stacy miles new york interior design

Interior Design
Services for
New York City

I can help New York clients with their interior design needs.
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  • Design process for clientele that includes; private clients, developers, designers, architects and retail
  • Design solutions for individual clients offer form and function
  • Full service kitchen and bathroom remodeling and space planning that includes European cabinetry and appliances
  • Material boards, floor and space plans, elevations, paint color, finishes, and storage solutions for all clients
  • Artistic direction, photography and color direction
  • Interior design & Installation
  • Staging & space planning
  • Materials & finishes
  • Paint & home furnishings
  • Design & accessory consultations

How to Hire
Stacy Miles

Working with a design professional isn’t as mystifying as it seems. Stacy Miles will arrange a consultation and work with you on the scope of your job, your budget and how the design process will work.

  • Access the scope of design project (measure, floor –space plan)
  • Photograph exiting conditions
  • Present a vision, official design plan that includes materials, colors, and concept.
  • Calculate the budget for project
  • Get you the cost estimates and time line for completion.
  • Room plan- design and décor includes architectural elements (moldings), walls, floors, ceilings, steps/stairs, windows-treatments, lighting fixtures, interior doors, closets, appliances, light switches, all furniture, and accessories.
  • Determine purpose/function for each space/room

Working
With Stacy

Interior Designer Stacy Miles begins with an in-depth client interview to define their needs, wants, style and budget. Her role is to coordinate all aspects of the interior design process, from concept to completion. The homeowners can relax, as Stacy works with contractors and suppliers. She allocates funds wisely, avoiding costly mistakes and finding great deals and discounts. The Design process is broken down into phases from the initial client interview to final deliveries and installations.

1. Phase I: During this presentation she will work on style and concept.

  • Present floor plans/furniture layout
  • Fabric selections/options
  • Lighting options
  • Window treatments options
  • Flooring materials
  • Color schemes

2. Phase II: Stacy will refine your choices and make decisions. She will review products and materials in person.

3. Phase III: Stacy will present a budget based on your decisions that we will help you prioritize. Next she will obtain quotes and draft purchase orders for your review. At this point she will present a package of all materials and paperwork for your records. Once a price is quoted it is not subject to change.

4. Phase IV: Deliveries and installations –The designer /Stacy Miles is present to inspect and accept all deliveries, she is present to instruct all phases of construction and installation.The final space will be staged and photographed.

“The Top 10”
ideas for design

1. Add warmth to a space. One of the best ways to infuse a room with richness and warmth is with wood furnishings and accessories. Especially when it is a beautifully hand carved unexpected wood chair from my “private collection of Dialogica furniture”.

2. The most important element in home decor is natural light. It is an essential part of my design projects, and there are many ways to bring it inside. During renovations, I try to incorporate a bank of full-height French doors. They look smart and open up a small or large space. Traditional French doors work well with almost any architectural style. They add that extra bit of drama. SOCIÉTÉ CHESNEL FRÈRES is my preferred source. You can also think about putting in skylights, floor-to-ceiling windows, or a bank of windows overlooking a garden.

3. Create a good electrical plan. To incorporate all your lighting and gadget needs, it’s best to do your analysis with an interior designer or a lighting designer. Check the plan twice to ensure nothing is overlooked—no nooks or corners left in the dark. There’s nothing worse than poking new holes in the ceiling after the workmen have gone! I like discreet lighting, so I use recessed fixtures—the smaller, the better. Light switches should be placed in several convenient locations, and always use dimmer switches. Wall lights are a wonderful way to create mood lighting. Choose good-quality wall fixtures with as much care as you would a ceiling fixture. Antique and antique-reproduction hanging fixtures, chandeliers, lanterns, and wall lights can work well in a modern or classic interior (as height and space allow).

4. Hardware should be of the best quality and unfussy. The key is always simplicity. Go with something you can be happy with 20 years down the road, and never use anything that’s trendy. For doors, I like hardware of forged iron, gold gilt, or lacquered brass, and egg-shaped knobs or plain, tapered levers. For pulls, consider a plain polished nickel knob. Hardware should be innocuous and part of the background. It shouldn’t stop your eye from admiring beautiful doors or cabinets—it should complement them. The best can be found at Marche Aux Puces  St-Ouen De Clignancourt, and Period Furniture Hardware.

5. Choose flooring with great care. It sounds trite, but the floor is the foundation on which to build a room design. I prefer unfinished wood floors and avoid trendy exotic woods. Six-inch-wide, quarter-sawn white oak planks are my preference. This cut of wood has nice movement and works in almost any scheme. I also like, and live with, recycled pine floors. I love old wooden floors with interesting dings and dents. Scars add warmth and a sense of history. Beautiful antique wood flooring can always be found at EXQUISITE SURFACES. Existing antique floors or newly laid old plank floors should never be machine-sanded. They deserve to be hand-scraped, wax-sealed, or left bare (my preference).

6. Make interior stairs and railings interesting. Too often, new ones are boring. They function, but that’s about all. They lack grace and interest, and are often not in scale with the space. Nothing is more gracious or inviting than a pretty foyer with a handsome staircase, setting the tone for what’s to follow. Instead of going angular and awkward-looking with a design, be bold. Build yourself a curvaceous staircase—one that elicits oohs and aahs—coupled with a beautifully hand-wrought, classic, or contemporary iron railing. It will change your life. Gorgeous antique railings can be found through RESTORATION RESOURCES.

7. Add a few discreet, well-executed flaws. Create them here and there, even in a modern house. Throw some horsehair in the plaster! This added character and imperfection will only enhance the final results. Read the review of Brooke & Steve Giannetti’s book, Patina Style, for more insight on embracing a home’s natural beauty.

8. Add beams. If you can, use corner beams and keep them exposed. If you have the height, cross beams going across the ceiling can work beautifully in a contemporary structure or as an addition to an antique house. Try to find recycled materials, which show wear, nail holes, and ax marks where the tree was literally chopped down. Salvaged and antique architectural details can be found at RESTORATION RESOURCES. All of that adds history and warmth.

9. Add higher ceilings. If you wish the ceilings were higher, an addition to the house can be built a step or two down to lead into the new space—a simple solution that will give you taller ceilings and add drama when going from one level to the next. You can easily create a foot or two in height without having the addition look out of scale with the original structure.

10.Think of storage. We never seem to have enough storage, especially for all that stuff we never use. It’s wise to create extra storage space during renovation rather than find out later that you don’t have enough. (During the renovation of a project, my client measured every including a mixing bowl, platters, dishes and pan, storage container, knife, fork, and utensil. The result was that everything had its place in her new, efficient kitchen.) Always build a cedar closet for seasonal storage. Mine is packed with clothes I will never wear, but I refuse to give them to the moths.

Best,
Stacy Miles
Designer

Stacy Miles Design Studio
8 Seaview Lane Port Washington, NY 11050 US
Phone: 917-340-1811 Website: http://www.stacymiles-designer.com