Nicole Lanteri Design was founded in 2009 and is built on Nicole's self-taught experience creating fresh, lively, and tailored-but-lived-in spaces for today’s modern families. We are a small interior decorating firm that specializes in decorating for clients with busy lives who want to make smart and stylish choices for their homes.
We offer practical, beautiful solutions. We are thorough in detail and thoughtful in selection. We help educate you on product offerings, costs, and caring for your items. We seek to manage expectations between you, vendors, trades, and our own team at the implementation phase. We never mark-up furnishings, and are transparent about our costs and time.
We can't promise perfection -- in this line of work it's nearly impossible! We can promise that we will find a solution though. We always try to maintain our sense of humor and believe that with kindness and patience we can achieve a successful project no matter what bumps come up along the way. We are great at managing multiple projects as a team -- but we are not multi-taskers! Meaning, when we are focused on your project, we are laser focused to get to the right answer for you; then, we need to shift to another project to hone in on the right result for that project. We can't be fast to respond and be laser focused and get to the right result -- we may be in meetings all day, driving between client sites or simply, thinking, drafting and designing -- we will respond to your email with the right answer as soon as we can.
Aesthetically, Nicole mixes colors, styles, and sources to create original and unique interiors that reflect each client’s particular lifestyle, personality, and budget. We love putting color in all of the right places, as well as creating a bespoke look and feel for your room. We use design books, images clients share with us and ideas we've have had in our head for who knows how long to create a look that works within your space. We generally can't find an image of what something will look like as it comes from so many sources and really is unique to the room and what mood and feel we want the room to have.
Nicole and her team love layering new pieces with what clients already have, reframing art to give it a new life or elevating something that was cast aside to art by framing it, as well as using local and vintage sources to reduce the environmental impact of a redesign.
We believe that your home should be a reflection of your personal style and finding that first is key! While we can't say that "we never source a trendy piece" (ahem, we do love rattan right now...), we do design so that your house will look and feel timeless instead of designed in x year. Our projects generally have a modern feel with a penchant for colorful choices and always with a focus on comfort and function. Each project has unique parameters that we love solving for — an oddly-shaped room, an inherited piano, four kids, two dogs… you get the idea!
"Nicole is The Best! She is creative, thoughtful, and incredibly well-organized. She's a fantastic listener with a unique ability to take a set of impressionistic ideas and turn them into a coherent design that truly reflects her clients' tastes. Her taste is impeccable, and she is able to come up with beautiful, functional, personalized solutions -- including kids' rooms and family areas (kitchens, entryways, family rooms). She works with contractors/builders/painters/wallpaper experts/etc.) who are all delightful and truly exceptional at what they do, which means that she's able to not only come up with brilliant plans, but also sees them through to completion. She's exceptional at design-on-a-budget, as well as high-end work, and does a great job working with clients everywhere along this spectrum. On top of all of that, she's an absolute delight to spend time with, and wizard-like in her efficiency. I couldn't recommend her more highly, and look forward to working with her again in the future."
E. Jacobs / Capitol Hill neighborhood, DC / Design Plan + Implementation
"I love Nicole! I just really enjoyed working with her. This was the first time I had used a designer and I'll never go back. Nicole saved me so much time. We bought our house and a year later, we are able to enjoy it to the fullest. Almost everything has been touched by Nicole. She has made it so much easier to make decisions. I would have been working on this project for years had it not been for her! Not to mention, our home is kid-friendly and also so much fun."
K. Mistretta / Palisades neighborhood, DC / Design Plan + Implementation