Adina Kornbluth of Ak Design Studios has extensive experience designing commercial and residential spaces that transcend expectations. Her passion is taking the obvious, and turning it into something unexpected and spectacular. She has a well trained eye for quality, craftsmanship, furnishings and textiles. She continues to be recognized for her crisp, timeless style and designs that remain fresh year after year. Whether the project is new construction, remodel, or purely decorative, Adina can adapt to the client's needs and translate ideas into a unique design that is captivating, comfortable, and functional.
Adina was always drawn to art and beauty. Growing up, she drew and painted, inspired by the unusual and unique. She created a line of one of a kind custom jewelry that was very successful. A true renaissance woman, she has published articles and books, and ran a successful high-end event planning business.
Adina obtained a BFA Interior Design from Berkeley School of Design, graduating Magna cum Laude. In addition, she studied design and was certified at Parsons School of Design, in NYC. She also holds a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science with a minor in Journalism, from Brooklyn College. She lives with her husband and children in Rockland County.
Victoria Sarracino has become a leader in the design field possessing over thirty years of experience to her clients. Having obtained a degree in interior design, Victoria began her career in the decorative plumbing industry. She possesses the knowledge and insight few in the design industry have come to understand. Vicki and her design team work closely with homeowners, designers and builders to create dream bathrooms that her clients will enjoy for years to come. Through her seamless delivery, Vicki and her team ensures her clients receive the quality of product they deserve from their investment. Vicki's travel has spanned to all parts of the world, including Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Her extensive travels have given her a broad perspective and inspiration that she applies through her work to her clients back home.
Famously known as a designer who goes against the grain in an industry so fixated on trends, Interior Designer and Entrepreneur Blanche Garcia's aesthetic is not one that can be labeled. Instead, her design is looked upon as a lifestyle that is individual to her and especially to each of her clients.
Long before her days as a successful Interior Designer, Garcia found her love of construction while volunteering at the age of 12 for nonprofit building projects around the country with her mother. It was there that she learned to develop construction crafts such as electrical, drywall and tile work, among many others.
Her determination paved the way for Blanche to study Interior Design, obtaining a degree in the field from Willsey Institute of Interior Design and Berkley, New York. Having a knack for intuitively knowing how a client's space should look, feel and function – Blanche works to help them create a space that is all about them and is a reflection of who they are and how they feel about life.
The secret behind Blanche Garcia's success is that, unlike other designers, she believes design should say something about the people experiencing it, not about the person designing it. Her design philosophy and approach urges clients to not only envision designing a space for someone else, but also designing a life they want to live. To Blanche Garcia, every decision in her work has a purpose—every fixture, every color and every piece of furniture has a reason to help tell your story.
In 2011, Garcia starred as a contestant on the season 6 interior design reality competition series "Design Star," on HGTV. It was there, where she introduced to the world her unique style of mixing eco-friendly materials with touches of luxury.
Today, Blanche is a certified Interior Designer with over 22 years of experience in hospitality, residential, and commercial design and is the owner of B. garcia Designs based in Montclair, New Jersey. She is a "Green Design" LEED Accredited Professional through the United States Green Building Commission. She is also a member of ASID and a "WELL AP" design professional, which utilizes healthy concepts to promote human health and wellness within the built environment.
Blanche was also the principal designer featured in the popular Travel Channel reality series, "Hotel Impossible" for five seasons, where she helped tackle the job of revamping hotels along with host, Anthony Melchiorri. Her newly authored book AKA her current passion project "Empowered Design: A Design Plan for Living" is inspiring people around the world.
HGTV named her one of their Faces of Design in 2017. Blanche and her firm B. garcia designs is also the proud recipient of the American Society of Interior Designers "Design of Excellence" Award in multiple categories. Her client list ranges from members of the New York Jets to "The Real Housewives of New Jersey", to corporations, restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and homes all over the world. Most notably is her recently completed Wyndham TRYP Hotel located in Newark NJ. She has been featured on the cover of Montclair Magazine, and in the pages of Boutique Design Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, US Magazine, Red Book, Latina, Design NJ, and more.
Blanche Garcia currently resides blocks away from her office in Montclair, New Jersey, along with her Chihuahua Maddox, who serves as the Director of Office Morale.
