Face to Face

Meet the people behind the business.


Meet Maria Bowers of BDesign’D

Maria Bowers began her career in the financial industry and, she says, that experience proved to be invaluable to her current line of work as owner of BDesign’D. “Working in […]

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Meet Yelena Gerts of House of Style & Design

Yelena’s goal is to become a household brand and to have her own line of furniture and accessories. Yelena Gerts grew up in Odessa, Ukraine surrounded by historical buildings, beautiful […]

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Meet Julia Epstein of JSE Interiors

Julia Epstein takes pride in her non-traditional approach to interior design.  Having spent her first career in the legal field, she recognizes the challenges that come with bridging the gap […]

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Meet The Team of Ulrich Kitchen and Bath

The Ulrich team brings a combined 96 years of experience. Aparna Vijayan, an artist, architect and designer, says, “I particularly like what I do because the people I work with […]

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Meet Peter Dito of FDS Architects and Timeless Development LLC

It was in middle school that Peter Dito discovered his interest in architecture. “I was good in art class, especially pencil sketching,” he says. In fact, he was more than […]

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Meet Richard Gacek of Gacek Design Group

Richard Gacek has always had a sense of wonder about the world around him. “Even at a young age, I was influenced by my surroundings. I grew up in a […]

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Meet Adina Kornbluth of AK Design Studios

Adina Kornbluth’s career is all about making dreams come true “The most exciting part of design for me is taking clients’ homes and making them more beautiful and functional than […]

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Meet Julie Ginsberg LaFranco & Bob LaFranco

Julie Ginsberg LaFranco and Bob LaFranco make a great team. As second-generation owners of California Closets North Jersey, this power couple has expanded the business exponentially—it’s now the 10th largest […]

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Meet Marc Brahaney of Lasley Brahaney Architecture + Construction

Marc Brahaney understands that our surroundings play a major role in our well-being. “Our design philosophy begins with the conviction that the spaces we occupy affect and facilitate all the […]

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Meet Julie Liepold of Liepold Design Group

Awarded ASID’s Ones to Watch Julie Liepold has earned recognition throughout the design community for her professionalism, style and client-centric creative process. Julie’s background in art and design fuels that […]

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Meet Tom Nardini of Nardini Custom

Tom Nardini was born into the home improvement industry. “The Nardini family has been servicing the housing industry for over 75 years,” he says. “My father started in the electrical […]

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Meet Maureen Skea of Finishing Touches

Maureen Skea has always been a fashionista at heart. She began her career as a clothing buyer. “I traveled throughout Europe and Asia exploring couture clothing lines that we could […]

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