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01 architectural design services

LBCDESIGN is a full service architectural interior design firm that specializes in managing residential renovation projects from conception to the finishing details. Beginning the design process by working closely with the client to understand their wants and needs through detailed questions and images, LBCDESIGN guides the process throughout, from plan options and design proposals to bidding and construction oversight. With an emphasis on attention to detail, and a great working relationship with the client and contractor, the goal is to enjoy the creative process, find space in your existing home that you didn't know existed, and create a beautiful environment for you to LOVE your home!

 

Services include:

 

Home renovations

Complete kitchen and bath design and renovation

Project planning and coordination

Oversight and management of construction process

Color, finish and material consultation and selection

Electrical and lighting design

Custom millwork cabinetry design

Furniture layouts

 

02 architectural projects

UNDERHILL

western drive north
western drive north

There’s a lot of goodness going on here. This client originally came to me years ago and after a really honest conversation about costs the project was put on hold till the budget was there to achieve this greatness. The directive was a modern French cafe with a lot of soul. Mixing brass, black and wood tones, and majorly reconfiguring the space by taking down walls and moving everything around, pull up a seat and grab a cup of coffee.

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western drive north
western drive north

There’s a lot of goodness going on here. This client originally came to me years ago and after a really honest conversation about costs the project was put on hold till the budget was there to achieve this greatness. The directive was a modern French cafe with a lot of soul. Mixing brass, black and wood tones, and majorly reconfiguring the space by taking down walls and moving everything around, pull up a seat and grab a cup of coffee.

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WESTERN NORTH

briarwood drive
briarwood drive

This principal bath was actually too large, and the walk in closet too small, with a complete reworking of the 2 spaces, the principal bath now is all about getting wet! We created a wet room with steam, 2 wall mounted shower heads, a rain fall head, and a fabulous soaking tub with bubbles. The palette of a rich gray blue tile and vanity paired with white is absolutely stunning!

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briarwood drive
briarwood drive

This principal bath was actually too large, and the walk in closet too small, with a complete reworking of the 2 spaces, the principal bath now is all about getting wet! We created a wet room with steam, 2 wall mounted shower heads, a rain fall head, and a fabulous soaking tub with bubbles. The palette of a rich gray blue tile and vanity paired with white is absolutely stunning!

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BRIARWOOD

crest drive
crest drive

When I initially meet with this client they thought they needed an addition to create a mudroom and access to the garage, but the budget did not allow for an expansion. By annexing an adjacent den, reorienting an existing powder room, not only did we get garage access and a mudroom, but also a walk in pantry; plus this gorgeous white and navy kitchen with wonderful modern accents and touches of brass.

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crest drive
crest drive

When I initially meet with this client they thought they needed an addition to create a mudroom and access to the garage, but the budget did not allow for an expansion. By annexing an adjacent den, reorienting an existing powder room, not only did we get garage access and a mudroom, but also a walk in pantry; plus this gorgeous white and navy kitchen with wonderful modern accents and touches of brass.

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CREST

crest drive
crest drive

This project was a true transformation. The original space was a combo dressing room plus bath complete with wall to wall carpet. By relocating the closet to one end of the bedroom, we were able to create this luxurious bathroom. The black and white palette all started with that floor. Sometimes it's just one thing that is the catalyst to start the creative process!

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crest drive
crest drive

This project was a true transformation. The original space was a combo dressing room plus bath complete with wall to wall carpet. By relocating the closet to one end of the bedroom, we were able to create this luxurious bathroom. The black and white palette all started with that floor. Sometimes it's just one thing that is the catalyst to start the creative process!

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CREST

hill drive
hill drive

This house has a great mid century vibe that we carried into the primary suite. Pulling colors from the spectacular view into a mountain reservation, a palette of greens, creams and wood tones set the mood for this gorgeous retreat.

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hill drive
hill drive

This house has a great mid century vibe that we carried into the primary suite. Pulling colors from the spectacular view into a mountain reservation, a palette of greens, creams and wood tones set the mood for this gorgeous retreat.

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HILL

underhill road
underhill road

A cool palette and a little glam, that was the directive for this kitchen and principal bath. Plus a lot of function. Both spaces were large but boring. Adding some polished nickel, cool blues and grays, and gorgeous marble and glass tiles took this kitchen and principal bath from bleh to dazzling!