Known for her enthusiasm and creative skillset Principal and Resident Designer Shawna DiMattina of DiMattina Design Group's mission is to create elegantly eclectic homes that tell the story of its owners. She has an eye for detail and a keen sense of style that is on trend yet timeless. Known for its beauty and functionality Shawna's work is original and resonates her client's lifestyle.
We walk our clients through a design process in which we understand their needs and expectations. From there we develop a plan with the goal of bringing it to "the next level" for them. It is of utmost importance that our projects are timely and individualized. Our goal, after all, is to exceed expectations. "We want our clients to look forward towards heading home from vacation. To feel as if they are on a permanent "stay-cation" with family luxe amenities. Our clients have earned it and deserve it."
Shawna DiMattina was born and raised in Saddle River, New Jersey. Even as a child Shawna was naturally artistic. She always gravitated towards design and styling in which others took notice. In later years she attended the Business School at the University of Rhode Island where she earned her B.S. in Marketing. To fuel her creative side she completed a number of Interior Design courses and projects. Afterward, Shawna enjoyed a successful career in finance as a Vice-President Wealth Management Advisor. Invited to serve on the NYSE Arbitration Committee Hearing Board for a number of years as well as being a National Coach for her firm. Having lived in NYC for over 15 years her creativity draws from the city's rich culture and architecture. Pair that with her travels and you can see she has a rather diverse background. Shawna has worked with architects and contractors through the years not only building and designing her own home but for those of others. She is sought out by those who are overwhelmed by the interior design process and others who need help in realizing their vision. Whether it is for one room or an entire house she is happy to assist. When she is not designing you can find her at home entertaining with her beautiful family and friends having their own "stay-cation"!
Michaeline Fernandez and Kelly Daab are co-owners of Butter and Velvet Home and Design, an experiential home furnishings boutique. The Butter and Velvet trademark includes a brick and mortar store at 11 Broadway, Denville, NJ which features many one of a kind furnishings for the home, original art and handmade jewelry. The store is also a showroom for unique furnishings such as sofas and lighting fixtures.
The other part of Butter and Velvet Home and Design is the award winning interior design service lead by Michaeline Fernandez ASID, IDS. Michaeline has worked in the interior design business for over 15 years and brings a fresh perspective to her field. Michaeline's collaborative approach has empowered her clients to enjoy an active role throughout the creative process. She takes great pride in that her clients enjoy their working relationship almost as much as the finished product. Butter & velvet home and design creates beautiful, unique and timeless family (and pet) friendly spaces. Come visit us at b&v and let us inspire you.
telephone: 973-882-3800 xt 120
In 2000, I joined California Closets as a Design Consultant. Since then, I have put my space-planning skills and knowledge of design to use by creating storage solutions for thousands of clients. I am not afraid to 'step outside the box' to create a design that is not only beautiful, but also functional and customized for each person's individual needs.
My clients love that I really get to know them, so I can learn how to simplify their lives with though a fun, collaborative design process and in 2018, I was named the "Customer Satisfaction Designer of the Year" for northern NJ.
I always look forward to working on new, exciting projects and delivering the best customer service experience possible through California Closets.
Cindy Dzurita Biography
Cindy Dzurita founded CD Interiors in 2000 with one goal in mind: provide
her clients with exclusive designs that are reflective of their individuality.
She creates balanced interiors, blending modern influences with vintage
accents. High-end finishes, sumptuous wall coverings & beautiful
furnishings combine to create a unique space that reflects the
homeowner's lifestyle. Cindy has a unique ability to connect with her
clients and give every one of them the personal attention they deserve.
Her clients have the ability to influence their living space, while being
guided by a veteran of the design industry.
About The French Martini:
With over 20 years experience in retail merchandising, visual styling and marketing, style creators and partners Angela Kurze & Brandi Wotanowski, certainly know how to put their most polished foot forward.
The French Martini began in 2013 when co-owners and founders, Angela and Brandi joined forces to create a unique shopping experience in Westfield, NJ. Originally, it started with personal trunk shows in their homes. As The French Martini's business grew to a brick & mortar storefront in Downtown Westfield, Angela & Brandi showcased their interior styling talents with the merchandising of their new shop. Within two years, The French Martini Home & Retail Styling emerged—they began to offer home styling services to their customers, making Angela and Brandi a new, dynamic home interiors team.
