After a disastrous experience with contractor on a kitchen renovation, we hired Emery Design Associates to come in and advise us on how we might proceed. It is never easy to enter into the middle of a project and even more difficult when the previous contractor's work is calamitous. I thought perhaps she might be able to help salvage the project from the existing damage. To my delight and surprise she not only rescued the project but she also completely transformed our kitchen pantry space! We are so impressed with Deborah's expertise in redesigning the existing kitchen into a much more stylish and pragmatic configuration as well as the professionalism and responsiveness of her terrific crew. I was a little nervous leaving for 3 weeks while the renovation took place but when we returned we were elated to walk into our beautiful renovated space. It is an immense pleasure to work with Deborah and I cannot recommend her more highly!

- Elizabeth K., NYC

I think of Deborah as our life saver. When we moved, my husband and I were victims of a terrible, nightmarish renovation and design experience. The best thing we did was to hire Deborah to help us correct all the renovation problems, and finish designing our apartment so that we could love it once again. 

What I love about working with Deborah is her sensitivity, patience and sense of style. It's all about you, what works for you, about creating YOUR beautiful home. Deborah takes her cues from you, then enhances the experience by introducing you to new ideas and suggestions so that what you end up with is YOUR vision, but better. On top of that she is efficient, energetic and unfailingly honest, and uses amazing sub-contractors.

-Stefka N., NYC

We hired Deborah to manage the complete gut-renovation of our NYC 3-bedroom, 4-bath, duplex Coop apartment, and then to decorate the apartment with new furniture and fixtures. Deborah handled every aspect of the project, including designing the layout of the newly-configured apartment, producing the architectural plans, obtaining Coop Board approval, NYC DOB permits and approval, hiring and supervising the contractors, selecting the materials, fixtures, appliances, central air system, audio-visual, and finishes. 
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Deborah was terrific. She made sure she fully understood our tastes, preferences, and budget before beginning the project. She guided us through the selection of a team of contractors who fit our needs and shared Deborah’s approach – careful, responsive, can-do attitude, honest, trustworthy, and committed to quality and relationships with clients. She guided the project to completion on time and on budget.  Deborah is a pleasure to work with. She is fun to be with, has a sense of humor, and understands what it takes to create a home in the 21st century. She has a careful eye and great sense of style, but was also extremely sensitive to find what reflects our own personal style and needs. We could not have been more pleased with all of the work she did for us, and we recommend her without reservation. She helped us create our home that we are thrilled to share with others. You will be in great hands with Deborah!

-James M., NYC

"Lots of designers have good taste, and Deborah has that in spades, but she also has professionalism, patience and knowledge. Helping us redesign two rooms - a living room and a den - she had inspired ideas and also respected our preferences and budget, helping us to know when to splurge and when it wasn't worth it. She has great contacts and sources in the design field and, most important, handled all the details of two custom-made built-ins that were not easy to create and build but work beautifully and fit seamlessly in our Arts and Crafts home. Deborah is easy to work with and fun. I highly recommend her."

- Karen D.

  “Deborah is not only a great designer with a wonderful sense of spatial planning and color, but she is also a skillful project manager and it is the combination of those things that makes her so successful and fabulous to work with. Because of her careful oversight and calm nature, the project ran smoothly, everyone worked well together and it was actually pleasurable. It makes me happy every time I come in the door to see how well it turned out and everyone else who comes through just loves it! I am very house proud!!”

- Linda D., NYC

“Doing a renovation for the first time, I was in the dark about the practicalities of getting a contractor, painters, plumbers, electrician and closet people. Deborah was able to provide experts who were reliable, trustworthy people who cared about doing a quality job and who got it done without delay. Her ideas on design were indispensable and I was able to get the most out of the space we have, making it both functional and beautiful. When I left on vacation for two weeks, I felt totally at ease. Her expertise and experience relieved the anxiety of the renovation. I don’t know what I would have done without Deborah!”

- Rebecca R., NYC

“Deborah makes what could be a very stressful process, easy, relaxed and fun. I always look forward to our meetings and can’t wait for the new ideas to be implemented.”

- Jane M., NYC

“Great ability to conceptualize and redesign existing space and great color sense, particularly mixing different patterns and textures to make it all work.”

- Stan and Lynne G. Westport, CT and NYC

“Whenever we involve you in a project, the value of the home has increased tremendously. You are detailed, talented, patient, smart and efficient. Renovating an apartment is a daunting task and you made it a complete pleasure.”

- Jolie G., NYC

“The apartment terrace was on a garden tour on Tuesday morning. All the people who commented on the living room as they passed through loved the carpet, the colors, the sense of light and air, the scale of the furniture and the pillows. The clock was also a big hit! Thank you again for your creativity and for all your calm sense and sensibility!”

- Fern S. Southampton, NY and NYC

“Deborah has both great enthusiasm and patience – an uncommon and incredibly winning combination.”

- Jane M. NYC

“I really appreciate how easy it is to communicate with you. You are always very responsive and precise.”

- Aubrey W. New York, NY

“What a truly spectacular job you did. We are so happy!! Loved working with you, as always.”

- Sarah O., NYC

“What I most appreciated was the respect you paid to both my vision and my budget.”

- Todd G, NYC

“We felt from the beginning we were lucky to find you. You have always been there for us – on the phone or in person. Thanks for all of this and for being such a gentle and unflappable person through it all. It was a pleasure to work with you.”

- Gay L. 

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