Meet The Designers Of ASPIRE HOUSE: The Heritage At Claremont

ASPIRE DESIGN AND HOME is proud to partner with NGC Development and Kienlen Lattmann Sotheby’s International Realty to present ASPIRE HOUSE: The Heritage At Claremont. Opening March 14, 2020, 11 celebrated designers will redesign three residences in this new construction building with a storied past, and historic roots in the community.

Meet the talent below:


Sam Ciardi | Signature Spaces

Award-winning interior designer, Sam Ciardi, realizes just how important a comfortable, well-balanced home is for today’s busy lifestyle. He strives to gain a comprehensive understanding of his clients’ needs and expectations. His ability to develop strong client relationships based on respect and trust, has been an instrumental key to his success. Skilled at creating exquisite interiors in any budget or style, Sam enjoys guiding his clients through every phase of the design process.

His unique background in both art and fashion, as well as his passion to create unique and personal spaces, makes Sam the perfect designer for anyone seeking originality.

​Sam is especially proud of his retail showroom, Samuel Robert Signature Spaces, in charming, downtown Millburn. He invites everyone for a personal tour of the showroom where he is happy to show the latest in exquisite fine furnishings, art, and accessories.


Anna Maria Mannarino | Mannarino Designs, Inc.

Anna Maria Mannarino is an Award-Winning Interior and Event Designer whose company, Mannarino Designs, Inc., has transformed spaces from Cape Cod to Cape May and beyond. With Interior Design projects that include restaurants, banquet facilities; historic mansions, New York boardrooms, metropolitan apartments and beach cottages; and Event Designs that range from small affairs and grand black and white tie galas, to spectacular themed celebrations.

Whether planning a home or facility from the ground up or renovating an existing structure, Ms. Mannarino’s talents always extend to the full span of work. With a team of exceptional tradespeople, her thoughtful consideration of the client’s desires, combined with her unparalleled sense of color and space, and flawless attention to detail, she effortlessly takes the clients thru the design process from concept to completion.

Ms. Mannarino served as President of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. She is a recipient of numerous national and state awards, has projects that have been recognized in several books, and is regularly published in magazines and newspapers.


Sandy Cabelis | Cabelis Interior Design

Sandy Cabelis, award-winning designer and owner of Cabelis Interior Design has a design philosophy– bring a fresh look to classic design forms in a way that is personal and exciting to each client. “The way an interior space is designed impacts the way we act and feel. Our aim is to take our clients’ functional needs and personal style in mind and develop a fresh and livable design that can be enjoyed for years. I never give a cookie-cutter design! Each client is unique and the design will reflect that.”

Sandy is active with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and is currently the President-Elect of the NJ Chapter. She graduated with top honors from the interior design program at Berkeley College. In addition, she has an MBA and experience in business management. This unique set of education and experience allows her to be an advocate for her clients throughout the design process. Her work has been featured in numerous interior design publications and she often speaks to other professionals and prospective students on her interior design career. Based in Morris County she has spent almost 20 years in the industry delighting her clients both domestically and internationally.


For more than a decade, Nancy Leffler-Mikulich has fostered the development of her design style by infusing many design influences from the classic and refined, to Asian, bohemian, modern, and chic. From her boutique store and design studio, OASIS HOME, located at 627 Cookman Ave in Downtown Asbury Park, New Jersey, Nancy and her associates build on the passion for luxury design and curation of home décor, art and all things beautiful and unique.
NLM Design Interiors is known for creating spaces that are striking, poetic environments combining clean lines and classic form.

The design sensibility is grounded in materials and values that endure. Her spaces are at once comfortable and freshly discerning: The culmination of lifelong interests in music, dance, art, design, fashion, architecture, performance, and history. Her passion for music performance and recording began as a classically trained violinist and eventually an electric violinst; performing in such hallowed halls as Lincoln Center, and CBGBS.

Nancy approaches her design projects by appreciating the collaborative process with her clients and professional artisans she brings to each project. Promoting the value of great design and recognizing how good design has the ability to positively impact people, transform their experiences, and, in business environment, enhance brand awareness and profitability. ​


Kathryn Platt | KP Interiors

Educated at Lamar Dodd School of Art at The University of Georgia, in Interior Design and Art History, Kathryn Platt honed her design and project management expertise at corporate institutions. Leading design teams at Schering Plough, AT&T, Prudential Securities, and The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies in the US and abroad, she fostered rigorous standards of design excellence. Since 1998, KP Interiors’ private studio has been devoted to developing residential and corporate interior projects in Metropolitan NY/NJ, New England, and the East Coast.

