Summit, NJ

The paint wasn’t even dry on my client’s beach house project when they approached me to tackle their next big move—a head to toe gut reno of a historic suburban colonial. My clients are superstars both with demanding jobs, 3 children, a dog and had no time to waste as the contractor needed to make some decisions immediately.


We worked with Norwood Window Company to recreate ALL of the original windows and integrate the new windows on the additional footprint. The original built-ins on the landing were old and tired but beautiful in their form. We had them refinished to their original glory which was worth every penny! It was a treat to be able to honor the history of this home and give it a new life for this vibrant family.

I call lighting the “jewelry” of the room and many of our rooms in this project started with those decisions. While the wife loves lots of colors, her hubby had a limited palette tolerance—never have I layered so many blues and greys in a project! Family-friendly fabrics and forms were incorporated to stand up to this active crew. My goal was to not sacrifice style or elegance in the process.

This home has been featured on the Reeves Arboretum house tour and will be in the upcoming 2020 issue of DesignNJ magazine.


“We have worked with Alexa for years and through three increasingly large projects. We know that we could not have completed any of them without her. Her style is a perfect mix of function and gorgeous design. She has an eye for just the right amount of color and fun, saving us from what would otherwise be a home of gray and white.

Our most recent project was a full renovation of an 1890s home and she helped us modernize it both from a flow perspective, and via furnishings and finishes- we could not be happier with the end result.

Finally, she has saved us countless hours by coming to us with a few well-thought-out choices and ideas for each room and space for which the only problem is choosing our favorite. We look forward to working with Alexa again in the future!”