Tracey Stephens Interior Design
July 2012
Best of Essex
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Lots going on over here as I prepare for the movers to arrive at 8 am tomorrow morning!
moving boxes

Not only saying good-bye to my house but also to my landline business number. 

After 20 years, I am retiring 973-744-8947. 

My one and only number will now be my cell: 973-202-8130.  
Best of Essex ~
Voting open now

Suburban Essex magazine sponsors an annual contest for the best of Essex county retail store, restaurant or service.  I have been nominated in two categories: Interior Design and Kitchen & Bath.  I would so appreciate your voting for me and forwarding the request to your friends.  There are 3 pages of categories with drop down menus.  I'm on the 3rd page.  Thank you!!

 Best of Essex 2012
Interns ~

at the Kravet showroom in NYC
Stephanie Brunner, Kira Farris and Tracey Stephens at the Kravet showroom in NYC. 
Stephanie and Kira spent two weeks with me as the winners of an internship fundraising auction at Montclair Kimberly Academy.  See their reports below.  Thanks to Linda Sterling for inviting me to participate!

Problem solving on the job site ~
by Kira Farris

When I first signed up to do a design internship, my goal was to develop a more creative eye for design and in particular, learn about green design. Not only did my time here do this, but I also got to experience the many elements of building a space that a designer is responsible for. After eight short days shadowing green designer Tracey Stephens, I have a newfound appreciation for interior design as well as being environmentally responsible. After learning about every aspect that goes into designing a livable space, from inventing the blueprint to making the dream a reality, I have realized how important it is for designers to pay attention to the details as well as to coordinate multiple factors at once. My favorite experience was observing Tracey act as the liaison between the homeowner and the contractor. After encountering an obstacle with measurements and initial client desires, Tracey found achievable alternatives to optimize the space while keeping the original purpose. Overall, this was a great experience for me because I learned about the varied tasks that go into design, and the widespread options to be environmentally responsible at the same time.  

From plan to final design ~

by Stephanie Brunner 


Working with independent interior designer Tracey Stephens was such an experience. I came into this internship not knowing what to expect from the interior design world. In just two weeks I not only got to see what it was like to go from a plan to final design and everything in between but I also got to experience what it was like to incorporate being green into the designs. We got to see what it was like to pick out things such as tile, cabinets and fabric. We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to go into New York City to the Decorating and Design building where we got to see how designers pick out furniture and fabrics. I learned many new things like the importance of small details and how to do simple things to make your home a little more eco-friendly. It truly gives me a new level of respect for designers like Tracey.  

Featured in many national publications, Tracey's award winning kitchen and bath design showcases her innovative design sensibility and her exceptional and confident use of color.  Also offered - whole house design services including paint color consultations and furnishings.

If you would like help with kitchen or bath design or re-using something you have in your home, contact me at 973-744-8947 or, and please use the link below to forward this newsletter to your whole wide world!
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