From Brooklyn to Montclair NJ

Much of my work comes from referrals, friends of friends, cousins of friends, a neighbors friend from grad school who’s aunt twice removed moved to the area…you get the picture. 


This project came to me from Houzz. My clients reached out because they were planning a (stereotypical) move from Brooklyn, NY to Montclair, NJ.   They quite possibly are the cutest family ever who bought a stunning victorian that needed a lesson in 21st-century family living.   We opened the kitchen to the family room and used one of the quirky out cove spaces to create a playroom within eyesight of the kitchen.

The ceiling height in this home was truly the star. It was almost as if the house was a grown-up loft that moved to the burbs. Every decision I made was based on highlighting this feature. Custom millwork, a clean and simple paint palette, and pops of color kept the spaces feeling fresh and playful.

My client had an arsenal of vintage furniture that we reimagined with re-upholstery and paint. We purposely left some wall blank with the idea that they could collect art over their long and happy life in this forever home.


“We used AHR Designs when we were moving from the city to the suburbs and totally overwhelmed with how we could use pieces we had, work with a new space/more room, while also buying new quality items. I’m so lucky I stumbled upon AHR on Houzz because after our first meeting we walked away feeling like she just “got us.” We were hesitant to even use an interior designer because we thought we could do it ourselves, but Alexa was a godsend.

She is a true design expert, but beyond that, she is hilarious, warm, creative, open-minded, organized and actually made our experience stress free and FUN. She never pushed purchases, stayed 100% within our budget, and was completely receptive to feedback. We were very impressed with the knowledge and ease with which she worked with our contractor on the gut kitchen renovation.

We are beyond thrilled with how our spaces turned out – we still get compliments on them every time a new person comes to the house. We can not recommend AHR Designs and Alexa highly enough!”