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underhill road
underhill road

A cool palette and a little glam, that was the directive for this kitchen and principal bath. Plus a lot of function. Both spaces were large but boring. Adding some polished nickel, cool blues and grays, and gorgeous marble and glass tiles took this kitchen and principal bath from bleh to dazzling!

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UNDERHILL

wyoming avenue
wyoming avenue

This project was a major kitchen renovation with reworking the existing space to create a warm inviting kitchen with a large kitchen island for a serious chef. A side room that was underused, did triple duty, with a large walk in pantry, 1st floor laundry room, and home office. Warm woods, marble and touches of brass and bronze complete the palette.

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wyoming avenue
wyoming avenue

This project was a major kitchen renovation with reworking the existing space to create a warm inviting kitchen with a large kitchen island for a serious chef. A side room that was underused, did triple duty, with a large walk in pantry, 1st floor laundry room, and home office. Warm woods, marble and touches of brass and bronze complete the palette.

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WYOMING

salter place
salter place

This couple absolutely loved their neighborhood, and did not want to move, so in collaboration with JLM Design, we added a very small 2 story addition that gave them the missing pieces for their home. An open concept with a fabulous kitchen on the first floor with a mudroom and pantry. On the 2nd floor we added a walk in closet and larger primary bath. Now they never want to leave!

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salter place
salter place

This couple absolutely loved their neighborhood, and did not want to move, so in collaboration with JLM Design, we added a very small 2 story addition that gave them the missing pieces for their home. An open concept with a fabulous kitchen on the first floor with a mudroom and pantry. On the 2nd floor we added a walk in closet and larger primary bath. Now they never want to leave!

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SALTER

So this kitchen and breakfast room had enough space it just was so poorly utilized and cramped. The home is a turn of the century central hall colonial but the family is anything but stuffy. So a little fun and a better layout and now this kitchen is the heart of this home.

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mountain
mountain

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So this kitchen and breakfast room had enough space it just was so poorly utilized and cramped. The home is a turn of the century central hall colonial but the family is anything but stuffy. So a little fun and a better layout and now this kitchen is the heart of this home.

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RIDGEWOOD

thornden street
thornden street

Sometimes clients find you and it's kismet, this couple and I spoke the same language. The directive was nothing too stuffy but clean lines and uncluttered, so we had fun with some color, patterns and textures. But the true show stopper of this kitchen is that ISLAND! The island material was the starting point for all. And that waterfall, I practically have happy tears in my eyes.

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thornden street
thornden street

Sometimes clients find you and it's kismet, this couple and I spoke the same language. The directive was nothing too stuffy but clean lines and uncluttered, so we had fun with some color, patterns and textures. But the true show stopper of this kitchen is that ISLAND! The island material was the starting point for all. And that waterfall, I practically have happy tears in my eyes.

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THORNDEN

glenside road
glenside road

Believe it or not this kitchen was 3 separate rooms and the refrigerator was in a side room. By taking out a back staircase, opening up some walls and reorganizing everything this space went from dis-functional to WOW! It's warm and modern, but best of all it's a cook's dream kitchen.

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glenside road
glenside road

Believe it or not this kitchen was 3 separate rooms and the refrigerator was in a side room. By taking out a back staircase, opening up some walls and reorganizing everything this space went from dis-functional to WOW! It's warm and modern, but best of all it's a cook's dream kitchen.

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GLENSIDE

hillside place
hillside place

This house was bought because of the great light. A large grand Victorian with less than desirable kitchen and bathrooms. The kitchen was enlarged by relocating the basement stair. The master bathroom tripled in size by annexing an adjacent sitting room. With the help of BDH Interiors, the dramatic, moody palette which comprises of black, white, brass and warm woods was brought to life.

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hillside place
hillside place

This house was bought because of the great light. A large grand Victorian with less than desirable kitchen and bathrooms. The kitchen was enlarged by relocating the basement stair. The master bathroom tripled in size by annexing an adjacent sitting room. With the help of BDH Interiors, the dramatic, moody palette which comprises of black, white, brass and warm woods was brought to life.

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HILLSIDE

glenside road
glenside road

With this kitchen project we needed to work within the walls and work around a major support column. To maximize the space out went a back staircase, the basement staircase entrance was relocated and that support column hidden within the new layout. Crisp white cabinets, a graphic backsplash, coupled with an all new appliance layout, now make this tiny kitchen sing!

