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Tips & Tricks: Vanessa DeLeon

Designer Tips Of The Trade Featuring Vanessa DeLeon


After starting off in her family's furniture business designing for customers, Vanessa created Vanessa DeLeon Associates while attending Berkeley College for Interior Design. Aside from her most recent competition on NBC's American Dream Builders Vanessa has had numerous appearances on shows and in publications. She was a featured designer on the hit Food Network program Restaurant Impossible, helping turn around failing restaurants around the country.

Vanessa's extensive television credits also include HGTV's Generation Renovation, Designer's Challenge, Bang for your Buck, Design Star and recently in Restaurant Impossible. She currently has her own small segment with Pix 11 “Vanessa To The Rescue” and is the host of You Tube's channel Spaces TV “Your Place is a Deal Breaker” In 2007, Vanessa was named as the Rising Star of Interior Design by the International Furnishings and Design Association.

Her expertise and projects have been featured in numerous publications including New York Spaces, Design NJ, (201) home, Latina Magazine, Time, Entertainment and Cosmopolitan. Additional projects include a tour as the Ikea spokesperson for “How to” seminars in multiple cities across the USA.

We got a chance to chat with Vanessa about her longtime love of wallpaper and decorating!

"I've always loved wallpaper! I remember 10 years ago when I had books of preprinted murals and realized I would see it everywhere! I didn't want to be like everybody else; when I first discovered Murals Your Way I was blown away by how we can use any image I desired and expand it however I want."

How does Vanessa choose a mural for a project?

"During a client's intake meeting I listen to what they like, hobbies, goals and I try to create art that would relax their taste and make it feel and look timeless."

What determines Vanessa's theme & concept?

"I find inspiration for a project by listening to my client's vision. After the visualization I come up with unique ways of incorporating a theme to pay along with it all."

So what's Vanessa's best advice for decorating any space?

"Thinking outside the box is very important! I am always inspired by the world around me. I love to travel and get new ideas from different cultures however; my muse has always been my Cuban roots."

Vanessa's Cuban roots really come thru in a restaurant she designed called Havana Koi...

Havana Koi Restaurant

Vanessa sent us the perfect images to fit the Cuban fusion atmosphere of this restaurant.
Custom Image: Custom

Havana Koi Restaurant

Cliffside View Lobby

This sleek lobby features one of our exclusive murals "My Home."
Image used: My Home Mural Cliffside View Lobby

Wyckoff Dining Room

Vanessa specially designed this image herself for an equestrian themed dining room.
Custom Image: Custom Wyckoff Dining Room

Cresskill Gym

Personalizing the image with fitness related words customized the mural perfectly for this setting.
Custom Image: Neighborhood 2 Mural Cresskill Gym

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