Brandi holds a Marketing Degree from Champlain College. Spending most of her career in fashion at The Gap, INC. and coveted fashion houses, including Ralph Lauren—she has learned from the best in the industry on how to add style & balance, all the while being considerate of one's lifestyle. Her ability to see beyond a cluttered or baron space and see a room's true potential, has allowed her the ability to help many in their homes and retail spaces—maximizing to their greatest potential.
Angela earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications from University of Missouri. Having spent most of her career working in entertainment, event and sports marketing for world-renowned agencies such as IMG and CAA Sports, she also craved a creative outlet. While living in New York City, she enrolled in NYSID's introductory interior design program. As a result, she began redesigning and renovating her own spaces as well as helping family members and friends. In 2013 she began to flex her creative muscle more seriously with the inception of TFM. Helping clients create stylishly cozy spaces has become her passion, and she finds it immensely rewarding to help people transform their homes into places they love.
About The French Martini Home Styling Service:
Our mission at TFM Styling Service is to create a personal space, utilizing your own pieces, that is both well-styled and purposeful. Your home, your space, is a direct reflection of you, your family, and your lifestyle. The decor should include all your most treasured pieces, including heirlooms, favorite chairs, vintage rugs, wedding china and contemporary pieces. Blending the old and the new is what makes a space uniquely your own. By utilizing your current decor and furnishings, TFM Styling Service will style your space with functionality in mind, creating a beautiful space with balance, texture and scale. If needed, we would also assist you in finding new pieces to blend with your current favorites. We'll help create the perfect spot for the fine china handed down from your great-aunt, or the vintage chair you have had since your parents downsized, even if it still needs to be reupholstered. Additionally, we can consult with you on renovations or custom work, including built-ins or bespoke furniture, as well as color, fabric treatments and more.
Gail M. Davis
Gail M. Davis infuses her designs with a refreshing air of lively elegance. For more than a decade, she has forged a blazing path in the interior design industry, following a successful career in fashion at Saks Fifth Avenue. She studied at New York School of Interior Design, and honed her craft interning at the legendary firm of Bunny Williams Inc. and the prestigious David Kleinberg Design Associates.
Today, Gail's projects can be seen in the tri-state area, as well as on the west coast. Gail has been featured in Ebony Magazine, domino magazine, Design Sponge and more. She is lauded for her traditional yet timeless style. Gail's honest and dependable nature and her commitment to each client's happiness make her a unique talent in the industry. Her passion is fueled by the desire to deliver welcoming, personal spaces that envelop her clients in warm energy and love.
Joe Giamarese & Vivian Hung
Global Home Interior Design is a full-service Interior Design firm offering distinctive designs for residential and hospitality spaces. Our expertise and experiences have been instrumental in informing our unique point of view. Our design expertise has been cemented by our years of experience as we enter our fifteenth year of operation as well as our extensive travel. "Dropping Out" for two years in 2000 and 2001 to visit more than one hundred cities on six continents, trained our eyes to appreciate design subtleties which are happily incorporated into all of our projects. Global Home Interior Design handles all aspects of your Interior Decorating project; from ideation to activation to realization. Global Home designs, manages permissions and subcontractors, specifies and purchases merchandise, and oversees all product shipments, warehousing and final installation. There's no aspect of the design process that isn't fully managed by the Global Home team. We pride ourselves on providing our clients with detailed communication during every step of the process so that we are fully in sync.
Tammy Kaplan always had an eye for color and fashion!
These talents, over time, transformed into a passion for interior design, combined with a desire to help her clients get the most from their living spaces to achieve the environment desired.
Images in Design, Inc. was established in 1987 with Tammy and Roslyn, her mentor and mother, with a goal of creating spaces designed in the image of the client to meet their needs.
In the last 35 years of interior design experience, Tammy has worked with hundreds of clients, and has received many awards, and recognition including:
Tammy holds professional certifications and licenses including Certified Interior Designer in the State of NJ and Certified Aging in Place Specialist, and she is an Associate member of the American Society of Interior Designers. She is a proud alum of The American University.
Upon hearing about The Valerie Fund Grace's House project, Tammy was inspired to meet with Grace and to create a "Space for Grace."
