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Connor ’98 Among Best Designers

Cory Connor ’98 was recently included among “The 15 Best Interior Designers in Jersey City,” according to the BuildDirect blog, “Life at Home.” The article noted Jersey City is “a cultural destination that supports a vibrant arts scene,” adding “it is no surprise the area also boasts of incredible interior design talent.”

In putting together the list of “the 15 most talented and reputable designers in the area,” the writer said they “offer the right combination of quality, creativity, and expertise to stand out in their field.”

Connor earned her B.A in American Studies from William Smith and was a member of the lacrosse team while a student. She also participated in winter programs to California and New York City with the Colleges. She established her business, Cory Connor Designs, in 2007 and custom-designs interiors.

According to her profile on the list, “Her philosophy involves mixing vintage with contemporary for beautifully timeless, yet unique spaces. Cory works hand-in-hand with each client to ensure that the final ‘masterpiece’ is an honest, chic, and comfortable reflection of their lifestyle.”

This year, a room she redecorated in a house in New Jersey was featured on as the room of the day.

The full article is available online and follows.

BuildDirect Blog: Life at Home
The 15 Best Interior Designers in Jersey City

Amanda Miller • October 14, 2014

Jersey City is proud of its legacy as a Tapestry of Nations, blending substantially diverse ethnicities and cultures into a synthesized community. From the historic Village neighborhood to Little India, a vast array of nationalities and identities are represented within the city.

With such a heavy cultural emphasis, the city’s local artists continue to grow and thrive. The Creative Grove Artist Market transforms public space into a weekly European-influenced haven for artists and design lovers. Last year, the annual Jersey City Artists studio tour attracted thousands of artisans and aficionados. As a cultural destination that supports a vibrant arts scene, it is no surprise that the area also boasts of incredible interior design talent.

Our comprehensive list guides you toward the top interior designers in Jersey City. Listed here, in no particular order, are the 15 most talented and reputable designers in the area. From the young and fresh to the well-known and experienced, these designers offer the right combination of quality, creativity, and expertise to stand out in their field.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite in the poll below, and if you think there is an interior designer who should be added to this list, sound off in the comments below the poll!

Joan Enger
After 15 years in luxury branding for companies like Estee Lauder, Godiva, and Ralph Lauren Home, Joan followed her true passion and enrolled in the New York School of Interior Design. She assisted high-end design firms with custom textiles at Claremont Fabrics and Furnishings, and worked as a design associate for Shostak & Company. Joan founded J. Patryce Design in 2005, a design firm that embodies her vision of elegant, inviting environments and high standards. As a mother of three, Joan is mindful to balance child-friendly yet stylish spaces.

Joshua David
Joshua combines his background in fashion and architecture to create unique interiors. He established Joshua David Home in 2007, a company dedicated to practicing strong design principles. Recent projects include Japanese Modern and Young Professional environments. As an avid blogger, Joshua muses on modern living.

Oskar Torres
How We Live Magazine described Oskar’s sophisticated but unpretentious style as “Renaissance Modernism.” While earning his BA at the New York School of Interior Design, he trained with notable design firms like Stephen Sills Associates and Huniford Design Studio. In addition to homes and commercial spaces, Oskar has designed accessories and furniture using vintage textiles for renowned designers such as Michael Smith, Jeffrey Bilhuber, and Bunny Williams. He also donates his time and materials to several Tri-State Area fundraisers.

Cory Connor
Cory received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, but her lifelong passion has been interior design. In 2007, she established Cory Connor Designs, where interiors are custom-crafted to suit the needs and taste of each client. Her philosophy involves mixing vintage with contemporary for beautifully timeless, yet unique spaces. Cory works hand-in-hand with each client to ensure that the final “masterpiece” is an honest, chic, and comfortable reflection of their lifestyle.

Elizabeth Vaca-Ranieri
Elizabeth received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and studied abroad in Spain and Costa Rica. She worked in marketing and sales before founding Personal Space Interior Design in 2005. Her premiere home staging company accentuates the virtues of a home while masking potential obstacles, for a solution that attains conclusive results. Elizabeth’s approach empowers her clients to make design-savvy choices and to take pride in their property or home.

