Louisa Roeder has a talent for designing light-filled, casually elegant spaces. With a Fine Arts degree and experience as an art dealer and clothing designer, she has an incredible eye for color, scale and layering; thoughtfully crafting interiors that feel effortless.
For her own home in Brooklyn, Louisa created a calm, sophisticated background highlighted by unique lighting and eclectic art. We asked her to fill us in on her design process and choices.
“I was my own client for this project, so the collaboration went quite seamlessly!”, Louisa jokes.
What was the most challenging aspect of this project?
“The living room layout was most challenging. The room is relatively long and narrow with a marble fireplace in the center, which I knew I wanted to be the focal point for everybody seated in that room. However, that meant the room would either need to be sparsely furnished or there would need to be three distinct seating areas to fill the “dead spaces” on either end of the fireplace. I chose the latter. It’s crowded, but I love how much it cozies up the room.”
Your lighting choices are unique and beautiful. Do you have go-to vendors for lighting?
“All of the lighting was designed in collaboration with Paul Pisanelli. We met five years ago at Brooklyn Flea, where I was admiring one of his original light fixtures. I commissioned a slightly different version of that piece from him, and the process went so well that we wound up doing all of the light fixtures together. He’s wonderful to work with.”
My design philosophy incorporates what I call “eclectic layering”. It’s the the idea of layering rugs on floors, tables on those rugs, and books and accessories on those tables. Multiple layers create not only warmth and character, but also versatility, which allows me to swap in new layers when I discover new things that I love. Louisa Roeder
The artwork in your home is stunning and creates wonderful focal points in each room. Any tips for our readers on selecting art?
“I’d say buy what you love and not what you think makes for a good investment. I place original works by up-and-coming artists alongside photos and postcards of sentimental value. The only common thread is a love for each item and a willingness to blend them together.”
The kitchen is one of our favorite rooms in your home. What was the inspiration? How did you blend form with function?
“My kitchen connects to my patio and backyard, so it gets a lot of foot traffic when people come over for food or drinks. Given its central location, I wanted the kitchen to be warm and welcoming, which is why I knocked down the original wall and installed a big, bay window to pipe in as much natural light as possible.”
We love how you have balanced historical architecture with modern fixtures. What are some things to keep in mind when mixing periods and styles?
“I like to incorporate trends in noncommittal ways. The modern fixtures are all relatively easy to swap out. It’s important to blend the different styles throughout each room so no one thing stands out too prominently. For example, in the kitchen, the window frames are black as are the light fixtures so they don’t look random.”
The den is my Modern Sanctuary. It feels womb-like, especially in winter when I want to escape the cold and bask in front of a glowing, orange fire. Louisa Roeder
The welcoming guest bedroom and bathroom are beautifully decorated with blue, red, and pink hues.
Louisa’s bedroom is tranquil, with a great lounging space and a fireplace to cuddle up near on cold winter nights.
Louisa seamlessly blends old and new, color and texture, bold and restful art to create her lively, comfortable home.