Interior by Glenna Stone. Photography by Rebecca McAlpin Photography.
Between spending more time at home over the past year and the upcoming seasonal transition, many people are looking at their abodes with fresh eyes. This can often spark the urge to refresh spaces, and in order to make the most of a transformation, enlisting an expert is always a good idea. For those who live in the northeastern portion of the U.S. who might be seeking to make their rooms more beautiful and functional, we asked our editors located in that region to recommend professional interior designers in their areas who can help make their clients’ design dreams come true. Whether your style is sleek and modern, transitional, or has a little bit of edge, these design gurus can help while offering an excellent client experience.
FIRM: Glenna Stone Interior Design
LOCATION: Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
WHAT THEY DO: Glenna Stone strives to make each project feel radiant through tailored and beautifully crafted designs that create a cohesive and soothing palette.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “With each space I walk into that Glenna Stone and her team have worked on, there is always one thing in common, and that is the strong sense of peace and tranquility that comes over me,” says Laurie Wightman, editor of The Scout Guide Main Line and Philadelphia. “Glenna has a way of adding her extra touch of radiance to each client project that results in an inviting living space with the most beautiful color palette and customized functionality that creates a sense of perfection.”
Main Line, Pennsylvania
Photography by Angle Eye Photography.
FIRM: Meadowbank Designs
LOCATION: Wayne, Pennsylvania
WHAT THEY DO: Meadowbank Designs thrives in making historic homes glow, and new construction feel like old-world custom. Their style is geared around creating elegantly classic spaces.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “There is always a classic and refined grandeur around each of the projects that Meadowbank Designs works on. I am consistently awestruck by the perfect amalgamation of an elegant old-world feel with the perfect modern accents in each space,” says Laurie Wightman, editor of The Scout Guide Main Line and Philadelphia.
Bergen County, New Jersey
Photography by Raquel Langworthy.
FIRM: Laurie DiGiacomo Interiors
LOCATION: Ho-Ho-Kus and Ridgewood, New Jersey
WHAT THEY DO: Laurie DiGiacomo offers traditional full-service design work, designing everything from luxury kitchens to master suites to formal living rooms-turned-sports bar lounges. She has also created a 100% online, virtual design program that allows clients to have her guidance at a fraction of the cost, which includes a custom floor plan, color concept board, detailed furniture specifications, and a personalized and detailed shopping list. This program is an excellent option for clients who don’t have luxury budgets but who will greatly benefit from Laurie’s guidance to design the core foundational elements necessary to create a cohesive look.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Laurie is a very busy rising star in Bergen County and her studio is earning much praise,” says Chris Doherty, co-editor of The Scout Guide Bergen County. “Her work is regularly featured in local magazines and clients have recently voted her Best in Category for residential interior design.”
Photography courtesy of Columbia Brook Hills Design.
FIRM: Brooke Sperling of Columbia Brooke Hills
LOCATION: Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
WHAT THEY DO: Brooke specializes in full service residential design Her portfolio includes projects throughout New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Brooke has a sophisticated, slightly edgy aesthetic and likes to incorporate a touch of spice into every home. She regularly works with artists to commission a special piece of artwork to enhance her designs, while still reflecting the owner’s vibe,” says Eileen Sweeney, co-editor of The Scout Guide Bergen County.
Two Rivers and The Shore, New Jersey
Photography by IMeg Photos.
FIRM: Maria Zoe Designs
LOCATION: Long Branch, New Jersey
WHAT THEY DO: With residential being Maria Zoe Designs’s main discipline, working on everything from luxurious homes to multi-unit residential buildings, they also use their distinctive style and edge in exciting commercial and hospitality-based projects, too.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Maria Zoe develops clean and modern yet warm interiors, and is a pleasure to work with. Maria is sweet, approachable, and easygoing, but very buttoned-up and professional as well,” says Kathy Kamatani, editor of The Scout Guide Two Rivers & The Shore.
Photography by Raquel Langworthy.
FIRM: Land + Sky Designs
LOCATION: Red Bank, New Jersey
WHAT THEY DO: At Land and Sky Designs, designer Heather Riedel McKeown creates thoughtfully designed spaces to support clients in realizing the environments they always dreamed possible.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Heather has a great design sensibility, but more than that, she really cares about you, the client, and listening to your individual needs,” says Kathy Kamatani, editor of The Scout Guide Two Rivers & The Shore.
