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 Services Offered throughout Santa Cruz County and the South Bay


Feng Shui and Interior Design Testimonials


Declutter Your Life Workshop Testimonials


Catering Testimonials

  • "We hired Chef Ellie to cater our very small, private wedding and it was perfect! Ellie was a pleasure to work with from the beginning. She was energetic and joyful and I immediately connected with her. She was attentive to the needs of our picky-eater children and was willing to adapt some of her recipes to accommodate them. The entire experience with Ellie was wonderful. We were in good hands and it was so nice to sit down to a fantastic intimate meal after our long day. Ellie gave us the royal treatment. The food was AMAZING!! I loved having leftovers for a week...I didn't get tired of eating the delicious Moroccan couscous. The kids loved Ellie as well. They appreciated her joyful energy and generosity. Ellie went above and beyond, from beautiful flowers and specially prepared napkins and table settings, to a gift bag for each of us to remember our special day, to a basket of homemade dark chocolate that was exquisite, and the special treats didn't stop there. I will definitely think of Ellie for a special event again, and would recommend her to everyone.Kamala & Jason, Santa Cruz
  • I highly recommend the outstanding cooking and baking abilities of Chef Ellie Lavender. Finally, someone who knows how to cook vegetarian dishes and make them savory. Her sense of seasonings is a gift. She is creative and always right on. Her baking skills are tops. Her creations are always astonishing as they are not only a treat to eat but they are beautiful to look at. That's a top baker. She uses the best ingredients and doesn't produce anything that is not of the highest caliber. Creative is her middle name. No one would go wrong putting her in charge of any food-related event. Just enjoy the talent you will see. “ Judy, Santa Cruz 

  • “I came home from the workshop and decluttered my entry way, a work station, and the shelves and counters in my kitchen. My stack of reading material had unread magazines from two years ago, and I realized "I could live without them", and that in fact, I HAVE been living without them - can't wait to cancel the subscription. Just looking around, I actually feel better, more spacious inside, and more in the present moment. Proof to me that not only is there a mind/body connection, but a mind/environment connection that I can't afford to ignore! Thank you, Ellie, for a real take-away!” Peter, Los Gatos
  • “Ellie's knowledge about mindful design and decluttering one's life is only surpassed by her passion for it. Attending the workshop was enjoyable and most importantly, useful. I came home from the presentation and decluttered my kitchen counters before going to my next meeting. I feel so good looking at those counters. It really does impact how you feel! I'm on a roll now. Thanks Ellie!” Nancy, Santa Cruz.
  • "Ellie empowered me not only to declutter my home, but my relationships with toxic people who drained my energy, and in many ways paralyzed my life! Thank you Ellie, I feel free! Sandy, Palo Alto 

  • "Ellie helped me harmonize my bedroom, which greatly improved my sleep, hence my love life and relationships. For years I suffered from sleeping difficulties, but after decluttering my bedroom, I slept through the night, and woke up feeling rested and refreshed. At first, it was difficult to remove electronic devices and art objects from my past relationships, but with Ellie’s guidance, I felt empowered and let go of all of them. Thank you, Ellie for your encouragement and knowledge!” Julia, Palo Alto
  • “Ellie helped us to declutter, organize and Feng Shui our whole house, which was neglected for many years! Once, we declutterd, organized and applied Ellie’s creative and inspiring interior design’s solutions, our house was transformed into a beautiful home, a place of joy, comfort and relaxation. The two areas, which needed the most decluttering and organization, were our children’s bedrooms. The immediate positive impact became apparent when we stopped asking our 9 year old daughter and 12 year old son to do their homework, pick up their things, stop arguing, etc. Pleasantly, we noticed our constant nagging had turned into praising them for keeping their bedrooms clean and doing their homework. We are also delighted that every Saturday morning they bring their dirty clothes basket to the laundry room and empty their trash cans, which have helped to keep their bedrooms clean and organized. Our daughter and son are now much happier and calmer. They also sleep better, argue less, and are more focused on their school work. For this amazing transformation and so much more, we can’t thank you enough, Ellie!“ Cathy & Steve , Almaden Valley
  • "We hired Chef Ellie as our personal chef six years ago and can't imagine our lives without her gourmet, nourishing amazingly beautiful and delicious foods. She is a pleasure to work with and is always willing to cater our events even on short notice. We absolutely love her and highly recommend her." Sue & Michael, Saratoga
  • “We were meat eaters and skeptical to hire a vegetarian chef, but once we tasted Chef Ellie’s wonderful vegetarian Moroccan couscous dish at a friend's house, we hired her immediately! We no longer eat meat. We are much healthier and feel great! Thank you Chef Ellie for preparing delicious healthy and amazing meals for us, we love eating at home and enjoy perfectly paired wine with our foods.” Suzanne & Steve, Los Gatos