Today, the KP Interiors studio is about design excellence, whether the scope of work is decorating, renovation, or a complete interior design concept for a residence. KP Interiors’ team of professionals includes a seasoned group of talented craftspeople capable of meeting the diverse requirements of every client.


Tina Ramchandani | Tina Ramchandani Creative

Tina Ramchandani Creative is a full-service design firm creating modern interiors that are both sophisticated and relaxed. Tina incorporates her vast experience and global perspective into her own signature style, Soulful MinimalismTM, delivering a warm layered aesthetic that enhances your lifestyle and invites you to truly “live” in your bespoken space. Tina places a strong emphasis on artwork, couture pieces and custom elements, within the client’s budget. While creating unique and livable environments, Tina incorporates local artists and artisans to bring spaces to life while showcasing her clients’ personalities in their homes. Tina currently lives in Manhattan with her husband Ajay and her spunky dog Figaro.


Courtney McLeod is the founder and principal of Right Meets Left Interior Design, an award-winning Manhattan-based full-service design studio. An avid colorist at heart, Courtney draws from a kaleidoscopic toolbox of texture, pattern, and color to create rooms evocative of one emotion above all others – joy. It is the essence of her design philosophy. The name Right Meets Left perfectly reflects her approach to the design process – an ideal balance of a creatively vital mind (right brain) and a sharply analytical one (left brain). This approach allows her to conjure magical environs for exacting clients and execute these dreams with efficiency and diligence.

Her work has been featured in print both in the US and abroad – including the Spring 2016 cover of Aspire Design + Home Magazine.


Gail Davis | Gail Davis Designs

Celebrated interior designer Gail M. Davis infuses her designs with a refreshing air of lively elegance. For more than a decade, she has forged a blazing path in the interior design industry, following a successful career in fashion at Saks Fifth Avenue. She studied at New York School of Interior Design, and honed her craft interning at the legendary firm of Bunny Williams Inc. and the prestigious David Kleinberg Design Associates.

Today, her projects can be seen in the tri-state area, as well as on the west coast. She has been featured in House Beautiful, ADPro, domino magazine, Design Sponge and more. Gail is lauded for her timeless traditional style with a hint of modernity.

Gail is committed to freshening up and breathing new life into each client’s space. She thrives on creating a happy balanced environment which makes her a unique talent in the industry. Her passion is fueled by the desire to deliver welcoming, personal spaces that envelop her clients in warm energy and love.


Jennifer Levy | CAVDesign

Jennifer Levy is the principal of CAVdesign Interiors, an award-winning, New York-based full-service interior design firm founded in 2009.

The name CAVdesign refers to the central-axis-of-vision, a term in perspective drawing describing the angle from which the viewer sees the world. Her process is to explore her clients most meaningful and joyful moments and bring a distillation of those moments into the design. Every room becomes a destination where objects, color and light tell a story and create an uplifting space where the rituals of life happen.

Prior to founding CAVdesign, Jennifer was a highly accomplished photographer, training her lens on notables including Maya Angelou and Ralph Lauren – deftly using light, color, and mood to capture her subjects’ unique personalities.

CAVdesign has been featured in Dwell Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Brownstoner, and Sweeten, among others. The company received the Best in Design award from Houzz each of the past three years.


Samantha Gore is a New York City-based interior designer and artist. Through her love and skill of beautifully blending color, form, and style, she creates spaces that resonate and enrich the lives of her clients.

Samantha’s life credo is “Love where you live.” That’s why her carefully considered designs are executed to shape and mold the rhythms of your daily life. She believes time spent at home should be cherished and that living well in your space is the ultimate and necessary luxury.

Samantha Gore Interiors + Design takes a natural and practical approach to envisioning and developing the taste and style of her clients’ homes. She designs rooms that blend artistic elegance with a colorfully modern flair. By integrating objects and furnishings that you own and treasure, she will transform your living space into a haven that continually welcomes you home.


Kelly Dunn | Fathom Design Company

Kelly Dunn is a residential and commercial interior designer based in New York City. Kelly’s work is unique and distinctive in it’s bold, unapologetic style. Her passion is taking an individual’s or organization’s personality and goals and turning it into an impactful and functional style they love.

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