“Design is not about creating a beautiful still-life in a room. It is about creating a beautiful space to live in, one that embraces you with a sense of luxury, comfort, and belonging, welcoming you anew each time you enter.”
When asked about her signature style, Mimi thought for a moment. “It doesn’t matter if the house is a classic center hall Colonial, cozy French country, or majestic Georgian,” she said. “Whatever the style, we find a modern interpretation of it to create a stylish mix of sophistication and sensibility.” Inspired by Impressionist masters such as Monet and Renoir, Mimi uses a fresh color palette and favors clean lines in furnishings for a look that is both contemporary and timeless. Mimi believes every room should evoke a sense of belonging and contentment. Whether it is a family gathering or entertaining space or a private sanctuary filled with cherished keepsakes, the room should always draw the homeowners in.
Winner: Best Dining Room;
Finalist: Master Suite
Westchester Home Magazine 2015 Annual Design Contest
She excels at using natural light to enhance colors and architectural elements and a touch of “smoke and mirrors” wizardry to distract from odd angles or improperly spaced windows. Mimi can create a “wow” visual impact while staying on budget by using a mix of custom and high end items with ones purchased from well-priced retailers. She can even perk up clients’ existing pieces, incorporating them into a new design scheme.
Winner: National Metropolitan Design Competition
National Kitchen & Bath Association, 2009
With 15-plus years of experience in the design world, Mimi is an expert at helping her clients prioritize their needs and budget, keeping projects moving smoothly, and managing and coordinating every aspect of the project. Mimi personally oversees all aspects of design and construction for each client, adding many signature touches along the way. Combining her talents with a good dash of humor, Mimi strives to deliver outstanding service in the most efficient and relaxed manner possible.
Juliette graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Syracuse University in 2011. Prior to joining Luminosus Designs, she interned for Armani/Casa Interior Design Studio and Barbara Sternau Interiors, and worked at Homescape Kitchens and Baths in Cortland Manor. As project designer, Juliette works closely with Mimi, executing the implementation of projects under Mimi’s guidance.
“I love bringing elements of a project together as a unified whole,” Juliette says. “My design philosophy is rooted in the idea that a home is a sanctuary, a personal and sacred retreat that enhances one’s lifestyle. I believe that a beautiful environment can positively impact people’s lives.”
Integral to the success of any business is a conscientious office manager to keep projects on track from inception through final delivery. Alex, who received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Berkeley College (he graduated a year early doing a fast-tracked trimester system) and a Master of Professional Studies from Manhattanville College, fits that role to a tee, managing accounts, coordinating vendors, invoicing, and bookkeeping.
“Luminosus is a business that not only caters to client’s needs, but looks to exceed every expectation,” Alex says. “Going above and beyond what is required is our standard operating procedure, to ensure clients get what they envisioned—and more. We treat our clients’ homes as if they are our own.”