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If you are looking for an interior designer or home decorating assistance in the Burlington,Vermont area, look no further than Design Matters. For more than 25 years, Annette Besaw has been working with members of the Vermont community to provide exceptional design services. Annette offers assistance in home decorating and interior design for your furniture, window treatments, area rugs, fabrics, shades and blinds.


Design Matters offers furniture, lighting, area rugs, shades and blinds, fabric and much more from more than 150 vendors to ensure that we can match the very specific needs and desires of you and your family. We can either replace the existing design aesthetics of your home, or just supplement and brighten what is there. We do this with an eye for interior design that goes back more than two decades



If you are looking for home designers in the Burlington, Vermont area or would like to learn more, contact the experts of Design Matters today. We will work closely with you to ensure all of your needs are met from the first swatch to the final piece of furniture.

We also offer comprehensive home staging services for real estate agents, homeowners, or investors selling homes in the greater Burlington Vermont area. Home staging can significantly improve the look and feel of a home when being shown to prospective buyers.



Annette Besaw

For more than 25 years, Annette has been working with clients to decorate/design and reorganize their homes and small businesses. She has always had a passion for colors, fabrics, shapes and textures and putting these elements together came naturally to her. She is a certified designer from the Sheffield Interior Design School in Manhattan, New York and is an Accredited Staging Professional “ASP”.  She is trained as a professional organizer and is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). She continues to broaden her knowledge by doing research, attending workshops and teaching classes. She has written numerous articles and has been published in the Vermont Home Style Magazine.

Erin Christie

Erin Christie’s background is a combination of education and experiences in interior design, architecture and art history. A 2001 graduate from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Erin earned a BFA in Interior Design and studied for a year toward her Masters in Architecture. She interned in Saint Louis, Missouri for an architectural firm, Triver Associates, where she worked under the marketing director.  Upon graduation she worked for a Steelcase dealer in Savannah, Georgia creating innovative office workspaces and healthcare design.  Returning to Vermont she was employed as a designer by Susan Sargent Designs Inc. (SSDI) of Manchester, Vermont. At SSDI Erin started the Interior Design Department, assisted in the opening of the Boston location and worked on the publication of Susan’s book “The Comfort of Color”.  She renovated the Inn at Essex in Essex Junction, Vermont and decorated Big Oak Farm on Lake Champlain.  She has traveled abroad in Europe studying the Italian Renaissance, architecture and photography. Erin grew up in Vermont and is a Green Mountain Waldorf School graduate.

Susan DuCharme

Susan has always had a passion for color and design. She was always interested in putting colors, fabrics, and textures together. Her goal is creating an environment that people can love and enjoy. Susan studied at Penn Foster and received a certificate in Interior Decorating.