River Edge, NJ Interior Design Entry

River Edge Project – For Sale!

When I first started my company, I remember getting a phone call from a new mom who was overwhelmed with finishing her house. She originally wanted me to just do accessories which turned into furnishing some rooms. Over the course of the project, this client and I became fast friends and we are 100% kindred spirits. I have never met another person who is so much like me in so many ways, that it’s beautiful and strange at the same time. :)
Fast forward a few years and this very same client bought a vacation home in California and they hired me to design the entire home. I couldn’t have been more honored that they thought of me to help them again – that is the biggest compliment! Now they’re moving to California and even though I’m sad to see this beautiful family move away, I’m so excited for what their future holds.
Their house that I helped design is officially on the market. Check out this video the realtor did of the house – it’s such a fun way to see the spaces!

 

Personal Basement Project: The Plan and Before Pics

Now that it’s cooling off, we’re focusing our attention on inside projects. And by we, I mean I’ve been obsessively thinking about finishing the basement so I can have a bigger office and a non-creepy laundry room! Ryan talks about it here and there, but he doesn’t understand how happy this project will make me. When looking for houses, a basement with high ceilings that didn’t get water was a priority for us because we knew eventually I’d need a bigger office. The previous owner installed french drains right before we closed (woo-hoo!) and we’ve lived here a year and thankfully haven’t gotten any water. We wanted to live here a bit, during a few big storms to test the system out.

We live in a center hall colonial, so our basement is broken up into 3 rooms: the laundry room/utility room, the main space, and a small storage room. Here’s the plan:

Proposed Plan (6)

 

My Office:
This space is pretty big and has pretty high ceilings for a basement. We’re going to remove the fluorescent lighting and install recessed lighting, and we’ll have to have a minor soffit around the perimeter for pipes. It’s an old house and we don’t want to mess with the plumbing. We have baseboard heat down there too which is a bonus!

I want to have a long desk along the back wall, with pin boards above. I can use this to create fabric schemes, instead of having inspiring fabrics get lost in the shuffle. I’m working on a desk design now, but it will be simple: lateral file storage below and shelving on each far side.
I need a huge table to lay out papers, especially for presentations. I’m a very visual person so I need to have things laid out to ensure everything stays organized and completed on time.

DSC_2143This picture is looking towards “closed sample storage” on the plan.

IMG_3895This picture is looking towards the laundry room entrance.

IMG_3894This picture was from when we first moved in so it is not as clean. The fancy bar from the previous owners has since been removed and replaced with several boxes of samples for projects. This view is looking towards my soon-to-be desk. We’re hoping to frame and close in the crawlspace access since we don’t need it.

 

The creepy, dungeon-like laundry room:
I hate this room so much. The layout doesn’t make sense, most of the lights don’t work, and the slop sink was broken. We removed that last month finally and it was extremely heavy to haul up the stairs. (Thankfully I didn’t have to do it. :) I’ve always dreamed of having a bright, clean laundry room that was organized and a happy place to do chores. This room will probably be phase 2 of the basement project, but I wanted to have the plans in place.

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Looking towards the laundry area. Boo.

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Utility area when we first moved in. The boiler was a BEAST. This picture doesn’t do it justice because it was about as tall as I am and so heavy. It took a year to finally get a guy who was willing to remove it. Thankfully, our basement now looks like this below:

IMG_1432Ryan works for an HVAC supplier, so we got this fancy equipment for an awesome price. I don’t know what any of it does, but every man that comes into our basement is impressed by it. Wait, that sounds weird… it’s not like I have lots of men hang out in my creepy basement. Anyway… How bout that fancy interior designer cat litter box?! haha.

IMG_1431This is area will hopefully eventually be our laundry area. We have plumbing on that side and it’s room enough to have a large hanging bar for drying clothes. I hardly dry anything so I’d love to have a space to hang clothes.

I’ll do a separate post with the inspiration images and furniture I hope to use since this post is getting wordy and my son is waking up from his nap… gotta’ love cold season and sick days…

Edgewater, NJ Progress

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

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 Interior Design Living Room

Westfield, NJ Project

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

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

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