Styling, Sourcing, Arranging, Creating 

During my career as an interior stylist, I’ve traveled all over the world working with A-list designers and style makers and collecting the beautiful objects that I surround myself with in my shop and in my home. 

I create luxurious spaces for private clients and work with designers who create custom pieces for some of the biggest names in the business, including Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, Colette, Bon Marche and hospitality projects all over the globe.

I see myself, first and foremost, as a curator and creator of a world filled with poetic pieces. My choices are guided by Paris, where the mix of antique and modern complement each other like favorite old shirt and shiny new shoes. 

My interest in design started at age 14 when my mother, who was born in Sicily, and my dad, who was from Naples, took me on a trip to the Mediterranean.  

It left an indelible mark on my heart and led me to France and the lavender fields of Provence, where my passion for design, art and flowers became the inspiration for my styling business in which I source unique objects, lighting and textiles to incorporate into the rooms I style. 

I spent my early career in the New York fashion scene working for magazines such as Vogue and Architectural Digest. It was a job styling the window displays for the Henri Bendel department store that solidified my love of interior design and styling and ultimately led to an international design career and the founding of my business, The Lisa Fontanarosa Collection in 1997.  A  favorite point in my career was when the Paris boutique, Colette asked me to style an exhibition from three different artists.

To see the soul of an object, it is critical that you train your eye. 

That’s what legendary Italian designer Massimo Vignelli told me when I worked for him, and that’s what has driven my design sense ever since. 

“Go to Venice, Florence, Paris, walk down the street, and you’ll learn more than at any design school,” Massimo advised me at the beginning of my career. “Not everyone comes back a master of the Renaissance, but something sticks.”

That’s what I’ve been doing ever since I started the Lisa Fontanarosa collection in 1997 when I moved from my native New York to New Mexico.

My trained eye has led me to curate a world of beauty filled with poetic pieces that I style for interior designers, architects, private clients and other international style makers.

I travel the globe looking for  unique pieces that speak to my heart –  unusually beautiful objects, lighting, and textiles from around the world to incorporate into the rooms I style and design for my clients. Lighting, textiles and objects that are as visceral as works of art and that like all of us, are beautiful in their imperfection. 

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