Design in the DNA – Margreet Cevasco

Following in the footsteps of her mother, also a successful Long Island-based interior designer, Margreet Cevasco of Cevasco Design opened her firm in 1999, under the name CDXO. In 2006, it became Cevasco Design, a full-service interior design firm located in Sea Cliff. Pulse recently spoke with Cevasco about her work, inspirations and observations of the changing face of design on Long Island.

Long Island Pulse: Tell us about the last 20 years.
Margeet Cevasco:
We’ve completed countless residential and commercial projects and are dedicated to providing our clients with a comprehensive design plan—executed beautifully and efficiently. Our roots are on Long Island but we work throughout the Tri-state area.

LIP: How would you describe your design philosophy?
My personal design philosophy stems from an instinctive sense of beauty, space and proportion. Each project is an evolution. I layer color, materials and furnishings to create comfortable, well-balanced environments that are visually pleasing and functional. My rooms reflect the desires of my clients and interpret the space they’ve entrusted me with. I function as a combination of artist and engineer, always resourcing and problem solving. I enjoy pushing boundaries to discover new and better ways of creating environments that are timeless and engender positivity.

LIP: Have you noticed any lifestyle trends emerging?
The current trends reflect a renewed sense of “house and home.” Many clients are riding out the current economic woes by staying put and making the most of their existing space. They are realizing that a well-designed home can be achieved within a range of budgets, on many different levels. We’re seeing everything from additions and gut renovations, to kitchen and bath remodels, to simple freshening up of dated rooms. The overall focus is on improving lifestyle, which ultimately increases property value.

Another emerging trend is that many architects and kitchen designers are insisting that interior designers are involved at the onset of projects. The final look and feel of the home is determined at the beginning, and all stages of development work toward that goal. By working as a team, the design professionals can ensure a complete and cohesive result.

LIP: How do you keep up with trends in the design world?
I make it a top priority to stay current and aware of advances within the industry. I love to travel to source new products in green design, architecture and construction. In fact, this year I headed to Italy for Milan Design Week. Plus, living in New York offers an abundance of sources and endless inspiration. No matter the project, my work is based on the premise that design matters, often more than is realized. Great design can provide a dynamic backdrop to everything that we do. It sets the stage for our everyday dramas and satisfies the most basic need—to love coming home.

Design Tip: At home or in the workplace, one should always be surrounded by things that elicit a sense of well being. The most comfortable and functional workspaces are aesthetically pleasing, balanced, ergonomic and well organized with all necessities close at hand.

lauren debellis

A former magazine editor, Lauren DeBellis has been writing and producing stories about home decorating and design for nearly ten years. She resides in East Northport with her husband.