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Interior Designers Share Their Favorite Spaces

3 local interior designers share their memorable projects



Nancy Galasso and Richard Cerrone of Lillian August

Lillian August Interior Design

Why is this your favorite space?

We love this space as it so chic and upscale and a really fun spot for the parents of this young family to escape to. For the rest of the home the design was focused on family life, so it was liberating to create a more upscale and sophisticated room that was just for the adults. This design process was also really enjoyable as our clients were so trusting and let us create something that was a little outside their comfort zone.

Where did you get the idea for the design?

Our clients wanted a chic room that they could use for entertaining. The main thing that they had to have in the space was a really cool bar. They wanted the room to be fabulous and sophisticated so we decided to use a more modern aesthetic for this space. As California transplants, they typically gravitate towards more of a beach house vibe, but with this room they were open to letting their tastes evolve to something more refined.

What was the main inspiration?

We found a really cool animal hide rug that felt very modern and unique as it was not cut out in an animal shape. The walls are a gray metallic color that lend a sophisticated element to the room. From there we made sure that the seating not just look amazing but also be incredibly comfortable. We were inspired by the idea of this room being a fun haven for entertaining — and for a good party, comfy seating is so important!

Did you face any challenges and how did you resolve them?

Our main challenge in this room was figuring out a way to create good “flow” in an awkward space with two doorways and not a lot of wall space. To allow for room to easily get in and out of the seating area we floated the two sofas and had them facing each other. The sofas have one arm just on the fireplace side so that it’s that much easier to get in and out. A fabulous party room is not just about looking chic but it needs to function well for people to move in. We were thrilled to create this dream room for our client and hear that it has become such a fun spot for them and their friends.

Amy Aidinis Hirsch of Amy Aidinis Hirsch Interior Design

amy hirsh interior design

Why is this your favorite space?

This dining room is one of my favorite spaces, in part because it all came together with such ease and effortlessness. It was amazing to have a client that did not have many boundaries and let me push the envelope in exploring different elements, textures and combinations. It's a very stylish room with a modern art deco sensibility. 

Where did you get the idea for the design?

My client showed me an image of the painting she was considering and it sparked an idea to allow the painting to speak in the space but to be well balanced by other items. It's strong, vibrant and full of life and was a great jumping off point for the design of this room.

What was the main inspiration?

I fell in love with the “splashing water” chandelier from Remains — the Tony Duquette collection. I knew the moment I saw it that it would be the perfect element in the space. It is whimsical and casts the most beautiful light. I also loved the combination of the greek key sisal ceiling paper in blue against the green metallic wallpaper. It was an odd combination together, not perfectly matched or expected, but that is why it works so well.

Did you face any challenges in designing this space and how did you resolve them?

Initially, the challenge was with the dining table. The room is close to a perfect square, which lends itself to a round table; however, the round table had to accommodate small family gatherings as well as large parties. To solve the problem I had a round wood table custom made to extend with exterior perimeter leaves. At the last minute I decided to add the gold bands around the legs, which were designed with alternating bands on the outside legs and bands on the interior to symbolize the family trio. Everything was strategically placed. It is a true piece of art.

Michelle Morgan Harrison of Morgan Harrison Home

Michelle Morgan Harrison interior design

Why is this your favorite space?

It is so hard for an interior designer to choose just one favorite space — it’s a little like asking a mother who her favorite child is. Each are unique and there are aspects of every room that are special. That said, I have to say one of my designs that has garnered the most attention is my modern ping pong table room. I have gotten calls from around the country asking its source and how to replicate it, including Suzanne Kasler's office — one of my favorite designers!

Where did you get the idea for the design?

My client has a sunken sun room off her formal living room and as they are big tennis players and love to entertain, she asked if she could put a ping pong table there. My first reaction was no way — no green or blue plastic allowed. Her reaction was, "You can do it, you'll come up with a way to make it work!" 

What was the main inspiration?

The palette in the home was silvers and pale blues so a glass ping  pong table was the obvious alternative but there was nothing on the market, it had to be custom. I knew I could make a glass ping pong table work by etching the lines into the underside of the table. I found two polished chrome dining table bases and then did a google search for simple, chrome detailing. The result is a regulation size ping pong table that functions the same as any other and is a million times more chic. 

Did you face any challenges in designing this space and how did you resolve them?

Although sourcing the ping pong table was time consuming, the real challenges arose after all was installed and the active ping pong playing commenced. I selected two shorter glass chain link chandeliers to add a dose of glamour and did not anticipate that the balls would go up that high. One of the kids spiked a ball and knocked off one of the crystals so I had to reorganize the chain links and shorten it a tier. The second surprise came with the balls hitting the walls and marking the paint. My client solved that my installing a large art canvas that was created by her kids tossing painted ping pong balls at it!

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