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glenside road
glenside road

With this kitchen project we needed to work within the walls and work around a major support column. To maximize the space out went a back staircase, the basement staircase entrance was relocated and that support column hidden within the new layout. Crisp white cabinets, a graphic backsplash, coupled with an all new appliance layout, now make this tiny kitchen sing!

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GLENSIDE

wyoming avenue
wyoming avenue

This project was done in 3 phases with a great collaboration with JLM DESIGN. The 1st phase involved creating a new bathroom, renovating an existing for the clients 3 daughters and renovating a powder room. Phase 2 creating a finished basement. For the finale in Phase 3, a large addition that included a brand new kitchen, family room and mudroom with a serene master suite on the 2nd story. The addition is so flawless that the front of house looks completely unaltered. What a dream home!

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wyoming avenue
wyoming avenue

This project was done in 3 phases with a great collaboration with JLM DESIGN. The 1st phase involved creating a new bathroom, renovating an existing for the clients 3 daughters and renovating a powder room. Phase 2 creating a finished basement. For the finale in Phase 3, a large addition that included a brand new kitchen, family room and mudroom with a serene master suite on the 2nd story. The addition is so flawless that the front of house looks completely unaltered. What a dream home!

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WYOMING

sagamore road
sagamore road

A warm white inviting kitchen, that was the directive, plus a kitchen that functioned better and felt larger. By relocating the wall between the kitchen and dining room and widening the opening, plus reworking all the circulation, this kitchen is a slam dunk! The adjacent laundry room/walk in pantry got a face lift as well with a pretty new palette and a dog bath for their adorable pooch.

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sagamore road
sagamore road

A warm white inviting kitchen, that was the directive, plus a kitchen that functioned better and felt larger. By relocating the wall between the kitchen and dining room and widening the opening, plus reworking all the circulation, this kitchen is a slam dunk! The adjacent laundry room/walk in pantry got a face lift as well with a pretty new palette and a dog bath for their adorable pooch.

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SAGAMORE

hemlock terrace
hemlock terrace

I love projects that evolve over time. This client originally hired me to renovate their master bath, which has the most beautiful palette of warm and cool, and then another call came in, let's refresh the hall bath with a new green vanity and also decorate a 2nd floor den. The den is the coziest spot to curl up with a good book with the sunlight streaming in.

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hemlock terrace
hemlock terrace

I love projects that evolve over time. This client originally hired me to renovate their master bath, which has the most beautiful palette of warm and cool, and then another call came in, let's refresh the hall bath with a new green vanity and also decorate a 2nd floor den. The den is the coziest spot to curl up with a good book with the sunlight streaming in.

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HEMLOCK

thacher lane
thacher lane

We couldn't make these bathrooms any larger but we could make them modern, beautiful and efficient. The master bathroom was reoriented to gain double sinks and the palette of warm woods with cool grays is the perfect balance.

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thacher lane
thacher lane

We couldn't make these bathrooms any larger but we could make them modern, beautiful and efficient. The master bathroom was reoriented to gain double sinks and the palette of warm woods with cool grays is the perfect balance.

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THACHER

ridgewood terrace
ridgewood terrace

This project was a true collaboration with a big team. I was brought in with JLM Design to expand this classic Victorian. A two story addition involved a new kitchen, breakfast room, family room and back entry topped by a new bathroom and bedroom. The client who likes to push the envelope, her motto 'more is more', pushed us to create her family's forever home. With the help of AHR Designs for the finishing touches, this family is staying put!

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ridgewood terrace
ridgewood terrace

This project was a true collaboration with a big team. I was brought in with JLM Design to expand this classic Victorian. A two story addition involved a new kitchen, breakfast room, family room and back entry topped by a new bathroom and bedroom. The client who likes to push the envelope, her motto 'more is more', pushed us to create her family's forever home. With the help of AHR Designs for the finishing touches, this family is staying put!

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RIDGEWOOD

walton road
walton road

New house, old bathrooms! For these homeowners, dear friends, their new home needed all the bathrooms renovated. We made the master bath bigger by annexing the walk in closet, that received a show stopper back wall of marble mosaic. The daughter's bathroom a fun grey porcelain floor, white walls and pops of pink. And their sons' bathroom in the attic , masculine blues and grays. Now everyone has their own space and their own personality.

