sneak peek: elisa carlucci


besides having a gorgeous home, i was fascinated to learn more about elisa carlucci’s background and see all the influences in her life that have helped shaped her style. everyone on this site has a different story, so it’s always fascinating to me to see how people get where they are now. while studying illustration at parson‘s (’96), elisa discovered she was more interested in the frame than drawing what was inside of it. her first job after school (which started as an internship thanks to a professor, who is now a good friend and regular collaborator) was at tiffany & co where she learned all about form, proportion and design process. after 5 years it was time for a change and elisa moved to california to design decorative accessories for pottery barn. the job involved overseas travel all over asia (you’ll see some of the souvenirs that made it home). after 3 years of tough work, but great experience, it was time to head back to nyc to work for calvin klein home. while aesthetically wonderful, after her third corporation, she was ready for something different. these days elisa finds herself developing a product line with a great ny interior designer. so there you have it – an impressive resume for an impressive home. so don’t miss the entire sneak peek after the jump, and you can find additional images here. {thanks, elisa!}anne

I bought a 1921 one bedroom co-op in Jackson Heights about 6 years ago when I came back from California. Living room- striped chaise is a 1930’s therapist chair that is covered in an antique Mexican rug- my first great piece I got from a dealer out of their loft.  The X chair in front of the window is my work for the intrreior designer I work for now. This was a piece for the mass market line. I’ve bought alot off ebay, like the danish lamp on top of the bookcase. The glass top coffee table was a steal from Housing Works. The resin vase on the top of the bookshelf to the left of the chaise is something I picked up in a showroom in Hong Kong. The Olivetti Valentine was find at the Rose Bowl flea market in LA.

Dining Room- Verner Panton Light, Eames shell dining chairs. Lamp at end of console is vintage Laurel from a flea market in San Francisco. White consoles were meant to be temporary as I got them at Ikea. I changed the legs and 6 years later I still love them. Dining table is teak (Crate). Wood Sculpture on console in Dining room is by artist George Keller, Mosaic on wall in Dining is me.

CLICK HERE for the rest of elisa’s sneak peek (and all images on the same page) after the jump!

Clock is Danish modern from 60’s, plaster sculptures are my work. Rama and Sita shadow puppets are from my travel to Indonesia (furniture factory visit). They are made of horn and water buffalo skin. I sat my piece upon a Barbara Hepworth book. She is one of my favorite sculptors along with Moore, Noguchi, Jean Arp, David Smith, Brancusi, and Picasso.


Curtis Jere “Raindrops” sculpture from early 70’s above couch. Lamp is Stiffell and table is a marble top sitting on a magazine rack. That table is one of my favorite pieces, and it just came together by chance.


Found the Lyre back bench at a flea market in Queens. (one of those shocking moments). It’s an American piece (many like it are French). I reupholstered the seat. It’s a tad tight in the foyer, but I do love it. The pictures above it are shots I took in the Czech Republic, Hong Kong and Japan.


The collection of Kokeshi dolls in the bookshelf is an example of my somewhat obsessive personality and my first trip to Japan to visit Ceramics factories. You know how it is with Japanese wooden dolls, you cant have just one! I’m somewhat addicted to wooden objects. I have them all over. A menagerie of Danish animals, one very special Japanese elephant, an Indonesian puppet, a wooden Cacoa pod from Venezuela, a wooden windmill with Don Quixote. The David Weeks Gorilla is probably the only new piece (some of these wooden pieces on the floating shelves in Dining Room). The red upholstered chair on the bookshelf is a model I made after college-just for fun. The “Mini-Mao’s” (bottom left on bookshelf with lamp) are ceramic figurines from Hollywood Road in Hong Kong.


Red makes it hard to place art, so I stick with alot of black and white. Mirror above bed is another design I did for the mass market line. Bedside tables and lamps are 1950’s.


Desk in bedroom is a makeshift work space where I can finish up plaster pieces. The 1950’s desk with matching chair was a steal from a flea in San Fran. I have a Sapien bookcase next to it. Bull drawing is from Spain, and Owl is Picasso.
  1. Delcious colors here!

  2. visualingual says:

    Gorgeous! A great mix of iconic and lesser-known pieces, and I love the ones that are your own work!

  3. Debra says:

    Love the rich colours, the collective treasures and I’m especially taken by the therapist’s chair covered in the antique Mexican rug (which makes for a unique chaise-type piece)!

  4. frances says:

    this is such a gorgeous and well-thought apartment, but I’m most excited about the painted walls! it’s such a nice variety of colors without being cheesy.

  5. Graciela Almaguer says:

    Can Elisa share the name of the green paint in the dining room? Love it …

  6. megan says:

    love this peek!