Kristen Scalia
Kristen earned her Bachelor of Arts at Rutgers, and her varied background includes everything from morgue assistant to public relations executive. After moving to the downtown area after college, she fell in love with the nineteenth-century brownstones of Jersey City. She also founded the lifestyle store, Kanibal Home, in 2006. A brick-and-mortar location since 2009, the shop not only offers refurbished vintage furniture and new home decor, but also monthly craft classes taught by local artists.

Kingsley Belcher
Kingsley has over 20 years experience providing residential and commercial interior design solutions. She holds degrees from the University of Vermont and the Boston Architectural Center, and is a professional member of ASID. Kingsley gained experience at Drysdale Design Associates in Washington, D.C., where her projects were highlighted in House Beautiful, Traditional Home and Veranda magazines. Her work has also been showcased at the Mansions in May Showhouse in New Jersey.

Karla Trincanello
Karla graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Kean University. Since founding her firm, Interior Decisions Inc., in 1982, Karla has earned a reputation for her design intuition and attention to detail. Notable residential projects completed by Karla include interiors in the Trump Parc Apartments on Central Park South and the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in New York City. She has been honored by the New Jersey chapter of ASID and featured in Women’s Day, Design New Jersey, and New Jersey Home and Style.

Satomi Yoshida-Katz
Satomi earned her bachelors degree studying interior design from Iowa State University before beginning her career as a junior designer in the Greater Seattle area. In 1994, she established the freelance international design studio YZDA | Yoshida + Zanon Design Atrium. She has completed projects as far away as Japan and Australia, and locally throughout the United States. Known for her culturally eclectic design style, Satomi also contributes her talents to a collection of home and office accessories sold to MOMA and contemporary interior shops.

Jennifer Pacca
Jennifer developed a love for fashion and art at an early age, so it was a natural choice for her to attend the New York School of Interior Design. After earning her BFA, she started out as a freelance designer for designers and architects throughout the Tri-State area. She founded Jennifer Pacca Interiors over 23 years ago, and continues to personally oversee every job herself. The personable designer practices the philosophy that each satisfied customer is a stepping stone to future business.

Lea Frank
The LEED accredited designer earned a BA in interior design from Yeshiva University, and also completed an interior design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her European background shines through in all her work. As the owner of Lea Frank Design, she has completed residential and retail projects locally and abroad. Lea specializes in New York City apartments, and believes in turning good ideas into unique and inviting spaces.

Ruth Richards
With over 13 years of experience, Ruth has developed a personal design style that is sophisticated yet serene, and exudes quiet luxury. She is a graduate of the New York School of Interior Design, and incorporates her education on the arts, architecture, and historical references into every design project. Ruth Richards Interiors is a versatile boutique design firm that ranges in projects from premiere residences to commercial spaces. Ruth’s work has been showcased in publications like Park Place magazine, among others, and she is a member of the local ASID chapter.

Karen Wolf
Karen’s philosophy is to help clients be inspired to live a comfortable and elegant life surrounded by the things they love. Before entering the design world, Karen fine-tuned her aesthetic through her experiences as an artist, entrepreneur and traveler. Her company, Karen B. Wolf Interiors, approaches every project as a luxury design service. Thanks to her attention to detail and seamless design concepts, Karen has gained a loyal following and been named an up and coming designer by Apartment Therapy.

Christina Azcona-Morel
Christina understood her passion for design at a young age, completing an architectural drafting and design program through a vocational high school. After earning a Bachelor of Science in interior design from the Art Institute of Philadelphia, she worked for several studios before founding Amelia’s Decorating and Design. She specializes in interior design exclusively for children, creating timeless designs that grow as the child grows. Her inspiration to create one of kind nurseries, children’s rooms and play rooms comes from her role as a mother to daughter Amelia.

Linda Principe
Linda considers her collaboration with clients a partnership, as she values the lasting relationships she has built with them over the past 25 years. Her guiding principal is to create a look that her clients will love to live with. As the owner of Linda Principe Interiors, she specializes in custom window treatments and color consultations. Linda has been featured in Design New Jersey and Window Fashions magazines, and was recently an industry speaker at the International Window Coverings Expo in Atlanta.

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