Northern New Jersey
Photography courtesy of Meg Gabriele Interiors.
FIRM: Meg Gabriele Interiors
LOCATION: Summit, New Jersey
WHAT THEY DO: Meg is a full service designer who, before establishing her own firm, worked for celebrity designer Christina Murphy in New York City (named one of “America’s Top 100 Designers” by House Beautiful) for 12 years. Their work was featured in Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Coastal Living, Lucky Magazine, In Style Home, and The New York Times. She graduated from Colgate and The New York School of Interior Design.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “I had the absolute pleasure of attending Meg’s photo shoot for The Scout Guide at one of her recent full-home projects,” says Heather Cundey, editor of The Scout Guide Northern New Jersey. “I walked from room to room with my mouth open, ‘oohing and ahhing’ at every turn. No detail was spared, from thick beautiful shiplap and bold but classic wallpaper contrasted with oak ceilings and herringbone patterned flooring. Meg’s spaces are refreshingly classic: timeless with a fun, current edge. She creates a foundation with exquisite interior architecture and quality furnishings, and adds a fresh, modern element with clean lines, color, pattern, and texture.”
Photography courtesy of HCO Interiors.
FIRM: HCO Interiors
LOCATION: Basking Ridge, New Jersey
WHAT THEY DO: HCO Interiors is a full service interior design firm that focuses on renovations and custom design. With over 15 years of experience, owner Hillary Cohen worked for prestigious design firms in New York City on projects including large and small-scale residences, boutique hotels, and celebrity homes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Nashville, Hawaii, Martha’s Vineyard, the Hamptons, and New York City, and her projects have appeared in Elle Decor, Veranda, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, among others. Six years ago, Hillary struck out on her own and created HCO Interiors. Last fall she opened a beautiful design studio in downtown Basking Ridge.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Hillary works closely with her clients to find opportunities to translate their tastes and lifestyles into beautiful spaces that will function with the way they live. She expertly blends old with new, and rustic with refined for a seamless combination of architecture and interiors,” says Heather Cundey, editor of The Scout Guide Northern New Jersey. “I love the crisp clean lines and minimalistic feel of her projects. From large-scale celebrity homes to color consults and sourcing guidance, Hillary and her team offer a wide range of services and expertise, and their clients frequently return to them for future projects.”
Photography by Fun House Furnishings & Design.
FIRM: Fun House Furnishings
LOCATION: Mendham, New Jersey
WHAT THEY DO: As a full service interior designer, Fun House Furnishings & Design creates environments that are tailored to their clients’ lifestyles through a collaborative effort. Their in-house design studio offers an extensive selection of fabric, trim, wall-covering, furniture, lighting and accessory lines, and they offer an opportunity for design professionals to join their trade program. Adjoining their design studio is a retail showroom with new, vintage, and antique furnishings, accessories, and gifts.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Owner Jane Connell and her team bring a fresh, whimsical take on the classics to their interiors. Each project has an energetic, original look of high quality and fine taste,” says Heather Cundey, editor of The Scout Guide Northern New Jersey. “They’ve built an extensive resource library and design studio which they welcome other designers and architects to use. Their retail space showcases a beautiful array of furnishings and decorative accents.”
Boston and Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Photography courtesy of Mackenzie & Co.
FIRM: Angela Hamwey, Mackenzie & Co.
LOCATION: Boston and Cape Cod, Massachusetts
WHAT THEY DO: Mackenzie & Co. designs clean, bright, coastal-inspired spaces with unique decor that mixes modern and new. Specializing in the design of both entire homes and stand-alone spaces, they are passionate about helping their clients select each detail that will make up their home, from millwork to hardware and everything between.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Angela Hamwey of Mackenzie & Co. is incredible at creating homes that are beautiful and inviting,” says Jennifer Adams, editor of The Scout Guide Naples (the design studio provides services there as well). “Nothing ever looks cookie-cutter. Instead, she finds a perfect mix of modern comforts and unique, vintage pieces that let her classic coastal style shine.”