Working toward a shared goal, homeowner and designer conjured a finished home from a blank canvas.
Paramus, New Jersey, is famous as a shopping destination: For half a century, the town has boasted four full-size malls. But there’s a lesser known side of Paramus, established neighborhoods of winding, tree-lined streets of well-kept homes.
The house you see here is new construction finished at an awkward time- March 2020, just as the nation went into pandemic lockdown. As soon as “non-essential” businesses reopened, the homeowner, a single wealth manager with a grown son in the military, met with Larry O’Neil, an interior designer based at Safavieh’s Livingston, New Jersey, flagship showroom. The two hit it off immediately.
"Whenever I start up with a new client," says O’Neil, "I devote a large part of our initial time discovering what outcome the client wants. This is a fun process unto itself. We compare and contrast different products. We explore mixing styles to create the client’s own unique look. I don’t do cookie-cutter interiors!"
His trust was well placed. "Working together," says O’Neil, "we went from near-empty space to a home we’re both proud of."