I love to create quiet, serene spaces because it feels like our lives tip towards the opposite: loud and chaotic. I want a home I design to be a calm haven, a peaceful oasis that embodies a more balanced life.
Within the walls of my company, I am principal and lead designer, aka: chief cook, head bottle washer. Within the walls of my home, I am a mother of 4 kids, a wife to an exceedingly tolerant husband, aka: chief cook, head bottle washer. (You can probably tell the balance and symmetry are concepts I embrace.)
Growing up with a mother who was a designer, I spent my formative years running around auction houses, remodels and new builds. Field trips included antique showrooms, fine art houses and the power tool section of Home Depot. To this day, I am most happy at a workbench building and creating projects or painting abstract landscapes. I went to NYU for college where I excelled at re-arranging dorm room furniture, and that led me to NYC’s Parsons School of Design, and I have never looked back.
I am inspired by architecture and people and I believe that Interior Design connects the two. It’s the canvas on which we can paint our experiences; it’s the map of moments of our memories. What I love is taking it all and creating a home — a family’s intangible story turned into the very tangible reminders of who they are and what holds meaning, and it’s there for them to see every time they walk in the door. That’s the rush for me.
My job is to make spaces functional in their layout, comfortable in their use, inspirational in their style and luxurious in their appointment. And for that one moment after installation, the pictures are perfect, the house is immaculate. Then, life happens, with all its amazing, big, and messy lived-in moments, balanced by its equally amazing quiet and intimate beauty. That’s what a house is for, and that’s what I believe interior design helps create.
Paula joined our team after ten art and design-filled years in New York. She has a background in art history and art management. After three years of working with clients one-on-one as a professional organizer, she chose to pursue a degree in interior design and hasn’t looked back since! Her greatest joy is getting to know people and transforming their vision into beautiful, yet practical dwellings. In our office, she enjoys being hands-on with all fronts and develops our construction drawings.
Eileen fell for design after overseeing and executing on a vision for the remodel of her own home. Her keen eye and exemplary design taste elevates our client’s everyday experience working with CTD into magical,