Joseph A. Berkowitz
Joseph A. Berkowitz is a visionary interior designer with an impressive body of work spanning almost three decades. Equally adept at a range of aesthetic styles, Berkowitz takes a collaborative approach to his designs; from cosmopolitan pied-a-terre's to rustic lodges, each design is infused with an enthusiastic sophistication that honors the clients who live within the spaces he creates.
Armed with an approachable personality and infectious sense of humor, Berkowitz gently encourages his clients to explore their personal tastes, take risks and expand their visual vocabulary. He encourages a process that is creative and fun, yet executed with discipline and precision. The results are both refined and glamourous, incorporating elements of whimsy and exoticism to create highly personal spaces that reflect an elevated aesthetic.
Throughout his career, Berkowitz has designed a wide range of residential, commercial and hospitality projects, infusing each with style and personality. He was thrust into the national spotlight when recruited to appear on the HGTV series Show House Showdown, a competition program where his design was selected as the winner by the viewing public. The show proved to be the ultimate platform to exhibit Berkowitz's outgoing, affable manner and bold creative style so popular with the program's viewers.
Since then Berkowitz continues to expand his practice, completing residences in and around his hometown of Philadelphia, as well as across the nation.
Julia Pobiner, a multi-talented interior designer, is known for the extraordinary service she provides busy families in New Jersey and New York City.
Julia, who has more than 10 years of experience, provides a full range of residential design services to prominent homeowners in such communities as Livingston, Short Hills, Millburn, Maplewood, and New York City. She has also done projects on the New Jersey Shore, in Pennsylvania, the Boston suburbs, and Cape Cod. She has designed multiple residences for the same clients, and much of her work comes from referrals. Julia's projects range from single rooms to full buildings and have included a 9,000 square foot residence, multi-million dollar apartments, and a luxury condo development.
Julia assists homeowners from concept to creation, saving her clients time and making the process enjoyable. She is passionate about sourcing unique, customized finishes, furniture, and artwork for each project. She helps clients make the best use of their space and repurpose their existing furnishings.
Clients and professional colleagues applaud her "patient, attentive and accessible service," "meticulous style," "keen design eye," and "sensible and practical solutions."
Julia, who offers services ranging from remodeling to furniture selection, is one of the region's few designers with an extensive background in construction management. Her clients today benefit from the project coordination, space planning, architectural and other experience she gained during her highly successful earlier career working with one of the region's leading general contracting firms.
JMW Interiors is backed by a team of some of the area's foremost painters, millworkers, window treatment specialists, and other professionals, along with a national network of vendors and suppliers.
Julia's unique educational background laid the foundation for her success. She earned a mathematics degree at the University of Pennsylvania and an interior design degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology, thereby gaining an invaluable combination of analytical and creative skills.
Awarded ASID's Ones to Watch, Julie Liepold's professionalism, style, and client-centric creative process have earned her recognition throughout the design community. Since founding Liepold Design Group in 2004, she has helped bring her clients' inspirations to life.
A certified fine art appraiser with an interdisciplinary Masters in art history and administration from NYU and a degree in interior design from NYSID, Julie's academic foundations foster a deep understanding of the passion of the collector. She specializes in drawing the parallels between fine art and practical forms. Her designs blend contemporary touches with antiques, artisan objects and art to curate comfortable living spaces that are both visually engaging and functional.
Julie embodies the "Design Impacts Lives" philosophy and organizes annual pro bono interior design projects benefitting non-profit organizations. Past projects - the Polaris Project serving human trafficking survivors, the DreamCatcher Program sheltering women, and a local elementary school - demonstrate how good design improves the quality of the human experience. Julie is honored to have received awards for her volunteer leadership from the Junior League and the American Society of Interior Designers.
The opportunity to design a space that inspires and connects people is a gift. Thank you to The Valerie Fund!
Marina V. Umali
Marina is a certified Interior Designer & Feng Shui practitioner in New York & New Jersey. Marina has a highly innovative approach to interior design. Like other interior designers, she focuses on the aesthetics and functionality of a space, but her approach also includes a commonsense application of universal Feng Shui principles, which promote harmony and balanced energy throughout a home.
