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).
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.
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
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.
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.
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Come in for a Free In-Studio Consultation.
Free consultation with no obligation – only in house, meaning client comes to our premises and design studio to interview design team and discuss the project at hand. This a fantastic way to assure yourself that you want to hire a design firm and to get some ball park ideas without the commitment or obligation of choosing right then and there. This free interview stage is usually no more than a half hour.
Our design services all begin with an initial interview at your home. We at that point, discuss your likes and dislikes, what style and mood you are trying to achieve, and how we can convey that through fabric, furniture, lighting and other complementary accessories. This is also a crucial step to developing a client-designer relationship; as we learn about you, we want you to get to know us and how we work. Amongst the many things we learn from the interview stage, we also take measurements and pictures of your space to fully understand and make reference to throughout the design process. This consultation is done on an hourly basis. After interview stage, retainer is then collected, and research begins!
From Concept to Completion.
Design Concept – phase one – creating a visual display of designer’s vision for your space via design board and all materials including: Renderings, furniture choice, fabric samples, paint chips, floor coverings window treatments, and according price points at a retainer basis.
All jobs are project managed by a designer from our firm. Which means he or she has full control of every aspect of the job. Every contractor and sub-contractor refers to the designer, in which case we are responsible for delegating every aspect such as site checks, invoicing, and scheduling of all subcontracting and vendor work/installations. This is meant to keep you worry free throughout the design and installation process; Having your space designed should not be a second job; we are there to help and make your space an enjoyable place to live.
Redesign, a great alternative for a smaller project. Do you need an update, or maybe you’re items are just not placed correctly, or possibly you just need a revamp or remix. Restyling of original furniture is the option for you. Recreating a new feel with a new color scheme, window treatments, accessories, and maybe some new pieces of furniture will add the touch that you need to finish your project. Performed on an hourly basis.
Feng Shui – designer Vanessa De Leon generally works at an hourly basis designing and decoration your home with light Feng Shui method according to the pyramid school. However, fixed rates are available.