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walton road
walton road

New house, old bathrooms! For these homeowners, dear friends, their new home needed all the bathrooms renovated. We made the master bath bigger by annexing the walk in closet, that received a show stopper back wall of marble mosaic. The daughter's bathroom a fun grey porcelain floor, white walls and pops of pink. And their sons' bathroom in the attic , masculine blues and grays. Now everyone has their own space and their own personality.

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WALTON

tennyson drive
tennyson drive

With no room to bump out, and a kitchen in serious need of a remodel, this kitchen gained space by annexing an adjacent office space. We were also able to add a mudroom at one end that leads into the garage. The once office is now the breakfast room with buffet and desk area. Win win! And while there lets renovate the master bathroom as well!

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tennyson drive
tennyson drive

With no room to bump out, and a kitchen in serious need of a remodel, this kitchen gained space by annexing an adjacent office space. We were also able to add a mudroom at one end that leads into the garage. The once office is now the breakfast room with buffet and desk area. Win win! And while there lets renovate the master bathroom as well!

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TENNYSON

yale street
yale street

I walked into this kitchen and my client was cooking a major dinner and had about 18" of counter space. We needed a cooks' kitchen, tons of storage and lots of counter. Walls opened up, things moved around and all was achieved with this new layout. Plus the crisp navy and white cabinets and the gorgeous tile backsplash are just beautiful finishing touches!

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yale street
yale street

I walked into this kitchen and my client was cooking a major dinner and had about 18" of counter space. We needed a cooks' kitchen, tons of storage and lots of counter. Walls opened up, things moved around and all was achieved with this new layout. Plus the crisp navy and white cabinets and the gorgeous tile backsplash are just beautiful finishing touches!

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YALE

hoskier road
hoskier road

This project was a kit of parts. A reworking of the master suite, a new master bath (with gorgeous teal tile) and an additional walk in closet. And then on the 1st floor a poorly utilized back entry got reworked and we were able to create a needed mudroom with first floor laundry plus powder room. All the parts came together perfectly!

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hoskier road
hoskier road

This project was a kit of parts. A reworking of the master suite, a new master bath (with gorgeous teal tile) and an additional walk in closet. And then on the 1st floor a poorly utilized back entry got reworked and we were able to create a needed mudroom with first floor laundry plus powder room. All the parts came together perfectly!

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HOSKIER

tillou road
tillou road

This client desperately wanted a kitchen island, but sometimes that is not meant to be. We opened up the back of the house by taking a wall down, a peninsula went in and the kitchen functions great! Added a glam powder room and kids hall bath got a refresh as well.

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tillou road
tillou road

This client desperately wanted a kitchen island, but sometimes that is not meant to be. We opened up the back of the house by taking a wall down, a peninsula went in and the kitchen functions great! Added a glam powder room and kids hall bath got a refresh as well.

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TILLOU

bathrooms
bathrooms

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BATHROOMS

tuscan road
tuscan road

When I meet with this client the kitchen was falling apart and tiny, but the adjacent dining room was huge. So by taking down the wall we made something spectacular! And the one major request from the client "no white kitchen". I can handle that!

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tuscan road
tuscan road

When I meet with this client the kitchen was falling apart and tiny, but the adjacent dining room was huge. So by taking down the wall we made something spectacular! And the one major request from the client "no white kitchen". I can handle that!

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TUSCAN

hartford road
hartford road

This kitchen needed a major overhaul. The original space was 4 rooms and was tight and cramped, unlike the rest of the house which was grand and spacious. Down went the walls, in went new windows and back door and now this kitchen is perfect. Plus it reflects the grandeur of this turn of the century home!

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hartford road
hartford road

This kitchen needed a major overhaul. The original space was 4 rooms and was tight and cramped, unlike the rest of the house which was grand and spacious. Down went the walls, in went new windows and back door and now this kitchen is perfect. Plus it reflects the grandeur of this turn of the century home!

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HARTFORD

winthrop terrace
winthrop terrace

This family had lived in their home for over a decade and were finally ready to tackle the kitchen and bathrooms. It's a 1920s dutch colonial but they have a penchant for mid century modern. For the kitchen we took down the wall between the existing kitchen and dining room, layered in gorgeous walnut cabinets and completely reworked the flow and organization. The bathrooms were modernized, keeping to a clean white palette that still pays homage to the home but is crisp and modern.

