Peter & Yiliam Eldridge
Once in a great while you are lucky enough to run across people who truly stand out in their field of work. These rare individuals are not only passionate about what they do, but they usually have an innate talent to quickly visualize the "finished sculpture" while possessing only a "pile of clay". Such are the talents of Erik Galiana.
We have a Miami Beach Mediterranean Home built in 1924 that we have been considering selling. A local decorator had helped us with the home, and the style was "1924 antique Mediterranean". After inviting a local real estate professional in to advise us on staging the house, we were advised that all of the heavy drapes, dark wall colors and antiques should go. We swallowed hard over that bit of advice, but realized she was probably right and we needed serious help.
In steps Erik Galiana. Fresh off a flight from N.Y. at 9:30 p.m. on a Friday night, Erik studied his canvas and went to work. "Paint the walls this color, take this down, move that around, put the piano in the other room, leave these rooms the way they are." Wow, by 2:00 a.m. Erik had definitely left an impression. He spent practically the rest of the weekend at our home to finish his concept, and all at a very fair projected budget. In fact, as the project evolved and we became more excited about the outcome, the hardest part was for us to not exceed the budget that Erik was determined to stick with. He kept reminding us "you are selling the house aren't you?"
After Erik left back to NY and the remodeling progressed, we communicated frequently by e-mail, text and phone, about everything from art, window treatments, furniture choices and too many other things to list. A particular talent he has that we've come to appreciate is his uncanny memory of room and wall dimensions. I can't say how many times we've texted him about a piece of furniture or an art work in a particular place and he would respond, "that wall is only sixty-four inches, it's too small for that painting." Unbelievable, who remembers things like that?
It's been only thirty days and the 3,200 sq.ft. project is nearing completion. When friends and family enter our home they are just blown away by the new look. Actually, so are we. In fact, after looking around at some other properties we have decided to stay put for a while. This house is just too beautiful to leave.