“I help create interiors that are open, airy, sophisticated, yet restrained. Renovating can often be an overwhelming experience, both in terms of time and expense. My role as a designer is to serve as a guide, so clients end up with a cohesive space that reflects their taste and needs, with a focus on quality materials and good craftsmanship.”
A native of Brazil, Leonora brings a creative approach to each of her projects, combined with a cultural sensitivity gained from a life-long interest in history and travel. Every project is a dialogue with her clients. Whether modern, traditional or transitional, Leonora strives to offer projects of distinctive character, with an emphasis on quality materials and dedication to craftsmanship. Leonora is a consummate professional, with experience managing projects for top New York design firms. Her training on the construction management side of the business ensures that, along with great design, client projects are executed with attention to detail. She received her professional training at the New York School of Interior Design, and holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from American University. Born and raised near São Paulo, Leonora’s heritage of Brazilian Modernism and indoor/outdoor living is a natural part of her design language. Her German-born father, a composer in her native country, nurtured an early study of music, which along with many childhood trips to Europe both influenced her creative perspective.
Based on client meetings, site measurements, a questionnaire and a review of inspiration images (i.e. houzz /pinterest folders or magazine tearsheets), we will create drawings and other materials to illustrate our design concepts, and prepare layout plans specifying location of movable furniture and furnishings. 3D renderings can be provided at an additional cost.
specification & purchasing
For most items, we offer multiple options at different price ranges. Our design process is a collaborative effort and the scheme is completed based on client feedback. We are not a "big reveal" firm. This is your home and the design should reflect your taste, not someone else's. We work to quickly identify main pieces the clients like and build a scheme around them.
If purchasing services are part of the scope, we will place all the orders for you, extending our trade discounts. We provide cost transparency.
On larger projects where there is construction involved, items are typically shipped to a warehouse and then installed on a single date once the space is ready. Communication with the warehouse is included in our fixed fee. On smaller projects, where warehousing is not required, items are accepted by clients or we charge hourly to accept them on their behalf.
project administration services
If there is construction and clients want us involved with the actual project management -interacting with contractor, visiting site regularly to observe progress, etc.- we charge a percentage of the overall contracting cost. If we are just making occasional visits and are not as involved, we charge hourly.