601 West 26th Street Ste. M227 New York, NY 10001

About Us

Vanessa DeLeon

Owner, Interior Designer

Inspired by her Cuban roots, Vanessa is as influential as her Art Deco styling rooted in her cultural composition. Deleon’s innovative sensibility combined with a keen eye for detail resulted in her signature design style, “GLAMILISTIC,” where she combines streamline with minimalism resulting in a rich, glamorous style. Vanessa’s modern and stylized interiors incorporate classic décor, specializing in high-end residential homes, commercial venues, and hospitality facilities.

Immediately after graduating from the prestigious Fashion Institute of technology, Vanessa landed a job with Ralph Lauren, and worked part-time in the family furniture business as the in-house Designer. Before long her design work was in demand, forcing her to quit her job with Ralph Lauren to pursue a full-time job in the family business. As her popularity rose, Vanessa branched out on her own, creating Vanessa DeLeon Associates. While attending Berkeley College for Interior Design, she took an interest in the Asian art of design, which led her to continue her studies in the art of Feng Shui at the Feng Shui Institute of America.

Recent ventures include the branding and licensing of Vanessa Deleon. As a powerful and successful brand, Vanessa Deleon is perceived as an influential, marketable brand name.  She has established a relationship with manufacturers, most recently as a contributing expert for an Angel Soft ad campaign, and also as a product designer for Ricca Lighting.  Vanessa is continuously increasing possibilities for both herself as well as her company. Vanessa is embracing her Hispanic roots by branching out to the Latin community and partnering with the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ. Furthermore, she was the recipient of the 2014 Latina Trail Blazer Award for her efforts in the community.

Her impressive resume includes her most recent competition on NBC’s American Dream Builders.  A featured designer on the hit show Restaurant Impossible-The Food Network, HGTV’s Generation Renovation, Designer Challenge, Bang for your Buck, Design Star, DIY’s Rev Run’s Renovation, Ice Loves Coco and Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing. She has made guest appearances on The Better Show, NBC’s Today Show, and is a contributing designer for Open House NYC. Vanessa had a segment on PIX 11 “Vanessa to the Rescue” and was a featured host and designer for You Tube’s Channel Spaces TV ” Your Place is a Deal Breaker”. In 2007, the IFDA and legendary Jaime Drake named Vanessa as the Rising Star of Interior Design. She has also appeared in several publications such as New York Spaces, Design NJ, (201) Home, Latina Magazine, Time, Entertainment, Cosmopolitan and Bella Petite. In addition, she is the featured Design Editor for several publications. Public appearances included a tour as the Ikea spokesperson for “How to” seminars in multiple cities across the USA and hosting design clinics at the Casa Latina Home Expo.

Vanessa is an allied member of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), IIDA (International Interior Design Association), IFDA (International Furnishings and Design Association) and SCCH-NJ (Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of NJ).

Tim Davis

Interior Designer & Project Manager

By combining talents that incorporate his Fine Arts background from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and an Interior Design degree from Berkeley College, Tim integrates the form of our clients’ aesthetic preferences with the function of dynamic modern living and working lifestyles. Tim has been a professional in the interior design industry for over 16 years, with experience in both commercial and residential design as well as project management, spanning the east coast with installations from Connecticut to Virginia. He draws from extensive experience working with architects, installers, building and logistical contractors to complete design projects that have included retail store installations and renovations, office spaces, restaurants, and private homes.

As Regional Visual Merchandiser for a prestigious home furnishings company, Tim supervised continuous design installations from conceptualization to completion, at multiple locations in seven states across the eastern seaboard. As Vanessa Deleon’s exclusive in-house digital rendering artist for over ten years, Tim has also helped Vanessa’s clients visualize their finished interior spaces through photo-realistic virtual 3D imagery.

Zorana Selakovic

Interior Designer & Project Manager

Zorana Selakovic, was born in Belgrade, Serbia and moved to United States for education. She has an associates degree in Studio Art from Gordon College as well as Bachelors of Science in Interior Design from Georgia Southern University. Zorana’s inspiration to become a designer comes from her parents and family that always encouraged her to pursue her dreams, but the greatest inspiration comes from her aunt, Rada Selakovic, one of the world-renowned artists in Serbia. Zorana has been working for Vanessa DeLeon Associates for over five years and she considers Vanessa DeLeon as her greatest mentor.

She has inherited technical, creative and business aspects of design from Vanessa. As an interior designer at Vanessa DeLeon Associates, Zorana has been a part of many residential, commercial and hospitality projects from concept to completion. She provides her assigned clientele with space planning, architectural drawings, digital and board presentations, project managing, etc

Caitlin Rutter

Office Manager & Vanessa's Assistant

Caitlin Rutter is our office manager and personal assistant to Vanessa. A business major at NYC’s Fashion Institute of Technology, she combines her love for design and skills in management to keep the design firm running smoothly and efficiently while maintaining a friendly working relationship with our clientele and public relations. She provides all of our updates to our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Houzz) and webpage. In addition to all media updates, Caitlin provides many design services for our clientele, including scheduling, initial site measurements, accessory shopping, creating design boards and providing customer service.

Sam Cato

Design Assistant

Samantha Cato is our office design assistant, learning the fast-paced trade of Interior Design while obtaining her degree in Interior Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Combining her tireless energy and motivation, she helps the staff keep our projects moving swiftly and efficiently. Samantha assists Vanessa and our Project Management team with site installations, generating CAD documents, product research, accessory shopping, creating design boards & presentations, and vendor correspondences.

Come in for a Free In-Studio Consultation

We offer a free 30-minute complimentary interview at our design studio. This is a great way to meet and greet our designers to discuss the potential project. Here is where our client will get some ideas without making any commitments or feel any obligation in making the right choice.

Our design services all begin with an initial interview in our clients home. This is also a crucial step in developing the synergies between our client-designer relationship. At this stage we discuss their design goals, likes and dislikes helping our client achieve the ultimate design style of their own. Applying the tools needed, such as selecting fabrics, furniture, lighting and other complementary accessories that will help create that unique and desired space. During the interview process, we photograph and take measurements of the space to use as a reference throughout the design process. Our fee for consultation is an hourly rate; once a retainer’s is in place the research and design phase begins to unfold.

From Concept to Completion.


Design Concept – Phase One starts with a visual concept of space via a design board including all materials, renderings, furniture, fabric samples, color swatches, floor coverings, and window treatments. Including all cost aspects and retainer.

Our Design Associate manages and oversees all phases of the project from start to finish. This will include site visits, invoicing, purchasing, scheduling deliveries, installation, coordinating contractors and subcontractors. Designing your space should not be a chore, but should be enjoyable and a stress-free experience for our clients.

Do you need an update? Or do you just need to revamp the space? The redesign is a great alternative to smaller projects. Restyling of the original furniture may also be an option for you. Recreating a new feel using different fabrics, color scheme, window treatments, accessories, and some new pieces of furniture will spruce up and beautify your space.