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winthrop terrace
winthrop terrace

This family had lived in their home for over a decade and were finally ready to tackle the kitchen and bathrooms. It's a 1920s dutch colonial but they have a penchant for mid century modern. For the kitchen we took down the wall between the existing kitchen and dining room, layered in gorgeous walnut cabinets and completely reworked the flow and organization. The bathrooms were modernized, keeping to a clean white palette that still pays homage to the home but is crisp and modern.

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WINTHROP

BRIARWOOD

 

03 about laura carlucci

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Laura Carlucci was drawn to the field of design and the study of architecture from an early age. With a love of art and architecture fostered at home, coupled with a natural affinity for spatial geometry Laura was destined for a career in architectural interiors and design.

 

After attending Washington University in St. Louis, and receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in Architecture, Laura headed back to New York City where she obtained a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University.  It was there that she perfected her focus on proportion, scale and texture. 

 

Prior to opening the doors of LBC DESIGN, Laura worked for over 17 years at several prestigious NYC architectural firms, on both commercial and residential projects as a project manager and senior designer.  She designed and managed the opening of new stores for boutique clients including Giorgio Armani and Dolce and Gabbana.  In addition she has worked on a wide range of residential projects from kitchens to full apartment renovations to new free standing homes.

 

Laura resides in South Orange, NJ with her husband and two boys.  With her extensive experience and her personal passion for making beautiful environments Laura truly enjoys helping people realize a space that is functional, comfortable, and exquisitely designed.  

 

Current and past projects include home renovations in South Orange, Maplewood and Millburn/Short Hills, residences and apartments in the Hamptons and Manhattan, and high-end retail boutiques in San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach and New York.

 

04 client testimonials

When we reached a challenging stage of our kitchen renovation, Laura was a steadying force in helping us restart and refine the unfinished plans and drive to completion. Whether advising on the layout, colors, materials or even suppliers and contractors, Laura helped us make a small, cramped space into the kitchen of our dreams.

A.P.  |  Maplewood, NJ

Dear Laura, Thank you so much. You have helped me have the house of my dreams. You are incredible and

we really are so grateful.

C.F.  |  South Orange, NJ

 

 

I am thrilled to recommend Laura Carlucci. At first, I thought I could plan my double bathroom renovation (Master & Kids') all on my own. While trying to explain my vision to potential contractors, I quickly realized professional help was needed -- and Laura's insight and eye made it so very worthwhile. Having Laura's help is like having your own space and design guru who also knows the ins and outs of construction -- what can be done and what shouldn't be. She made recommendations based on our existing structures, and that helped keep demolition and construction costs down. She knows how to communicate with your contractor to get the job finished right, and has vast knowledge of every type of fixture, surface and finish. Laura has a great sense of space and how it gets used in everyday life. She is smart and practical, while recommending ways to make your space more beautiful. We love our new bathrooms -- they function perfectly for us and look like they belong in our house. Thank you, Laura!

K.G.  |  South Orange, NJ

I completed a major house renovation in Summer of 2013 that included kitchen, office, powder room, and laundry room. The results are incredible and I have Laura to thank for that. I could not have done it without her. She is professional, efficient, and has a great eye for clean lines and beautiful spaces. Her response is always in a timely manner and she is extremely professional and easy to work with.

J.K.  |  South Orange, NJ

 

 

Laura helped us redesign the space for 2 new upstairs bathrooms and closets and a total basement renovation. Everything turned out beautifully! Not only did we get the space and layout that we hoped for, but Laura guided us through the process every step of the way and made sure we had everything we needed and even some things we didn’t even know we needed! Her sense of space and style are amazing, her advice and opinions so valuable. She helped make our renovation experiences so much easier! Thank you Laura!

D.O.  |  South Orange, NJ

 

 

Dear Laura, Just a note of thanks for all of your efforts, expertise and moral support in our kitchen renovation. The space is truly gorgeous and everything I hoped for in terms of function. We love it! You are extra ordinarily talented and I feel lucky we were able to work together. Thank you so much!

D.F.  |  Maplewood, NJ

 

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