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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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…)
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. :)
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!
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.
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!
The view from the living room into the dining area before.
The view of the kitchen before.
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.
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?!
And just for fun – the view of the ocean that’s only two houses away!
All photos by my client. (Hi, Karen!)
(I originally posted this before we launched my new website, but it somehow got deleted and I unfortunately didn’t have every post backed up. So, I apologize if you’ve seen this before.)
For those of you who haven’t seen this article, I am really proud to share that my work was featured in Aspire Magazine this past Summer/Fall issue! I’ve been in the industry for a while now, and always joke that I’ve been a “designer” since 5th grade, but there’s something about seeing your work in print that solidifies everything you’ve worked for. I can’t say that the past 10-15 years of my career (both college and professional) have been easy, but it has definitely been worth it. I am really proud of where I am, where my career and company have led me and I am excited for the future. I am beyond grateful for the clients I have met and for the relationships I have built. 2014 is going to be the best year yet, I can feel it. :)
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