The Client-Designer Relationship

Over the past several years I have had the privilege of working with some amazing clients and have built relationships which have become central to the design process. True partnerships have been created with a healthy respect for what the other brings to the project, ultimately leading to successful designs.


I wanted to feature this home because not only did I absolutely love the turn out of the project but these clients, Tom and Debi, have become two of my most dear repeat clients. I have done three of their homes in which we seamlessly collaborated on everything from start to finish. Debi has a natural eye for design and is a killer decorator while her husband Tom is a successful developer!

For this home we focused on creating a stylish yet slightly modern nautical space with geometric patterns and fresh coastal-inspired colors - hallmarks of New England style. We were able to incorporate pieces locally and from around the world to complete the look. The wood mantel was reclaimed drift wood from Texas. Treasured heirlooms like unique prints, antique mirrors, wooden accent cabinets and the dining room table from France were influenced by New England design and Debi’s love for brass. Architectural elements such as shiplap paneled walls, exposed beams, dark plank floors and large windows added to the timeless appeal. I chose white cabinetry with clean contemporary lines and brass hardware to keep things clean, light and airy throughout.


A few things that stood out in this home include a built-in cut and cleaned wood pile stacked next to the fireplace. This wood was from their ranch in Spicewood, TX where I first met them and remodeled that home. Another favorite is the functional breakfast nook lined with white cabinetry, perfect for the family. Recycled shiplap accent walls were a nod to their love of the beach and outdoors as they are both from Boston.


Without the frill and excess, there's a homeyness, comfort and slight rustic feel to this home. Together with traditional elements of the Northeast and a contemporary touch, it feels like something you'd see in a Montauk beach house. Overall this project breathes fresh air and reminds me of how lucky I am to have wonderful clients. I can’t wait to collaborate on another project together!