On May 18th, Westfield celebrated the opening of a welcome new business venture. L’image Design Studio, located at 500 Dorian Road, includes a gallery and showroom displaying consignment furnishings, featuring an exclusive selection of vintage Hollywood Regency, Rococo, and one-of-a-kind hand-painted furniture and objets d’arte.
Owner and designer Emma Preston Bennett has worked as an interior designer in Westfield for the last two years, and as a designer in the NYC corporate arena prior to that. She was born in Ireland and educated in Europe, where she developed her unique vision for elevating common spaces into extraordinary eclectic environments. Today, she has made a name for herself by creating chic, lush retreats that soothe the soul and provide a sanctuary. “I work very closely with my clients, whether it’s their home or business,” Emma says. “My mission is to discover their personality and lifestyle then translate that into creating spaces that will actually inspire them and enhance their life.”
By deftly blending Renaissance, French Provincial, and Moderne styles, augmented by artisan pieces, she displays a design sense that’s both sophisticated and unconventional. It was her love of, and her success at, hunting for rare vintage and “Shabby Chic” furniture, and her extensively growing collection, that inspired Emma to expand her full service design boutique to include the showroom and gallery . While she already has a significant client base in the area, she felt the time had come to create this home base for her business. “I wanted to create a place where clients could come and peruse these treasures up close,” says Emma. “There’s such an ever-changing selection of delightful, amazing pieces in quite a large range of styles that people can’t help but fall in love with one or two.”
Much of the vintage Hollywood Regency furniture and original art for sale come from the private collection of award-winning multi-media artist Francesca Rizzo. A Westfield native and NJSCA Distinguished Artist Fellow, Rizzo went on to illustrate children’s books then carve out a niche in Manhattan’s theater, film and television arena. She recently returned to her NJ roots and the fine and decorative arts where she’s been creating a line of hand-painted, one-of-a-kind pieces that are classic, yet whimsical and fantastical. “As a designer, I tend to like sleek, modern styles. But I suppose all this elegant gold leaf rococo I grew up with ignited my imagination,” says Rizzo. “In both my art and my painted furniture I love to use metallics and a satin sheen in a subtle way. I even sculpt my own embellishments, and then shine them up.”
Along with Rizzo’s collection, as well as that of a host of other contributors, L’image Design Studio is also a one-stop shop for choosing luxury paint colors, wall-paper, Oriental rugs, lighting fixtures – all the design and architectural elements that can help you to create the life you’ve always seen yourself in. There will be drop-in hours each week, as well by appointment, when Emma Preston Bennett will be on hand to guide you and answer any questions you might have. It is also important to note that L’Image partner with local vendors including – Huggins Flooring, Budget Blinds Of Westfield, Garcia Painting, Westfield Tile & Marble and Parker Homescape. L’image will also will be hosting monthly meetings at their new studio (starting June 20th) for women with small businesses to network together. These meetings are free… just call the studio for more information!
- Interior Design Consultation
- Custom Window Treatments
- Faux Painting, Wainscoting & Crown Molding
- Space Planning and Furniture Layout
- Color and Paint Selection
- Lighting Elements
- Kitchen and Bathroom Projects
- Combining Households
- Home Staging For House Sales
- Personal/Custom Shopping
- Holiday and Special Event Decor
- Curb Appeal Enhancements
- Becoming intimately familiar with each project, and with each client, allows Emma to create unique spaces that reflect the personality and style of each client. With a gravitation toward Renaissance, Eclectic Design, and French Provincial, Emma’s spaces are both sophisticated and inspiring. The expression of Emma’s inspiration and creativity is a balance between functionality and imagination. Perhaps her business idea is best summed up in her following quote – “Successful design is a blend of interior elements and architectural detail that reflects your personality and enhances your lifestyle”. Sounds like the design of great designer.
L’image Design Studio creates Unique Spaces that reflect the personality and style of each client.
With a gravitation toward Renaissance, French Provincial, Eclectic and Contemporary – L’image Designs Interiors and Exteriors are both sophisticated and Inspiring.
L’image Design Studio
500 Dorian Road
Westfield, NJ 07090
Emma Preston Bennett
Serving Westfield, NJ and Surrounding Areas