She cares deeply about helping people create lasting improvements in their lives. And she does that by creating lasting improvements in their environments. Her favorite thing about Feng Shui is that it combines her experience and expertise in design and architecture with her innate desire to promote health and wellbeing. Being a LEED AP and a Vegan designer, Marina always strives to create ecofriendly and cruelty free interiors that promote health and wellness.
Marina is a professional member of ASID, International Feng Shui Guild Red Ribbon professional member and a member of the Vegan Design Council. She finds quiet time in swimming, yoga, creating children's books and of course meditation.
David R. Hinson
I have always believed that surroundings can enhance the quality of our lives. Assisting clients in finding and realizing their personal aesthetic is my role as a designer. Having a passion for the history of decorative arts, I bring to the collaboration an understanding of how design has developed over time. Today we can create interiors with a 21st century perspective that also have roots in the past.
Studied Interior Design at:
Corcoran School of Art and Design, Washington, DC
Sotheby's Institute of Art, London, England
Hillary Kaplan and Miriam Silver Verga
Hillary Kaplan and Miriam Silver Verga are all about finding the perfect balance in design. After careers in fashion design and interior design publishing they started M&H Design Studio in 2011 to create authentic, unique spaces that speak to their clients' individuality. Their approach as partners balances a room with carefully collected vintage pieces, custom items made for your living space by skilled artisans and affordable accessible items purposefully curated to reflect the homeowner's style.
M&H believe that a home should reflect the diverse individuality that every family has, without comprising cohesion or elegance. It should tell a story—your story—and M&H pride themselves on uncovering the perfect details to create a space expressive of the families they serve. Their talent and reputation have taken them from local homes to international destinations.
Their business is made better by their full service team support of dedicated and darling employees that makes their customer service the talk of the town. They can be found working, drinking coffee and laughing in their design studio and shop in downtown Westfield.
Miriam Silver Verga
Award winning interior designer, Sam Ciardi, realizes just how important a comfortable, well-balanced home is for today's busy lifestyle. He strives to gain a comprehensive understanding of his clients' needs and expectations. His ability to develop strong client relationships based on respect and trust, has been an instrumental key to his success. Skilled at creating exquisite interiors in any budget or style, Sam enjoys guiding his clients through every phase of the design process.
His unique background in both art and fashion, as well as his passion to create unique and personal spaces, makes Sam the perfect designer for anyone seeking originality.
Sam is especially proud of his retail showroom, Samuel Robert Signature Spaces, in charming, downtown Millburn. He invites everyone for a personal tour of the showroom where he is happy to show the latest in exquisite fine furnishings, art, and accessories.
Swati Goorha Designs is an award-winning firm with several accolades for residential and commercial projects. Our design is a sum of our client's experiences, informed by the architecture of their home. Each client is unique, and each design caters to the lifestyle of the person who inhabits the space. We curate pieces from around the world to help tell our client's unique story narrated through the design of their space. We believe it is not one piece of furniture or color palette that makes a room come alive; it is the vibration between the furnishings, textures, and layers that tells its story.
Swati Goorha Designs works together with our clients and starts a conversation that draws you in and holds your attention captive. The process is an essential part of any design and ours allows for optimal creativity with structure. From the initial concept meeting to the final reveal, we work with our clients every step of the way so that their design goals are met. Our talented team strives to provide a unique bespoke experience for every client. Whenever projects require specialized craftspeople, we rely on our team of talented experts from all areas of the design world, delivering unparalleled results each and every time.
At Tina Ramchandani Creative we design warm, modern interiors that fully capture our clients' polished lifestyles. Our passion for soulful minimalism creates environments where our clients are able to effortlessly experience their lives. We create thoughtful spaces and enhance them with the things that matter most to our clients so they're able to focus on the people that matter. Our global perspective and infatuation with artistically crafted, custom elements are incorporated into everything we do. We like to go wherever the work takes us, bringing our love for beauty and obsession with design to each of the homes we create.
Tina has two passions-travel and design-and gaining design inspiration through her vast travel experiences is one of the most exciting things to her as a designer. She's deeply appreciative of quality design and passionate about the impact social awareness can have on one's life. Tina's work has been nationally recognized, and she was recently named a "2018 Next Wave" designer by House Beautiful and Rising Star by Cottages & Gardens. TRC is based in Manhattan, where Tina leads her team of talented designers. It also happens to be the city where she lives with her husband, Ajay, and spunky dog, Figaro.