• About Us and Our Philosophy

  • Susan Hayes

    Susan founded Re-Feather Your Nest in 2004. She is certified in Lauri Ward’s, Use-What-You-Have Interiors®.

    Susan has opened a southern Florida location of Re-Feather Your Nest to work with clients relocating to the Sunshine State. She brings her design and staging expertise to help others create the home they’ve always wanted.  

    She is a Gold Member of the Interior Redecorators Network® (IRN) and a Past President of the IRN. She currently serves on the Board as a Director. The IRN is the preeminent organization for one-day redecorators.  In October of 2008, Susan was honored with the Compass Award given for outstanding leadership, design, and business accomplishment.

    She was the featured designer for Staianos Furniture, Country Curtains, and Worldwide Carpet and Wholesale before relocating to Florida in 2017.

    Susan is also a member of the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA). She professionally stages properties to “move-in” ready condition.

    Re-Feather Your Nest is featured as a Houzz Pro and has won multiple awards for Best of Houzz customer service.

    Susan was hand selected by the Women’s Association of Morristown Medical Center’s (WAMMC) design team as a featured designer for their signature fundraiser, Mansion in May 2012, at Glynallyn designer showhouse, and again for Mansion in May 2014, at Blairsden.  She was part of the Design Team for Mansion in May 2017, and used her years of experience as a consultant on the project. 

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  • Michelle Gonnella

    After a successful career in the corporate world, Michelle decided to turn her passion into her profession and started her own window treatment business, V2K Window Décor & More, in 2004. Her past business experience combined with her artistic and creative talents made Michelle a successful entrepreneur and expert in the field of window treatments.

    She has teamed up with Susan, and is certified by Lauri Ward in the Use-What-You-Have Interiors® and a member of the Interior Redecorators Network®, a non-profit trade organization in the U.S., Canada and abroad. Michelle is currently heading the New Jersey office for Re-Feather Your Nest Decorating.

    In 2017, Michelle took lead design in the Mansion in May, Alnwick Hall – The Abbey’s designer showhouse with help from Karen Casella and Susan Hayes.  She was hand-selected by WAMMC’s design team as a feature designer.  She was also a part of Susan’s team in the Mansion in May 2012, at Glynallyn, and Mansion in May 2014, at Blairsden designer showhouses.

    She has won numerous Best of Houzz awards for customer service.

    Michelle has also won the Super Service Award from Angies List in 2011 and 2013, and she is a member of WCAA.

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  • Karen Casella, Associate

    Karen has traded in her years of work as a Sales Consultant within the medical industry to finally focus her creativity and talent in Home Design.

    Karen second-majored in fine arts with a focus in color, architectural and interior design.  She also has five year's experience with a furniture & design center.  She has now proudly joined the talents of Susan Hayes and Michelle Gonnella of the Re-Feather Your Nest design team.  She has earned her certification by Laurie Ward in the Use-What-You-Have Interiors® and a member of the Interior Redecorators Network®.

    Whether re-creating an existing space, or preparing for a sale, Karen’s goal is to unite personality and functionality to create a space that is unique to each individual’s needs, ultimately, giving each room the opportunity to live up to its fullest potential.

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  • The Re-Feather Your Nest Philosophy

    The decorators at Re-Feather Your Nest incorporate three basic philosophies into every design plan:

    1. Re-Aquaint – We give you fresh, new eyes for familiar and favorite furnishings as we “inform” you of fresh, new re-decorating ideas for arranging and accentuating.
    2. Relate – You are “involved” in every step of your home makeover.  Your ideas for re-decorating are given careful consideration as the design plan unfolds.  Relating your personality and decorating dreams is essential to a successful Re-Feather Your Nest decorating makeover.
    3. Re-Assure – Each decorating makeover experience is a confidence builder.  As Re-Feather Your Nest decorators “inspire” and reassure you that you can do this yourself.  Re-Feather provides you with the tips, hints and lists so you can transform any room of your home, with or without their hands-on assistance.