could not have been more satisfied with the way our interiors turned out, exceeded our expectations. We are so much more comfortable and at home thanks to her patient effort!"
“As a recent beach front Condo owner in Cape May I went looking for someone to help with my decor choices. I contacted Beach Dwellings after looking at their website. What can i say, Maria is a creative genius with a team of professional resources to back her up!. I had a complete renovation of my condo done on time, within budget ,no surprises! Maria thought of every detail, many unique ideas with impeccable taste!”
"Imagine building and decorating a home with your best friend...one with impeccable taste, who keeps your best interests in mind, who works tirelessly with you to make selections that honor your vision and your budget and your need for compromise with your spouse...all in a non-stressful and fun manner. That is Maria Toczylowski, the owner and designer of Beach Dwellings in Stone Harbor, NJ. She guided us through the selection of flooring, furniture, cabinets, countertops, hardware, window treatments, lamps, outside house colors, garage door selection, fireplace designs, and more. She worked diligently with our building staff to become an essential, dependable, and innovative partner. We all cannot recommend her highly enough!!”
Joe and Kate Naggar:
"Maria has done so much for us. She has helped revitalize all aspects of our beach home - from furnishing, to painting, to silverware and small details.
Our project was a painful one, of redecorating our 3 floor beach home. We met Maria at her shop, and we spent some time describing what we were looking for. She immediately went to our wave length, and we were super impressed by her customer friendly services. Maria is extremely creative and made our process of reviewing material types and options so easy. She would do all the measurements, and send us by mail the material options and various choices for furnishing. Extremely flexible, easy to work with, creative and efficient. Couldn't have asked for a better experience, and expect to continue working with Maria for a long time to come."
"My family chose Beach Dwellings for our Margate, NJ beach house rebuild after interviewing three other design firms. The firm's principal and founder, Maria was the primary reason that we chose Beach Dwellings. First and foremost, we did not feel pressured into choosing certain brands, designs, colors, or predetermined taste. We went to Maria with our own inspiration set that had been created through months of pinning pictures to Pinterest among various other sites to create a gallery of things that suited my family's taste. She took these ideas and quickly understood our taste and started building from there. We very quickly and affordably came up with a plan for the whole house, about 3,500 SF in all. We chose hardwood floors, paint colors, carpets, window treatments, furniture, hardware for doors and cabinets, granite colors, bathroom tile and flooring and various other necessities together in a very orderly and efficient manner. We travel quite a bit for work, so there were many times when Maria was able to conduct site visits to ensure that the work was being done properly and up to our standards. Additionally, Maria was able to work very closely with our general contractor, who knew that she was the quarterback for the project. If he was unable to reach us about a decision, we knew that Maria's management of the project was closely aligned with ours, which made delegating many tasks quite easy and care free. Lastly, a budget was very important to us when starting this project. Maria, unlike many designers whom we interviewed, was amenable to suggesting lower cost options, most often without sacrificing the look we were striving for. Most importantly, Maria was a fun person to deal with and we developed a friendship through working together. I can rarely say that about vendors that I have chosen over time to perform work on a home or office. This is a true testament to the fact that her work is personal and it does not end after the final invoice is paid. I have called Maria many times for follow up items and her customer service has been just as good as it was during the project. You truly get what you pay for with Beach Dwellings!"
"Maria's decorating ideas are pleasantly fresh! Not your typical "Shore House" decor. Maria appreciates her customers' input and works with you to achieve your goals. She will help to make your home a reflection of your personality. I like Maria's fun, relaxed, no-pressure style. It's a pleasure to work with her. Maria not only is your decorator but a friend too."
Adrienne and Matt Pappas:
“We were overwhelmed with the thought of decorating our new home in Avalon and turned to Maria for help. With two small children at home, we were searching for style but also a bit of practicality. Maria helped us achieve this. She took our lifestyles into account, and, along with her creativity helped us pull together a warm and beautiful home. We loved that along with her professional eye she still managed to allow our individual style to show through. The end result is not merely an interior design project, but a reflection of "us" - from the things that we like, to the way we want our friends and family to feel in our home.
