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Sixty SoHo by Thomas O’Brien

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Thomas O’Brien has always been one of my favorite designers to watch. He has a unique style that is warm and contemporary at the same time and not many designers can pull that off. I absolutely love Sixty SoHo, a boutique hotel on Thompson Street designed by O’Brien. The lobby lures you in with subtle textures and a high contrast color scheme, while the bar is dark and moody with unexpected plaid fabrics. I also love how calming the guest rooms are – I could live in those spaces!



All photos via La Dolce Vita: Lobby, Thom Bar, Thomsom Suite Room, King Deluxe Room

A Model Apartment

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As if Giselle Bunchen’s successful career, adorable girl-next-door charm, and blinding beauty weren’t enough reasons to hate her… look at her NYC apartment! This space designed by Yabu Pushelberg in the One Madison building is the most perfect example of modern warmth. The marble, dark wood flooring and lighter cabinets are sleek without being cold. Yabu did a beautiful job of mixing cooler gray tones, warm taupes and subtle colors to create a calming and visually interesting space.

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Edgewater, NJ Progress

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I recently started working on a project in Edgewater, NJ that overlooks NYC and I could not be more excited! I started the project two weeks ago, and the entire townhouse is already demoed and we have the majority of the finishes chosen. It’s so much fun to see results so quickly! So far the most drastic change is this kitchen. Take a deep breath and check out the neon lit back splash. If the lights and the orange veneered cabinets don’t scream the 90’s, I don’t know what does. (Well, I guess side tied tee-shirts and big hair do, too. But that’s besides the point…)

Neon Backsplash

kitchen during

Doesn’t it already look better?! In the kitchen we’re doing ivory cabinets, a mushroom counter top and a glass mosaic back splash. We’re also replacing the wood floors throughout the entire house and went with a grayish brown wood (below) with a matte finish so my client’s puppies don’t scratch the finish. My client loves earth tones so my goal was to create a space that is modern but also warm and inviting.  Since the kitchen and adjacent family room overlook the George Washington Bridge and a view of the city,  it’s important that this space make a big impact since this is where everyone will hang out. The kitchen should be installed the week I have baby Dreissig, so I suppose it gives me one more thing to be excited about this coming April. :)

kitchen finishes

Custom Bookshelf Progress

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This week has been a bit hectic to say the least… and it’s only Tuesday. It’s been that good hectic where things get done and you’re too busy and preoccupied to stuff your face with Chips Ahoy at your computer all day. (Who am I kidding?! There’s always time for pregnancy cravings!) My energy is slowly draining and this little tiny baby inside me doesn’t feel so tiny anymore. He’s kicking harder every day which is a sweet little reminder that I have only 8 weeks left (!!!) until he’s expected to change our lives forever. Needless to say, I’ve been on a mad dash to get things done, both professionally and personally.

This week we made some huge progress for my Allendale project. The custom bookshelves have been built! The next step is to stain them a deep, rich cherry stain to compliment the cooler toned fabrics we’ve chosen for the space. These pieces will go in my client’s living room and will house family photos, colorful books, and interesting objects that reflect the couple’s interests. We also included a drawer for storage to hide toys, games or other items that aren’t as beautiful. Wait until you see this room completed… I can hardly wait!

Custom bookshelf
Custom bookshelf

Westfield, NJ Project

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This week I photographed one of my recently completed projects in Westfield, NJ. (I even got to use my fancy new camera bag I mentioned here.) I designed the living room, dining room, and office for a young family who moved from NYC last year. They had a few existing pieces to incorporate, but the majority was a blank slate. My client scored the amazing mirror above the fireplace on eBay (can you believe that?!) and the Asian art was passed down to her from her mother. I always love using sentimental items and this art was the perfect addition.

During one of my last meetings, my client’s daughter was flipping though a coffee table book and chatting with me, while her brother was playing with his action figures on the coffee table. When he walked into the living room during this photo shoot he sighed and said, “Lisa, I just love this room.” It warms my heart and is so rewarding to see a family use the space that I designed.

See all pictures here!

Westfield NJ Interior Design Living Room

Westfield NJ Interior Design Living Room

Westfield NJ Interior Design Living Room

Westfield NJ Interior Design Living Room

Westfield NJ Interior Design Dining Room

Long Beach Island Project Progress

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Last year I was brought on to help design the kitchen and bathrooms for this charming bungalow on Long Beach Island, NJ. Aside from the fact that my client is amazing, I was excited to work in an area of the Jersey Shore that holds a special place in my heart. When I was younger I often vacationed in Beach Haven, an area of LBI, with family friends. I knew the area well and knew I needed to be a part of this!

Even though Hurricane Sandy did a number on the island in October 2012, my client’s house managed to suffer little damage. The project schedule was severely delayed since so many homes on the island needed much more serious work. After many months of patiently waiting, demolition started this month and my client and I are in the midst of designing!  Progress is a beautiful thing!

LBI Interior Design Before
The exterior before. We’re going to modernize the porches and add lush landscaping.

LBI Dining Room - Interior Design Before

The view from the living room into the dining area before.

LBI Kitchen - Interior Design Before

The view of the kitchen before.

LBI Interior Design - Demo

The current view of the kitchen. It already looks better! :) We’re removing the wall between the kitchen and dining area to create an open space to entertain.

LBI Interior Design - Demo

Above: Another view of the kitchen.

Below is the inspiration for the kitchen. We want a modern look while maintaining the beachy style of the bungalow. Wood flooring will be continuous through the first floor, we’ll install white inset cabinetry with glass upper cabinets, and install bead board on the ceiling. Does it really get any better than that?!

LBI Interior Design Inspiration

And just for fun – the view of the ocean that’s only two houses away!

Long Beach Island

 All photos by my client. (Hi, Karen!)

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