  7. Maureen says:

    Beautiful home! Does anyone have suggestions on where to find a shade like the one in the first photo?

  8. ml2634 says:

    Very nice place!!
    Where did you get the sofa?

  9. Oh just wonderful and harmonious colours.Love!

  10. Asma says:

    The shelf and desk are awesome!

  11. love the stripes, and the dining room. good one!

  12. Mouse says:

    Love the sunbursts in each different space–cool way to connect the rooms!

  13. What yummy colours and perfect for autumn. LOVE it!

  14. moneeeq says:

    Love the vintage piece above the sofa. Fan-tas-tic!

  15. melissa says:

    yay for queens sneak peeks! elisa has a beautiful home.

  16. meta says:

    Love this! I’m Indonesian and thrilled to see the Indonesian puppets there!

  17. Laura H says:

    It’s so lovely to see someone who isn’t afraid to have “stuff”. So many well designed interiors revel in the idea of minimalism and it’s really refreshing to see a charming and put together space full of personal items.

  18. Donna says:

    Love it! Great job!

  19. Jillian says:

    Love all of the paint colors. What a wonderful palette!

  20. Love their wall colors. And the lounge chair is very fun and different.

  21. kristin says:

    great place!! I too am curious as to what the color is in the first photo.

  22. Laura Jane says:

    I would love to know what the paint color is in the foyer (beyond that FAB bench!)…

    … or maybe someone can suggest something similar? A lovely mossy color like that would really pull together my living room in my new place…

  23. Jen says:

    At first I thought, mid-century modern AGAIN??????? But it’s wonderful–much more eclectic and interesting and LIVED IN.

  24. Elisa says:

    Hi everyone- thanks for all the great comments, it’s nice to be appreciated for having stuff! Color in living room (gray) is Ben Moore Willow Creek. Dining room is Behr Asparagus (have it mixed into BM base at Janovic). Window shades in living room are from Pearl River, couch is old old Pottery Barn in a charcoal velvet.

  25. Katie says:

    Yay! Fellow JH resident here. Beautiful place!

  26. RuthR says:

    Great interiors! Can we hire you to decorate our home?

  27. Rich colors, fun accent nick knacks and inviting.

  28. a says:

    wow. you have the best lamps. ever.

  29. valerie says:

    i wish i could see more of the glass table! you got me curious.

  30. I LOVE it! I particularly like the sunburst clocks and mirrors. I’m planning a purchase at the moment from Newgate Clocks and my eye keeps being drawn back to the sunburst ones…

  31. Eva says:

    am a bit jealous of the nice clocks, and also a big fan of the wooden sculptures (i just bought my first kokeshis on ebay a couple of months ago). O yeah the magazinerack-table is a great find!

  32. Very ecletic artsy space with a well-layered feel.

  33. Nativeson71 says:

    I am serious when I say this…..
    May I hire you for interior design consultation?
    The room with the chase and book shelves is what I want to do in my spare bedroom..but have not bees successful. Contact me please?

  34. donna says:

    This is how it’s done people.

  35. Sue says:

    Everything is absolutely gorgeous!

  36. Amesh says:

    uuuu I just love the way you put my culture (am Indonesian) into your house. such an inspiration – I never thought traditional touches could blend so naturally to modern houses!

  37. Norine says:

    Nice! Love all her work.

  38. DB says:

    You have one of those houses that are endlessly fascinating to look at, from the objects on the bookshelves to your wonderful taste in paint colors! So…’s my question: Where did you get your blinds? Are they bamboo?

  39. Mel says:

    LOVING the blanket on your bed (among the many other things I love about your home). Please do tell, where did she come from?

  40. greybreaks says:

    wow, brilliant home!!

    the therapist chair is one of many highlights for me, also loving the use of color on the walls throughout the house.

  41. Maria says:

    i love the gray walls. where did you get the bookshelves? i really love them! :)

  42. Marie says:

    love all the colors and prints.

  43. Dayna says:

    Can you share the bedroom wall paint color? I must use it in my house immediately!

  44. I am now officially in love with sunburst clocks! I love how every other room has one incorporated and they are all so unique and beautiful. I am truly inspired and will be scouring estate and flea markets for my very own. Thank you!

  45. The Sapien bookcase and the desk is too good…. I am stealing the design for my room. Thanks d*s

  46. Elaine Sammaro says:

    Elisa..what a beautiful wonderful to see why your Dad is so proud..what a wonderful and rewarding career..wishing you continued and far reaching success. look forward to seeing you in, Elaine Sammaro

  47. absolutely beautiful! I love the book case and the vase on the bookshelf…cant wait to have a place of myown to show u pictures of “my space”. Congrats Elisa!


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