• Real Estate

    DCI Studios

    • Sep 2, 2012

    • By:Amanda Thorogood

    For design with the just-right combination of luxury and comfort that so many of us strive to achieve, New Jersey homeowners continue to flock to Phyllis Harbinger of Design Concepts Interiors (DCI). Not only is this bubbly designer an FIT Design Studio instructor with an advanced degree in Interior Design, but her expertise in feng shui lends to her ability to make you feel right at home amongst her elegant rooms.

    “I don’t design cookie-cutter rooms,” Harbinger says. “Our firm creates authentic and eclectic rooms with the perfect blend of old and new.”

    While the finished room will stop you in your tracks, Harbinger admits that designing the master bedroom pictured above posed a few obstacles. Faced with a challenging floorplan that dictated where a bed “should” be placed, Harbinger made the bold decision to reposition the couple’s bed in the middle of the room. In order to blend the design, custom cabinetry?which includes a mirrored amour?was built to become a focal point upon entry.

    What draws most to this design, however, is the bold choice of the Tiffany blue accent wall that houses the bedroom’s fireplace and mantle. “The client had a very traditional home and was looking to add a pop of color,” Harbinger says. The privacy of the bedroom offered the perfect opportunity and inspiration struck when the mohair ottoman was purchased. The bold choice complements the black and white décor of the rest of the room.

    Located in a ten-bedroom, six-bathroom, 10,000 square foot Long Island home, this basement theater provides both luxury and comfort. The homeowner has three children and wanted a space that could serve as the perfect family room while still allowing for an adjacent bar and billiards room.

    Custom cabinetry was created to easily stow loose cords and gaming systems and the red drapes offered the options of seclusion or an open floorplan. The darker red, blue and gold tones offered warmth in both rooms while still coming together to create a harmonious space. “The finished design was a loosely interpreted home theater,” Harbinger says. “Really a comfortable space.”

    Within a month of moving into this colonial home, Harbinger completely transformed the 1969 vintage kitchen that the previous owners had decorated. “Not only was the kitchen not aesthetically pleasing, but the space wasn’t functional” she explains. To create more surface area, Harbinger moved the sink to the other side of the room in order to extend the counter space and traded the outdated appliances for sleek, modern alternatives. Knowing that she wanted the final design to last for years, Harbinger opted to stay away from the current trends (as she often advises her clients) when it came to selecting the cabinetry, countertops and flooring.

    “Everything was kept neutral in order to provide a blank pallet for the rest of the room,” Harbinger says. “There needs to be longevity and value to design schemes.