I was totally surprised and happy to learn that our
HISTORIC DISTRICT project was the #1 Houzz Tour of 2016.
A huge thank you to Houzz.com users, story writer Becky Harris, photographer Michael J. Lee, DESIGN NEW ENGLAND magazine, our partners, artisans and craftspeople, our design team and our wonderful clients.
Happy New Year!
I am pleased to announce the addition of two new Design Assistants to Team Lisa Tharp.
They each bring wonderful experience, skills, insights and infectious enthusiasm to their roles,
while expanding our firm’s capacity to bring a little more joy and beauty to the world.
A Master’s of Interior Architecture candidate at the NEW ENGLAND SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGN, Alex is recognized by many in the industry as a talented rep for several showrooms (TOTO USA, most recently, WEBSTER & COMPANY). Her eye for fabrics, finishes and cool new wallcoverings, along with her speedy AutoCAD skills, have helped us ramp up momentum on several projects, most notably the 5-floor gut renovation in Center City Philadelphia. Plus, her tales of study abroad and weekend adventures remind us of the joie de vivre + inspiration that she brings to her work every day.
With an education in architecture (BOSTON ARCHITECTURAL COLLEGE), and a passion for interior design, Emily has always been interested in how we experience space holistically. Her prior design work — at NOW Interior Design Studios and others, as well as within her own construction and remodeling endeavors — is a terrific complement to our interior architecture and design planning efforts. Lastly, she inspires us all as she deftly juggles motherhood, yoga instruction and au fait trend spotting in fine foods, art and travel.
Please join me in welcoming Alex and Emily.
They can be reached at the studio at 978.341.8121 or by email:
It is wonderful when a renovation can incorporate inspired details
from around our beautiful world — in this case, from Venice, Italy.
Our Delancey Place client shared a favorite image (above) of the mosaic floors
at St. Mark's Basilica with the project's design team.
A lovely collaboration began
between client, architects, ourselves and tile vendors,
with the goal of recreating this mosaic on the home's entry vestibule floor.
Seeing St. Mark's mosaics up close and in person this summer got me even more inspired!
The talented folks at Joanne Hudson and New Ravenna Mosaics have been working on samples
to get the colors, proportions, shapes and finishes just right.
We gathered recently at Joanne Hudson's Philly showroom to finalize selections,
with an eye to recreating the patina of age.
Even through the shiny protective layer of plastic, one can see beauty emerging in these design samples.
Soon, this mosaic will provide a warm, memorable welcome to our client's friends and family for years to come.
Grazie for my own memories, Venezia!
It is my pleasure to introduce two new hires at L I S A T H A R P D E S I G N.
We have the wonderful good fortune of expanding our team with individuals who share our vision of creating beautiful, nurturing spaces for our clients, and for consistently striving for excellence, authenticity and integrity.
Jamie Hansen, Design Assistant
A candidate for a Masters Degree in Interior Architecture + Design, Jamie quickly proved her value during her internship here at the firm. She jumped in with solid contributions all along the design process, from furniture layouts to final styling. She brings a wonderful blend of creativity, an instinctive eye, enthusiasm and discipline that we have come to rely on in a short period of time. Jamie's professionalism and maturity belie her years. Plus, she shows up every day with a smile on her face, and a "let's do this" spirit. In sum, Jamie rocks.
Shelley Jain, Bookkeeper/Office Assistant
With a background in banking and accounting, and an MBA in Finance + Marketing, Shelley brings invaluable expertise to her new position. She has quickly assumed responsibility for managing the many transactions of a busy design studio, and has already initiated several smart process improvements. We appreciate her kind, heartwarming attitude... not to mention her willingness to share her own special blend of spicy chai tea.
Our favorite Shelley-ism? "No problem."
Kelly Hiselman tests out the new settee at a recent install.
I also want to give special ackowledgement to Kelly, our VP of Joy. Kelly has been carrying a huge load on behalf of the firm. She has kept our many projects moving forward with speed, grace and calm in a way that our clients, industry partners and our own team deeply appreciate. She has been instrumental in guiding, training, and cheering on our new team members to ensure their success. She consistently rallies the team to make our clients' dreams come true. In many ways, Kelly is the heart of this firm. She sees the good in everyone and the possibility for a winning outcome in any challenge that comes our way. It is hard to imagine our firm thriving without Kelly.
Please join me in celebrating these terrific team members.
They can be reached as follows:
Thank you, DESIGN NEW ENGLAND magazine, for the feature story in your March/April 2016 issue.
Click the image above for behind-the-scenes video of DESIGN NEW ENGLAND's shoot day,
and to learn more about the design strategy for this historic home.
Click here to read the magazine's digital issue online.
A special thanks to the editorial team — including editor Gail Ravgiala, art director Jenna Talbot and her associate Courtney, writer Meg O'Neill, photographer Michael J. Lee, and videographer Alex Teng, to our own design team here at the firm, to the many craftspeople and partners who helped us bring this home to life, and last, but not least, to our wonderful clients, who had the vision and will to restore a historic home to its former glory.
A huge thank you to the Lisa Tharp Design team and friends
as we finally got to celebrate the completion of MEADOW HOUSE -
featured yesterday on the Concord Museum's 2015 Holiday House Tour.
Thanks to all who contributed and shared in the festivities,
and to the Tour Committee for featuring our project.
Lastly, thank you to our generous clients for opening up their home to so many yesterday.
Feeling humbled and grateful.
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