I began my career at the small SoHo office of Stephen Alastair Wanta Architect. I participated in a diverse range of projects that included high-end residences, corporate offices, the Stephanie Odegard carpet showrooms, and the chain of Guy & Gallard cafés. Stephen's creative genius had an extraordinary influence on my artistic development and he remains a dear friend to this day. After more than two years I ventured into the corporate world. I spent ten years working for some of the largest interior design firms in New York City. At HLW, Mancini-Duffy, and TPG Architecture, I had the opportunity to work on such projects as, Prudential Securites, AT & T, Conde Nast, Lightyear Capital, Barclay's, Overseas Shipping Group, SWIFT, and Rupert Murdoch's office at News Corp. My responsibility was the selection and specification of architectural materials, furniture, finishes, and equipment. The expertise I gained evolved into two new career directions. In 2001, I joined The School of Visual Arts as an adjunct professor, teaching the Materials and Finishes course to the junior class, as well as, freshman Design Concepts, and Design Studio courses. Concurrently, I began accepting freelance assignments, designing the homes of some of the corporate executives with whom I had worked. Since then I've been working at my dream job -- as principal of my own high-end residential interior design studio.



I am currently a visiting professor at Pratt Institute, where I teach a Color and Materials course in the undergraduate interior design program.

I have also taught two sustainable materials courses in the continuing education department at The Fashion Institute of Technology.

My academic achievements include coauthoring Materiality and Interior Constructiona comprehensive reference book on materials used in design published by John Wiley, June 2011.


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I believe that good design enhances our quality of life and that beauty is defined individually. I enjoy collaborating with my clients to create the homes of their dreams, one that reflects their personality and lifestyle, not the look of the latest trend.  The end result often exceeds their expectations and achieves the style, function, and comfort they desired but were unable to create on their own. 

Whether a small urban apartment or a quaint country house, my goal is to maximize the space and create an ambiance of elegance and tranquility. If you wish to integrate your treasured pieces into a new design or prefer to start from scratch, I have a great sense of color and the vision to pull it all together. 

I am mindful of 
Green design issues and I practice "Re-use, Recycle, and Refurbish," whenever possible. I choose to specify materials that are safe for the people who live with them, as well as, for the people who manufacture them. To further enhance a sense of well-being I incorporate subtle but significant elements of Feng Shui in all of my design layouts.  


After listening to what your design goals and budget constraints are, I measure the space and inventory the items you wish to keep. Then I create a floor plan and furniture layout drawn to scale on the computer and begin selecting the furnishings and materials. Once the presentation is accepted I can take you to showrooms to see larger furniture pieces in person. I do not mark up items for resale, thereby extending all designer discounts directly to you. I bill hourly for all design and project management services.  I am open to negotiate a flat fee on small projects.

I work exclusively with licensed, professional contractors, vendors, and suppliers with whom I have longstanding relationships. Please review my client testimonials for more information.

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