Renè Jerzak loves creating living spaces for people to come home to.
“I go home giddy when I finish,” said the interior designer, who along with Donna Klismith, owns Small Space Big Style.
They started the business in 2004 in Stevens Point and in early July, opened a satellite store at E1249 County Trunk Q. It is located in the former location of Mudd Pies Pottery.
“I was renovating the building for its owner,” Jerzak said. “I saw the opportunity to put a sattelite here. We’ve already been doing a lot of work here, and I had someone in Waupaca to manage the store.”
Lori Hallman is managing the local store.
Jerzak worked in commercial design for close to 20 years and always wanted to open a residential store.
“I just really love residential design. It’s so much more personal,” she said.
During the time she did commercial work, she typically completed two or three residential projects per year.
“Doing my house was kind of a hobby,” she said. “That is when I recognized that I loved it so much.”
Jerzak met Klismith, a custom painter, when she hired Klismith to do some painting in her house.
The idea to start a business soon formed.
“It’s perfect that we met. I don’t think I would have done it on my own,” Jerzak said.
Small Space Big Style’s Stevens Point store is located at 6098 U.S. Highway 10, approximately one mile east of Stevens Point.
“The business is on their (the Klismith’s) property,” she said. “It’s a former dairy farm. We renovated some of the older buildings. It’s very unique.”
Everything gets shipped to that location.
At one point, they considered moving into a more commercial setting. “All our customers talked us out of it, because they love how unique the store is,” she said.
Jerzak and Klismith are both designers.
“Our goal,” Jerzak said, “is to go to the space, look at the room, have a meeting and then sit down and come up with a plan to make the space work better.”
The process includes taking photographs and in the case of couples, talking to both of them to find out what they like.
She said the biggest part of design is selecting the right pieces for a home. “My goal is to get into someones head,” Jerzak said.
Small Space Big Style can help with decisions about every aspect of a room, including color, flooring, lighting, furniture and accessories.
“You will end up with a space that is actually what it should be,” she said.
Everything in their stores – from the furniture to the accessories – is for sale.
Jerzak said some customers need help choosing paint colors while others want to complete a room or an entire house.
She said the work they do is very personal and that it is rewarding to create spaces that people love.
Small Space Big Style has continued to grow each year. “We always do one to three parade homes each year,” Jerzak said. “That is our biggest advertiser. We’re showing our customers what we’re capable of.”
Jerzak has done residential projects throughout the state. She also did one in Texas and is working on one in South Carolina.
Locally, the business can be reached at 715-258-7099.
And, as for how they decided on the name “Small Space Big Style,” Jerzak said, “One of the reasons why we came up with that name is because you don’t have to live in a mansion to live in a lovely home. There is so much you can do with the square footage you have.”