New York famed Interior designer Vanessa Maria Rojas Deleon, known professionally as Vanessa Deleon born in Secaucus, New Jersey. Vanessa is strongly inspired by her Cuban roots which influence her art deco style. She lives by her motto, three D’s “drive, dedication and determination.”
Vanessa’s first start was in her family furniture business, where she found her calling in interior design. Branching out on her own, she created Vanessa DeLeon Associates, while still attending Berkeley College for Interior Design, a recent graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a graduate from the Feng Shui Institute of America.
Today Vanessa is an interior designer, writer, award winning Designer for the Italian Trade Commission, ASID & IDS entrepreneur and television personality. Vanessa’s popularity started when she was first featured on Design Star, where she gained recognition for her own unique style she coined as “Glamilistic,” a combination of glamour and streamline minimalism. Vanessa’s next venture was when she was featured on the first hit season of the Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible, a plethora of television appearances followed, HGTV, Generation Renovation, Designer’s Challenge, Bang for your Buck, Spaces TV, host and designer for “Your Place is a Deal Breaker”, New York, Pix 11, “Vanessa to the Rescue,” DIY network & HGTV "Rev Run Renovation", BRAVO "Ice Loves Coco" and her most recent television appearance on NBC “American Dream Builders”
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Gadget: iPad
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.
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Gadget: iMac Computer
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.
Favorite Color: Black
Favorite Gadget: My Custom Laptop
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, Piniterest, 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.
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Gadget: iPhone
About Vanessa Deleon Associates
Vanessa De Leon Associates is an interior design service for high end residential and commercial applications. We have a strong commitment to serving our clients with quality work from concept to completion.
Not quite sure if you want to hire an interior design firm?
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.