Maria shines at truly appreciating and getting to know her clients. She is easygoing, knowledgeable and FUN! Our decorating process with Beach Dwellings will be ongoing...as will our friendship with Maria. A win-win.”
“I discovered Beach Dwellings on a house tour where the store did two of the houses included- my two favorites! I met Maria a few weeks later, before my new house even had walls. She worked with me throughout the remainder of the process of completing my beach home. She helped me decide on paint colors, wallpaper and window treatments in addition to finding the right furniture and helping me choose accessories. She found a couple of very specific, unique pieces that I needed, and was even able to find carpet I loved when I was almost convinced that none existed! My favorite thing about working with Maria was that she didn't mind that I wanted to be very "hands on" and involved in every decision. I know her job would have been easier if I'd just let her "do her thing" but she was able to adopt to my style and to my wishes. We planned, ordered, shaped and strategized together for many months and the result is fantastic. I absolutely love my home at the shore and my wonderful friends!”
Terri and Carl Matteo:
"There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort." ... Jane Austen, English novelist .
We recently built our home in Stone Harbor, but we live in California. Enter Maria from Beach Dwellings to help us pull this off with style, ease, and flexiblity. Tom Hargest from Hargest Custom Cabinetry recommended Maria to us, and she truly helped us accomplish this project with an incredible amount of patience, skill, and humor. Maria met with us at our convenience (after red-eye flights), listened to our opinions and desires so that our home reflected our personality and desires, and facilitated the deliveries and installations without us even being there. She became the glue that allowed us to have a beautiful home where we can welcome our family and friends.
We trust her opinion as a decorator. She's creative and has a great eye for paint colors, appropriate furniture, and knows just about every contact that you would need to complete a project of any size. We highly recommend Maria for any decorating project as a caring person, great listener, and true professional. After our experience, we consider Maria a friend and know that she will help us in the future for any decisions that may come our way. She was a blessing for us so that we could create a welcoming, warm, and lovely home. Enjoy your experience."
Danielle and Casey O'Hara:
"Working with Maria has been a wonderful experience. She was able to transform our ideas into a beautiful, warm and inviting home that surpassed our expectations. She has an easy going personality and was always available to attend to our needs no matter how big or small. Her work is distinguished by her exceptional style, design skills, and attention to detail. We would highly recommend Beach Dwellings Design to anyone wanting a beautiful home and a stress free design experience. We look forward to working with Maria in the years to come."
"I worked with Maria on two big projects, our beach house and our residence and highly recommend her. She managed to balance our modern style wishes with functionality. We have an old house. We wanted to update our entire first floor but keep it kid friendly for our two growing, rambunctious boys. Which was not a simple task. I wanted our house to be 'home' for the boys but still have style. Maria made it happen from paint color choices to no fuss material choices and was mindful of our budget. She also helped me navigate the nuts and bolts of a renovation from design/lay out of our kitchen, to communicating details to the contractor, electrician, carpenter etc... and the finishing touches which stamped the project a success. She responded promptly to all my emails and calls throughout both projects. My home feels like my home the way I envisioned it would be after renovations and I could not have done it without Maria."
"Our contractor, Matt Pappas of Brandywine Construction, introduced us to Maria Toczylowski of Beach Dwellings to help us with some interior decorating tips to our home and condo. Maria is easy to work with and aims to please. She listens to the customer and outlines a lot of workable options taking into consideration our tastes and budget. We were so thrilled with her help on our Avalon projects that we retained her to help with our Florida home. We highly recommend Beach Dwellings.”
Marie and Gary Kantor:
"I've had the pleasure to work with Maria on two homes over the past five years and enjoy the collaborative spirit with which she approaches each project. She has the ability to integrate the client's wishes, the architect's vision, and the contractor's plans seamlessly. She is decisive and has a precise eye for color and attention to detail that marries classic elegance to the latest trends. Her sources have provided those exquisite finishing touches that make my homes unique and I could not be happier with the results! And I could go on and on...!"