Expert Ease: Designer Lisa Aportela

11lisaDesigner Lisa Aportela‘s parents moved from Cuba to the U.S. as teens. Aportela herself grew up in New Jersey, and today she offers “turnkey services” – everything homeowners need for move-in condition. “I mean down to the linens,” she says. “All my clients have to do is show up with their suitcases.”

Aportela says Spanish-speaking clients make up about half of her Sunshine State business; she also has a client base from New Jersey, New York and New England. The busy designer undertakes everything, from working with existing spaces to complete renovations. Her client list includes high end resorts, snowbirds’ vacation homes and more.

“Most of my projects have been in Miami, but I have extended work to Naples, Fort Myers, The Keys, West Palm and Palm Beach. There is no project I won’t take on because of distance. I’ve completed work overseas, too, in Curacao, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and Haiti,” notes Aportela.

It’s hard to pinpoint her style. “It’s elegant/eclectic meets fun/function,” she shares. “I love anything that sparkles, but I don’t like to overdo anything. It’s all about the client. I’ve designed modern to beachy, transitional to bold.” She adds that model home design is fun because she can totally transform a blank space.

“Builders like themed design,” Aportela explains. “They like buyers to be swept off their feet. Ultimately, I create the dream, and the builder sells it.” Sounds like a visionary to us.

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